How to DIY Quick and Easy Hanging Shelving in 5 easy steps by Continental Window Fashions
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How to DIY Quick and Easy Hanging Shelving in 5 easy steps

How to DIY Quick and Easy Hanging Shelving in 5 easy steps

Storage is a common problem in most homes. We tend to have more stuff than space! Shelving is a great way to create more storage because it makes use of dead wall space without taking up any floor area. And if done correctly, shelving can be a beautiful focal point in a room as well as a being useful. But shelving can be so expensive!



hanging shelf in home office with small wooden desk and pot plant



Curtain hardware is made to hold weight while looking great, so it makes perfect sense to utilize it for some hanging shelves. This very cute little shelf is sturdy and looks pretty and can be put together in a couple of hours. Try different belt and curtain hardware options to create the look you want – the options are endless! Try colourful rods for a fun focal in a kids’ room, or cast iron for a masculine look.



diy hanging shelf materials, including jigsaw, belts, measuring tape, pencil, curtain brackets and plywood



You will need:

  •     6 belts
  •     2 pieces of 5/8” pine plywood, cut to 8” x 40” and 9 ½” x 40”
  •     Paint in the color of your choice
  •     40” curtain rod
  •     2 x curtain brackets
  •     2 x end caps



You will also need:

  • 100 grit sandpaper
  • Jigsaw or figure saw



hanging belt shelf graphic plan




Step 1:


measuring tape and pencil on plywood for shelving tutorial



Using the template above, measure the slots where the belts will be inserted. The top shelf gets a longer 4” slot for two belts and the bottom shelf a 2” slot.




Step 2:


jigsaw cutting out sections where belts will slip through



Drill holes into the slots until you have a space big enough to insert the jigsaw blade or figure saw. Then carefully cut the slots.




Step 3:


painting the edges of shelving unit

Use a small sponge roller to paint the edges of the shelves in the color of your choice. Allow to dry.




Step 4:


sanding the shelves of the hanging shelf



Lightly sand the shelves and wipe with a clean cloth to remove any dust.






close up of black belt of home made hanging shelf



close up of hanging shelf in home office with glass cactus and belt detail



Install the curtain brackets on the wall and hang the rod and end caps. Thread the belts through the slots and hang over the rod.



diy hanging shelf in home office with black belt and bronze detail


We hope that you love this easy DIY as much as we do! Have a look at our other blog posts for some more inspiration: you won't believe what we've done with four finials, and a curtain rod! Please let us know in the comments below if you're going to try this project at home. And, please remember to bookmark this page so that you can come back easily for some more inspiring ideas and projects. We look forward to sharing another project with you soon! 



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