How to Make a Kid's Sling Bookcase

By Ruth O'Neil ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Heavy fabric (denim or canvas)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hook and loop tape
  • 2 decorative curtain rods
  • 2 double curtain rod brackets with hardware
  • Screwdriver
  • Wall anchors (optional)

A sling bookcase utilizes heavy fabric and dowels to make an unusual type of book holder. When you place books in the sling, the books face forward giving the children easy access to any book they want, without having to pull them all off the shelf. Making a book sling is a simple project that you can make in an hour or less. Make several to hang in different rooms of your home where your kids can always have easy access to books.

Cut two pieces of your fabric that both measure 47 inches by 20 inches.

Lay the two pieces of fabric with the right sides together using pins to hold the fabric in place. Sew around two of the short sides, but only one of the long sides of the fabric. Remove the pins as you sew.

Turn the fabric right side out. Turn the raw edges of the fourth side in and top stitch to close. Top stitch around the other three sides as well.

Make casings for the curtain rods by folding down the fabric on the long sides 2 inches. Hold the fabric in place using the pins. Sew all the way across the sling, backstitching at the beginning and the end.

Install the curtain rod hardware into the wall, leaving a space of 50 inches in between them. Try to install the hardware into studs, but use wall anchors if you cannot. Use the screwdriver to insert the screws through the brackets and into the walls.

Remove the decorative end pieces from one end of each curtain rod. Slip the rods through the casing in the sling and reattach the rod ends.

Hang the rods on the brackets; one will be in front of the other, creating a sling to hold your books.

Tip

If you want to use a more decorative print in a cotton fabric, double up the fabric to make the sling stronger.

When hanging the curtain rod brackets, hang them low enough so that they are easy for your child to reach without having to pulling on the rods. Tension on the rods will eventually tear them from the wall, even if you use anchors.