The summer is winding down and I can’t help but miss the lazy summer weekends we’ve been enjoying around here. But the fun doesn’t have to stop just because the season’s changing, right? Fortunately, I made a DIY Macrame Hammock Chair just in time to update the indoors with some hammock inspiration!
I’m really excited to share this DIY because it started with a late-night stroll around our neighbourhood where we found a rusty metal chair frame in pretty bad shape with bits of paint chipping off. Is there anything that beats the feeling of stumbling on a great curbside find?! Although it was literally just a metal frame with no seat, I loved the circular shape and I knew it could be revived into something special so I had to bring it home with me. Can I just say M is such a good sport for letting me cram the apartment full of DIY furniture we don’t need!At home, I did a bit of research and found that the chair frame was probably an outdoor hoop chair in its past life. So if you happen to find one at a garage sale or something, you can make yourself a DIY macrame hammock chair too! After this easy macrame DIY, I wanted to try a bigger macrame project and this project was definitely more challenging but worth every minute. The great thing about macrame is you can create really beautiful complex patterns by weaving rope together with simple knots. It doesn’t take a lot of work or any skill other than knowing how to tie knots but it does take some time. I’m definitely hooked on macrame.
+ Circular metal chair frame
+ 120 Medium and 180 Fine Grit Sandpaper
+ Primer (if you don’t get a paint & primer in one)
+ Spray Paint (Rust-oleum Metallic Carbon Mist, Paint & Primer in One)
+ 282 ft., 1/4 inch Rope or Cord (or 3 bags of 100 ft. clothesline rope)
+ Candle (optional)
1. Start by removing any chipping paint and sand off as much paint as you can using 120 medium grit sandpaper and then smoothing it with 180 Fine grit sandpaper. A coarse or medium grit sandpaper will remove paint chips faster. I also used leftover paint stripper for some of the paint but that’s not necessary.
2. Then spray the metal chair frame with a primer if you don’t have a spray paint & primer in one.
3. Next, spray paint the chair frame in your chosen colour. The final colour I chose for the frame was Rust-oleum’s Metallic Carbon Mist but semi-gloss black would look just the same. In the spirit of complete honesty, I initially painted the entire chair frame white, sealed it and finished the chair before changing my mind and repainting it the final colour, Carbon Mist. Ugh fixing my mistakes is such a pain.
4. To create the macrame hammock, cut 16 pieces of cord in 16-foot length. You’ll be folding the cord in half and knotting it which will shorten the length.
5. Using one cord folded in half, loop it around the top of the chair frame, pulling the ends through the loop to secure it. Continue looping all the cords around the frame like this.
6. To create the pattern, you’ll be using a macrame square knot. With the first pairs of cords (4 strands) cross the left cord over the center and under the right cord. Hold it in place with your finger.
7. Now you will do the opposite. Take the right cord and loop it under the center two cords and through the hole, over the left cord.
8. To complete the knot, you will repeat steps 7 and 8 in reverse. Cross the right cord over the center cords and under the left cord. Take the left cord and loop it under the center cords, through the hold and over the right cord. Tighten the knot. Complete the row like this.
9. On the next row, start the square knot with the third cord. Use two cords from the first group and two of the neighbouring cords from the next group to create your next square knot.
10. Continue this all the way down. When you’ve completed the macrame hammock, knot it twice around the bottom frame of the chair. Trim the excess rope off.
11. Optional: To prevent fraying, hold the end of a rope 2″ above a lit candle. Heat the ends which will cause the rope to melt and bond it together to stop fraying.
12. With an extra piece of rope, gather all the hanging pieces of cord and tie them together.
I’ve always wanted a real hammock in my living room but if you don’t have a lot of space or are in a rental like me, this hammock chair looks just as great and is perfect for lounging. It would also be perfect for using on your deck or balcony for some cozy patio furniture. Ok now I’m off to kick up my feet and enjoy my coffee in my indoor hammock!