It’s no wonder that DIY pipe shelves are all over design blogs and Pinterest boards. They are stylish, versatile, and budget-friendly. As do-it-yourself projects go, they’re also rather simple to create and install. Your biggest challenge will be choosing just one DIY pipe shelf idea to stick to!
Just in case you haven’t been engaging in the DIY home decor space recently, let us tell you about these design gems. DIY pipe shelves use metal pipes and fittings combined with (usually) wood to create shelving units. These units may sit on the floor or be mounted to the ceiling or wall. The design is industrial-inspired and looks absolutely perfect with minimalist decor, boho-chic design, and eclectic aesthetics, but it can also be worked into just about any design theme. That’s because there is so much versatility in the color and shape of metal and wood used.
If you’re going for a raw, edgy look, then check out the ideas with black pipe and raw or dark finished wood. If you want a softer, more sophisticated version, then look at the antiqued designs or those with more structural elements. For a more creative flair try copper pipes or fully painted wood shelves. You can really mix and match the possibilities until you come up with a look you absolutely love.
Let’s talk wall mounting, folks. These designs make incredible wall-mounted and floating shelving units. You can also ceiling mount shelves for a unique spin on the theme. For pieces on the floor, you can use pipe fittings or swap them out for wheels to create a movable unit.
Think about where you want your shelves to go, what you plan to put on them, and how you want them to look in the context of the rest of the room. This can make your DIY design process easier and ensure that you choose the perfect DIY pipe shelves for you!
1. Simple and Stylish Pipe Wall Shelf
This do-it-yourself wall unit is simple, sturdy, and looks amazing. If you want something that can handle heavier loads like these printers, then anchoring to the wall like this is a brilliant idea. You won’t have to worry about bumping into things. Woven baskets are a fabulous idea for organizing odds and ends in a pipe and wood shelving unit like this. Add a couple of purely decorative items to soften the look and make it homier. Another great thing about this type of design is that you can make it as wide or as tall as you need to. The possibilities are endless!
2. Minimalist Floating Bar Shelves with Iron Pipe Brackets
Want to have a bar in your home but short on space? This floating shelf idea is a stylish solution! In fact, this looks so amazing that you may want to opt for a floating DIY pipe shelf idea for a bar no matter how big or small your home is. A project like this couldn’t be easier. Forget a weekend – you can pull this off in an hour! All you need are the necessary pipes and brackets, a secure wall mount, and a piece of finished wood. Arrange your glasses and spirits on the shelf and you’ve got yourself a bar. Cheers!
3. L-Bracket Pipe and Wood Wall Shelving
This is not exactly a floating shelf, but it gives you the same effect while also showing off a little bit of raw, industrial style. Using a pipe configured into an L-bracket makes for a super-secure shelf. It’s hard to believe that something this pretty can be made with a couple of pipes and a two-by-four, but here’s your proof! You can play with the pipe color – either by choosing a different metal or painting it – to suit your decor. You can also mix this up by finishing the wood differently. A darker finish would look warm and masculine. A whitewash would look great with farmhouse decor.
4. Hip Portable Pipe and Wood Shelving Unit
Oh man, this movable shelving unit is inspiring major design envy! This is an awesome example of how (almost) raw wood and galvanized pipe furniture can perfectly complement the eclectic decor. This particular set of DIY pipe shelves is particularly brilliant because it’s on wheels! If you need to be able to move things around in your home (say for a guest staying over or in a multipurpose room) this makes it incredibly easy to do. Just roll the shelving unit wherever you want it! You can push it out of the way, use it as a room divider, or change it out with another piece of furniture in a snap.
5. Warm and Welcoming Pewter and Wood Shelves
One of the best things about DIY pipe shelves is that you can customize them like none other. Simply cut the wood pieces down to the length and width to fit into your living space and get the pipes cut to match. Just look at this adorable solution for floating bathroom shelves. Bathrooms can be full of odd nooks, crannies, and empty walls that can look awkward when they’re bare. Add a couple of floating shelves and some cleverly disguised storage decor to liven up the space.
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