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Easy DIY Home Décor: How to Make a Rope Shelf (8-Step Tutorial)

Ashutosh Singh Avatar Ashutosh Singh


  • Wood planks
  • Sisal rope
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)
  • Hooks for hanging it on the wall
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bits for concrete and wood of the required thickness


Floating shelves add style to any room and are excellent for displaying items. They can also be used to create a charming visual composition to fill up a blank wall, especially when you arrange a lovely collection of decorative accessories on them. You don’t need to purchase an expensive hanging shelf. This tutorial will show you how you can make hanging rope shelves at home, using planks of wood and rope. It’s one of the easiest ideas for making DIY wall shelves. So, let’s begin!

2 hoursDifficultyMedium

Step 1: Drill holes in the wood

Use a tape measure to mark the points where you will drill holes in the wood planks. Then, with a wood drill bit, make the holes. Remember to choose the drill bit size based on the thickness of the rope you plan to use. Also, if you don’t already have hooks on the wall for hanging the rope shelves, now is a good time to drill the wall and add the hooks. 

Step 2: Prepare the sisal rope

You will need several metres of sisal rope, but don’t cut it to size yet as you can do that at the end after making any adjustments that are needed. To make the rope easier to pass through the drilled holes, tape the ends to make it thinner and to hold the fibres together.

Step 3: Pass the rope through the upper shelf

You should start by passing the rope through the holes in the topmost shelf as it will make it easier to assess how it will work out.

Step 4: Knot the rope

Tie a knot just below the hole in the shelf, once you adjust the length on both sides. You needn’t knot too tightly right now as you might have to make some final adjustments.

Step 5: Take the rope through the bottom shelf

Next, take the rope through the holes in the bottom shelf. Then, knot the rope and cut the extra length. Remember to leave some extra rope length, in case you need to make adjustments.

Step 6: Repeat the process of tying the knots

Now, follow the steps mentioned in steps 4 and 5, but this time, tie the knots tightly. It’s best to follow this order to ensure that you need to make minimal adjustments.  

First – the holes at the back, starting with the top one, and then the bottom one.

Next – the front holes, first the top one, followed by the bottom one.

Step 7: Adjust the hanging rope shelves

After you tie all the knots, hang it on the hooks where you plan to place it, preferably with some weight on it. Then, adjust the knots once again, if required and cut the extra rope at the bottom and remove the tape from the rope ends.

Step 8: Decorate

Your shelf is now ready to be decorated. 

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