The advantages of an overhung shelf are the ease of fabrication, functionality and original look. Furthermore, for this type of construction, there will be no need to drill many holes in the wall. This is an ideal solution for those who need a shelf for storing useful things.
For making a shelf, we will need:
- a drill;
- a perforator;
- a thick rope;
- large scissors;
- brush and paint;
- building clamps;
- 2 pieces of rectangular plywood.
1. Preparing material
The size of the shelves you may choose yourself, the main thing is that both details should be identical. If necessary, equalize them with a hacksaw, and rough up the edges.
2. Fixing semi-finished items
Put one detail onto the other, and secure with clamps.
3. Drilling holes
After you firmly clamped the details, drill four holes (in the corners) with a perforator. To make the rope go easily, the drill should be large enough. (For example, for the rope of 3/8 inch in thickness you need the drill of 5/8 inch).
If it is difficult for you to drill two parts simultaneously, you should carefully measure and mark the places of the holes, and then make them one by one on each detail. To make the shelf proportional, the holes should coincide and be accurate.
After the holes are ready, paint the shelves. At this stage, you can get creative and make a unique, inimitable design. If you wish, you may paint only the edges; in any case, you will create an exclusive interior element.
5. Measuring the rope
Now we need four equal-sized pieces of the rope. The length of the rope depends on the ceiling height and at what level you would like to put up a shelf. You should also add a small margin for knots. Anyway, it is better to make the ropes longer; it will not be difficult to shorten them if needed.
6. Constructing a shelf
Tie a knot at the each end of every rope. Pass the ropes through the holes and secure them by tying extra knots. Next, determine the distance at which the second shelf will be located. At this level you need to fasten one extra knot per each rope (the distance should be carefully measured to make the second shelf horizontal). Pass the rope through the holes of the second detail.
7. Fixing and hanging
Connect all the ropes and tie a knot at the desired distance. If the length allows, you may mount the shelf as it is, and if not—you need to attach an extra rope.
To prevent the shelf from rotating, it is more convenient to fix it at a wall. You may hang it on the hook in the ceiling or in the wall (if it is long enough).
You just have to put your things on the shelf, and everything is ready!