Making Rope Knots for a Chair Hammock Making Rope Knots for a Chair Hammock

Everybody loves to laze around doing nothing some of the time and what better place is there to do just that than in a chair hammock? There are so many different types of knots that it can be very difficult to know exactly which knots should be used to construct your chair hammock. Learning about rope knots will help to create a long lasting chair hammock.

Practice Makes Perfect

You can't hope to be able to make a chair hammock from scratch unless you first spend some time practicing your knot tying techniques. Use a small piece of rope to practice tying bowline knots. This does seem difficult at first, however, after a while, you will get used to the pattern.

The Internet is a fantastic resource for anyone trying to learn rope knot techniques and this should be your first port of call. Spend time learning about the bowline knot and then practice it by yourself. There are lots of videos on the Internet which can teach you how to tie knots which are safe and secure.

Cutting the Rope

You now need to cut the piece of rope so that it's easy enough to manage but also long enough to do everything you want. The free end of the rope must be at least twelve times the diameter of the rope, this will make it much harder for the rope to become un-knotted.

Make sure you measure accurately before you cut the rope. Any mistakes could mean that you waste the rope and so need to buy more rope.

Fixing the Chair Hammock

Now you need to threat the rope through the hardware or wrap it around the tree where you want the chair hammock to be fitted. Make a loop which is a couple of inches big similar to how you would make any other knot. Wrap the rope around itself and then threat it back through the loop. Pull tightly and this will form the bowline knot.

You need to check that every knot is strong, while this is a strong knot under pressure there is a danger that things could get lose.  If you get in and out of the chair often then this can damage the knots and weaken them.

It is very tempting to swing on the hammock however it's actually very important that you test it when stationary before you start swinging on it.


It's important to note that chair hammocks need regular care and attention. It's possible for ropes to become damaged and fray over time. You must spend time checking that the ropes are in good condition before you sit on the chair hammock again.

If you do not think the bow knot offers enough security then you can also consider using other types of knots such as the double overhand stopper knot. The only thing you need to do is spend a couple of hours lying around in your chair hammock and soaking up the suns rays.

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