E fell in love with a “swinging shelf” at Pottery Barn Kids for $69.00 that consisted of a piece of wood and rope. A little overpriced in my opinion. I later found out that they don’t make the shelf anymore anyway. To the wood shop!
I had some left over maple from building our little guy’s crib, so I found a piece about 38″ x 7″. I jointed/planed it flat, squared it up, and drilled 4 – 1/2″ holes for the rope.
To keep the shelf from sagging in the middle over time (and to help hang the shelf) I drilled a 1/2″ hole in the back of the shelf. I then installed an anchor in the drywall with a screw sticking out about 1.5″. It is the same idea as the floating mantle mount that I used here. It may not be necessary, but better safe than sorry.
I used three coats of General Finishes’ Water Based Polyacrylic semi-gloss top-coat (sanded with 320 grit between each coat). This is the same finish I used on the crib so I didn’t have to buy any for this project! I like the water based polyacrylic for maple because it won’t yellow the wood like an oil based stain will.
And the finished product!
- Wood (I used leftover Maple) – 38″x7″ – or whatever dimensions you want
- Rope – This rope from Home Depot was $8.81 (for 50 ft.) – (Actual amount used $.70)
- (2) Hooks – These hooks from Home Depot were $3.92/pair
- General Finishes Water Based Polyacrylic Top-coat (semi-gloss) – $14.49/pint at Woodcraft (used less than half)
- 2″ to 2 1/2″ screw/anchor for the middle support (if desired)
A quick weekend project!