Easy DIY hanging rope shelf tutorial: how to make beautiful boho farmhouse wood wall shelves for storage & home decor, with rope & a drill!
Confession: until just a year ago, I used to be a total power tool phobia. The only time I touched a power tool, was to hand it to hubby.
So, when some blogger friends invited me to a power tool challenge, I was instantly intrigued. Really, can we build furniture with just a drill, the least intimidating of all power tools? ( OK, the lovely hardware store people will make a couple of simple cuts for us, of course!)
Easy to build and hang, this beautiful gold and turquoise DIY rope shelf is also collapsible, great for those of us who move a lot or love to rearrange furniture! It is so rewarding and empowering to be able to build your own furniture! This was how I felt when I jumped into a 16 week wood working class and made this wall cabinet!
The rope shelf we are making today is a lot easier!
Materials and tools to make DIY hanging rope shelf:
- ropes: you can use 25 feet of 3/8″ to 1/2″ jute or sisal rope, or cotton rope that comes in many colors.
- wood shelves: each piece measures 8″ wide by 24″ long by 0,75″ thick. If you get 1×8 pine or other type of wood at the hardware store, they will cut it into 2′ section for you.
- paints: I used acrylic paint to dye the ropes and paint the shelves.
- It’s super easy to hang the shelf. We used Monkey Hook Easy Picture Hangers for Drywall, 50lb.
- the only tool we need is a drill! And a 3/4″ Drill Bit like this
Step 1: prepare ropes for hanging wood shelves
This step is optional. Dye the rope by dipping it into a bowl of diluted yellow acrylic paint. Lay it on plastic or hang it to dry.
Sisal ropes can have lots of loose fiber hanging, so I trimmed it a bit to give a cleaner look.
Step 2: mark wood shelves & drill holes
Here’s a easy little trick on how to drill the 4 holes on each board: cut a square piece of paper 1.5″x1.5″, line it at each of the 4 corners, and draw a dot at the other corner. This will give us the centers for the drill to start.
Use some scrap wood under the board that will be drilled through to protect your work table. Sand the wood a little if needed.
We used a 3/4″ Drill Bit like this to drill the holes for the ropes to go through.
Step 3: how to tie knot for DIY hanging rope shelf
Paint the wood with your favorite colors of acrylic paint or milk paint. I love turquoise, I also diluted the acrylic paint so the wood grains still shows a bit.
Cut 2 pieces of 1/2″ thick rope, each about 12.5′ long.
I also colored a small piece of sisal rope the turquoise color for some fun details later.
Fold a piece of rope in half, start making the first 2 knots, one at about 11″ from the mid point, the other at 13″ from mid point.
Thread through the 2 holes on the top shelf, then tie a knot on the underside of each hole. Repeat on the other side.
The second and third shelf are all spaced at 12″ apart. So measure the rope and do the same knotting and threading for each shelf, keep testing and adjusting the knots if needed.
Gotta have tassels right? It’s so easy to make tassels with sisal ropes!
After the last knot, keep loosening all the twists on the ropes until you get a tassel like bundle. I also added the small piece of turquoise rope for a fun accent.
There are many ways to hang the shelf. We have dry wall, so we used Monkey Hook Easy Picture Hangers for Drywall, each with 50 lb capacity.
What style should we call our rope shelf? Beachy and carefree? Colorful boho farmhouse? 🙂
Talking about carefree, this two pallet potting bench is definitely part of the group!