Introduction

If you have an existing dock, adding a cantilevered hammock can be a quick and easy way to increase the relaxation areas without taking up deck space.

Step 1

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Get Started

Start with a layout. Existing posts on a 6-8' center are ideal for this setup. In our case, we chose an L-shaped layout with two 4'x8' hammock areas. We also chose to install the hammocks 18" above the deck to make it easier to get in while not creating a fall hazard.

Step 2

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Cut and Mount Posts

Next cut two 2x8's per hammock panel to 4' and angle cut the outer ends to 5.5". Drill two 5/8" holes 4" apart on the inner end and mount to the posts with 5/8" carriage bolts, washers, and nuts. Using the post and the horizontal 2x8's as a guide, mark and cut 22" gussets from another 2x8. Mount the gusset to the post with a 5/8" carriage bolt.

Step 3

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Add and Secure Gusset

Using a wood clamp, secure the gusset to the horizontal 2x8 and drill two 5/16" holes approximately 8" apart using a long drill bit. Next, pass the 1/4" threaded rod through each hole, install a washer and cap nut on one end, and trim the other end to 1/4" long with the reciprocating saw. Finally, install a washer and cap nut on this end, making sure it tightens the horizontal and gusset 2x8's together.

Step 4

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Install a 2x6

Using a bit driver install a 2x6 across the 2x8 horizontals with (2) 3" coated wood screws at each.

Step 5

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Add Extra Support

Because we were also framing a new roof, we extended a hip beam out to help support the corner of the hammock framing. A 1/4" coated cable and clamps were used between the two. If you don't have a similar condition, install a diagonal gusset from the far corner back to the deck posts.

Step 6

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Install Eye Hooks

Install screw eye hooks around the perimeters of the frames to support the hammock panels.

Step 7

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Add the Hammock

Install the hammock panels by clipping the outside rope through a spring loaded carabiner the clip that to the screw eye hooks. Be sure to pull the panels tight as they will stretch slightly over time.

Step 8

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Enjoy

Now lay back, relax, and enjoy your new custom hammocks with some outdoor pillows.