Hey there readers! Today I am going to be sharing my version of creating industrial pipe shelving! We have this little nook in our dining area and for some time, it has proven to be a difficult space to decorate. The space is only about 10″ deep and 4′ wide. Plus, it is within a major traffic area of our home, so I needed something rather narrow in the space. I loved the idea of planking the walls. And I totally love how it looks now.
I tried to use my vintage radio in this space, but I still needed something above this piece and…unfortunately, the radio was a bit deeper than 10″. And still, when looking at the space it just didn’t WOW me. I was just at a loss. Why would the builder even create this ridiculous area in the first place. Ugh.
My family and I decided to visit a local flea market one weekend and my husband spotted some weathered wood propped up against a building wall. So, he called me over to take a look. The wood was rough sawn and weathered. Oh. My. Goodness. I was in chunky wood heaven! The price for a 6′ piece was $2. Let me say that again….TWO BUCKS! We took every piece they had. Total score.
This is where the light bulb went on!
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- Industrial pipe consisting of iron flanges, steel pipe, and iron caps
- Black screws
- Cordless Screwdriver and we love using this Black and Decker model
- Stud finder
- Measuring tape
I sketched out how many shelves I had wanted and started writing my supply list. The hubby headed over to the hardware store and found these. The hardware store will cut the pipe to your desired length so that connection is a snap!
Instructions for industrial pipe shelving:
- Plank your wall with tongue and groove. This made it possible to just screw these metal plates into the wood. If you didn’t plank with tongue and groove, then you would have to find the studs first with a stud finder and space out your pipe.
- When you bring your piping home, there is a protective coating on the pipes. Scrub it off with mild detergent/soap and water. You will need an abrasive scrub pad to do this. I wanted the entire piece of pipe to look the same and if I did not remove the coating, it would have looked very odd. I know that as time goes on, the piping will rust, but to me, that just adds patina and character. I am totally ok with that.
- Once we measured where all the pipe segments would go we screwed them into the wall.
- We then cut our shelving material. Isn’t the texture on the wood amazing?! I love how thick the shelves are! Mother Nature did such a good job giving them that patina too!
- After you cut the wood, you will have “fresh” looking wood on the cut ends. This can be remedied by just placing the cut side toward the wall or simply adding some gray stain to those cut edges.
Creating industrial pipe shelving was never easier! This project cost around $50 to make. Now, I have amazing shelving in our dining area. I have also used up the entire 10″ of space vertically without worrying about having a family member bump into it or get hurt.
Industrial Pipe Shelving Recap:
- plank your wall FIRST, if you like the look of tongue and groove planked walls
- remove the coating from the pipes
- find some amazing boards at a flea market, lumber yard or in the materials section of Craigslist
think know now, I am ok with the fact that the builder added this little nook. I am completely in love with how it turned out.
Have a great day!