Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
I love the look of plumbers pipe and it fits my Farmhouse Industrial style. A friend asked me to build her some shelving for her hubby’s office, so I decided I had better practice on my kitchen first! Here is how to build a plumbers pipe floating shelf. But first, here is some tips on plumbers pipe:
You have to decide if the messy/expensive part is worth to ease/look. For me, it totally is. I love it that much!
Note: Almost 3 years after writing this post, a company came out with decorative plumbers pipe that is not greasy. Here is the link to check out Furniture Pipeline and what they offer!
You can watch the 60 second DIY video tutorial on the shelf I made at the end of this post as well!
Ready to build your own? If you want to build a plumbers pipe shelf, here is what you will need (keeping in mind that you might need to change the size accordingly to fit your needs.)
This is the worst part of plumbers pipe. I tried many different ways to clean my pipe and wrote a whole post about it to help you. To read more on cleaning your plumbers pipe, read my post here.
I wanted my shelves to be 3 feet long. So purchasing a 12 foot board was perfect for me. If you do not want to cut it yourself, you can ask The Home Depot to do it for you. Nervous to ask? Read my post here about using The Cutting Center at The Home Depot. It will give you all the low down on the process – it’s easy!
Once you have them all cut, give them a good sanding so they are nice and smooth.
Pick your stain and stir well. You do not want to shake your stain because it produces bubbles. So be patient and stir! Once it is all mixed you can start with your first layer of stain. Use your brush and apply evenly. Wipe off with a paper towel or rag. Let dry according to directions and repeat to achieve desired color.
First you will mount your flanges. Decide how far apart you would like them, and try your best to measure them into a stud. This is done by using a stud finder and measuring where they are all.
If you do not have the color of screws that match your flange, you can write over them with a black sharpie pen!
Attach these two pieces to each flange. Screw on tight.
You will lay wood on each shelf to make sure it sits even. Plumbers pipe isn’t almost a perfect fit and some you can be off a little bit with your shelving and will need to make adjustments. If they sag downward, add 1-3 washers under the 6 o’clock position screw. If the board goes up too high one side, add 1-3 washers under the 12 o’clock position screw.
You will need braces to make sure the shelf is stable. We spray painted our braces black so they wouldn’t be noticed.
We then mounted them onto the back area of each pipe and drilled them into place.
Then you are finally free to decorate how you would like too. And if you don’t want to build one but still want the shelf? I found some good deals for you here:
You are all done! Building plumper’s pipe shelving is so easy, don’t you agree? Let me know how yours turns out – I would love to see it. Happy Building!