I've been seeing these rope shelves pop up everywhere as of late and I really love the concept. So simple in design and easy to execute, but still very stylish. I can see why currently this is such a hot DIY project. I had some bare walls to fill so naturally, I jumped right on the rope shelf band wagon too!
Since my shelf was going to hang on the empty wall space above the toilet in our master ensuite, my version was purely for decorative purposes. I used a narrower wood plank (5.5" wide) for a couple of reasons; I didn't want the shelf sticking out too much from the wall and being in the way of standing up from the throne, and I wanted to use up some wood I already had on hand.
Putting this shelf together was generally quick and easy, with the trickiest step being the adjustment of the ropes to ensure that the individual shelves were level and hung at the same distance from one another. Stained in a medium-dark walnut, the wood grain in the shelves shows beautifully.
The rough-looking jute rope, especially the knots, provide great visual interest, and overall, the shelf is modern, rustic, and very unique.
By changing the length and number of shelves, and even the finish on the wood, this rope shelf can be easily customized to fit any space.
I staged my shelf by using decorative items with varying textures; a clear jar filled with epsom salts, rolled up hand towels, shower poofs in a wire basket, a frame with an inspiring quote, and a couple of ceramic accents.
Overall, the shelf adds much needed visual interest, warmth, and character to the space.