Home Decorating DIY: How to Make a Hanging Bookshelf

Creativity & Design

When you have a vision in mind for your home décor, it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect piece to fill up the blank canvas of a wall. Whether you’re an avid reader or a devoted journal-writer, a DIY unique hanging bookshelf is a great way to add some character to your home.

The process is simple! Follow these steps to make a hanging bookshelf:

What you need:

  • Blocks (4)
  • Hooks (4)
  • Screws (8)
  • Wood plank (1)
  • Thread/jute (enough for four hooks)
  • Small wooden pieces (4)
  • Electric drill


How to make it:

  1. Drill a pilot hole in each block (¼ inch from the bottom).
  2. Thread one screw through each hook.
  3. Use a power drill to screw the hook into the bottom pilot hole, making sure the hook faces outward.
  4. Cut the wooden board to the same size of the blocks laid next to one another.
  5. Screw the board onto the blocks. Be sure the screws do not puncture through the front of the blocks!
  6. Drill two holes into each small wooden piece, leaving enough room to thread the jute through.
  7. Loop the jute through the wood piece, then tie the two ends of the jute together. Attach each jute/wood piece to a hook.
  8. Hang the book. We recommend putting a large section of the book through the two pieces of jute so the book will be supported and the pages do not get damaged.
  9. Hang the shelf by your favorite reading chair. The books you’re currently reading (or want to start next) are there when you need them!


Did you make a hanging bookshelf? Share your DIY experience in the comments! 

Alyssa C., Lombardo Homes Sales Manager and DIY extraordinaire, contributed to this story.



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