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Two belts + one board = this cool, designer-look DIY belt shelf

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A DIY wall shelf made from two belts and a black wooden board hangs on a beige wall. A pot plant, a book and other decorative objects are on it
Stylish, practical and made in no time at all – the DIY wall shelf with two belts
  • Difficulty
    easy
  • Costs
    < 50 £
  • Duration
    < 1 h

Introduction

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!

What you need

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Tools
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Additional items
    You don't need any auxiliaries for this project.
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Material list
  • Zamo laser measure with tape adapter and laser line adapter
  • IXO cordless screwdriver
  • Drill attachment for IXO
  • Cutter adapter for IXO
  • Cordless impact driver (depending on wall condition)
  • Suitable drill bits for cordless impact driver
  • Concrete drill bit
  • 4 mm wood drill bit
  • 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
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Prepare the belts

Close-up of a woman who is cutting a belt to length using a Bosch-brand cordless screwdriver with a cutter adapter.
The first step in making your DIY belt shelf is to cut the belts to length

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!

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Measure out the length of the belts for the DIY belt shelf

A woman has folded a belt over on itself and is marking a hole on it with a pencil. A Bosch-branded tool can be seen in the background.
Use a pencil to mark holes on the end of the belt that doesn’t yet have any

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.

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Women’s belts are rarely longer than 90 cm, so it’s best to use men’s belts for this project.

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Mark and drill holes

A woman is measuring the distance from the edge of a board with the Zamo laser measure with a tape adapter.
Measure and mark the spots where the belts will later be attached to your MDF board

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.

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Mark lines on the board for your DIY belt shelf

A woman is marking drill holes in a wall. She is holding a black MDF board and a pencil in her hands. The Zamo laser measure with a laser line adapter can be seen in the foreground, out of focus.
Transfer the markings on your MDF board onto the wall using the laser line adapter. Your DIY belt shelf is almost complete!

What you need: laser measure, pencil, MDF board

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.

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Determine the position of your DIY belt shelf using a laser measure

A woman is marking drill holes in a wall. She is holding a black MDF board and a pencil in her hands. The Zamo laser measure with a laser line adapter can be seen in the foreground, out of focus.
Transfer the markings on your MDF board onto the wall using the laser line adapter. Your DIY belt shelf is almost complete!

What you need: 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!

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Hang the DIY belt shelf up

A DIY wall shelf with two belts is hanging on a wall. A book, a pot plant and decorative objects are on it.
This stylish DIY wall shelf can be built in under an hour with two belts and a board!

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!

Are you hooked and want to make the next shelf straight away? How does a wall shelf with sliding shelf boards sound?


Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.