How To Build A Plumbing Pipe Shelving Wall Unit Easy DIY

Plumbing Pipe Shelf

Here is a simple way to build a shelving unit out of plumbing conduit. This plumbing shelf took us around 8 hours to put together and bolt on the wall from start to finish. The unit is roughly 6ft wide by roughly 8ft tall and around 12in deep. All of the items needed to create this cool plumbing fixture shelving unit was around $200 dollars total.

Material Needed:

13 – 90º Elbows
10 – 3-Way Tees
6 – Base Flanges

10 – 8″
3 – 9″
1 – 25″ (Custom cut at Lowes)
3 – 44″ (Custom cut at Lowes)
3 – 18″ (Custom cut at Lowes)
4 – 12″
2 – 10″

Sheets of Pine Wood

Misc Bolts to secure the shelf to the wall

Medium sandpaper
1” Holesaw

First we drilled some holes in the wood for the pipe to fit through. We used a 1″ round drill bit to allow for error. We used a degreaser to clean the nasty sticky grease of the pipes before we did any assembling. We then assembled the pipe together in the room we were going to use the shelf in. After this we sanded and stained our wood. Then we bolted the piping to the wall and made sure to add the wood shelf units as we were attaching everything to the wall area. The most difficult aspect was getting all of our measurements correct. See below for our measurements and pictures of the piping material before we assembled the shelving unit.

Plumbing Pipe Shelf

We measured our room before we went and purchased our plumbing pipe

Plumbing Pipe Shelf

We figured out exactly how many pieces of plumbing pipe we needed for our shelving unit

Plumbing Pipe Shelf

Here are all the metal pipes and fittings we used in our project

Plumbing Pipe Shelf

We assembled some of our pipe pieces together to make sure the measurements were correct

Plumbing Pipe Shelf

Our Plumbing Pipe Shelving Unit Completed

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1 Brent January 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Great Project. I would like to translate this to vaulted sealings (Approx 15 foot at its apex), do you think it would work? Also, any wobble to the shelves? Thanks in advance! Brent


2 DIY Project Help Tips January 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm

It would work, just do not have the pipes too long and attach the pipes to the wall every so often for support.


3 Greg Sullivan November 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

May I ask what size pipe you used? Was it 3/4 or 1 inch? Also, did you end up having to drill into the floor or is that not necessary? Thanks!


4 DIY Project Help Tips November 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Hi Greg,
The pipe diameter we used is 1″. Depending on the height of your project you may need to drill it into the floor for stability.


5 Amanda Peters June 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

What a fun shelving unit! Absolutely love it, and great tutorial instructions as well!


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