Pipes are some of the most versatile things ever. they’ve made their way into the world of interior design and quite successfully, DIY pipe shelves being among the most popular of subjects. We love the idea of using metal pipes in new and ingenious ways, especially if this can help create some amazing furniture and home decorations along the way. Since we’re on the subjects, let’s have a quick look at some of the projects involving DIY pipe shelves that we found while surfing the internet lately.
The first project comes from heylilahey and is a tutorial for a DIY copper pipe shelf. It’s actually a wall unit with three separate shelves. It’s something that you could add to your bathroom, the kitchen, the entryway or even spaces like the living room or the dining area. If you like the idea, check out the full list of supplies and tools needed for the project and feel free to add your own twist to the design.
Believe it or not, pipe shelves can actually look chic in the bedroom. We were convinced about this once we saw this industrial shelving unit from onebroadsjourney. It looks cool and it has these two clothing rods that basically let you have an open wardrobe in the room. There are shelves for displaying stuff on like books, framed pictures and other items.
Pipe shelves can take many different forms and while some are more common and popular, there are also a few that stand out in terms of originality and looks. A nice example is this set of industrial pipe shelves from simplydesigning. What’s interesting about them is the way in which the actual shelves are hanging from the wall via pipes and fittings. This shows just how creative you can get using just a few simple things.
One of the coolest things about DIY shelves is the low cost of the entire project. You can keep the cost super low if you also decide to use reclaimed wood or leftover pieces from other projects. In any case, you only need a few things to make stylish and functional shelves like the ones featured on thediyplaybook. For two shelves you need 4 pipes, 4 caps, 4 galvanized floor flanges, a piece of wood cut intwo two equal shelves, sandpaper, wood stain, flat black spray paint, 4 two-hole straps, dark screws and 16 wall anchors.
Speaking of pipe shelving and how incredibly versatile it is, there’s also this nice project on mindfullygray that you might enjoy checking out. The shelving unit featured here looks really nice and elegant. The design is simple and versatile and there are a lot of possible ways to use such a feature, both for storage and for display. For example, you could turn this into a planter shelving unit for the kitchen so you can grow fresh herbs there.
A bathroom could use some pipe shelves too. You could build individual shelves out of pipes, fittings and a solid wood board. You can have as many of these shelves as you want and you can install them basically anywhere such as above the door, on the wall above the toilet, by the sink, etc. They can hold extra towels, toiletries and other things. Check out houseofhawthornes to find out all the details about this particular project.
Industrial pipe bookshelves are another cool option. Since you’re basically building them from scratch, you have total control over the design. If, for example, you prefer something simple so the focus can be on the books and the other items you’re storing on the shelves, check out instructables to see how these lovely pipe shelves can be built.
Speaking of bookshelves, check out this awesome project from instructables. It’s a shelving unit that forms an L shape and wraps around the interior corner of a room, with pipes serving as supports for both the shelves and the accent lighting. The top shelf is perfect for displaying artwork or tall objects on and the lights literally put the spotlight on them.
Not all DIY pipe shelves or shelving units follow the same design guidelines. In fact, they’re each unique and different from the rest. Some have a strong industrial look, some tend to rather look more rustic and some have a modern vibe, like these ones featured on instructables. If you like how clean and simple this design is, be sure to check out all the instructions and tips so you can build your own version of the shelves.
If there’s one thing we learned from all these projects it’s that metal pipes go really well with wood, especially reclaimed wood. They complement each other in a truly wonderful way and that’s why we’re going to show yet one more project from instructables which focuses on this exact idea. In this case there’s a clear and strong contrast between the pipes which have this metallic finish and are thin and slender and the shelves which are made of wood and are quite thick.
Metal pipes and wood boards can be used to put together a cool geometric wall unit. We found one example that you might also find interesting right here on instructables. It seems like a great source of inspiration for other similar projects so perhaps you should first look at the space available on your wall for such a unit so you can properly plan a unique design.
One thing all the previous projects had in common was the fact that the pipe shelves were designed to be mounted on walls. On magnolia we found a design that differs in this sense. These DIY pipe shelves are attached to the ceiling as well as to the walls. It’s a cool detail which makes them stand out from other similar shelves so perhaps you’d enjoy adopting this idea for your next DIY project.
Last but not least, a project from unoriginalmom which shows you how to build stylish wall shelves for your own using pipes and wood boards. We suggest using reclaimed wood if you’re a fan of rustic beauty or pallet boards if you enjoy recycling and upcycling items and materials.
If you like the look of industrial-style pipe shelves but you’re not exactly excited about having to design and to build them yourself from scratch, there are plenty of options in stores that you can take a look at. This wall shelf for example has a simple and modern design with just the right amount of detail. It offers three platforms for you to keep books, framed photos, plants and numerous other things on.
The Wyndham pipe shelf is great if you’re short on space or you don’t need lots of storage and simply want something to fill the blank area on your wall with. It has a simple metal pipe frame with no unnecessary additions or accessories and two sturdy shelves crafted from faux wood laminate planks.
Sometimes all you need is a single shelf to fill in a gap on your wall or to add some interest and a bit of extra storage to a certain area. The Scheel wall shelf is perfect for that, especially if you enjoy the rustic-industrial flair and clean and simple lines of its design. The shelf is made of solid pine wood and is supported by barely visible metal hardware.
At a glance, this is a great accent shelf for modern and contemporary interiors that have that unique industrial twist in their designs. The metal pipe frame is paired with three shelves made of solid wood with an antiqued finish. It’s a nice piece for any type of space as it can be easily integrated even in small rooms thanks to the reduced size and simple proportions.
The Mouzon pipe shelf stands out and it’s all due to its unusual design. This is a three-tier staggered shelf and it’s meant to be eye-catching and decorative more than anything else. The frame is made of bare metal pipes with a black finish and the shelves are made of stained wood. You can use this chic accent shelf in areas such as the living room, home office or the bedroom to display and store books, plants or collectibles.
Speaking of eye-catching pipe shelves with cool and unexpected designs, check out this accent piece. The Mowery is a four-tier staggered pipe floating shelf with tons of character. It stands out both thanks to the overall structure but also the little details such as the decorative gauge and red valve attached to the central pipe. It’s a very versatile piece suitable for contemporary, industrial and even rustic spaces.
If you’re looking for something simple, compact and versatile perhaps you’ll enjoy this lovely set of two floating wall shelves. They’re made from aged recyclable aircraft grade aluminum and sustainable solid wood. They have a nice weathered finish which adds warmth to the otherwise very simple design. You can display the two shelves as a pair or use them separately.
The Borrero floating shelf set also has a noticeable industrial vibe but is not as prominent as in the case of other models. The reason for that in this case is because the wood has a lighter finish which adds warmth to the design and softens the harsh look of the metal pipes. The shelves are crafted from solid pipe wood and the set includes three coordinating pieces which are great for kitchens and bathrooms.
As you might have noticed, many of the industrial-style pipe shelves on this list share in common a few similarities, namely the presence of pipe brackets as support structures for the shelves themselves. You can get a set of brackets separately if you want to pair them with a shelf of your choosing. This is a great idea if you have some reclaimed wood or driftwood which you want to include in your project.
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