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Build an Easy No-Sew Hanging Sling Bookshelf in One Hour!

Haven't heard of sling bookshelves? They're all over Pinterest and they're the perfect easy DIY project!

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Super-Simple Storage Solution

This sling bookshelf is the perfect project for a beginner DIYer—no saws, no lumber, no sewing—just a few simple, inexpensive supplies, tools and one hour or less of your time! Easily customizable, it’s perfect for children’s books, magazines or newspapers.

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Sling Bookshelf Supplies

  • 1 Single Curtain Rod 48″-84″ Depth 2-1/2″
  • 1 Single Curtain Rod 48″-84″ Depth 3-1/2 “
  • 2 Standard Pillowcases
  • Drill
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Wall Anchors (optional)

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Step 1


Mount curtain rod brackets on the wall at your desired width, with the two rods measuring 5 inches apart vertically. Install center reinforcement brackets if rod is extended over 48 inches. Use wall anchors if the brackets don’t line up with wall studs.

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Step 2


Turn the pillowcases inside out and cut a 1-inch slit in both bottom corners at a 45-degree angle. Be sure not to cut the side hem. Turn the pillowcases right-side out again. Try this no-sew solution for adding ties to outdoor cushions.

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Step 3


Thread both pillowcases onto the curtain rods through the open end of the pillow case and the opening you just cut. One curtain rod should be along each side of the pillowcase lengthwise. Make sure the finished (open) ends of the pillowcases meet in the middle.

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Step 4


Hook the curtain rods onto the mounting brackets, with the narrower 2-1/2″ rod on top, and the deeper 3-1/2″ rod on the bottom. Use pliers to bend the metal mounting catch down for a more secure hold. Tuck the open flaps where the pillowcase was cut back into the pillowcase.

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Step 5


Adjust pillowcases so side seams line up with the curtain rods, and create an interior sling. Add books or magazines and enjoy! Conquer the rest of the mess with these 15 ways to help organize kids’ closets.