Two belts + one board = this cool, designer-look DIY belt shelf
- Cost< 50 £
- Duration< 1 h
Two old belts and a wooden board are all you need to make this designer-look DIY belt shelf! You can use it to make books, plants or other things look more than stylish. Here we go – cool upcycling in six easy steps!
- optional: cutter
- two old belts, preferably black, at least 90 cm in length
- MDF panel, black, 18 mm to 21 mm, cut to 85 x 24 cm (LxW) at the DIY store
- two screws plus appropriate dowels to attach the shelf to the wall
- optional: 4 screws 4x16 mm
Let's go - step by step
Prepare the belts
You will need to find a straight edge to make the belts for your DIY wall shelf the same length. Cut around 1.5 cm away from the first hole. Either use a cordless screwdriver with a cutter adapter or use a cutter. Use a cutter support!
Measure out the length of the belts for the DIY belt shelf
Now, measure the belts from the cut edge so that they are the same length and fit your DIY belt shelf. The Zamo laser measure together with the tape adapter makes this easy and allows you to be very precise. According to the measurements in our example, you should end up with two 87 cm-long belts. Cut these in the same way you did in step one.
Mark and drill holes
Both belts need a hole at each end so you can hang your shelf board in the belts later. As each belt only has holes at one end, you’ll have to drill an extra hole at the other end. The holes should be the same distance from the edges on both sides. To do this, fold the belt in half and use the existing hole in the end of the belt to mark the other end without a hole with a pencil. Do the same with the second belt.
By the way, you can either make the holes in the belts using a cordless screwdriver with a wood or multi-purpose drill bit, or you can use a screw to do this by hand. You can also use a punch tool.
Mark lines on the board for your DIY belt shelf
Now, determine where the belts will later hold the shelf board so that your DIY belt shelf sits nice and evenly and the weight is well-distributed later on. To do this, measure equal distances from the left and right edges. Mark this line on your MDF board. This will also act as a measurement for the drill holes.
Determine the position of your DIY belt shelf using a laser measure
Use the Zamo laser measure with laser line adapter to make sure your DIY belt shelf is attached to the wall flat. Project the laser line onto the wall at the desired height and straighten it using the integrated spirit level. Warning: The line should be where the shelf is going to be hung up. The board itself will hang about 20 cm to 25 cm below that. You can use a ladder, a shelf or a table with a tower of books to get the line to the desired height. Mark the drill holes by using the line you previously marked on the MDF board as a template. Warning: Don’t shine the laser into your eyes!
Hang the DIY belt shelf up
Now, drill two holes into the wall where you’ve made your markings. Then, insert the rawlplugs and attach the belts with a screw each. Now, you can hang the shelf board. If you want, you can also fasten the shelf to the belts. To do this, screw two screws through each belt on the underside of the MDF board. You can hide the screws with the right covers in black!
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