Creating leather strap shelves has been on my wish list since I first started Clever Poppy. I was waiting for the right moment to make them, and needing shelving in the nursery gave me the perfect opportunity. Having said that, now that I realised how ridiculously easy this project is and how AMAZING they turn out, I so wish I'd done it a year ago! So here's your opportunity to go for it without delay!
Cut your two strips of leather to the desired length. For the size shelf I used, mine were each 90 cm long. You can make yours shorter or longer if you wish.
Make holes in both ends of each leather strap, big enough to fit your screws. You can use a leather hole punch or the hand drill. I did my holes so that they were in the middle about 2cm from each end.
Create a loop with the leather so that the two holes you've made align, and attach them to the wall through those holes. Make sure the nice leather side is facing out. It's a good idea to use a level when marking the screw holes to ensure your shelf is level.
For our home, we chose to use wallmates and screws so that we could put them directly into the wall (painted jib board) without having to worry about finding beams etc. On this basis, I use them for decorative purposes and will avoid putting anything too heavy on them - but they seem to bear up fine under a collection of items. The method / materials you use will depend on the material you are securing them to.
Place the shelf in the hammock created by the two leather loops and push it down to the bottom so that it is level.
And that's it! How easy is this project? I am having to restrain myself from adding leather strap shelving to every room of our home...I just love the style and way it looks, and the fact that it is such a straight forward option to install!
I hope you've loved this project every bit as much as I do. And I'd love to see pictures of shelves you create yourself!