Weekly Wrap Up + Rope Shelves DIY Project

I’ve had rope on the brain all day, so it was perfect timing when I heard from the team at One Kings Lane. Their special projects editor Megan Pflug just started doing some great fashion-inspired DIY projects and was kind enough to share my favorite here on D*S today. Inspired by Proenza Schouler, Megan created these gorgeous hanging rope shelves that would be perfect for the kitchen or a bathroom. Those climbing ropes come in some seriously great color combinations, so this is a great way to work with them if dangling from a rock isn’t really your thing. Thanks so much to Megan and One Kings Lane team for sharing this with us. You can check out more great rope projects that Megan did for OKL right here. xo, grace

One Kings Lane Exclusive Rope Project for Design Sponge

Rope Shelves

Stow It

This shipshape shelving is made out of two precut wood planks, rope, and a little nautical hardware. This piece looks especially chic when placed in a utilitarian space like a kitchen or a bath.

All you need are:

  • four 6- to 8-foot lengths of 5/8-inch rope
  • four 6- to 8-foot lengths of 1/2-inch rope
  • 2 wooden shelves (mine were 8 inches deep and 24 inches long)
  • a drill
  • a 1/2-inch spade bit
  • paint
  • 2 hooks (I used diamond pad eyes, each with a 3 3/16-inch ring)
  • scissors
  • a lighter (singeing the ends of the rope after you cut it will prevent fraying)


Use the 1/2-inch spade bit to drill holes in each of the four corners of the shelves. Then paint the shelves on all sides.


Take one length of thin and one length of thick rope, and thread them halfway through the ring of the hardware. Then tie two knots about 12 inches from the ring in each direction.


Thread the rope ends through the holes of the first shelf, and knot under the shelf to secure.

Separate the thin green ropes, and knot them together to form the X on the side of your shelving.

Rejoin the thick and thin ropes, and knot both sides about 13 inches from the bottom of the top shelf.


Thread the ends through the bottom shelf, and tie a knot underneath to secure. Trim the ends to the desired length. Repeat on the opposite side.

Resources: diamond pad eyes with ring from West Marine, rope from Home Depot.

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

Credits: Project by Megan Pflug; Photography by Manuel Rodriguez

  1. bree says:

    Love this!

  2. These are actually really beautiful, love the detail the rope adds!

  3. Lisa says:


  4. Amy Peltier says:

    This would be so great in a boys room or even a playroom!

  5. Tiffany says:

    one must simply love rope projects! i think i would opt for a more textured natural rope – those are my favorite!

  6. Love these shelves. They would also be great in a ki’ds room.

  7. Zandra Zuraw says:

    This is just great! I can see it working with hemp, too.

  8. Great, I like it. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea

  9. Karen Fields says:

    Looks really cool! It would be great for a nautical style room, too!

  10. This idea is genius!! Perfect for a nautical room or anyone into camping/fishing! how creative!! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Nikhil Satsangi says:

    Great project, great directions, great posts. Keep the awesome ideas coming!

  12. Gypsy Wools says:

    That is such a great idea! This would look great in my bathroom!

  13. insolite says:

    très jolie étangére!!!belle découverte

  14. Carol says:

    A great idea for a boy’s room too!

  15. As a climbing enthusiast these shelves really rock my world, awesome tutorial thank you very much for sharing this…. the office will have new shelves very soon!

  16. Matt says:

    Really love the look of these shelves, but can’t understand for the life of me — even after building my own shelf set — why you needed 4 lengths of each rope. One thick and one thin per side, no? Also, would have loved some additional screenshots of the knot that makes the “x”. That was the only part that tripped me up. Thanks!


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