Introduction: Rope Bridge Bookshelf

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

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

Step 2: Chop

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

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

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

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

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

Step 7: Hang It Up!

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.

Comments

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duskworm (author)2017-04-24

This is so simple but so awesome.

(ouch, that sounded pretty cringy...)

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fungus amungus (author)duskworm2017-04-24

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

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chronocide67 (author)2016-08-02

Could also double as a cat nap bridge.

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ScottB231 (author)chronocide672016-08-03

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

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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!

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Kris_saucedo (author)2015-11-28

What is the legnth of the would

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Valen111 (author)Kris_saucedo2016-02-03

*wood

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Maleficient (author)2015-09-10

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

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Blackhamster546 (author)2015-08-22

very cool

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Arghus (author)2015-08-11

Very nice, love the look of it

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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.

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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 :)

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rholland45 (author)2013-10-25

how much did the materials cost you?

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edongzki (author)2013-04-08

That is so cool, thanks for the share.

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tentemuhendisi (author)2012-09-24

Here is my Rope Bridge Shelf :)


https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F2S/5LZQ/H7997RK6/F2S5LZQH7997RK6.THUMB.jpg

I used 5mm steel wire for more strength.

Thank you for this helpful project!

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How long did it take to build one?
Selda@Miami

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

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

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clogden21 (author)2010-05-13

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

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superMacaroni (author)clogden212010-09-21

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

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

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

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beboboba (author)spectacular2012-07-16

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




Thankfully

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

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Thats why i don't like em!

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dim20 (author)2012-07-05

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dim20 (author)dim202012-07-05

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

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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!

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building_boy (author)2011-11-13

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

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

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TychaBrahe (author)building_boy2011-11-22

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

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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.

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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!

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Treepwood (author)2010-08-03

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

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fungus amungus (author)Treepwood2010-08-03

Nice job!

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2010-06-07

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

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Thanks, Josh! Good luck with your new venture!

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immakingtroubles (author)2010-06-06

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

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CirclePipe (author)2010-05-21

NICE!!

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Alberta Leong (author)2010-05-18

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

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geekdude (author)2010-05-13

wont the books fall over?

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fungus amungus (author)geekdude2010-05-13

I'm comfortable living with that uncertainty.

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Great answer man! Really clever

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Robertwan (author)geekdude2010-05-14

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

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spiderham (author)2010-05-04

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

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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.

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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.

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uberlazy (author)spiderham2010-05-13

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

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Alex Ribeiro (author)2010-05-13

 Thank you its a very nice project!

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thanks

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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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