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DIY: Floating Leather Strap Shelf

Dec 28, 2018 11:00AM ● By Monica Fatica


January 2019
Story and Photos by Monica Fatica 


Wood board sized to your space
(ours was 36x6-inch)

Precut leather straps
(ours was 42x1.5-inch)

2 screw hooks

Leather hole punch

Painters tape

Marker or pen  


Drywall anchors (optional)

Tip: Personalize your shelf with leather strap colors of your choice. Craft stores usually have different options like black and warm brown tones. You can also stain your board to match your surrounding furniture.    

1. Using your marker, place a dot where you want to punch the hole that will attach to your screw hook. 


2. Punch a hole in the spot where you marked the leather with your leather hole punch. If you don’t have a hole punch, you can cut slits (large enough to fit your hooks) into the leather using a utility knife. 


3. Mark the hole location for the other end of the strap, then repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second strap. You will end up with a total of four holes in your leather straps.

4. Decide where you want the strap to hold your board and place one end of the tape at the center point of the strap hole. Ours measured 3 inches from the edge.    

5. Measure the same for the other end of the board and cut your tape so it’s approximately 30 inches long.

6. Mark where you want the screw hook to go, then place one corner of the tape at the mark.


7. Adjust the corners of tape until it is level. 

8. Screw your hooks into the wall where you marked at the corner of your tape. You can also install drywall anchors for added support for heavy objects before you screw your hooks into the wall.      

 9. Attach your leather straps to each hook through the holes you created. 


10. Slide your board through each end of the strap, then make sure it is level and balanced. Add décor pieces of your choice and enjoy!