DIY: Pipe Shelving

I recently shared a picture of pipe shelving my husband made me for Christmas. I received a handful of comments from people asking how he constructed ours. I decided to write up a brief post sharing how it’s done.

NOTE: We did not take pictures during the process so hopefully the “after” pictures give you all an idea of how it’s done.

Supplies Needed (for 3 shelves):

  • 3 – Shelves cut to 32 inches long, 10 inches wide
  • 4 – Gas pipe flanges (black)
  • 6 – Couplings (black, we used 3/4 inch)
  • 4 – Gas pipe elbows (black)
  • 4 – 10 inch Gas pipes (black, we used 3/4 inch)
  • 8 – 4 inch Gas pipes (black, we used 3/4 inch)
  • Wood stain of your choice (optional, we used dark walnut)
Tools Needed:
  • Drill
  • Paddle Bit (use appropriate paddle bit based on thickness of gas pipe)
  • Sheetrock Anchors
  • Sheetrock Screws
  • Optional : Liquid nail
  1. Drill a hole in each end of shelf (roughly 2 inches in) using drill and paddlebit.
  2. Stain each shelf (optional).
  3. Piece together the flanges, gas piping, elbows, and couplings to construct your shelves.
  4. Hang shelf using sheetrock anchors and screws.
  5. Optional: Use liquid nail to secure shelf to pipe around each hole.

Feel free to leave ask questions or leave comments!


Best of luck!

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    July 21, 2016 at 1:08 am

    What do you use to hold the shelf down to make it sturdy?

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    August 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    It is pretty sturdy on its own but we used liquid nail to prevent it from moving at all. Putting somewhat heavy items on it helps to stabilize it as well.

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    November 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Do you know approximately how much this cost to build? This is just the size I need for my kitchen area! Thank you!

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      November 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Rebecca! It’s roughly $100 to build 🙂

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    December 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    The holes are two inches in from the end of the board. What is the measurement for centering the hole? How far is the hole from the top and bottom (front and back)

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      December 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Kaitlin! The hole is in the center of the board. For example, if you’re using a 9 inch wide board, put the hole at 4.5 inches in. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    February 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    How did you prevent the shelf from rocking from front to back considering there is only 1 pipe supporting the shelf in the middle of each side?

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      February 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Hi there! We used liquid nail where the holes and the pipe meet to prevent the shelf from rocking / moving.

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    March 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Jamie! What size paddle bit did y’all use? The 3/4″ and 1″ were too snug for us, but the 1 1/4″ feels too loose with the 3/4″ piping.

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      March 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Caitlin! We used 1 1/4″ and used liquid nail around the pipe to solidify the pipe to the board! Hope that helps!

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    May 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Love the shelf! Curious what paint color is on the wall though. I love it!!

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      May 5, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Hi Kristina! Thank you! It is Sherwin Williams, Mindful Gray!

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    May 18, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Love it. Did you do anything to distress the pipes? The black pipes I’ve seen at HD or Lowes are solid black and don’t have the iron look that yours do. Thanks!

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      May 23, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Hi Lance! We did not do anything to the pipes to alter the color. We bought them in this black / dark grey color from Home Depot!

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    May 31, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    About how heavy is the shelf?

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    August 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    What is the overall height of the shelves? From elbow to elbow.

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