DIY Industrial Shelves

These are the EASIEST shelves to make!! Seriously!!  Love the rustic yet refined vibe they give off. I love these shelves so much that I've already made them twice in two different rooms in my house.  

Here they are in my bathroom

I'm going to show you how I made these for my office.  

Here's what you'll need to make 3 shelves 8ft long with a 8" depth: (the amount of pipes and wood along with wood size will vary depending on the size of your shelf.) 

  • (12) 3/4" Floor Flange Galvanized Steel
  • (12) 3/4" x 8" Nipple (yes, that's what it's called) Galvanized Steel
  • (12) 3/4" Cap Galvanized Steel
  • (3) 2 x 8 x 8 Untreated Wood Boards
  • Black Screws 2 1/2" 
  • Rustoleum Spray Paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Minimax Water Based Wood Stain in Slate
  • Pre-stain Wood Conditioner
  • 150 grit sandpaper

First, assemble the piping together and spray paint.

Halfway done! See?? So easy!!

Now, it's time to prep your boards.  Take sandpaper and smooth any rough edges.  Then apply wood conditioner to the boards, let it dry for about 5 minutes.  Apply your stain to both sides of the boards.  Let it dry overnight. 

All that's left now is to install these bad boys!

Using a stud finder, mark the location on the studs on the wall you are hanging the shelves. I like to use painters tape to do this.  You can also use drywall anchors if the studs are not where you need them to be.  Since I was hanging these shelves on ship lap that I had already attached to studs, I wasn't concerned with the location of the studs.

Make sure to use a level and a tape measure to ensure the boards are straight and evenly spaced.

Simply place the boards on the piping and they will stay in place.  If your shelves are in a high traffic area or you need them to be more kid friendly, you can purchase u-shaped braces to put underneath the pipe and attach it to the wood.  Make sure to spray paint these to match your piping.  Honestly, the weight of the wood on the pipes, holds these shelves in place really well, so I didn't bother with the u-braces.


Voila!  ALL DONE! Here they are installed and partially decorated.  If it wasn't for the drying time, this could have been done in a couple of hours.  Love how they turned out!

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