I love a good weekend project especially if it involves making storage solutions that are pretty and affordable! Living in a small home has its perks but for someone like yours truly who’s a sucker for anything bright and shiny, it’s only a matter time before clutter starts piling up. I love collecting bits and bobs is what I’m trying to say.
Optimizing blank wall spaces is my favorite way of extending storage spaces in a small home. I hate to see all that vertical spaces go to waste! If you feel the same way, have I got the perfect weekend project for you: DIY hanging shelves.
Not only do these pretty shelves offer flexible storage for your stuff, they also pull double duty as art pieces. Who can say no to that? Ready to get started? Let’s begin!
You will need:
2 pcs. 18x3x1 craft wooden boards
1 pc. 80-inch parachute rope cord or longer
2 pcs. 2-inch metal rings
Step 1: Drill the Board
If you can’t find pre-cut wood, you can buy a 36-inch long wood and cut it in half. If you don’t know how to cut the wood yourself, have a buddy or a professional cut the wood for you.
Using the drill, drill two holes on the opposite ends of the board. You can use a measuring tape to do this or eyeball it. Just make sure the holes are parallel to each other. Set aside.
Step 2: Assembling the Knotted Cords
Cut two pieces of 40-inches cord (or your desired length), leaving enough room for the knotted ends. Fold the cords in half then place the folded ends under the metal ring.
Now pull the folded ends of the rope over the metal ring. Pull the rest of the cord through the loop until taut to create the knot around the metal ring.
Step 3: Assembling the Shelves
Separate the ropes into two strands, pulling each strand into the drilled holes of the wooden board. Check if the length of the cords is equal on all sides and adjust the rope length according to how high or low you want the shelves to be.
Once you got the length right, flip the wooden board, tie the ends of the rope under it and trim the excess and you’re done!
Step 4: Hang the Shelves
Now you’re ready to hang your DIY shelves! Pretty neat, right? I suggest hanging the shelves in tight corners or blank walls to display your decors.
Loved this small home DIY? Stay tuned for more simple tutorials you can try on the weekends!