If you live in a small home and do not have a lot of wall space, you might find yourself longing for some extra hanging storage. But instead of going out to purchase hanging shelves, why not try making your own? In this video tutorial, I will show you how to make it happen with just three supplies.
How to Make a Hanging Rope Shelf
I think you will be astounded by just how fast and easy this project is, as well as how versatile it is.
How to Make a Hanging Wooden Shelf With Simple Materials
You literally need just three supplies to create a hanging shelf of your own. The only tool required is a pair of scissors.
Along with the scissors, you are going to need some crafting thread or cord. Whatever you choose, make sure it is robust, as it will be bearing the weight of the shelf and whatever you put on it. Any material or color is fine, as long as it will hold. A thin rope would work as an alternative as well.
Together with your crafting thread, you will need a slab of wood to serve as the shelf. You can use anything you want for this purpose. You could go with a floating shelf that you would usually nail to a wall, the top of an old table, or even just a plank of wood which has been cut to the shape and size you want. My piece of wood is round, but yours could be rectangular or any other shape you prefer.
Don't want to use wood for your shelf, but like the hanging shelf concept? Go wild and see what ideas you can come up with for fun and unusual materials. You could even make a hanging shelf like this using a large metal serving platter, for example, rather than a slab of wood.
Where to Hang Your Wooden Rope Shelf
As I mentioned before, what is awesome about this shelf design is just how versatile it is. Not only can you design your shelf to look however you like with the materials that you wish, but you can hang it absolutely anywhere you have space! It can work beautifully in your kitchen or bathroom to hold supplies, but it also can work in a bedroom or playroom, your living room, or outdoors on your patio. You can hang it against a wall or in open space; it is totally up to you.
DIY Hanging Shelf Step-by-Step Video and Photo Tutorial
Ready to get started making a hanging shelf of your own? Review the quick reference list of materials and tools below, and read on to the written instructions that accompany the video tutorial.
- Round cutting board or a piece of wood of your choice
- Sturdy crafting thread or cord
- You will need many pieces of cord or string for this project which are identical in length. The easiest way to do this is to pull the string off the spool and gather it in a loop. Then, while holding that loop, make another, and another, and another, and so on. When you think you have gathered enough (ideally, the quantity of strings should be divisible by four), cut the end connected to the spool. Then cut through the tops and bottoms of all the loops. This should give you a whole bunch of cords, all of the same length. They are also conveniently gathered together, as they need to be for the next step.
- It should be noted that this is a step which is difficult to describe in words, but which is pretty easy to convey in video. As you will see in the video, it is also extremely easy to do.
- If you would like, you can twist the strings together at this point to make them a bit more manageable.
- At one end of the bundle of cords, tie a simple overhand knot. This will hold the strings together at that end.
- Use the scissors to trim the ends so that they are even past the knot.
- When you are gathering your lengths of cord, I mentioned that they should ideally be divisible by four. That is so that during this step, you can separate them into four evenly-sized strands. Once you have those four strands, pull them in opposite directions from one another, distributing them so that they are equidistant from each other. Then, set down your slab of wood on top of them.
- Once you have your slab of wood on top of the four strands you have created, raise them all up and bring them toward the center. Where they join above, tie another overhand knot to secure them.
- Now you can hang up your shelf anywhere that you find it convenient.
My favorite Etsy shelves.
What to Create Next After Making Your Own DIY Hanging Storage Shelf
Since this is such a versatile project, you might want to create more of these to hang around your home. But if you want to try making a different type of shelf, here is a stunning hexagonal shelf you can create from ordinary popsicle sticks, if you're ready for even more here's a collection of 40 diy shelves.
In search of other DIY home organizing solutions? Here are 24 practical DIY storage ideas for your lawn and garden. If you have a closet to organize, take a look at these 12 budget organizing tips. And here are 30 ways you can organize around the home with command hooks. Enjoy getting organized, and check back soon for more fun, beautiful and practical DIY projects.