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
- (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.
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!