Create a Cute Hanging Shelf with Belts

We’ve come to love two things: smart storage and our projects for Continental Window Fashions. So, it makes complete sense that this lovely little hanging shelf was destined for creation! Luckily curtain hardware can hold quite a bit of weight, which means that this hanging shelf is sturdy and the perfect storage solution for small spaces.

hanging shelf in home office with small wooden desk and pot plant

Here’s how to create cute storage with unwanted belts and a curtain rod.

diy hanging shelf materials, including jigsaw, belts, measuring tape, pencil, curtain brackets and plywood

You will need:

  • 6 belts
  • 2 pieces of 16mm pine plywood, cut to 200mm x 1m and 240mm x 1m
  • Paint in the colour of your choice
  • 1m curtain rod
  • 2 x curtain brackets
  • 2 x end caps

You will also need:

  • 100 grit sandpaper
  • Jigsaw or figure saw

You can buy all your supplies online from Builders Warehouse!

hanging belt shelf graphic plan



measuring tape and pencil on plywood for shelving tutorial

Using the template above, measure the slots for the belts to slide through. The top shelf requires a longer 100mm (4”) slot for two belts and the bottom shelf a 50mm (2”) slot for one belt.



jigsaw cutting out sections where belts will slip through

Drill holes into the slots until you have a space big enough to insert the jigsaw blade or figure saw. Then carefully cut the slots.



painting the edges of shelving unit

Use a small sponge roller to paint the edges of the shelves in the colour of your choice. Let dry.



sanding the shelves of the hanging shelf

Lightly sand the shelves and wipe with a clean cloth to remove any dust.



close up of black belt of home made hanging shelf

Install the curtain brackets on the wall and hang the rod and end caps. Thread the belts through the slots and hang over the rod.

close up of hanging shelf in home office with glass cactus and belt detail

Now the hard work is done! All you need to do is decorate your beautiful shelving with your favourite items. This compact hanging shelf is ideal for small spaces. Specifically, those where you need a smart storage solution like in a home office or the kids’ playroom. Maybe, a playroom is above all the best place for your new shelf to keep little hands out of mischief.😉👍

diy hanging shelf in home office with black belt and bronze detail

Happy DIY-ing!