ISSUE 27  |  Summer Rentals

5 Favorites: DIY Magazine Racks Made from Leather Straps

July 10, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

A strip of leather is a DIY project waiting to happen. We’ve presented leather drawer pulls, knife racks, napkin rings, and curtain rods, to name just a few. Here’s a new use: Build your own magazine rack. Five designer-bloggers lead the way. Not feeling handy? The first example is available for sale.

Above: Created by Stockholm design student Mathilda Clahr, the Strap is made of vegetable-tanned leather and comes in black, nude, and brown. Clahr notes that the hangers can also be used for stowing napkins and cutting boards, scarves and bags, and as curtain tiebacks; they’re 250 SEK from Clahr’s online shop. Have a look at the Straps put to work at Odalisque.

Above: Finnish designer and photographer Riikka Kantinkoski of the blog Weekday Carnival made her magazine rack using nothing more than leather belting that she hung from a String Pocket Shelf

Above: Joyce Croonen, writer of the style blog My Dubio, made a Leather Strap Magazine Holder using white leather belts. She got the idea from Weekday Carnival (see above) and writes that she simply cut off the buckles, attached the leather to a staircase near her workspace, and used strong tape to connect the ends: “It was one of those done-in-a-minute DIY’s.”

Above: Designer and builder Matt of the shop and blog Wood & Faulk made this DIY Mail Basket by suspending leather strapping from a wood frame; see all of the details on Design Sponge. 

Above: A project from Norwegian blog Brigg: two wooden towel bars and a pair of matching leather belts create a shelf for holding magazines, books, and newspapers; see DIY: Easy Leather Strap Wall Shelves.

Looking for more DIY ideas? Here are 10 Projects Using Leather, and have a look at two of my own projects: DIY Leather Curtain Rods and A Storage Tray Made from a Single Piece of Leather. We’ve featured a lot of leather drawer pulls; for a sampling, see 10 Easy Pieces and Braided Leather Drawer Pulls for $1.25.