How to Build Industrial Shelves

January 21, 2014 AT 1:52 pm 32 Comments

Today, I am going to show you how to build industrial shelves.

how to build industrial shelves

This was a new experience for me, so I just learned as I went along.  But first let me show you the inspiration that got my wheels a turnin’ for this project….

how to build industrial shelves

Boys Room Shelves @Jessica Kraus on A Beautiful Mess

I had considered doing pallet wood walls, but when I saw that picture last year, I KNEW that I wanted to build something like it that in Jonathan and Luke’s room.  Their room is a long, narrow room, and each side of the room is “their space.”

When we were building the walls in their room, {a veeeerrrrry long time ago} we covered one wall on each side with faux brick paneling from Lowe’s.

how to build industrial shelves

To help the brick to not look like paneling, we filled the seams with wood filler.

how to build industrial shelves

Then we sanded it smooth…

how to build industrial shelves

And painted it the same color as the walls, Benjamin Moore, White Dove.

how to build industrial shelves

I printed off some of the inspiration pictures I found on my computer, and then began sketching each of the boy’s walls.

how to build industrial shelves

Jonathan wanted a place to hang his guitars, so I sketched his wall to look like this…

how to build industrial shelves

Then I went to Lowe’s to purchase my supplies.  I chose to use 3/4 inch black iron pipes.  They come in 1/2 inch and 1 inch sizes as well, and you can also purchase galvanized pipes instead of black, if you want.

These are the main four pieces I used:

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They only had galvanized floor flanges, so I had to spray paint mine black.

I began laying the pipes out on the floor to make sure I had all the pieces I needed.  Lowe’s didn’t have enough of some of the pieces, but they ordered them for me and arrived within a day or two!

how to build industrial shelves

I bought 2 inch thick pieces of wood for my shelves because I love the look of the thick shelves.  They come in different lengths.   You could save some money by purchasing a thinner wood, if you wanted.

I sanded each piece of wood before using it.

how to build industrial shelves

To begin building the wall, I put the bottom row of pipes together and then lined them up where I wanted them on the floor.  I used some tape to help me keep them straight and a tape measure to make sure they were the same distance apart.

how to build industrial shelves

Then I screwed the flanges to the floor.

how to build industrial shelves

I used a 1 and 1/4 inch drill bit to drill holes in the wood where I needed them.  Sometimes I used a tape measure to figure out where I needed to drill the holes, and sometimes I placed the wood on top of the pipes and used a marker to draw around the pipe so I could see where to drill the hole.  Does that makes sense?

how to build industrial shelves

You can see in the picture below how we added the first shelf.  You just continue doing the same thing for each shelf.

Pipe…T-ring….6 inch pipe…elbow…shelf….repeat.

how to build industrial shelves

Then we created the open space on Jonathan’s shelf by using 18 inch pipes.  You can see how we still used the 6 inch pipes and the elbows underneath the shelf.

how to build industrial shelves

Since the final pipe on top needed to reach the wall, we used an 8 inch pipe instead of a 6 inch pipe.  We attached a flange to that pipe and then screwed it into the wall.  On Jonathan’s wall, it was the perfect length, and we were able to drill into the wall perfectly, but for Luke’s wall, we had to add an extra piece of wood to the back of the flange to make it fit perfectly to the wall.  {Do not ask me why.}  Smile)

how to build industrial shelves

After the shelves were built, I stained them with MinWax Provencial and sealed them with MinWax’s wipe on poly in Satin. Be sure to lightly sand in between each coat of poly.  I applied two coats.

In the picture below, you can see the sizes of the pipes we used.

how to build industrial shelves

Lastly, I added some guitar clips and storage crates.  We’ve put some “décor” on the shelves for now, but I am sure we will be changing a lot of it.

how to build industrial shelves

Jonathan is thrilled with his wall!!  He said he wants to add some more “music” stuff to it, so that is our goal.  I think it is a great use of space and makes his room look so “boyish.”

how to build industrial shelves

I was trying to figure out how much this wall cost, and I think it was around $300 total.  Which is a lot cheaper than most pieces of furniture and makes a much greater impact in the room.  how to build industrial shelves

If you have any more questions about these shelves, just leave me a comment, and I will answer them.

Thanks!

 

If you love industrial shelving and want even more inspiration, Jen, from Tatertots and Jello, has a great post about them.  Just click on the picture below.

13 industrial shelving ideas

“In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received products from Lowe’s for this project. Although I have a material connection to Lowe’s, any publicly stated opinions of Lowe’s and their products remain my own.”

 

**Linking this project to Tutorials and Tips Link Party at Home Stories A to Z.

TDC Before and After







Comments

  1. Love it!
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  2. How much did the whole project cost, if you don’t mind me asking?

  3. Traci – Did you make the holes for the shelves just big enough for the pipe to fit through from the top, so that the flange part held the shelf up? I hope you understand that. Or did you actually screw a flange under each shelf to keep it in place? I just want to make sure that my shelves wouldn’t slide down. Love this idea and totally going to do in our new Media/play room. Also would love if you could give a tutorial for a rolling type coffee table with the big industrial wheels! :) The boys rooms look wonderful – great job!

    • Carrie, I did not screw a flange under each shelf, but the tee fitting is wider than the pipes, so the shelves kind of sit on the tee fittings. Does that make sense?

  4. All I can say is Wow! Impressive. You definitely earned DIY Diva of the Day. Pinning …
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  5. Great job! You always come up with wonderful ideas and I love them. Will the boys have a desk?

    God Bless

  6. These turned out absolutely dreamy! I love your accessorizing, especially the guitars. Thanks for the tutorial.
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  7. Debbie Dunbar says:

    I love this!

  8. Looks AMAZING!!! What would you suggest if wanting to install something like this in a room with carpet? Also, is it pretty sturdy and weight supporting? Looks like the elbows take the majority of the weight, at the wall.

  9. This is a wonderful addition to the room. I would love to add something like this at some point to one of our rooms!

  10. Absolutely love the look of these! Great tutorial too Traci!
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  11. This is super cool! My son is turning 13 and his room currently has the track shelving in white. This would definitely be more age related. On my list of projects now. Question for you – the walls are plaster, an issue???

    Thanks Lisa

  12. Hi Traci,

    The shelves are stunning! May I ask how wide the boards are? I know you said that they are 2 inches thick but what about the width? Thanks so much!

  13. I bought 6 foot boards and I am hoping to use your exact layout……. Was that a good guess for the length? Also how high did it end up being? I accounted for your 2 inch boards and also the piping, but my ceilings are only 9 feet so I hope I didn’t get carried away! Thanks for an awesome tutorial.

    • I think 6 feet is a good length. Mine were a little longer I think. But I had a pretty long wall. And my shelves would fit with a 9 foot ceiling, so you should be fine. :)

  14. I wanted to know what type of wood you got from lowes for the shelves?

  15. Could these shelves hold a lot of stuff? What do you think the weight limit would be?

  16. What is the depth of the wood? Love these!

  17. Is there anything securing the 90 degree elbow at the rear of each shelf?

  18. I think my comment got lost……. how wide are your shelves and then how tall did they end up being?

  19. This is stunning! To be clear the shelf sits on the tee fitting, you drilled a hole in the shelf just above the tee fitting for the next pipe to fit into and then screw into the tee fitting through the wood shelf? Also is this something a girl could tackle by herself? I’m not to power tool inclined. But I do love this and am wanting to try it out.

  20. Really like these but I know my son who lives out of town and needs shelves would never build these. Any suggestions for similar ones to purchase.
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  21. Nora Nuño says:

    What would be an alternative way to secure the bottom if we have carpet? I was think doing it the same way as on top which is securing the pipes to the wall and also making sure they are firmly pressed down so the bottom legs don’t wiggle/move
    What do you think?

  22. How would you attach the bottom fittings if there is carpet in the room? Thank you!

  23. That is really a great idea! I may use it for my son’s bedroom! Thanks for sharing :)

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