How to Make Industrial Pipe Shelves

Industrial Pipe Shelves are a fantastic thing to include in your home. They add amazing flair and are strong enough to store lots of your house contents.

Industrial Pipe Shelves can be used for just about any kind of storage, whether for convenience or storage purposes. You can even design your own shelves to make them fit your chosen wall perfectly. (Not to mention fit your aesthetic preference)

Today, we’re going to look at the various aspects of how you can make Industrial Pipe Shelves. By the time you’ve read through this, you’ll know each part of an Industrial Pipe Shelf and have the knowledge of how it is put together.

Read on if you’re interested!

Commonly Required Tools

While it will depend on how you are constructing your Industrial Pipe Shelves, there are certain tools that tend to be needed. You may not need all of them if you are getting your wood and/or pipes prepared at a factory or Home Depot.

Either way, here are the most commonly required tools for making an Industrial Pipe Shelf:

· Stud Finder

· Pencil, Ruler, Etc.

· Table Saw

· Hand Drill

· Miter Saw

· Sand Paper

· Thick Gloves

· Brushes, Rags, and Cloth

· Painting Equipment

You may need other tools as well. Be sure that you have everything you need before you start. If you are not sure how to use some of the more advanced tools in this list, you should consider letting a professional do that portion of the work for you.

Commonly Required Materials

The obvious materials are wood and pipes. However, you do need to make sure you have all the right parts.

The industrial pipes will depend on your design. Your design will need to have specific measurements so that you are able to acquire the correct sized pieces.

We would also recommend buying extra pieces of each measurement so you won’t need to bother going back to the hardware store a second time. It is best to be safe rather than sorry!

As for wood, we recommend strong plywood. However, you can use whatever type of wood you prefer. (Just make sure it is durable enough to carry heavy weights) Make sure you get all your pieces made to the exact size you need. If you’re not 100% certain, (though you really should be) aim for slightly longer than you expect to need. It is easier to cut a small piece of your wood off the end than buy an entirely new, longer piece!

Basic Steps:

#1 – Create the Design First

Making Industrial pie shelves is difficult on its own. Trying to make them without any design prepared is impossible. You should either hand draw or computer design your industrial pipe shelving plan before you ever think about going to buy wood and pipes.

Once you have your design, ensure that it will fit on the wall you plan to mount it on. You should also check that your measurements are all accurate.

#2 – Set Up Your Piping Frame

Your pipe frame is what the wooden shelves will sit on. Naturally, this means you need to mount the piping frame first. You can even mount the pipes ahead of time to see how they look.

As long as your measurements were correct, you shouldn’t run into any trouble here. If your pipes aren’t perfect, make sure to adjust your design before continuing.

#3 – Cut and Prepare Your Wood

Assuming you didn’t get your wood professionally cut, now would be the time to do so. Make sure you cut each piece perfectly. Do not mount the wood yet as you still have another step to follow before you do that.

#4 – Paint Your Pipes and Stain Your Wood

Generally, pipes are painted black to make your industrial pipe shelves look excellent. However, the color choices are yours, of course. On top of painting your pipes, you should also sand and stain your wood pieces. Make sure when you sand the wood that you don’t shorten the size by sanding too much.

#5 – Install the Completed Pieces

Now that all of your industrial pipe shelf pieces are ready, you can install the completed shelves. Assuming you did everything correctly and you didn’t miscalculate any measurements, you should now have amazing, brand-new industrial pipe shelves. Enjoy!

How to Build a DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving Unit

Industrial pipe shelving units are quite expensive. On top of that, the average design you find in stores isn’t all that exciting. Of course, they will be well-made and long-lasting. However, it won’t necessarily be your own, personal industrial pipe shelving unit.

Fortunately, it isn’t as difficult as you might imagine to make one of your own. If you’ve no experience with wood or pipes, you should get the pieces cut by professionals. If you do have experience then you can save even more money by cutting the wood and pipes yourself.

In this article, we’ll go through a basic DIY method for making an industrial pipe shelving unit. You will need to adjust the measurements and pieces. But, so long as you follow the general idea, it should still work well.

If you’re interested in learning how to build a DIY industrial pipe shelving unit.

Step 1 – Gather Your Materials

Just as a reminder, you will need to adjust this list. This is the industrial pipe shelving unit type that we will be using for this article:

Wall Unit

· Thirty-Two Risers

· Twenty-Six Shelf Pipes

· Eight 24 Inch Threaded Pipes

· Four Nipple Fittings

· Twenty-Four Caps

· Twenty-Eight Tees

· Four 90-Degree Street Elbows

· Eight Flanges

· Four 1 Inch Nipples

· Four Unions

Central Region

· Six 18 Inch Threaded Pipes

· Two 26 Inch Threaded Pipes

· Two Unions

· Two 90-Degree Street Elbows

· Two 1 Inch Nipples

· Two Flanges

· Two Caps


· Twelve 51 by 8 Inch Plywood Boards

· One 156 by 8 Inch Plywood Board

Step 2 – Scrub Your Pipes (If Needed)

If your pipe pieces already have paint on them, you may need to clean it off. You can use acetone to remove the existing paint so that the pipes will be ready for a new paint job.

If your pipes don’t have any paint on them, then just wipe any dist off and you can move on.

Step 3 – Paint Your Pipes

You can color your pipes whatever color you like. The general preference is black but it all depends on your design and personal preference.

The easiest way to paint your pipes is with a spray paint. This is why you should do so before you mount the pipes. Make sure you wait for the spray paint to dry before you attempt to connect the pieces or mount them.

Step 4 – Assemble Your Pipes

Now that your spray paint has dried, you can begin to assemble your pipes. Make sure to follow the design perfectly when you do so. Connect the pipes and build the various angles with the nipples and nipple fittings.

Make sure you anchor the top flanges together so that the pipes are all fixed in place. Your industrial pipe shelving unit should be as sturdy as possible. Once you’ve checked that your pipes are all on order, you can move on.

Step 5 – Install Your Shelves

For this DIY design, we have one long shelf and twelve shorter shelves. Your pipes should all be set up in the correct positions. The shelves can be placed over the pipes on each row.

With this design, the shelves will actually just slip onto it. If you want, you can also use screws to secure the shelves. If you haven’t, you should sand and stain the wood, if needed.

Step 6 – Set Up an Awesome Display!

Now that you’ve put your industrial pipe shelving unit together, you’re ready to set up whatever you wish to display. Whether you want to display your boat models or your books, your shelving unit will look amazing.

Again, you can adjust this DIY model to whatever you want. The steps are more or less the same regardless of the design.

Now that you know what to do, it’s time to get out there and start building! Good luck!

3 Types of Woods You Should Use For Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a stylish and one of the budget-friendly ways to add accent to your walls. Floating shelves can be used in many different ways. From displaying your favorite decorative items to storing some of your valuable items, floating shelves are simply amazing.

When thinking about floating shelves, it is a must to know where and how you will use them before you can determine the right type of wood to use. For instance, if you are planning to use the shelves to display small and light decorative items in the living room, then it is just right to focus more on the design and color of the wood instead of its strength. On the other hand, if you are planning to use the floating shelves to store heavy objects, such as books or appliances, then you need to consider the strength and stability of the wood. Read on to learn more about the types of woods you should use for your floating shelves.

Why use wood floating shelves

Floating shelves are a unique way to create an appealing visual display. Floating shelves may seem to be a simple addition to your interior, but it is also a practical project, especially for DIY lovers. Just like any other homeowner, you may have items you would love to be displayed on your walls. However, the problem in many instances is space and having holes in your walls.

Floating shelves are a perfect solution in any room for displaying pictures, works of art, and other decorative items.

The modern style of decorating

Floating shelves can be used to add a touch of modernism to the interior of your space. They are simply long and thin platforms attached to the wall. This type of shelving is one of the versatile options to display your favorite displays.

The use of floating shelves eliminates the hassle of using a hammer and nail to hang a picture, as well as the stress of redesigning the configuration of your frames when you want to add a new one.

Choosing the right wood for shelves

In choosing for the right wood for your shelves, you need to learn the difference between softwoods and hardwoods. Generally, softwoods are commonly available lumber and are cut from coniferous evergreen trees. Softwoods are lighter and obviously softer than hardwoods, which make them easier to work with.

Hardwood, on the other hand, generally comes from broad-leafed, deciduous trees. This type of wood is often used in making cabinets, and other furniture pieces. Hardwood is beautiful, stable, strong, and has the tendency to resist abuse. Although, hardwood trees are not that abundant as compared to softwood trees, especially in North America, thus they are more valuable.

Buyers should also be aware of a number of defects lumber can have. For instance, cups, bows, crooks, and twists basically refer to warped boards that are not straight and level.


This is one of the most affordable and famous softwoods available in the market. Pine is easy to use, paint, and stain, and considered to be the ideal wood type for individuals who are just starting to learn how to make floating shelves.

Though pine is solid wood, it is not recommended for heavy objects as it can easily bend or dent.


This is another good choice for floating shelves. It is actually a manufactured wood and available in different grades. The grade of the plywood actually determines the smoothness and appearance of knots on the surface. Plywood is also relatively strong and one of the main reasons why plywood is commonly used in making floating shelves. In addition to these, plywood is also affordable as compared to other types of wood.


Cherry is considered a hardwood, lightweight, and very easy to use. A lot of homeowners and designers prefer the use of cherry over other types of hardwood in making floating shelves. Cherry wood has a rich, warm, and reddish color, which may add to the beauty of your interior. Over time, the color of cherry wood becomes richer and darker. This is the reason why cherry wood is also preferred by antique collectors.

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