DIY Renter’s Swing Shelf

This DIY project is well overdue. I first posted about this swing shelf back in July when Rowan & I moved into our condo. When you live in a small space, using wall space is important for storage and to create an overall homey feeling. But, when you rent, if you want your deposit back, you can’t just go around putting holes in the walls, as much as we might like to sometimes.

So, while I was browsing Pinterest for ideas, I came across many swing shelves. While the hooks they used would likely only create small holes, I wanted to avoid holes completely. Eventually, I figured out I could create a swing type shelf that would hang from command hooks instead! See below for all the details.

What you need

  • 2 – 5lb capacity Command Hooks
  • Some sort of wood that weights less than 5lbs – Mine measured 2″x 4″ x 2.5′
  • 2 pieces of rope approximately 4′ each – I used white craft rope from a craft store. I should be fairly thick & strong enough to hold the wood. Here is a good option!
  • Optional: Paint/Spray Paint


  1. (Optional) spray paint your command hooks to match your decor. I chose gold.


2. (optional) paint your wood to match your decor. I used regular wall paint & spray paint.

3. Drill 5mm holes (or about the same circumference as your rope) about 2 inches apart on either side of the wood/shelf.

IMG_1357 IMG_1358Β 4. Thread your rope through the holes in the wood/shelf. I wrapped tape around the end to make it thinner and easier to pull through the hole. The ends of the rope should both be thread through to the same side to create a U-shape.

5. Tie a knot on the bottom side of the shelf at each hole to secure the rope.

6. Repeat on the other side of the wood/shelf.


7. You should now have two U-shaped “handles” on either side of your shelf. Following the instructions on the command hook package, place the command hooks on your wall in-line with the holes on either side of your wood/shelf.

8. Hang your shelf by looping the u-shaped “handles” over each of the command hooks.


Add whatever you like! If you used 5lb-capacity command hooks, just remember not to exceed 10lbs (including the shelf).

*Note: The command team said to make sure they are level – it will ensure nothing bad happens!

  • laci

    I don’t rent and absolutely love this what a perfect idea !! I’m definitely doing it πŸ™‚ Laci

    • floralsandteacups

      It’s definitely quick, easy & not messy at all! Anyone could use it πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

  • These shelves would be adorable! Though I don’t always have the best luck with those command hooks… Great idea though! πŸ™‚

  • This is so cute!! thanks for sharing

  • What a great idea! I need more space, and these shelves are perfect.

  • This is adorable. I do rent and I know that finding spaces to decorate and add a little personality are key to making it feel like home. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  • So cute! Perfect for renters!

  • We rent as well, and this is a fun idea! I have never heard of a swing shelf!

  • this is so cute! I have never seen anything like this before. x, kenz

  • That’s very cute. I’ve heard of the swing shelf but not using the command hooks. Very savvy – only question: Does it leave residue on the wall after you pull them off? We use to rent out and didn’t let our renters use those hooks for that reason.

    Still very cute idea! I love the look of them.

    • floralsandteacups

      Hi Chel!

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      So far, I haven’t had any issues with them leaving anything behind! I used them while renting throughout school too πŸ™‚


  • Great work. It looks so modern and edgy. The shelf looks amazing and everything but I couldn’t stop looking at that panda! πŸ™‚

    • floralsandteacups

      Thanks! He is a gift from my boyfriend, we “adopted” a Giant Panda from the WWF and they sent this!

  • Love this idea and love what you put on your shelf. Love the color you painted the hooks!

  • This is an adorable idea! We own our home, but we’ve got some extensive renovations planned for the next year or two, so we don’t want to make too many permanent changes just to have to tear them down later. I’ve needed shelves in my office for a while, but didn’t want to buy/build them because I knew they’d be coming down later–but this is the perfect solution!

  • Very cute. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Disney TV show Phineas and Ferb, but when I saw your panda I thought “Oh, he’s a secret agent.”

  • Great idea