Transformed :: Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf

DIY leather-suspended shelf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

Claire here! And today I’m bringing you a DIY project that’s so simple, I’m wondering why I didn’t attempt it sooner. I don’t know if you have ever seen this beautiful piece by Lightly, but my friend showed it to me and I fell in love — the clean lines, unfinished materials, and simple design make it a gorgeous addition to any space. So I was determined to make my own simplified version of the piece, and threw in a touch of gold to make it my own. Follow the simple steps below to see how it’s done!

DIY leather-suspended shelf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

DIY leather-suspended shelf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

  • (1) cowhide strip 1.5″ x 50″ (I bought a pre-cut strap made from sturdier leather, vegetable tan, what they use for belts)
  • (1) whitewood board cut to desired length (I did 28″ long)
  • (2) #3 x 1.5″ brass flathead phillips head wood screw
  • (2) #4 6 x 7/8″ ribbed plastic anchors 
  • Krylon metallic gold spray paint
  • X-acto knife
  • ruler
  • tape measure
  • blue painters tape
  • pencil
  • phillips screw driver
  • drill

DIY leather-suspended shelf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

  1. Using blue painters tape, tape off your board on the top and bottom, leaving the edges revealed. Spray the edges gold using about 2-3 coats.
  2. With the exacto, pencil and ruler, mark the middle of your 50″ strap and cut it in half. Now you have your two shelf straps.
  3. Fold each strap in half, and drill a hole 1/2″ down from the end of the strap
  4. Hand screw the brass screws through these holes, creating two loops.

*to install: Mark where your two straps will hang on the wall, keeping in mind their distance in from the edges of the board. Follow the drywall anchor instructions but use the brass screws holding the leather loops instead of the screws provided. Drill in the screws and set the wood board through the loops.

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61 Responses to “Transformed :: Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf”

  1. Phoebe

    I love this DIY! I will definitely be using it when I move into my new apartment.

    Do you know the approximate weight limit on this? I just want to make sure I don’t rip out the anchors!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks! It was so fun and so easy.

      You can choose how much weight your shelf holds by which drywall anchor you buy (they give you lbs amounts on the package!)

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      • Phoebe

        Oh, well you learn something every day. I didn’t know that! Thanks, Claire.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks! I want to make another one perhaps with some painting details on the strap…herringbone? dots? arrows? options are endless!

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  2. thetangelofiles

    wow; beautiful!
    thanks for sharing
    where did you get your cowhide strip from?

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  3. Kate

    I love this project, Claire! I can’t wait to see it in person.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yay! Thanks.

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  4. Aileen@AtHomeInLove

    I absolutely LOVE this! So simple and perfect, I’ll definitely be trying it!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Oh I’m so glad you love it! Hope to see photos of your completed shelf :)

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  5. Sharen

    Claire….this is fabulous! Love Love! I want one!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Now we know what to get you for your birthday! ;)

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  6. R

    I adore it! I guess my next shelf is going to be something like this ;)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks!!

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  7. Kelsey

    Love it . . . Love it . . . Love it Thanks sooooooooooo much/KS Hnl

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Kelsey! So glad you love it!! :)

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  8. Jenny

    Seriously impressive – its always the way with the simplest of designs!
    For any UK readers JT Batchelors in London will have the leather you’re looking for!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Jenny!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you Rachel! I decided to keep it simple and add the fun with the items I styled on the shelf :)

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  9. Svenja

    This looks amazing but doesn’t it flip when you load it in an uneven way? Because the board is not attached to the leather strips but just lain down within them?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hmm no I didn’t encounter that problem..I think because I spaced the leather far enough to each end and the leather straps hold the board fairly tight making the shelf sits secure.

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  10. The Office Stylist

    I love this!! I love that its pretty and simple and could be in a home or office space! LOVE the post!!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks so much!! I’m so glad you like it! I agree, it could work well in both settings.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Wow!! I’m so impressed (and excited!) that you caught on to that! Thanks Michael!

      Reply
  11. Katie

    Any recommendations for where to get leather? How much did you spend on the leather?

    Thanks!

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  12. Kristel

    Love it! I tried to get the measurements in cm but it seems so much and wrong!Hmm… Could you possibly post the measurements in cm? I would very much appreciate it!

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  13. Peter

    It’s so awesome!

    My girlfriend and I made a shelf like this, but we used knobs instead of screws, which works very well :)

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  14. Liz Pollock Carr

    Well, I’m certainly going to make one. It’s funky and different

    Reply

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