How To Build A DIY Pergola Hammock Stand

It’s a beautiful day and your backyard is begging you to relax. Do you enjoy the feeling of swaying gently and letting go completely in a hammock? Do you feel this not possible because you don’t have the trees to tie up both ends of the hammock?

In this article, we can ignore the trees and find out how to set up a hammock stand with a pergola.

How Do You Build A DIY Pergola Hammock Stand? There are varying degrees of difficulty so please choose an option that fits your DIY skill level at carpentry. Let’s keep it basic and inexpensive. Avoid buying an expensive pergola/hammock kit and let’s get started. 

Why Should I Choose A Pergola Hammock Stand?

The decision to source out the materials and carve out the spare time necessary for a DIY pergola hammock stand project needs extra motivation. The following reasons may do it for you.

  1. You enjoy the feeling of staying at home on a gorgeous day without the need to step out of your comfort zone or deal with crowds.
  2. You have enough space in your yard, but you don’t have the trees situated in the right spot to tie up a basic hammock.
  3. You are eager to build something with your hands that isn’t daunting or extremely difficult.
  4. You may require shade above the hammock on hot, sunny days, but there is no shade to be found in your yard.
  5. A pergola hammock stand satisfies all of the above while creating a show-stopping piece that family and friends will gather around or enjoy as much as you do.

Can I Repurpose A Pergola For More Than Just A Hammock?

You can absolutely create a multifunctional pergola when you’re not using it as a hammock. You can consider the same pergola you build for the hammock to also create a shady spot for:

  • a swing
  • an outdoor kitchen
  • patio furniture
  • a garden
  • outdoor dining
  • add extra financial value to your property 

A larger pergola can fit a hammock and extras like a garden or a dining table. The size makes all the difference in your ability to make it multifunctional. The added property value it can create also makes it an attractive option when it comes to the possibility of selling in the future.

What Is The Standard Measurement For A Pergola Hammock?

If you want to focus on the basic and least expensive DIY pergola hammock stand option, then let’s measure out the space required.

  • 8 feet
  • 10 feet
  • 15 feet
  • 15+ feet

In this article, we will recommend and measure out 16 feet of space. Standard pergola sizes that are for multipurposed can be  8′ x 8′ but we’re looking at a pergola that is basically designed and built long and narrow for a hammock only.

The design for this article will require:

  • 2 posts that are 4 x 4 and 10 feet long into the ground
  • 2 beams that are 2 x 6 and 16 feet long
  • 6-10 boards that are 2 x 4 to run perpendicular across the top

What Are Some Safety Issues To Consider When Building A DIY Pergola Hammock Stand?

With all building projects, it’s best to not overextend our capabilities. It’s best to start with these safety considerations in mind:

  • Basic carpentry skills
  • A friend or partner 
  • Ladder safety
  • Head protection
  • Eyewear
  • Gloves

What Are The Tools Needed For A DIY Pergola Hammock Stand?

Tools can vary depending on the scope of the project. For this article, we’re trying to keep it as simple as possible, but the following tools will be required.

  • A shovel or post hole digger
  • A table saw, buzz saw or milter saw
  • A hammer
  • A long level tool
  • A drill 

What Are The First Steps To Get Started With A DIY Pergola Stand?

Remember that the instructions or steps below fall in line with the boards we have purchased for this project. We will list them again in this section for clarity:

  • 2 posts that are 4 x 4 and 10 feet long into the ground
  • 2 beams that are 2 x 6 and 16 feet long
  • 10-15 boards that are 2 x 4 to run perpendicular across the top

The following steps are listed in order with a few notes underneath.

Day 1

  1. Dig a hole that is 3 feet deep.
  2. Dig a second 3 foot hole 16 feet away.
  3. Place a 10 foot post in each hole so that 3 feet is in the ground and 7 feet are above.
  4. Screw one of the 16 foot posts to the two posts to connect them together.
  5. Screw smaller boards of any size to stabilize the base of the 10 foot posts before pouring in the concrete.
  6. Pour in the concrete into the 3 foot holes.

Notes:

Dig with a shovel or rent/borrow a post hole digger for accuracy and ease of use. Screwing the posts together requires a drill and as many screws you feel are necessary. Skilled carpenters use fewer screws, but we’re not judging here. Use as many as you need.

A long level helps to keep everything straight. Eying it without a long level may not reach the desired outcome of a perfectly straight and leveled pergola.

The concrete needs to be mixed with water and you should stir it in the hole with a metal stick or pole while pouring. Wait for it to settle and dry before continuing.

How Long Should I Wait Until The Posts In The Holes Filled With Concrete Sets?

The rule of thumb is to wait overnight to ensure that the concrete has set and the posts are secure before continuing. Different climates and conditions can make it shorter or longer for the waiting period to have the concrete set.

It’s best to leave the project alone for today and get back to it tomorrow. You have done plenty of work for one day and you’re almost there.

DIY Pergola Hammock Stand: Day 2

The 16 foot posts on top are 2 x 6 beams and they’re heavy. One or two friends or partners will come in handy. A ladder or two will also be a major plus. The first 16 foot beam could have been screwed the day before to help keep it level while the concrete had set.

  1. Attach the second beam today parallel to the first 16 footer.  You will need bolts that are about 8 inches long and 3/8 inches wide. Predrill the holes in the beams, then hold them before drilling through the posts.
  2. For decorative purposes, cut the ends of the beams at a 45 degree angle.
  3. Now that the bolts are secure and the beams are cut at the ends, it’s time to add perpendicular 2 x 4s across the top to provide shade and style to your pergola.
  4. Cut the end of each 2 x 4 at a 45 degree angle as well for a better overall look. You can decide how many of these boards you wish to lay across the top. We went with 15 to provide more shade and they just looked good that way.
  5. Each 2 x 4 board can be drilled down into the 16 foot beams with 5 inch screws.

Bonus:

This final step was a bonus for aesthetic and functional reasons. We wanted it to look better and we wanted more shade.

You can grab cheap 1 x 2 boards and run them perpendicular over the 2 x 4 boards you already screwed on top. The 1 x 2 boards will run on top and resemble crisscross latticework.

You can keep going if you wish, by adding another layer of boards for more of this patterned effect, but we were satisfied with the results.

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How High Off The Ground Should I Hang My Hammock Hooks?

Hanging the hooks for your hammock to attach to is a welcoming task once all the big work is done and dusted. It’s best to determine the height based on your size. A good average is about 5 feet off the ground.

If you are on the lighter or shorter side of life and would like kids to use it as well, you can reduce the height to 4 or 4.5 feet. A taller individual would prefer a height of 5.5 feet.

What Is The Final Step To Building A Pergola Hammock Stand?

The final step is to grab a cold drink and lie down! Just kidding, but you’re almost there.

Stain the boards with a water sealed outdoor stain that will ensure your DIY pergola hammock stand lasts for many years to come.

Attach your hammock and get ready to relax at home like you never have before.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can A Pergola Support A Hammock?

A pergola built for the purpose of acting as a hammock stand will be the best option. The vertical posts will be 3 feet deep into the ground with concrete that has set it into place.

A standard pergola that isn’t as sturdy and built only for shade to place furniture or a garden underneath will sway and feel like it isn’t secure. If your hammock doesn’t cause your pergola to sway, you should be fine.

Should I Buy A Pergola Hammock Stand Kit?

Pergola kits or hammock stands sold separately are going to cost you a lot more money. The purpose of this article is to help you save money and feel the satisfaction of a DIY project that isn’t too daunting or extremely challenging with the right material, tools and a helping hand or two.

How Much Weight Will A Pergola Hammack Stand Support?

This is all going to depend on the posts being firmly set into the ground with concrete. Without concrete and a little swaying, it’s best to keep it at 200lbs of weight. With the post set in concrete, you can add two people at up to 300-350lbs. Make sure to use a high quality hammock made of tough material or fabric.

We At Wonderful Backyard Hope You Enjoy Your Pergola Hammock Stand!