easy shelving diy

I'd been thinking about putting up some shelving in the house for a few weeks so when I came across some hanging shelves I decided to make my own! I'm so delighted with how they turned out, it's surprisingly easy and not expensive either.. all in all my favourite type of weekend project!

diy shelf


to make your own you'll need a few basic things, a length of wood (my shelf is a meter width but you can cut the wood to any dimensions) rope, a drill and 2 large hook screws. 

rope shelf diy

I opted for 8mm rope for my shelf so I drilled four 10mm holes in my piece of wood. the holes need to be bigger than the width of the rope or you'll struggle to feed it through (drill the two holes at each end of the shelf as pictured above) 

hanging shelf diy

you can leave the wood bare or paint it, I've given mine a few coats of basic white emulsion (you can use wood stain or wood gloss/satin paint depending on what finish you want)


next you'll need to drill two holes in the wall for the screw hooks (I recommend using wall plugs too) I've used the biggest screw hooks I could find as they'll be taking the weight of the shelf. if you're not very experience at drilling grab a bf/dad/uncle/friend to help with this!

diy hanging shelf

I cut my rope into 4 x 1m lengths and fed each length through the holes. tie a knot underneath (as above) the rope is very sturdy so this won't come undone- give it a hard tug to test!

hanging shelf diy

tie the two other ends into a knot and hang them over the two screws to finish! the nice thing about rope shelving is that you can easily adjust the height or level the shelf by adjusting the two top knots.

the materials for this project came in at around £15 and I have enough wood and rope left over to make a smaller shelf for my bathroom! 

what do you think.. would you be tempted to try your hand at something similar?

caroline x




29 comments

  1. This is so cute, I rope as a fabric.....this is my next DIY project! ;)

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    1. amazing!! ah I'm so glad :) thanks you xx

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    2. I've no idea how you got this level!! The rope at the back has to be slightly more tight than at the front and it's impossible to tighten the rope with any kind of precision. This looks so pretty but for me it's been a serious Pinterest fail.. 😔

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    3. try knotting only one of the top knots before you hang it-hook it over your first hook and you can level the shelf as you tie the final second top knot over the second hook (you have slack in the ropes until the last knot is tied.) hope that makes sense, thats how I made mine level. it's the top knots and where you place them as you hang that effects the level- thats easier to determine if you leave one of the sides untied at the top :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this DIY! This is so cute and seems so simple to recreate.

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    1. my pleasure!! it really is, I totally recommend it :) xx

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  3. This is so cute, and such a fun yet clever idea too x

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    1. thanks holl, chuffed you like it! :) xx

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  4. Gal you are responsible for so many of my DIY pins, fab!

    Georgina x
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    1. yaaaaaaay haha! thanks rascal, that's great to hear :) xx

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  5. Love this,simple and easy is a winner in my book! Meabh
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  6. Love this bookshelf! And that art work is gorgeous!

    Sophia / sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks so much babe! the art is from urban outfitters :) xx

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  7. i loved, these ideas are perfect!!

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  8. I've seen these on Pinterest a lot and always have in the back of my mind this will be a good one when I have a place of my own again. I never have enough storage!
    You've done a great job and I love what you have on the shelf. Gorgeous!
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    1. oh thanks you!! yes there's some nice double hanging ones but I wanted something a little more simple this time.. hope you do try them!! :) xx

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  9. Oh wow, this is SUCH a good idea! It looks really cute, may have to give this a go for my new study!

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  10. This is fantastic! At the moment I'm looking to do make over my bedroom somewhat yet I'm on quite a strict budget, this is such a cheap way of making some extra storage space; it also looks amazing too! :)
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    1. oh it really is- not too expensive and super satisfying to see your own handiwork up on the wall!! thanks amy :) xx

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  11. This looks great - so minimal and chic. What a great idea! Love it against the plain white walls. Nice idea :)

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    1. thanks so much kate!! so glad you like it :) xx

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  12. Yes! We have an impossibly high bed and I have been struggling to find real bedside tables for years! So pumped to make this happen asap!

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  13. Have you considered adding a shelf or two to it? think it would hold up?

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  14. My husband and I made this today! I pinned it months ago and finally got around to it! It was super easy and looks awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  15. Great idea! I am definitely gonna try it soon!
    i just have a question- do you think it's strong enough to hold a dozen of books?

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  16. I'm going to try these this weekend! Doing a different twist - painting them fun colors for a stuffed animal swing in my daughter's playroom! Can't wait to see how they turn out!

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