11. Sturdy, Affordable, and Chic Pipe Bookshelf
DIY pipe shelf design is incredibly sturdy. You can load those shelves up with super heavy items like a collection of books or records with no problem at all. This shelf is proof positive of the load-bearing capacity of this design choice. If you’ve ever dreamt of having a personal library, this is a great way to put it on display. Having a unit for these very heavy items is best to be placed on the floor. A properly mounted pipe wall shelf can also handle a lot, but a floor mount is your safest choice.
12. DIY Copper Pipe Transformation Idea
Depending on the design of your home, you may want to opt for a different shade of metal in your DIY pipe shelves. You can pretty easily find pipes in black, silver or copper. The price differences in these materials can be significant, so to change colors on a budget you can simply spray paint the pipes instead. Just pick up a can of metallic spray paint in the color of your choice. Spray the pipes and allow them to dry before installing them. Because these are overall stationary objects, there’s not a huge risk of paint chipping or wear and tear.
13. Simple Copper Pipe and White Wood Floating Shelves
Using copper instead of black or galvanized steel pipes can completely change the look of your DIY pipe shelf design. The appearance is lighter and brighter. It goes beautifully with white shelves like these, or with wooden shelves. If you want an almost invisible look, then painting the shelves to match the wall they are mounted on will do the trick. The glossy finish also goes nicely with the brightness of the copper color. You can also tie in the soft, warm metallics with the items you display on the shelves, like the copper-hued vase and metallic frame.
14. Warm Industrial Floor-to-Ceiling DIY Pipe Shelves
You can make your ceilings appear taller and create attractive display and storage space by taking your pipe wall shelf from floor to ceiling. The vertical lines create an optical illusion of height which can really open up your space. You can double down by varying the height of the shelves as well. Adding in a double-tall shelf adds more open space and contributes to the visual effect of more height. Add a collection of beautiful things, books, and mementos to create a truly gorgeous design. The chic, industrial look really lends itself to displaying eclectic decor.
15. Indoor Garden on Shelves Made of Pipe and Wood
Art, books, and dishes aren’t the only things that can go on your shelves. How about some plants instead? Just check out this brilliant DIY pipe shelf design for an indoor garden! The shelves hold the plants and the lights are mounted on the bottom of each shelf to shine on the surface below. This is such a cool way to grow things like herbs and microgreens indoors or even to house your outdoor plants in the winter months. You could even paint the light fixtures to coordinate with the shelving unit – or add a creative design.
16. Bright, Warm Copper Pipe and Mahogany Shelves
It’s just incredible how much the color of metal pipes you choose for your DIY pipe shelves can change their appearance. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at this copper pipe shelving idea. The warm copper color almost blends in with the color of the wood. It’s a much softer look than black pipes, but just as functional. Using a wood finish with a reddish stain is a great idea to go with copper pipes. This just goes to show that the shade of wood or metal used in these designs can dramatically change the way the final result looks. It’s also helpful to know that if you’re unhappy with your design you can change it pretty easily with a can of paint!
17. DIY Pipe Shelf Design Home Office Solution
This design has an almost antique look to it. Black pipe is reminiscent of cast iron and, when paired with weathered wood, has a look that’s old-fashioned in the best sense of the word. This style would look lovely in a more traditional home or with country-style decor. It is simple, elegant, and functional all at the same time. This piece works great in a home office space, but could just as easily hold items in the kitchen or serve as a bedside table.