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DIY: Hanging Leather Shelves

In the spirit of super easy, space saving and thrifted DIYs, this leather hanging shelf ticks all the right boxes. Perfect for the new apartment overhaul! I love this project because it’s something you can use anywhere (bedroom, bathroom, tv room, ect) but you can pretty much make it out of scraps. We sourced the shelf from recycled pallet wood and the leather strap was originally bought for making a belt.


A plank of wood (or plywood measuring about 12 x 107cm or 5″x 42″)
Staple gun
Leather strap (or an old belt about 1.6m or 1.7yd in length)
Leather hole punch

Step One
Cut two lengths of leather measuring 75cm (18 in) long. You can make this longer or shorter depending on how far down you want the shelf to hang.

Step Two
Using the leather hole punch, make two holes on either end of the leather strap.

Step Three
Now you’re going to secure the leather straps to the shelves so they are nice and study. To check where to do this, you can hang the leather straps to the wall and slide the plywood into the straps adjusting the wood until it is balanced. Then, mark the position of the wood on the leather and remove from the wall. Using the markings on the leather as a guide, secure the leather strap to the underside of the plywood using the staple gun.

Step Four
Hang the finished shelf onto the wall. You may have to adjust the straps a little if they are off – the front one will be longer than the back one so dont worry if you have to adjust it. To adjust, simply add a new hole in the front leather strap and trim the excess.

  • Sarah
    January 10, 2017

    I’m going to try this out, thanks!


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