The tough sense of rope makes it an ideal decorative item if you would like to add texture to your home’s interior design scheme. You can use rope to invoke images of country living or to match a nautical theme. Or perhaps you simply need inspiration to get crafty decor ideas that look great and won’t break your budget. As long as you have a while, even beginner do-it-yourselfers may add a simple decorative embellishment for your home by utilizing rope.
Hanging Sisal Shelves
A modest project that requires an hour or two uses wood and rope boards to create a one-of-a-kind hanging shelf screen. Drill four large holes into three 1-by-12 boards that are 3/4 to 1 inch thick and two to three feet, or as long as desired, with two holes on each end in which to add the rope. Cut four lengths of rope long enough to thread through the planks — leaving enough shelf screen space between the planks — tying a knot under each hole in exactly the exact same place on every rope with a little tail for the bottom bearings. Make the knots large enough that they don’t slide through the holes that are drilled, and collect the ends in the top and tie them away. When hanging the shelf to the wall, then secure it with a fastener attached to the stud beneath the drywall or with toggle anchor bolts in the wall to support the shelf along with its contents.
Big, thick boat’s line — 2-inch or larger diameter manila rope — creates a seaworthy staircase railing when attached to your walled-in stairs. Use cleats or round eye brackets to thread the line through every 4 to 5 feet on the wall attached to studs behind the wall with extra-long wood screws or wall anchors, since you do not want the brackets to pull away from the wall when the rope railing is tugged on. At the finish, put in a big cleat to tie off the line utilizing a seaman’s docking knot. Loosen the tail ends of the braided rope to let it hang from the cleat.
Pendant Rope Lamps
Weave sisal rope by means of a cable basket horizontally to create the lampshade to get a pendant lamp after cutting a hole big enough in the bottom to feed a low-wattage light component through. Wrap the electric cord in the exact same sisal, whipping the ends in the top and underside near the lighting fixtures, employing the sailor’s way for whipping bitter ends of line to make it tidy and concealing the knot. Trim both ends of the cord with a utility knife after whipping. Tie tiny lines across the rope to attach it into the lampshade, whipping each limit to harmonize the appearance. Hang it over your country kitchen table and plug it in.
Line and Cleat Balusters
Add a nautical touch for your stair’s balusters after removing the wooden balusters, but leaving the help ports to your stairway railing. Center a boat’s cleat on every stair tread and include a eye bolt or a hook based over the cleat attached under the railing. Insert the end of the rope into the very first eye bolt to get the first baluster, leaving a tail of 4 inches. To tie it away, whip across the two lines with whipping cord or smaller diameter ropes and rope. Pull the line taut into the opposite end of the cleat in the underside; wrap once around the cleat; cross over to another eyebolt, pulling the line taut as you move. Repeat up the stairs.
Nautical Towel Hangers
For a bathroom that evokes the sounds and scents of the sea, drape a rope throughout the wall via eye hooks fastened every 2 1/2 feet. Knot the rope in the opposite end once you drape it 4 to 6 inches between each eye bolt. Hang cotton or linen towels on the rope between the eye bolts. Sailors created knotted balls of rope called “monkey’s fists” and tied them, docking line ends to them down for simple throwing to dock hands on to tie the ship into the dock. You may produce a monkey’s fist and hang it on the wall as additional decor.