On a Reasonable Budget

DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

Learn how to build this impressive industrial pipe shelving the easy way! We’ve sourced the cheapest supplies for a pipe bookshelf if you’re on a budget. These DIY pipe shelves are perfect for farmhouse, rustic, or industrial modern decor.

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Skills Required: Advanced Beginner.

You’ll need to be able to stain wood and screw pipe together, as well as operate a drill. Cutting wood can be done for you at Home Depot, or you can use your own table saw.

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Basic Supply List for All DIY Pipe Shelves

Drill with 1 1/2″ spade bit Table saw Screws – 20 plaster or drywall, unless you are going into studs (then get wood screws) Painter’s tape Minwax wood finish – this project uses Ebony 2718 and  Gray 271 Rag for applying stain

Step 1

Where to Buy Inexpensive Pipe

You’re going to want to go online or to a local wholesale plumbing supply store. The prices we found online were considerably cheaper than what is available at the big box retailers.

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Where to Buy Wood and What to Use

You can get inexpensive pine from Home Depot. Pine will work well especially if you want your DIY pipe shelves to look like traditional industrial shelving – and be weathered and warped slightly when you apply the stain.

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How to Build a Bookshelf

Step One: Cut the shelves to size using a table saw. My neighbor cut:

Left shelving –  five shelves at a 70″ length Middle –  one shelf at a 53 5/8″ length Right shelving –  five shelves at a 36″ length

Step Two: Using your 1 1/2″ spade bit, you’re going to drill three holes through each 70″ board and two holes through each 36″ board. Refer to the diagram below for hole placement.

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