DIY Macramé Chair

A DIY macrame chair

The Spruce / Stacy Fisher

Project Overview
  • Total Time: 2 - 3 hrs
  • Yield: 1 chair
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $60

Create a boho vibe with this DIY macrame chair that would look great inside or out. It may seem like an intimidating project but it's actually great for the beginner. It's a basic DIY project and only a couple of types of macramé knots are used. You'll love the look of the finished chair and is a great alternative to your everyday macramé projects.

This DIY macramé chair tutorial will take you through the steps of creating a frame for a hanging chair, adding a macramé pattern to create a hammock, and then attaching everything together so the chair can be enjoyed.

Practice even more knots with this free macramé wall hanging tutorial!

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Sand paper
  • Drill
  • 5/8 inch drill bit
  • Scissors

Materials

  • 3 1 1/4 inch hardwood dowels
  • 2 5/8 inch hardwood dowels
  • 4 1 inch wood screws
  • 200 yard 1/4 inch thick macramé cord
  • 120 inch 1/2 inch rope
  • Masking tape

Instructions

  1. Measure and Cut the Dowels

    Using your measuring tape and hand saw, cut all 3 of the 1 1/4 inch dowels so they are 30 inches in length.

    Measure and cut both of the 5/8 inch dowels so they are 36 inches long.

  2. Measure for the Screw Holes

    Take one of your 1 1/4 inch dowels and place a piece of masking tape the length of the dowel. This will help you keep your holes nice and even with each other. Make marks 2 inches and 3 1/2 inches from each end of the dowel. Repeat with a second 1 1/4 inch dowel.

    Grab the third 1 1/4 inch dowel, add a strip of masking tape, and make marks 3 1/2 inches from each end. Set this dowel over to the side, you won't need it until later.

    After you're finished marking, remove the masking tape.

    Three dowel rods marked

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  3. Drill the Screw Holes

    Dowel rods with holes drilled in them

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    Take your drill and drill holes at the marks you made on the dowels. You may want to start with a small drill bit and then work your way up to a 5/8 inch drill bit to make the final holes. The hole will go all the way through the dowel.

  4. Sand the Holes and Ends

    Take your sandpaper and sand the holes as well as the end of the dowels if needed.

  5. Create the Frame

    Take the two 1 1/4 inch dowel rods that have four holes and set them parallel to each other on a flat surface. Take your two 5/8 inch dowels and thread them through the outside holes to create a four-sided rectangular frame. Leave 1 inch of the smaller dowels sticking out from both the top and bottom.

    A rectangular frame

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  6. Screw the Frame Together

    Drill a small pilot hole where the dowels meet each other. Using your wood screws, secure the two pieces together. Repeat with the other 3 holes.

    A close-up of a screw in the frame

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  7. Temporarily Hang the Frame

    Before you start on your macramé, you need to hang the frame so you can work on it. For example, use some rope to hang it from a fence. This is a temporary location and doesn't need to be where you plan to hang the chair.

  8. Cut Your Macramé Cord

    Cut 16 pieces of macramé cord that are 26 feet long.

  9. Make Lark's Head Knots

    Take one of your pieces of macramé cord and fold it in half. Loop it around the top dowel and tie a Lark's Head knot by pulling the two cord ends through the loop. Repeat with the other pieces of macramé cord. You'll now have 32 cords to work with.

    A lark's head macrame knot on a rope

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  10. Make the First Row of Square Knots

    Take your first 4 cords and create a left-facing square knot with the 2 outside cords. Repeat tying the square knots for each set of 4 cords. Pull these knots tight, up to the top of the frame.

    A square knot for macrame

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  11. Start Your Pattern

    Skip the first two ropes. Take the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth cords and make a left-facing square knot. Making the knots in an offset pattern will make it more secure and give it a net-like appearance. Repeat the knots all the way across. Keep these knots 3 inches away from the row above.

    Square macrame knots

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  12. Continue Your Pattern

    Time for the third row! Use the first four cords to create a left-facing square knot. Continue making the square knots until you reach the end. Continue making the macramé knots, alternating between starting with the first cord and starting with the third cord. Remember to keep 3 inches away from the row above.

    A group of square macrame knots

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  13. Finish Your Pattern

    Keep making left-facing square knots until your macramé creation is 45 inches long. It should hang below the bottom dowel.

    Square macrame knots made in cord

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  14. Secure with Knots

    Take groups of 4 cords and tie them around the bottom dowel using a basic knot. Make a second knot to secure. Tie these knots as tightly as you can.

    A close-up of knots

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  15. Trim Your Macramé Cord

    Measure the macramé cord 12 inches from the bottom knots, and cut all the way across.

    Trimming the end of macrame cords

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  16. Cut Your Rope

    Take your 1/2 inch rope and cut a piece that is 120 inches long. Fold in half and knot a large loop in the center. This is the loop that will be used to hang your chair.

    Also, cut two pieces of rope that are 65 inches each. Set these aside.

    A loop in a rope

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  17. Attach the Rope to the Hanger

    Thread the two ends of the long piece of rope through the two outside holes on the dowel rod that you haven't used. Leave about 20 inches between the loop and the dowel. Tie basic knots underneath the dowel to secure.

    A rope attached to a dowel

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  18. Attach the Rope to the Top of Chair

    With the same piece of rope, thread it through the remaining holes on top of the chair. Knot in place with a basic knot. You should have about a 30 inch gap between the top of the chair and the dowel that's used for hanging. Keep this knot loose in case you need to adjust it later.

    Rope attaching dowel rods and macrame cord

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  19. Attach the Rope to the Bottom of the Chair

    Take one of the shorter pieces of rope and starting from the bottom of the frame, thread your rope up through one of the empty holes and tie a basic knot.

    Rope attaching a macrame frame

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  20. Finish the Hanger

    Continue threading the rope up all the way through the hanger dowel. Wrap the rope around this dowel and tie a knot, leaving 60 inches between the hanger dowel and the bottom dowel.

    Rope threaded through a macrame chair frame

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  21. Hang Your Chair

    Using a hanging chair mounting kit or a strong hook, you can attach your macramé chair to the ceiling if you'd like to hang it inside or on a porch. Outside, you can hang it by a tree branch. Secure all knots once you have the chair in the position you want.

    Be careful when first using this chair! You may find that you need to adjust knots before it can be used.

    A DIY macrame chair

    The Spruce / Stacy Fisher