Easy DIY Hammock Stand

This DIY Hammock stand is easy to build using 4×4 wood with full instructions, video tutorial, and plans. Learn how to build a hammock stand in a few hours!

Easy DIY Hammock stand in garden with text overlay

Summer is almost around the corner! I have been busy trying to get our backyard ready for all the summer fun! 

We have wanted a hammock in our backyard for a long time… 

They make the perfect relaxation spot to snooze, daydream or just enjoy a book. But we don’t have any trees that are close enough or strong enough. So, of course, I built us a hammock stand! 

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I exclusively used 4×4 redwood boards to build the free-standing hammock stand. It is a really simple and easy build and can be built in just a few hours making it the perfect weekend project! 

So, you can build one and relax in it the same the weekend.

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DIY Hammock stand made with wood with a colorful hammock on it.

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Video Tutorial

Below is a full video tutorial showing how I made this easy freestanding hammock stand. Step-by-step instructions and details follow.


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Step-By-Step Tutorial

This freestanding DIY hammock stand is really simple and has 3 basic parts –

  1. The base
  2. The uprights
  3. The braces

Step 1: Make Cuts for Half-Lap Joints

Once you cut the timber to size based on the plans, make cuts for the half-lap joints. There are a total of 4 half-lap joints – hence 8 cuts.

Don’t let the half-lap joints scare you!

It was my first time making these types of joints and it turned out really simple and easy using a circular saw! I promise you will love how easy it is! 

Follow along in the video as I show you exactly how to do this but here are a few notes.

How to make half-lap cuts

How to make half lap cuts to build the hammock stand base
  • Set your circular saw depth to half the width of the 4×4. Be sure to measure your timber stock to get the accurate size because there can be variations.
  • Clamp your 4×4 posts to a sawhorse or work table and mark the exact start and end location where you want to make the half lap cuts. 
  • Using the circular saw, make the cuts on the lines you marked. Be sure to account for the blade kerf and that the cuts are within the lines.
  • Once you have the start and end cuts defined, go to town making lots of thin cuts between the two. 
  • Use a chisel to break and remove all the thin chips and clean up any leftover pieces. 
  • That’s it! Test the joint. It should be easy to lay the other piece but tight enough that it doesn’t move. 

Step 2 – Build the Base

Attaching base of the DIY Hammock stand.

Once the half-lap joints are cut, lay them out upside down and attach using 3″ exterior wood screws. Be sure to make pilot holes before driving the screws.

Step 3 – Attach the Uprights

This is the only step where you need two people. The upright needs to be held in place by one person while the other attaches it. 

Attaching the uprights for the hammock stand made with 4x4

Be sure to drive the screws perpendicular to the upright.

Step 4 – Attach the Braces

  • Cut and attach the braces per the plans between the base and uprights using the 3″ exterior wood screws
  • This needs to be a tight fit – it is better to start off a little longer than needed and do a rough fit as you slowly shave off the boards until you get the perfect fit. 
  • I also used this to mark the exact angles before cutting to account for any variations. 
Attaching braces to the base of DIY hammock stand

Step 5 – Finish the Hammock Stand

You can use the stain or paint of your choice to finish the hammock stand.

I used this transparent wood stain to enhance the color of the redwood. 

Close up look at the base of the DIY wooden hammock stand

Isn’t it just gorgeous?!

Step 6 – Attach hardware for the hammock 

Eye bolt and quick link to attach hammock to the DIY hammock stand

Step 7 – Add the Hammock

And enjoy! 

The great thing about using redwood for this free-standing DIY hammock stand is that it is light and easy to move around.

I can actually move it around by myself! It can be easily moved in the sun to sunbathe or to a shady space to relax.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to wrangle my kids out of it so I can relax in there 🙂

Anika on DIY Hammock stand in the garden

Now, raise your hand if you need one of these in your backyard! 

DIY Hammock Stand Plans

I have you covered with the printable plans to build your own freestanding hammock stand.

GET THE PRINTABLE PLANS

If you decide to build it, I’d love to see it!  Feel free to email photos to me at anika@anikasdiylife.com or tag me on Instagram @anikasdiylife for a chance to be featured on social media!

 DIY Hammock Stand

DIY Hammock Stand

Yield: 1 hammock stand
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 3 hours
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: Depends on wood species used

Build a DIY Hammock stand with just 3 power tools and 4x4 lumber

Instructions

  1. Download the Download the printable plans for all the dimensions
  2. Cut the timber to size and make cuts for the half lap joints. There are a total of 4 half lap joints - hence 8 cuts.
  3. Once the half lap joints are cut, lay them out upside down and attach using 3" exterior grade screws.
  4. Cut the uprights as per the plans
  5. Attach by making pilot holes and driving three 4" outdoor wood screws.
  6. Cut and attach the braces per the plans between the base and uprights using the 3" exterior grade screws. 
  7. This needs to be a tight fit - it is better to start off a little longer than needed and do a rough fit as you slowly shave off the boards until you get the perfect fit. 
  8. I also used this to mark the exact angles before cutting to account for any variations. 
  9. Use stain or paint of your choice to finish the hammock stand.
  10. Measure 2½" from the top and drill a hole to attach the eye bolt. 
  11. Use washers on each side of the bolt. 
  12. Add the ½" quick link to attach the hammock.
  13. Add the hammock and enjoy!

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She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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3 Comments

  1. Amazing project and that hammock looks so inviting. Now you just need a long extension cord so you can do your blogging work from the backyard 😀

  2. I would love to build this but I am having trouble accessing the PDF plans. Is there a way you can email me them directly! Thank you for your wonderful post!

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