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Installing my New Furniture Pipeline Shelves

This post first appeared on Hometalk and was sponsored by Furniture Pipeline. All opinions are my own.

Who doesn’t love open shelving? They can be so versatile. Not only can you use them to display pretty things but they are also functional. If you’ve been around my blog for a while you know I’m no stranger to building my own shelves. As a matter of fact, I’ve previously created my own DIY pipe shelves from plumbing materials. This time Furniture Pipeline has supplied the hardware and all I have to do is create the wood shelves. I can’t wait to show you how easy it was!

One thing I love about this company is that they’ve partnered with Eden Projects to plant trees in areas that are severely affected by deforestation. They have committed to planting 7 trees per product that they distribute through their certified retailers, to combat deforestation and poverty in areas such as Madagascar, Haiti, and Nepal. They also plant trees when DIY projects are shared on social media with #myfpdesign.

Plan your Furniture Pipeline project

Look through the Furniture Pipeline instructions and get a plan for your project. The manual says that the wood shelf needed to be 18″-30″ wide by 10″ deep and 1″-1.5″ thick.

Furniture Pipeline Instructions

Decide where to install the Furniture Pipeline Shelves

My daughter’s room is in desperate need of more storage. I decided that she could use a few new shelves. Since the wall space is small, I chose to create shelves that were only 18″ wide.

Wall for the shelves

Purchase the wood for the shelves and have it cut

Head to your local hardware store to buy the wood for the shelves. I purchased what is known is a “common board” grade of wood. Since I’m painting the wood I didn’t need hardwood grade. If you know you will be staining the wood or you want a high quality wood product, you need to purchase a higher quality board like hardwood.

common boards at hardware store

While I was there I had the wood cut at the store!

cut common boards for the shelves

Sand the wood

Start with a coarser grit sand paper and finish sanding with a fine grit sandpaper. Make sure to use a tack cloth or a lint free cloth after to make sure the surface is clean and dry.

sanding the wood for the shelves

Paint the wood

I chose to paint the wood. I wanted the shelves to match my daughters bed which is white. I used a paint plus primer product and it took two coats.

Painting the wood shelves

Grab your Furniture Pipeline hardware kit

Furniture Pipeline shelf hardware

Measure the wood for the hardware

The instructions say to pre drill holes 4″ from the end of wood on both sides on the bottom of each wood shelf.

Attach hardware to the wood

After you have pre drilled the holes, use the screw and the tools that come with the kit to attach the hardware to the wood.

Pre drill holes on the wall for the shelf hardware

Once you’ve measured and you know exactly where the shelves need to be installed, determine how many holes will go into a stud. Next, pre drill the holes for the hardware.

Note; I only pre drilled the holes that would use anchors. This ended up being three of the 4 holes.

Set the first shelf and attach to the wall

Use at least one screw for each flange to attach the shelf to the wall. As you tighten the screws make sure the shelf stays level.

I said earlier that I previously created my own DIY pipe shelves out of regular plumbing materials. The cool thing about this pipe kit is that you don’t have to twist the pipes to tighten them into the fittings, you just slip them into the fittings and use the hardware to tighten them! Easy peasy!

The last thing I did was pre drill the holes through the hardware into the stud so I could attach the screw.

Once the first shelf was completed, I repeated the process for the second shelf. Easy peasy!

furniture pipeline floating shelves

I love how my new DIY plumbing shelves complete this space. My daughter loves them!

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  1. Bond Corp says:

    Such an awesome blog! All the information provided by you is really very helpful for all. I agreed that we should keep our project dust-free with the piece of tack cloth and these are perfect for this and pick up basically every last piece of dust and dirt from the surface. The perfect article for beginners. Everyone should follow the tips provided by you, it will make their work easier. Keep Posting! Keep Sharing!