Introduction: Rope Bridge Bookshelf

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The rope bridge bookshelf lets books have a relaxed home when they're not being read. It can be rough being opened and left in all sorts of locations during the reading process and the books have earned a nice break.

Step 1: Supplies

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  1. Statlig board from Ikea
  2. Ekby Bjarnum shelf holder pair from Ikea
  3. paracord
  4. steel washers
  1. Miter saw
  2. Drill press
  3. Lighter

Step 2: Chop

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Using the miter saw, cut the wood into several pieces. With the board I had I got:
  • 2x 2.5" pieces
  • 11x 2" pieces

Step 3: Drill

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Using the drill press I drilled out pairs of holes in all of the pieces. I clamped a couple of pieces of wood to the drill press to make sure that all of the holes would be aligned correctly.

Step 4: Start the Paracord

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Cut off two lengths of paracord and singe the ends with your lighter to prevent fraying. Tie a knot in one end and start feeding it through the pieces of wood.

To make the knots extra secure, use the lighter to melt the knot into a gooey mass.

Step 5: Washers

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String the cord through all of the pieces of wood, using the steel washers as spacers. I used three for each gap.

Step 6: Add the Bracket

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Use the included hardware that came with the Ekby Bjarnum to attach the bracket to the wood.

Step 7: Hang It Up!

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Find a nice spot for your bookshelf and install it! I used a few drywall anchors to keep everything nice and secure.

Now find some books that deserve a nice rest and put them down on it.


duskworm (author)2017-04-24

This is so simple but so awesome.

(ouch, that sounded pretty cringy...)

fungus amungus (author)duskworm2017-04-24

Didn't sound "cringy." Thanks for the comment.

chronocide67 (author)2016-08-02

Could also double as a cat nap bridge.

ScottB231 (author)chronocide672016-08-03

Mine would love it too... if only they could fit... >(^-^);<

ScottB231 (author)2016-08-03

Very imaginative design! Very well executed!

I was thinking of a series of shelves arranged as wall art, and the rope bridge would compliment the design wonderfullly!

Kris_saucedo (author)2015-11-28

What is the legnth of the would

Valen111 (author)Kris_saucedo2016-02-03


Maleficient (author)2015-09-10

can't wait to make it!!!??

Blackhamster546 (author)2015-08-22

very cool

Arghus (author)2015-08-11

Very nice, love the look of it

JumpingThrghHoops (author)2015-01-29

Hey, I just discovered your shelf and really like it. Very cool!

Have you built a shelf double the length? If so, how well did it work? What did you learn to make it work.

One obvious thing I can think that will be a challenge is the weight. Drywall anchors probably are not strong enough to hold, but maybe locating wall studs so that it can be screwed in security.

dan3008 (author)2014-08-12

Ah, Just when I was looking for an aesthetically pleasing shelf to put a few books and computer games on, I find this :D

Thankyou :)

rholland45 (author)2013-10-25

how much did the materials cost you?

edongzki (author)2013-04-08

That is so cool, thanks for the share.

tentemuhendisi (author)2012-09-24

Here is my Rope Bridge Shelf :)

I used 5mm steel wire for more strength.

Thank you for this helpful project!

How long did it take to build one?

I worked inefficiently and it lasted one week. It could had been ended earlier.

Nice! Good call on the wire, too. The paracord has held up, but stronger is better.

clogden21 (author)2010-05-13

 i LOVE THIS it would make a cool cat bed if you put carpet on the top of it.

superMacaroni (author)clogden212010-09-21

That's exactly what I was thinking! It would just have to be a bit bigger.

My cat would sit on it if it was too small or not.

But then again, my cat has a few problems...

beboboba (author)spectacular2012-07-16

I got 99 problems, but a cat ain't one of them.


all cats have problems.... that is why I like em

Thats why i don't like em!

dim20 (author)2012-07-05


dim20 (author)dim202012-07-05

he said if ikea is trustable......... lol

wobbler (author)2011-12-24

This is so far out mad, it's gone right around the universe and re-entered at genius! Love it!

building_boy (author)2011-11-13

I made it with stuff from home depot. Now I need to find some studs! :-)

TychaBrahe (author)building_boy2011-11-22

Good luck. I've been looking for a stud for a long time.

building_boy (author)2011-11-13

I am making this this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is a great idea. now i will have lucky books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

facklere (author)2011-09-10

It looks so fun! I think you must have some of the luckiest books in the world, they must have a very fun time at your house. If I ever find the time, this is definitely going on my list of things to make.

ThreeWestCreative (author)2010-12-07

This is fantastic! I think it would be great for too if you wanted to make several and dedicate a whole wall to them. I've been wanting to build a bookcase but don't really want a big hulking book case in the corner of my bedroom. But several layers of these on the smallest wall would be great! I could even put little motion activated accent lights under them. :) Thanks!

Treepwood (author)2010-08-03

Thanks for your great instruction! I also tried it myself and wrote a German instruction: Hängebrücken Regal selber bauen

fungus amungus (author)Treepwood2010-08-03

Nice job!

T3h_Muffinator (author)2010-06-07

Wow! Man fungus - you keep outdoing your bookshelves time after time. Awesome concept, perfect execution :)

Thanks, Josh! Good luck with your new venture!

immakingtroubles (author)2010-06-06

it's really impressive........i'll try it asap!!!!!

CirclePipe (author)2010-05-21


Alberta Leong (author)2010-05-18

i kinda like this. it's something new :)

geekdude (author)2010-05-13

wont the books fall over?

fungus amungus (author)geekdude2010-05-13

I'm comfortable living with that uncertainty.

Great answer man! Really clever

Robertwan (author)geekdude2010-05-14

 I don't think they'd be any more unstable than on a normal bookshelf without bookends.

spiderham (author)2010-05-04

Very cool! How about adding a rope railing to give it some novelty.

fungus amungus (author)spiderham2010-05-13

Then it would be too literal for me and harder to get the books on and off. There's enough novelty there already.

spiderham (author)fungus amungus2010-05-13

I think you missunderstood my use of the word "novelty." What I meant was change the style of the shelf from what I see as contemporary to more eclectic. Personally, I would build the shelf as you did, just thought I'd throw the idea out there for those with less contemporary tastes. It is a great looking shelf.

uberlazy (author)spiderham2010-05-13

That would be so cool!  Plus, really handy here in California!  (rumble, rumble, shake, shake)  ;)

Alex Ribeiro (author)2010-05-13

 Thank you its a very nice project!


modernfurniture (author)2010-05-12

Great design!! 
For sure I will make one for my house, It goes very good with my modern furniture.

this Rope Bridge Bookshelf can go very good in any Bedroom, Patio & ktichen

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