Make a Hoop Shelf in an Hour!

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make) For some reason lately, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make curved pieces out of wood (like this pet bed). It definitely can be done, has been done, but I was looking for a method that doesn’t use equipment and time I don’t have. I started experimenting with DPI board (the stuff that peg board is made of), and my initial idea was a huge failure. DPI has a somewhat limited versatility (it snaps pretty easily). I’m happy with the piece I ended up with though! It really is a simple and elegant solution if you are wanting to introduce a round shelf to a space in your home– and it cost less than 20 bucks to make. 

-DPI board (you only need one sheet
-a pine board (1 x 6 x 8 would be just enough)
-10 wood screws
-paint & polyurethane
-saw tooth picture hangers (optional)

-table saw (you could get away with just using a hand saw)
-2 clamps (or a pair of helping hands)

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Step One: Alright, first things first: cut 2 strips of DPI (each 6″ x 48″) and one board at 6″ x 28 11/16″. On either end of those pieces, measure and mark in 3 inches. If you want to know how I got to those measurements, keep reading, or you can just skip right to step two (choose your own adventure style). Since these pieces are going to create the hoop, you can find the length of the middle shelf with a little bit of fun math, or you can just take my word for it. 48 x 2= 96. 96-6 (since you are overlapping each end 3 inches) = 90. So the circumference is 90″ (or 7.5 feet).  The diameter of that is 2.39 feet (equation is circumference divided by π). So cut the middle piece at 28  11/16″ (2.39 times 12). I’m giving you all the math so you can adjust the size as needed. I think a circumference of 7.5 feet is about the smallest you can get without the DPI snapping when you bend it, but you could go bigger!

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Step Two: From here, it’s just a matter of taking one side of each of the DPI pieces and putting them together, overlapping by 3 inches, then clamping them together. (Clamp on the end of each piece. You want room to screw into the middle shelf.) I made sure to keep the shiny side on the outside. (I think some boards are shiny on both sides.) After I had one side clamped, I caaaaarefully bent the two unclamped ends together, overlapping by 3 inches, and then clamped them. DPI will bend (obviously, I have pictures to prove it), but when you are bending it, do it slowly and without applying too much pressure to one single section, or it will snap. Hardest part right there, but it’s not too bad.

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Step Three: Once the circle is formed, and if you did your math right, the center piece should fit nicely. From there, you can hold boards up wherever you want them and mark. Then cut. (I guess you could do that with the middle pieces, but I think if you do the math, it’ll be easier to keep the circle true.) If the piece hits right in the middle of the circle, you won’t need to cut angles. I like a bit of asymmetry, so I put one vertical piece to the side, and the angle ended up being 30˚, but it will change with location.

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Step Five: After I had the pieces all cut and looking good in their respective spots, I held a speed square up to them while I screwed them in… gotta keep the wonkiness to a minimum.

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)Step Six: Finally, you can just put a screw or nail in the wall, hang the shelf on it, and call it a day. Or spend 5 more minutes and put a couple saw tooth hangers on the back for extra stability. There you go! What was that, like 6 steps? Six easy steps. I guess seven steps if you include painting. I painted the interior boards with a couple coats of gloss white, and the circle has three coats of poly (I lightly sanded between coats). The poly really made it, I think. I’m not sure if you can tell by the photos, but I think it boosted it’s appeal by at least 67%.

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make)

Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make) Hoop shelf (click to learn how easy it is to make) What do you think? Could you make this? (yes.) Do you like it? – Josh

Credits // Author: Joshua Rhodes. Photography: Joshua Rhodes and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

  • I love this!! I’ve been looking at circular shelves for ages. Would also be a great way to frame a plain circular mirror.

  • Hey Aliki. DPI board (short for decorative panels international) is the stuff that peg board is usually made out of. it’s kind of like plywood, but it doesn’t have layers, I think they use more fibrous material to make it. I hope that helps a bit! Thanks for reading.

  • That´s beautiful! I also love curved wood and after some weeks of searching and thinking I made a big curved wooden lamp in thin oak.
    (In swedish 🙂 but I have linked to a diy for a simular technic of making it)

  • This is great! I want to try too! But what is the DPI board? i cannot find the translation in Greek! Thanks!


  • So cool! Love all your creative shelving. I’ll have to actually try one, one day. 🙂

  • Awesome post Josh, this turned out great! I love that you don’t necessarily have to have an assortment of power tools for this one. You do a great job but I don’t have access to all of the tools all the time so I love seeing one from you that I could do myself!

  • I love this! The directions are simple and straightforward but it still seems a little intimidating to me! Great job!

  • This is amazing! Thank you so much for the great DIY!!! 🙂 x

  • This looks so cool! Im not very handy enough to do this but it looks very cool!

  • ohhhh love love love it!!!
    So excited to try this!! promise pics when completed 🙂

  • Definitely making this one! I can think of about five different places in my house where this would look great.


  • I really like it and it looks great. For me not so easy to do it, but looks really great. Good job. Have a nice day.

  • I need this in my life…and a table saw so that I can make it! I love live this shelf.

  • I love it and just pinned it on my DIY board on pinterest, thank you! i´m thinking about painting it first and then put it together?!
    greetings from vienna, austria!

  • The hoop shelf is a wonderful idea, Josh! Practical art is how I see it 🙂

  • OMG last night I was thinking to do something like this I didn’t know how!!! THANK YOUU look amazing


  • Great photos, keep it up..
    Check out my blog in return and don’t hesitate to post some comments! ♡

  • This is super cute! Such a simple idea but looks so complicated!

  • love this idea of using peg board…so simple and easy..


  • Surprisingly easy tutorial, the end result looks like it would take a lot of effort to make!
    An Unblurred Lady

  • Love this idea! And how it doesn’t take long to make!

    Also, I almost picked up a similar accent table from Target (! Now I think I’m going to snag it 😉

    Dannon //
    Like The Yogurt

  • I was curious as to how you got that perfect circle around the shelf! This would look so nice on an empty wall, and you can change the decor with the seasons! Nice job 🙂


  • That is flipping cool. I love abstract looking shelves. It just adds so much to a room without taking up any extra space

  • Going to test this out to see if it really takes an hour hehe!! 🙂

  • This is darling! Love the fun shape! And I’m all about these time-saving DIYs!

  • Glad you dig it Jen! Please share some pics when you’re done.


  • Hey Maggie, its pretty dang sturdy! I’m not sure on the exact weight restrictions, but it could hold some books and little what nots all day long.

  • !!! Josh, this is perfect. I have been wanting to make a shelf like this after seeing a similar (and way expensive) one online, but have been stuck on the curved wood part. Thank you for thinking of a way to execute this! Totally going for it.

  • How sturdy is the circle? I see you have some books on the bottom “shelf” how much weight do you think it could support?


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