It is pretty easy learning how to make a swing chair at home as long as you have the materials you need and the model you have in mind. A swing chair is sure to add a fresh perspective to your space and your life whether indoors or outdoors.
This article will give you some points for consideration to help you decide what type of swing chair to get. You will also be guided step-by-step in making your very own swing chair if you choose that a simple but versatile hammock is the one for your space.
How To Make A Hammock at Home
A hammock is a type of swing chair that is easy to make at home. There are various benefits of having a hammock at home aside from enhancing your lovely space. Here is an easy step-by-step guide on making your very own hammock.
Step #1. Measure your space
Before you go and procure your materials, you should have a measurement of the space you will put the hammock in. Take note of the length from the floor to the ceiling and the diameter of the ideal sitting area.
It will also be helpful if you measure out your sitting height to ensure that the final product will not be too low or too high for you to sit on. Ignoring this step may lead to uncomfortable lounging times in the future, and you wouldn’t want to regret installing your hammock chair in the first place, would you?
Step #2. Prepare the materials
Depending on the measurement of your space, get a hold of the following materials: a braided rope and wooden dowel, a fabric of your choice, a spring snap link, and a quick link. It is up to you what types and designs you would want for your hammock.
For the equipment, prepare a safety pin, a drill, a drill bit, a sewing machine for the fabric, an iron, shears, a yardstick for measurements, and a lighter.
Step #3. Cutting the fabric
Fold the fabric in half, laying it flat on your working area. From the open-top corner, measure 7 inches using a yardstick and mark it.
Trace a line from the mark down to the bottom corner of the fabric. Afterward, cut and discard the angled corners.
Step #4. Sewing the fabric
Unfold the fabric. Fold the top edge down by half an inch. Iron it to lay flat.
Fold it once again by half an inch and iron as well. Pin the folds and sew the bottom part of the fold. Repeat the same steps for the bottom edge.
Next, turn the canvas such that the unhemmed edge is facing you. Fold the two remaining edges by one and ½ inches and iron.
Sew the newly folded edges along the bottom edge of the fold. Consider reinforcing all the edges with another round of stitches to ensure that it will hold its place.
Step #5. Prepare the dowel
Put your hands on the wooden dowel and measure 2 inches and 4 inches on both ends. Mark and drill two holes entirely through on each end. Using sandpaper, smoothen any rough edges.
Step #6. Attach the rope
From one end of the rope, measure 3 inches and tie a knot. You can either melt or put tape on the end of the rope to make sure it will not fray. Using a safety pin, attach it to the other end of the rope so you can make it go through the holes easier.
Grab the dowel and thread the rope through one of the outer holes. Continue threading it up from the widest corner of the fabric seat to the top’s narrow corner. About 3 feet from the first knot, tie another knot and insert it into the other hole of the dowel.
Continue threading the rope to the second hole of the other end and do the same thing you did for the first side. Finally, tie a knot, making sure to leave a tail of about 3 inches. Adjust the fit accordingly before you tighten the knots you made.
Step #7. Put the links on
Grab the rope part that goes along the dowel’s length and tie a knot in the center above the dowel. Leave a loop that measures about 8 inches. To this, attach the spring link and the quick link.
Step #8. Hang the hammock
Screw a hook securely into the ceiling, where you will hang the hammock. After hanging, you can test the hammock if it is to your liking. You can add some pillows or sitting cushions to make the hammock more comfortable to lounge on.
When it comes to building or getting a swing chair, remember to consider the size of the space, the shape of the swing chair, its weight capacity, and the material to make it with. Now that you learned how to make a swing chair, why not start making your own today?