Channel Your Inner Joanna Gaines! Easy DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving
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Need a stylish and functional wooden shelving idea?
We installed some fun industrial piping shelves inside our bathroom recently and it was actually a pretty easy DIY home improvement project.
Just have your wood cut to size at the hardware store, drill holes for the supports, and place the boards on top. The pieces of piping screw together easily. The hardest part is finding the correct piping pieces at the hardware store, so I’m sharing exactly what you need to look for!
- 1/2″ Black Iron Cap (2 per shelf)
- 1/2″ Black Iron Floor Flange (2 per shelf)
- 1/2″ x 10″ Black Steel Nipple (2 per shelf)
- Flat Head Screws
- 50lbs E-Z Anchor Drywall
- 1″x10″ Wood Boards (cut to desired size)
1.) While at the hardware store, have your wood boards cut to desired size. We had 3 shelves cut to 31 inches each.
2.) Measure where you would like your shelves, and how far apart you want them. We planned on spacing the supports about 8 inches from each end of the wood boards.
3.) Hold the floor flange up to where you’ll be placing it, and make marks with a pencil in each spot where you’ll be drilling a hole.
4.) Remove the floor flange and install the drywall anchors at the locations marked. Put the flange back at the marks and fasten screws into place with drill. Repeat with the other side’s flange making sure it’s level.
5.) The nipple will then screw into the flange (twist until tight).
6.) Screw on the cap to the end of the nipple.
6.) Place your pre-cut shelves on the 2 nipples. The shelf won’t shift forward off of the support because it’s nested between the floor flange and cap. We did not use any straps to permanently anchor the shelf into place, but you can if desired.
7.) Paint, stain or leave the wood shelves natural. I stained ours with Minwax stain in Espresso.
These shelves add so much character and functional storage to this space! I loved how this project turned out, and it was pretty simple and straightforward to accomplish. I love that you don’t really need any special tools besides a drill and level!
In fact, I liked this idea so much, we added another two shelves above the bathtub as additional storage for towels. This time we used a larger 2×12 inch wood boards to build 48 inch shelves using larger 3/4 inch flanges, nipples, and caps.
I’m still deciding on whether or not to paint/stain our DIY shiplap walls and the shelves.
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.