Though, you could still get a low base-weight if that monster was your luxury item.
Great thread, guys! Very helpful as I consider my first DIY hammock.
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I tried one because it's cheap and easy. Now I've got an open hammock for chilling out while car camping when we bring the big old family t-word.
Hey so I tried using a 90x156 polyester crinkle taffeta tablecloth from tableclothfactory.com. I attached my suspension using a double sheet bend.
After a few hours of really comfortable sleep, I suddenly wake up on the ground! The material ripped straight across my shoulders. So, after spending the next few nights on the ground. I order a new tablecloth from the same place after scouring the forum about this method, assuring myself it was a one of a kind situation. Upon inspection of this new blank of the same size and fabric, I notice several "inconsistencies" in the weave of the material. Which is my only guess as to why it failed so suddenly.
I only weigh 190, I'm tall and skinny and I 'm pretty uneasy about moving around in this new hammock. I don't know how these other guys have managed to hang 300lbs in one of these, but I certainly would hesitate to try.
Just something to consider, I usually learn more from bad reviews of products than the good.
I think I'll be choosing a different source of material for my diy hammocks though.
Pros: $12-$18 for a hammock blank, extra width if desired
Cons: it's a tablecloth and there may be issues with the cloth leading to catastrophic failure
I've been lucky for the most part, 30+ tablecloth hammocks, 1 failure.
With the advent of the newer fabrics, 4 yards at less than $20, hem it and you have a quality hammock OR a $30 hammock from Dutchwaregear.com, there are better options in the same price range.
What I do like about the tablecloths is the W type fold and the ability to dial in the edges of the fabric and adjust comfort levels.
Have sherpas, will travel...
Triangles, it's all about the triangles.
Diy tablecloth hammocks in use.