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.

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Step 1: Supplies

  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

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.

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    79 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This is so simple but so awesome.

    (ouch, that sounded pretty cringy...)

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

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


    3 years ago

    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!

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

    Here is my Rope Bridge Shelf :)

    I used 5mm steel wire for more strength.

    Thank you for this helpful project!

    3 replies

    9 years ago on Step 7

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

    1 reply