How to Build a Hammock Stand

We didn't want to put this DIY hammock stand on the floor in case we decided to move it to another location in the backyard or if we moved and wanted to take it with us.

So we built it with a floating deck base for added weight and a pergola top to give it a little extra strength and a bit of shade too.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about How to Build a Hammock Stand with a deck and pergola

Source: Shara Woodshop Diaries

Choices of Materials For The DIY Hammock Stand

Since it was an outdoor project, I used treated wood to make it more weather resistant. If you have access to cedar, redwood, or another rot-resistant option, you can use that too.

Also, as this is an outdoor project, be sure to use OUTDOOR hardware (bolts, nails, screws, clamps) to assemble. Wood screws work fine, but I used mostly deck screws.

Size And Weight Specifications

We used 4x4 for the corner posts, 2 × 6 for the frame and part of the pergola, and 5/4 decks for the upper deck section.

We used this net with this project and it was 9 ′ long overall. If your net is longer, you will need to widen your support to accommodate the additional length.

This net has been valued at 450 pounds, so theoretically the structure should contain at least 450 pounds.

He wasn't 450 pounds to test, but he held 350 pounds well on the net (we both squeezed and added the dog to see if he would hold up haha).

We don't expect issues at 450 lbs (which is the most the network would handle anyway) BUT we are not a framework expert and if you have any doubts about the integrity of the framework for your application, please consult a professional.

Overall dimensions turned out to be approximately 11 ′ 6 wide, 8 high 6 high, and 72 ″ deep at the longest pergola piece at the top.

What You Need to Build this DIY Hammock Stand


  • (3) 4x4x8 posts (treated)
  • (1) 2x6x12 board (treated)
  • (8) 2x6x10 board (treated)
  • (6) 5/4 x 6x10 plates (treated)
  • (2) 2x2x8 plates (treated)
  • (6) 1x2x8 plates (treated)
  • (2) Mesh sheets
  • 2 ″ ″ wood screws
  • 1 ½ ″, 2 ½ ″ x 3 ″ external screws
  • (2) 7 ″ eyebolts
  • (4) washers
  • (2) nuts to fit the eyebolts
  • Hammock


  • Circular saw
  • Keyhole saw
  • Drilling conductor
  • Miter saw (optional)
  • Stapler

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