Learn how to Build these Easy DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves. Complete with instructions this tutorial will guide you through step by step on recreating these industrial farmhouse-style shelves.
Our bathroom remodel might be one of the biggest transformations in our previous house (other than our kitchen of course). It’s packed full of DIY projects, like these industrial pipe shelves, and I’m honestly surprised how much I loved it when we completed it. When we started this remodel, we were literally doing it because we knew we were putting our house on the market. It was a room I always wanted to do, but selling our house sure gave me a shove to get it done. Ultimately I was just going as fast as I could to get this space showroom ready, but I was more than happy with the results!
The MOST asked question I get is about my bathroom shelves, and today is the day I’m finally going to share those with you! I have a feeling you’ll be pretty shocked at how easily they are to make, though I won’t lie… industrial pipe projects can get a little pricey, but the smaller projects aren’t too bad.
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- (2) 3/4″ Black Iron Pipe @ 10″ length (in the plumbing section)
- (2) 3/4″ Pipe Cap
- (2) 3/4″ Flange
- (1) 2×10 cut to desired length
- Spray Paint Primer
- Black Hammered Spray Paint
- Wall Anchors
- Tutorial for finishing technique can be found HERE
How to Build DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves
I used the black pipes, which if not painted and sealed, will rust over time. I was ok with this, but if you don’t want yours to rust you can prime it and paint it with Rustoleum Paint.
These shelves are petty heavy so you will want to make sure they are properly secured to the wall. Once you have determined where the shelves will be located focus on where the metal flange will be, then mark inside each of the screw holes with a pencil. Making sure you are level (which is extremely important with these shelves), insert your drywall anchors into your markings and hang the flange. The flanges do not come with screws so make sure your screw head is large enough for the holes provided. Repeat for the 2nd flange.
Once the flanges have been attached with a drill and screw, screw on the metal pipes onto them.
Attach the pipe caps to the end of the metal pipes.
Now put your 2×10 shelf on top of the metal pipes.
You can paint or stain your wood shelf any color you want. I followed this tutorial using minwax stain for these shelves in order to give them a farmhouse distressed look and to match my framed mirror.
Now comes the fun part – decorating! These are perfect for an industrial look, and can provide functional storage as well!
If you happen to be hanging your shelves on an empty wall, I have some tips on accessorizing bathrooms on a budget you might find helpful.
To see the full bathroom reveal, click here.
And that’s how to make these super easy DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves. Will you be building some? And if so, where will you put yours? I’d love to see/hear about your plans in the comments below! These would also work great in a home office!
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