Coastal DIY: Nautical Rope Shelf

Coastal DIY: Nautical Rope Shelf

Coastal DIY: Nautical Rope Shelf

One Kings Lane Exclusive Rope Project for Design Sponge

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.


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
2 hooks (I used diamond pad eyes, each with a 3 3/16-inch ring)
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.

A beautiful DIY with a design feel. This rope shelf DIY is an easy coastal design that will go in almost any space.