DYI Book Shelf
Hanging Book Shelf – I have been looking for a way to store my childrenâ€™s book without a huge bookcase taking up their roomâ€¦I was so excited to find thisÂ Hanging Book Shelf idea.
What you need for your Hanging Book Shelf:
-A 47-inch by 42-inch piece of fabric. When youâ€™re buying the fabric, ask for 1 1/3 yard, then wash and dry it before cutting it to 47â€³ x 42â€³. It will shrink a bit.)
-Two double curtain rod brackets. I bought mine for about $5 each at Lowes.
-Two, 4-foot long wooden dowels or curtain rods that fit into the brackets. Shouldnâ€™t cost more than $3 each.
Drill and drill bits
-General sewing supplies, like a sewing machine, thread and scissors
-Optional: paint, paintbrush and sandpaper (options 1 and 2) and wooden balls or other end caps for the dowels (option 3).
Instructions for Hanging Book Shelf:Â
-Fold the fabric lengthwise, with right sides facing, so you are working with a double thickness rectangle that is 47 inches by 21 inches.
-Using a 1/2-inch seam, sew the fabric together around one of the short sides, the long side and about half-way down the other short side.
-Turn the fabric right side out through the opening, poking out the corners with a turning tool (a pencil will doâ€”just donâ€™t poke all the way through).
-Sew the opening shut by folding the raw edges toward each other, then top stitching down that short end of the rectangle.
-Now youâ€™ll need to sew casings for the dowels on the two long ends of the rectangle. Working with one side at a time, fold the long end over so it overlaps by 2 inches. Pin, then stitch all the way down the length of the fabric. Repeat on the other long side.
-Itâ€™s time to hang the hardware on the wall. Locate two studs 47 inches apart on the wall where you want to hang the book holder. (Note: my studs were four feet apart. Itâ€™s not a bad idea to find your studs before you start the project and make a book sling that aligns with your studs. Or just use those little plastic things they sell to hold screws in the wall. The bracket packages I buy come with them.)
-Using a level, mark the locations where youâ€™ll need to drill lightly with a pencil, then drill the holes for the screws.
-Screw the brackets onto the wall. Hang the fabric on the dowels, then insert the dowels into the brackets. The brackets should come with tiny screws that tighten onto the dowels, holding them in place.
-Load with books. If you screwed the hardware into studs your book holder should be able to handle a good amount of weight, but donâ€™t go too crazy.