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DIY Macrame Hammock Chair

I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.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!I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.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.

I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.Materials

+ 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)
+ Scissors
+ Candle (optional)

Directions

I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.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!I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.I've always wanted a real hammock but if that's not an option, this DIY Macrame Hammock Chair is the next best thing! So stylish and comfy.

 

 

22 thoughts on “DIY Macrame Hammock Chair

  1. Lori P.

    This is lovely! Do you know how much weight the technique and rope width can hold? I want to make matching chairs for our sunroom, but my husband is a big guy (6’5″ and over 200 lbs). I’m worried the 1/4 inch rope just wouldn’t be sturdy enough. I’m struggling to find much info online.

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    1. Anusha Post author

      Thanks Lori! I don’t know the exact weight it can hold but I would say under 200 lbs is best. My bf and dad have both sat in it comfortably but over time even if it can support more than 200 lbs, the rope would stretch and sag under a lot of weight (and maybe warp the chair frame) so it wouldn’t be comfy for long. You might want something more durable for your sunroom. Good luck!

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    1. Anusha Post author

      The rope I used was a cotton and polyester blend. I don’t know if there’s a better type of rope for this purpose but the cotton/polyester blend works well. Good luck Ngaire!

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      1. Fleur Bouquet

        Hello Anusha,

        It looks great! I’m thinking of making a simular kind of chair for my baby (hammock swing chair). Can you tell me the brand of the rope that you used? I’m thinking of ordering Bobbiny rope from Poland but yours is looking so nice! Greetings from Holland!

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        1. Anusha Post author

          Hey, it’s a standard white cotton-polyester blend meant for a clothesline. You might be able to find it at your local hardware store like I did. Best of luck on your chair adventures!

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  2. Kati

    Hey there… I was just wondering how you managed to make 16 pieces of 17ft lenght out of the rope you have… its just not possible if the rope is bought in 3 parts!
    100ft divided by 17 is 5,88… so if I cut 5 pieces of rope from each of the 3 parts, makes 15 pieces of rope…. if I cut 6 pieces of rope, makes 18 parts, but each of them is too short… i just dont get it… would be kinda nice to mention that in your post…

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    1. Anusha Post author

      Kati, thanks for bringing this to my attention! It’s meant to say 16 pieces of 16 ft length – it was a typo. When you fold the rope in half, it should be an even 8 ft long. You’ll have plenty of rope length and you can trim the excess off the ends.

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  3. Jus

    Hey! I was wondering, do you know, by any chance, the diameter of the circular frame? I wanna try this out with a circular frame i got but im not sure how much rope ill need… thank you!

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