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!