DIY: Pipe Shelves

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Pipe Shelves

Pipe Shelves Breakfast Room Decor

Dining Room Decor Pipe Shelves

One of the most frequently asked questions on my Instagram is where did you get the pipe shelves in your breakfast room, to which I reply – my husband made them.  And, believe it or not, it only took a couple of hours.  It’s a fairly simple DIY project that can make such a beautiful impact in any room.   As you can see, the shelves is what make this entire space.  It’s one of my favorite things in our house!

I’m going to attempt to explain the steps, but bear with me because as I explained in this post, I don’t do well with instructions.

Here is a basic list of materials.

  • Three 1×6 boards
  • 3/4 inch gas-line pipes, connectors, and flanges (the pipes are available in different lengths, we used 8 inches)
  • Saw to cut the boards to size and a 7/8 inch paddle bit to make the holes
  • Wood stain (we used Dark Walnut)
  • Level

Due to the weight of the shelves, they have to be drilled into the studs in the wall so, before deciding the length of the shelves, we measured the distance between the studs.  We then decided that the length of three studs would look best; we cut our boards to fit accordingly.  The piping that you purchase comes in two different colors, black or silver, so you’ll want to spray-paint the pipes and flanges (before you hang the shelves, of course) to give them more of an industrial look.  We used Bronze Hammered Metal by Rust-Oleum.  You’ll then want to cut the holes in the boards.  We used a 7/8 inch paddle bit and cut three holes (left, center, right) on each shelf, drilling each hole in the center of the board.  After you drill the holes, you’ll stain the boards. We used Dark Walnut, but rather than brushing it on, we used a towel and lightly rubbed it on to give it more of a weathered-look rather than a rich dark brown.

Once all of your pieces are ready to go, you’ll make your holes in the wall and screw in the flanges and then connect your first set of pipes.  From there, you’ll slide the holes of the first board up and through the pipes and then screw on the connectors underneath the board to hold it.  You’ll repeat these steps until all three shelves are hung.  And, again, you can make these longer or shorter to fit your specific needs.  That’s the best thing about pipe shelves, they truly can be customized to fit any space.


For anyone interested, our jute rug can be found here (get $10 OFF with CouponCode HOME and it ships FREE). I highly recommend jute rugs for high-traffic areas.  They are extremely durable, which is must if you have small children.  Our table is the Home Styles Monarch 7 Piece Dining Set (ships for FREE); I absolutely love it!  As I mentioned, this is our breakfast room and we eat all of our meals here (rather than our dining room). My two kids have walked on, climbed on, colored on, and made a slew of messes on this table and it has withstood it all.  It cleans easily and I love the colors!  The pendant light fixture can be found here and our striped curtains can be found here (mine are the tan, but they are available in four different colors and they ship FREE) and, just like everything else in this room, I love them!  The plates on the wall came from Tuesday Morning and I used plate hangers to hang them.

This room was a work in progress for the longest time, but it is now easily one of my favorites!

Hi, I'm Jen!

I'm a mom of two who lives on coffee (and wine) and a lot of humor! If you enjoy affordable + achievable style, then you're in the right place. I'm so glad you're here!


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