Book Sling

Organize a wall-mounted library out of curtain hardware, dowels, and your favorite fabric.


Step 1:Determine the fabric size you need for your sling. (The Book Sling Sewing Guide shows fabric sizes for the slings shown.) Where possible, use factory-sewn edges (shown) instead of making seams. Sew the sling with a 2-1/2-inch-wide casing along each long edge.

Good to Know: The length of the sling should be no more than 44 inches — the length of the dowels (48 inches) minus 2 inches on each end for the brackets and overhangs. Cut the fabric to a width that will cover most of the largest books on both sides after allowing 6 inches for the two rod sleeves.

Step 2: Trim the dowels as needed or leave them the full 48 inches (minus about 1/8 inch to make smooth cuts on the ends and remove painted markings). Sand the ends smooth. You can leave the wood bare or finish as desired.

Step 3: Use a level and tape measure to position the brackets. Allow for dowel overhangs of at least a 1-inch on each side. Install the brackets using wall anchors as needed.

Step 4: Push the dowels through the fabric sleeves until they’re centered. Lay the dowels centered in the brackets and add books for magazines.

Good to Know: Most dowels have a slight bow. Where that’s the case, position the dowel with the bow facing up at the center of the sling. Screws in the brackets can be tightened to hold them in position.



  • Miter saw or handsaw (optional)
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Drill with driver bits
  • Sewing machine


  • 2 – traverse brackets
  • 2 – 1-in dowels
  • Fabric of your choice

Book Sling Sewing Guide


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