Industrial Shelf Tutorial


I have been wanting to make these shelves since we bought our house last year. I knew that they would be an easy and inexpensive project, but I kept procrastinating with them! I am so glad that I finally got around to making them because they make our office feel complete. I found an easy tutorial on Pinterest, and changed a few things to have them fit my style and size that I was going for.

Supplies you will need: (that you most likely already have)

  • Drill
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Optional: a very handsome handy husband. (Or a friend!)

Supplies that you will (most likely) need to buy: ( I purchased everything at Lowe’s!)

  • Four 1/2 inch galvanized floor flanges
  • Four 1/2-in x 12-in galvanized pipes
  • Four 1/2-in x 6-in galvanized pipes
  • Six 1/2-in x 10-in galvanized pipes


  • Four 1/2-in galvanized 90-degree elbows
  • Four 1/2-in x 1-in galvanized tees
  • Sixteen Flathead screws
  • Two Rubbermaid laminate shelves

(My shelves are 1 ft wide X 4 ft long in the espresso color)


I marked a few pictures, so that you can visualize where each piece of the shelf will go!

Floor Flanges and flat head screws:22


Elbows(red) & Tees (black):


Pipes: 12 inch (red) 6 inch (black) 10 inch (blue)44

Steps to follow: 

  1. Lay all pipes, flanges,elbows and tees out to visualize shelf size
  2. Screw all pieces together
  3. Mark wall with preferable locations of first floor flange(I started with the top left)
  4. Measure distance, and mark each floor flange location accordingly
  5. Drill top floor flanges into wall
  6. Use level to perfect flange distance, so that the shelf is level before drilling the bottom two flanges into wall
  7. Finish drilling into wall, and place shelves on pipes
  8. Decorate!!


Ta-Da so simple, and inexpensive. These shelves cost me a total of $40!  If any of you follow this tutorial, please send me pictures of your beautiful shelves.

Thanks for reading!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

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