DIY industrial pipe shelving

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.

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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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Materials List:

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!

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.rustic industrial shelving via

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

I 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.


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    • Thanks Mary! I agree with you, the rustic wood adds that touch of warmth to the room. I love them. Thanks for stopping by.

    • I hope you can find a spot, you will love them! I would love to see your finished project when you are done! Send a photo, please! Have an amazing day!

  1. These are FABULOUS! I love them. This will be one of those projects that I will definitely try. Thanks for sharing! We would love for you to share over at The DIY Collective tomorrow! {Also, I love the way you styled your shelves. Everything is spot on, for sure!}
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  2. Your shelves are gorgeous and they are styled so nicely! I’ll be putting up some shelves in a little kitchen area, and I can’t decide on the brackets I want to use. I was thinking about using pipes, but seeing yours might have helped to sway my decision. I really love the look!
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  3. What a terrific idea. Love it! I would love to have you post on my blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home ( It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you’re interested.


  4. Hi Shell,
    This project turned out nicely. I love it!!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

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  5. Hi Michelle! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving, and I’m featuring you as my pick for the Rockstars this week from Creativity Unleashed! As a Rockstar you’re in the running for this week’s MEGA Rockstar! Grab your friends and come vote at
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  6. This is so amazing! I absolutely love flea market finds like that. I have found a ton of really amazing pieces that I’ve refinished and added to my home. I love the industrial and rustic look of these shelves. I’m going to keep my eye out for some similar wood, I have a perfect spot in my home for shelves like this. Thanks for sharing!


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