DIY Steel Pipe Shelf

  • DIY Steel Pipe Shelf

This eye-catching wall-mounted shelf is made out of a salvaged timber floorboard and recycledpipes and fittings. It gives the impression that the shelf has been installed around the plumbing.

When mounting the shelf to a plasterboard wall, find the studs and mark them on the wall using masking tape, then use the distance between the studs to determine the length of the lower pipe. 

DIY TIP Mount the shelf to the studs or use hollow wall anchors through plasterboard.

DIY SHELF, handyman magazine,
Use recycled materials to make a rustic shelf that looks like it’s been there for decades


Step 1. Drill the holes

Mark two pipe holes on the shelf with the centres spaced the same distance apart as the stud centres, and 40mm from the front edge. Drill the holes using a 15mm spade bit. Make a third hole in line with the first hole on the right, 90mm from the front edge.

Step 2. Assemble pipes

Attach a 200 and 100mm long 15mm pipe to each end of a 650mm pipe with 90° elbows and feed through the front holes from underneath. Add an elbow to the 200mm pipe and two joined elbows to the 100mm, feed a 300mm pipe through the back hole and attach

Step 3. Mount shelf

Join a 150mm pipe to the left vertical pipe and a 100mm to the right one with 90° elbows, then attach a lugged capillary elbow to the end of each horizontal pipe. Mark the screw holes on the wall, securing the shelf to the studs with 10g x 75mm timber screws.

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