Industrial Shelves
Posted By
Ashley Phipps
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • (8) Wall Anchors and Screws (per shelf)
  • 10" x 1" Wood
  • (2) 1/2" Galvanized Steel Pipe, Coupling (per shelf)
  • (4) 1/2" Galvanized Steel Pipe, Elbow (per shelf)
  • (6) 1/2" Galvanized Steel Pipe, 3" Nipple (per shelf)
  • (2) 1/2" Galvanized Steel Pipe, Floor Flange (per shelf)
  • (2) 1/2" Galvanized Steel Pipe, Cap (per shelf)
  • (2) 1/2" Galvanized Steel Pipe, Close Nipple (per shelf)
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • HomeRight FinishMax Paint Sprayer
  • Drill and Driver
  • 7/8" Drill Bit
  • Electric Sander and Sand Paper
  • Sliding Compound Miter Saw
  • Spray Shelter (optional)

Project Steps


Adding beautiful and stylish shelves to a bedroom or any room in the house can be really easy and really fun!  My son's room desperately needed shelves for books and surfaces to display some of his special things.  Adding shelves to this little nook was the perfect solution to keep clutter under control, and add industrial style to his room.  Come and see how easy it is to make these beautiful industrial shelves.

Step 1

If you follow my blog, you may have seen that recently we have been working on our son's bedroom.  It is one of those projects that has been so much fun to work on and I just adore how his room is turning out.  You can see his Industrial loft bed with fireman pole and rock wall HERE, his gray shiplap wall HERE, and his karate belt holder HERE to get an idea for how his room was looking when I undertook my next project! Industrial Shelves! With his room looking so good, we realized we had a lack of book storage. We love books in our house and I never want to throw books away, so I just need more and more shelves to house's a problem, I know. But, my son also needed a place to put some of his fun Lego builds and other creations that he wanted to display. Once we added a dresser into his room, we knew we would have the perfect nook for some fun and totally practical shelves and I just love how our industrial shelves turned out!

Step 2

I began by cutting my wood into a 3' long length for each shelf using a sliding compound miter saw.                                               

Step 3

Then I sanded all of the surfaces of the wood using an electric sander.                                                                              

Step 4

Next I drilled a hole into each end of the wood using a 7/8" drill bit. 

Pro Tip: drill only half way through the first side, then flip the wood over and drill the rest of the hole from the other side.  This will help keep the wood from splintering.

Step 5

Using my FinishMax Paint Sprayer, I painted, first primer and then gray paint onto all sides of my wood.  Because I needed to paint this inside my garage due to weather, I used my Spray Shelter to help with any overspray.

Step 6

After my paint was completely dry, I assembled my pipe in the same order the photo shows, leaving off the end cap for now.  You will need two of these assemblies for each shelf.

Step 7

I placed the pipe into the holes in the wood shelf and secured it from underneath with the end cap.                                                

Step 8

Then I used wall anchors and screws to secure the flange into the wall.  (If you are able to secure both sides of the shelf into studs, you do not need wall anchors.  But if you can't, I suggest using wall anchors for each screw.)

Step 9

The pipe can make the shelves a bit heavy so it is easiest to install the shelves with a second set of hands.                                           

Step 10

I placed some metal bins on the top shelf to hold a few odds and ends of things he needed homes for.                                  

Step 11

And then we filled the rest of the shelves with books and items he loves to display!                                               

Isn't this such a great way to add additional storage space to a bedroom!

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