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    Need some advice on hammock material. (first project)

    Hi Guys,

    Firstly I should state that I'm a complete noob to building hammocks but am VERY keen on getting into it!

    I'm currently trying to find some cheap but decent lightweight material for my hammock. I've decided to try and source the fabric outside of New Zealand (home) because I think I can get it cheaper.

    I've found this lightweight parachute ripstop nylon for dirt cheap but am unsure whether or not it would hold me. I weigh about 73kg or 160 pounds
    http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk/pro...p91hrur2utp1r4

    I'm thinking that I will probably do a double layer so I can stuff a pad inside. I'm thinking that with the two layers it might be enough to hold me..

    What do you guys think?? If it's a bad idea can you recommend any places where I can get some good cheap material?

    Thanks!
    Zac

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    Its only 38 inches wide, no good for a hammock.

    Try to find something over 50 inches wide for a comfortable hammock, wider is better. 60 wide is really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Its only 38 inches wide, no good for a hammock.

    Try to find something over 50 inches wide for a comfortable hammock, wider is better. 60 wide is really nice.

    PS welcome to the forum.
    You can stitch side panels to the center panel and use narrower fabric. The seam involved is usually not that big a problem.
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    The same site also has the same product in white and is wide enough, sewing together sounds easy enough, any thoughts about being able to hold the weight?

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    38g/oz = ~1.3oz, convert meters to yards, and you have 1.1oz ripstop..

    The Warbonnet Blackbird hammock that's double-layered 1.1 ripstop is rated for 250 pounds...

    Should work great.

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