Create the perfect lazy-day backyard hammock area with these easy-to-follow and inexpensive ideas. Full product source list at the bottom of the post!

solar lights in backyard hammock area

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I am so excited to be joining in on another fun challenge with Remodelaholic! If you recall, we joined in on their 2×4 challenge last summer and threw together a quick and easy farmhouse-style outdoor patio table.

This year, it was a basic outdoor challenge and we opted for creating the perfect lazy-day backyard hammock area. Since Brett was on the road, I wanted to put something together as a fun surprise – spoiler alert, he loves it! We spent some time swinging together the evening he got back! 🙂

backyard hammock area on the lake

I spent a majority of my time trying to find the perfect hammock. I knew I wanted to go with the more traditional rope-style but also didn’t want it to break the bank. I ended up finding this one at our local home improvement store but rounded up a few other options for you below.

In the most recent landscaping plans, I planned on putting the hammock here:


After hauling the hammock out, I realized that space wasn’t big enough so decided to move it to the next tree over.

hammock in backyard overlooking lake

To “attach” it to each tree, I found these nifty hammock-hanging straps that even came with an ‘s’ hook!

hammock in backyard on the lake

I had to play around with the height several times. I know we’re both vertically blessed but I didn’t want to have it too high; hanging it too low resulted in severe grass burns on the butt. After undoing and re-hooking the entire contraption about seven times, I think I finally found the sweet spot – about five feet in the air. When Brett and I sat in it together, we slightly grazed the grass but not too bad.

outdoor hammock area

To add a little more relaxation to the atmosphere, I picked up these solar lights (adorable, aren’t they?!) and strung them across the top, from tree to tree. Thankfully the night I put everything together was clear and beautiful and it’s as every bit as magical as I’d hoped.

hammock on the lake at night with solar lights

To help with the mosquitoes and other bugs we seem to attract (hello #lakelife), I put out two citronella tiki torches and will probably have to bring out some more candles once summer is in full swing.

outdoor tiki torch next to hammock

Since I have dreams of enjoying a nice glass of wine out here while getting lost in a good book, I wanted to add a “table” for drink and candle holding. We had been looking for a place to use the engraved log that held our cake at the wedding and this seemed the perfect opportunity to put it to good use.

wooden stump for drink holder

Side note: if you ever need a good workout, try rolling a giant log UP a hill right after it’s been raining and the grass is all slippery. 🙂

outdoor throw blanket on hammock

To finish it all off, I picked up a few throw pillows from Target, some light throws and of course, some potted plants for added greenery.

galvanized bucket outside with throw pillows and summer blanket

Now off to relax!

outdoor hammock at night with solar lights

All our best,

Recreate the style: 

Hammock — Menards

Natural pillow — Target

Striped lumbar pillow — Target

Striped throw pillows – Amazon

Striped green mat — (similar style)

Green planter — (similar style)

Galvanized tub — Walmart

Striped blanket — (similar style)

Navy blanket — Target

Solar lights — Amazon

Tiki torches — (similar style)

Check out the other great outdoor challenge participants below!


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