DIY Pipe Shelving
Hey all! Seems like it’s been forever since my last post. This summer Jon and I have over 7 weeks of combined work & missions trips lined up, so I will do my best to keep posting, but I already can tell that it will be a challenge! We just returned from an awesome trip to the Creation Museum in KY with our teens, and it was a blast! If you know of someone looking for a place to take teens on a missions trip, I would totally recommend volunteering there. Anyways, just last night we were able to get into the swing of things, and finished up a little project we had started a few weeks ago. Ever since we moved in last year, I have been trying to figure out what to do with the “dead zone” between our living and dining rooms. I love the fact that we have an open floor plan, but trying to figure out how to transition the spaces has been interesting to say the least. We had one of our console table carts left over after the Barn Sale so it landed in the dead zone of our home. It actually didn’t look to bad, so I decided to try some shelving above it to see how it would look, and this is how it turned out:
So far we love it! Unfortunately, the console table cart will not be staying as it is going to a new home in a couple weeks. (Stay tuned for more details on that. 😉 ) While it’s still here, though, I had to share some pictures and give the deets on the shelves. The shelves themselves were inspired by a pin I found a while back. The reason it stood out to me amidst the sea of pipe shelving was the unique combination of industrial and airy vibes it gave off. Jon and I love the industrial look, but sometimes all of the metal and wood can become overbearing and heavy for the size of our home. This gave the pipe and wood look I was after without building having a mile of pipe on our living room wall. (And it cost less than 50 bones!)
Construction and assembly of the shelves is fairly simple as you would probably guess. We began by finding the studs and using those as our determining width factor. Next we screwed in the four flanges that we would use to attach the pipe to the wall. Once testing the pipe out to make sure everything was straight and level, we then drilled the holes in each of the boards with the spade bit in order to thread the board onto the piping.
Once on the piping we attached pipe clamps under each side of the board to stabilize it. (This piece was an improv idea and so well has held up wonderfully!)
And Bada-Bada-Boom! Just like that, we have shelves! 🙂
4 – Pipe Flanges (the piece that screws into the wall)
2 – 3-foot 3/4″ in pipes
6- pipe clams (the piece under the shelves)
4 – pipe 3/4″ pipe elbows
4 – 3″ pipe nipples (3/4″)
Screws (be sure to screw into stud, or use proper screw anchoring system)
7 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 55″ pine boards
Bit for drilling
Bit for screws
Spade Bit w/ Spurs (3/4″)
Saw (to cut boards to length)
Stud Finder (if drilling into studs)
The thing I am looking forward to the most about these shelves is switching them up all the time! They are my first real “shelves” so to speak in our home, so I am looking forward to being able to play with them and change them up. 🙂 I hope that you have been encouraged or inspired to build your own shelves soon! Let me know if you have any helpful tips of your own in the comments below! And be sure to follow me on Facebook (Grace Unmeasured Blog), Instagram (@graceunmeasured), and sign-up on my email list to the right in order to be kept up to date on all of our DIYs. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!
For more shelving inspiration, click on the picture below to see our DIY coffee bar!