DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

What do you think our grandparents would say if they knew we went shopping for bathroom shelves in the plumbing section of a hardware store?  I can see my grandfather shaking his head in confusion now.  Isn’t it funny to think that we can create something functional like shelves from materials that are supposed to be used for plumbing….And make it look good?  And so here we go, my simple and quick tutorial on DIY INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELVING.

Industrial Pipe shelving

As I was scrolling through images on Pinterest of OPEN BATHROOM SHELVING, I immediately stopped on this one;

Yep, I found my inspiration: INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELVING.

So I headed to Lowe’s with nothing but a picture for inspiration and a desire to create!

I know I’ve mentioned before, but I’ll tell y’all again. My best inspiration comes from walking the isles of a hardware store. Isn’t that crazy? Maybe I am crazy, but either way I see so much potential with all sorts of building materials.

This little project, as I said earlier,  was inspired from a walk down the plumbing isle.

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Materials for the DIY industrial pipe shelving:

  1. 1 by 12 by 4 ft pine board that I had Lowe’s cut into two 20″ long pieces. So my final board measurements were 20″ long, by 11.25″ wide (I wanted wider shelves to set more things on) by 1″ thick.
  2. 4 black steel flanges 1/2″
  3. 4 black steel caps 1/2″
  4. 4 black steel pipes 12″ by 1/2″
  5. 16 black screws to secure flanges to the wall. Make sure you buy wood screws and drywall screws.

For those of you who don’t want to deal with gathering plumbing supplies, I found a few great rustic pipe kits for shelf brackets from Amazon below.


NOTE: I used Annie Sloan dark wax to cover the pine board to give them a darker look. I really like the way dark wax looks on pine boards and it “seals” it so they look more finished.

  • First step is to measure where you want the shelves, make sure they are level, and screw the flanges into the wall. Note: it’s best to screw into a stud, but if you can’t make sure to anchor the screws so they are secure.
  • Then thread the pipe into the flanges and then thread the caps on the pipe. So EASY!
  • After you have applied the wax or stain to the pine board, lay the board on top of the pipe making sure it sits behind the “caps” so they won’t slide forward.

And that’s all it takes to create these DIY Industrial pipe shelves.

Now style those pretty shelves and you’re ready to go!

Industrial Pipe Open SHelving
DIY Industrial Pipe Open shelves

I hope this EASY TUTORIAL ON OPEN PIPE SHELVING was useful to you.

I still marvel that we can create shelves by shopping in the plumbing section at a hardware store.

If you like this post I would love for you to pin it to Pinterest HERE. 

Thanks for stopping by friends! I’ll see you again when I get another wild hair to repurpose or up cycle something from the hardware store. 🙂


40 thoughts on “DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

  1. I’m determined to get rid of my nervous Nellie tendencies and give this a try. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

    1. LOL I hope you attempt it! It’s really not that difficult. Have a great weekend.

  2. I lovw the farmhouse industrial look, and really digging these shelves!

    Thanks so much for sharing this on the Farmhouse Friday link party! 🙂

  3. I love your creative idea, your shelves turned out great and look fantastic!!!
    Thank you for sharing on Friday Features this week, stop by next week to see your post featured!!
    Pinned and Tweeted today!
    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. What a creative way to make shelves!! Did you just use regular screws to screw into the drywall, or did you have to use drywall screws (the type where you screw in a plastic piece first before screwing in the metal screw) to make these shelves more stable?

    1. Glad you enjoyed my post! Yes I did use drywall screws because the plumbing material is quite heavy!

  5. Love the look, Lindsey! Great tutorial, too. Thanks for sharing your project with us all at Vintage Charm 🙂

  6. thank you! i needed this inspiration! i’ve had the materials for this project for MONTHS and for some reason have been putting it off. tomorrow i will head back to lowes for the long black screws i don’t have yet. did you use anchors with the screws? or did you hit the studs? that is always the detail that keeps me from hanging heavy things!

    i’ve been meaning to check out your blog for awhile now and am so glad i took the time this evening! hope you enjoy your weekend!

    :: erin ::

    1. Thanks Erin! I hit the studs for a few of the screws and the other ones I used the anchors. Good luck, I’m sure it will look awesome when you are done!

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