How to make a DIY portable Hammock stand

Updated May 2015

A rather frustrating issue I faced every Fall was that my son’s Cub Scout Pack got stuck in a site with no trees suitable for hanging a hammock. None. Zilch! I have had to resort to sleeping on the ground in a tent (gasp!), which means lots of tossing and turning, as well as backaches for the  next few days.
I had seen various “portable” hammock stands around the internet, but many were too bulky (I need a light, portable solution).

This hammock stand just might be the hammock stand I’ve been looking for.

*many of the links will take you to a trusted retail site where you will find additional product info and can purchase hammock gear, if you like. has a wide selection of hammock gear here.

Or these reputable retailers:

Hammock projects you might like:

You can imagine how pleased I was when I found the illustration below at

It is no secret that I am a big fan of author and illustrator Derek Hansen. He did a great job of simplifying this project in the illustration below. I’ll have to gather the materials and make one soon. 🙂

How to make a portable Hammock stand

How to make a portable Hammock stand

About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.