how to build a pipe shelf — DIY

Pipe Shelf

When we embarked on the adventure of refinishing our basement, I was pregnant with little maus. Being that my office was soon to become her nursery, I knew I had to move downstairs…which meant downsizing a bit. Being a graphic designer and a hoarder collector of vintage loveliness, I needed a lot of storage space, but I also wanted a pretty sumthin’ sumthin’ to display such loveliness. Shelving was on my mind.

I first saw this pipe shelf in the Bash, Please headquarters featured in Rue Magazine. I was like, “I could totally build that!”; however, I must admit, the boy did a lot all of the work…and woo baby, it looks fabby! It was surprisingly easy to make (and under $175!), so I decided to share my directions on how to make a pipe shelf with you today.

Here’s what ‘cha gonna need:

3/4″ gas piping and fittings

Pipe:
6 – 12″
2 – 27″ (custom cut and threaded at Home Depot)

Fittings:
8 Elbows
6 Three Way Tees
4 Base Flanges

Wood:
3 – 1-3/4″ high X 13-1/2″ deep X 32″ long boards (I called ahead to a lumber yard and asked them what was the thickest board I could get and had it custom cut…all we had to do was pay for it and pick it up)

Sandpaper:
220 Grit
320 Grit (just to make sure it is smooth)

Stain:
Minwax Dark Walnut

Tools:
Tack cloth
Drill
1″ Hole Saw
Degreaser
8 Drywall Anchors (4 per side)
8 Screws
Measuring Tape

Use a drill with a 1″ round drill bit to drill the holes in the wood planks. The boy built himself a corner template to ensure everything was aligned…he’s sooooooo smart. (Hint…be sure to compliment whoever is helping you…it solidifies help in your next big project.) Clean all the grease off the pipes with degreaser. If you don’t like the rawness of the pipes, you can spray paint them. I chose not to.

Sand the wood with 220 grit and then 320 grit until it’s smooth as a baby’s butt. Take the tack cloth over the wood to remove dust. Now you are ready to stain.

Unless you are Scotty Pippen, you’ll probably need a ladder at this point or at least a chair. Assemble all the pieces and you are ready to hang. As a side note, I did not screw this puppy into the floor, and I’ve never had a slipping issue.

This most difficult part of this project is figuring out the math. You need to know how tall you want it, but don’t forget to add in the height of the top piping. Once you know the height, determine how many shelves you want and the spacing. Good luck and let me know how your shelf turned out!

 

 

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47 Comments

  1. laura irion August 25, 2014

    dude!! that looks soooo good!! (and your stuff! and your styling!) insert hand-clapping emoji here. LOVE.

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    • kyla August 25, 2014

      THANKS LAURA!

      Reply
  2. laura irion August 25, 2014

    p.s. “yeah that’s cool, i like that a lot.” #directquotefromryan ;-D

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    • kyla August 25, 2014

      OOOOOOOH, I got Ryan approval? Excellent!

      I also can’t tell you how easy it was to do…like seriously easy.

      Reply
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  4. erlene September 18, 2014

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these. Love the dark stain you used. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday.

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    • kyla September 18, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by Erlene!

      Reply
  5. Carissa September 20, 2014

    I love the look of this! What a great way to add value to your home. Thanks for linking up to Outside {the Box}!

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    • kyla September 20, 2014

      Thanks Carissa! And thanks for hosting a great link up party! I’m glad I found you guys!

      Reply
  6. Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus September 21, 2014

    Love how this turned out and your styling is gorgeous! Pinning and thanks for linking up with us at The DIY’ers!

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    • kyla September 21, 2014

      Thanks Ashley! And thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  7. Lou Lou Girls September 22, 2014

    This looks so amazing! Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    • kyla September 22, 2014

      Thanks and thanks for hosting! See you tonight!

      Reply
  8. Deb September 22, 2014

    This looks awesoem! I have been wanting to make shelves like this for my dining room.

    Deb
    @Seeking Lavender Lane

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    • kyla September 22, 2014

      Oh Deb! You should! They are actually quite simple as long as you have the right tools and can use a calculator =) Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  9. Heather September 23, 2014

    Great DIY! I love the stain you used too! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday! Pinned!

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    • kyla September 23, 2014

      Awesome! Thank you for stopping by Heather!

      Reply
  10. Trisha D. September 23, 2014

    What a rockin’ tutorial! I’ve been DYING to build an industrial shelf for a while now. Of course we lack the space right now.

    Thank you for linking up to Outside [the Box]. Congrats on being featured this week at Outside [the Box]!! I’ll be pinning & sharing this week! Y’all come back now, ya hear? Tuesdays @ 5pm EST: http://bit.ly/BlackAndWhiteObsession

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    • kyla September 23, 2014

      Oh WOW! Thank you so much Trisha and thank you for stopping by! You guys have such a great link up with fun ideas =)

      Reply
  11. Megan September 23, 2014

    I love the bookcase! What a fun alternative to the traditional bookcase!

    Thank you for linking them up to Outside the Box link party! Your projects is being featured on our blogs today!

    Megan

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    • kyla September 23, 2014

      OMG! You guys are amazing! Thank you soooooo much! Muah!

      Reply
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  14. Carmody October 8, 2014

    I freaking love this!

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    • kyla October 8, 2014

      Thanks Carmondy! And thank you for stopping by!

      Reply
  15. bj October 8, 2014

    Your new pipe shelf is fabulous…Really looks expensive and very good-looking.
    Here from the Style Sisters

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    • kyla October 8, 2014

      Thanks and thank you so much for stopping by! Love you blog and love your parties. Thanks always for hosting!

      Reply
  16. Sherry October 8, 2014

    OMGosh! This is awesome! I want one! Thanks for sharing this I will feature it at HSH! Tomorrow!
    Sherry

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    • kyla October 8, 2014

      YEAH! Awesome to hear you like it! And OMG, thank you so much for featuring it! Sherry you rock!

      Reply
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  20. Deborah October 16, 2014

    My internet went down just as I left a comment earlier. I don’t think it made it through, so here goes again.

    This is A.Maz.Ing! I love the industrial vibe. Your hubby rocked the DIY! Thank you for sharing it and your cute marbled mugs and drink recipe at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

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    • kyla October 16, 2014

      Awe Thanks Deborah! He did rock didn’t he! I’ll have to say, I thought I was crazy at first but once it went up, he was pretty please with himself! Ha! Glad you retyped your comment…silly internets…I hate it when that happens!

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  26. Gabrielle May 28, 2015

    Hello, I think it’s great and I would like to do something similar in my bathroom… I was wondering how long were the 8 pipes perpendicular to the wall ? (I think it is the only information that’s missing from your great tutorial! :-)). Or with other words, for a given depth of boards, how much smaller must the pipes be ? Thanks a lot !! Gabrielle

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    • Rikki May 9, 2016

      Did you ever figure out the length of them? I’m trying to build this shelf and can’t find that info!

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