My kids are all too old to play on swings, but I have such fond memories of spending the summer on the swing in my yard at my childhood home, I wanted to make one for myself to enjoy.
This hanging rope shelf has the same nostalgic charm as my wooden swing – it’s just a smaller version you can make in less than an hour.
How to Make a Simple Pallet Wood Hanging Rope Shelf
- wood plank
- ceiling hooks
- anchor bolt insert (if installing into drywall)
- paint (optional)
- sandpaper (optional)
1. Cut wood plank to desired length.
You can use new wood to make the shelf, but I wanted my rope shelf to have the same rustic look that my swing has, so I used a pallet plank. It looks ugly now, but that’s fixed in the next step
2. Paint and distress plank.
I loved the rough cut texture on the pallet plank and didn’t want to hide that, so I dry-brushed just enough paint to cover the splotches that were on it.
3. Drill holes on short edge of the plank.
Make sure you select a drill bit just a bit larger than your rope.
4. Insert rope through plank.
To keep the rope from fraying, wrap tape around the ends before threading through the holes.
5. Install ceiling hooks into wall.
To select the correct size ceiling hooks, set the rounded end at about the halfway point on the plank. The threaded end is how far the hook will screw into your wall.
** If your walls are sheet rock, you’ll need to install anchor bolts that the ceiling hooks will screw into.
6. Tie knots in ends of rope and hang on the ceiling hooks.
This is seriously the easiest project for a beginner. It’s quick, easy and free if you use free pallet wood.
It’s the perfect kind of shelf for my farmhouse style home.
This shelf is similar to the floating pallet shelf I made a few years ago, but is a bit more stable, because it has wall behind it, and what’s on the shelf can’t get bumped off as easily.
I hope you enjoyed it!
Be sure to come visit me at Knick of Time to see another pallet wood project I just finished!
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