As the summer is winding down, I can’t help but miss the lazy summer weekends we’ve been enjoying around here. Nothing says summer quite as much as kicking your feet up in a hammock… so I made a DIY Macrame Hammock Chair that you can use all year long!
What started as a late-night stroll around our neighborhood ended with me lugging this rusty ol’ hoop chair home with me. Ok, I don’t know what I was thinking because as you can see in the ‘Before’ photos, the chair was in pretty rough shape with no seat. I just loved the unique circular shape and with a little bit of love I knew it could be revived into something special. Thankfully the end result is SO much cooler than I expected (can I say that without sounding braggy?).
For a casual lounge chair vibe, I went with macrame which took a bit of time to complete but it was not complicated at all. To make it even easier, I’ve listed + linked to all the materials you’ll need down below.
— Circular metal chair frame
— General Purpose Sandpaper
— Rust-Oleum Spray Paint, Metallic Carbon Mist
— White Nylon Rope (282 ft., 1/4 inch 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.
Wouldn’t this be great on your deck or balcony for some cozy patio furniture? Let me know what you think down below and if you might give it a try.