The Fogue Abode: How To Build An Industrial Style Shelf

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How To Build An Industrial Style Shelf

I have been wanting an industrial shelf in my home for quiet some time.  I love the rugged look it gives especially when you put it in a soft and airy room.  After I installed the towel hangers,  I thought the bathroom could use another industrial piece. 

Light Bulb!  I could install an industrial shelf above the toilet.  It would be the perfect spot for one!  I was so excited that I ran to my local hardware store for some pipe fittings.

The project was super easy, anyone could install it.  It would be a great addition to any bathroom, kitchen or dinning room.

So here is the step-by-step guide on how I installed my shelf.

Our cast of characters include 2 pieces of lumber, I used a 2x6, 4 pipe flanges, 4 6" pipe nipples, and 4 pipe caps.  You also will need a drill, heavy duty anchors and screws.

First I took my 2 pieces of lumber and I stained them. 

Make sure to wear gloves when you stain wood, it's a mess you don't want to clean up.  Trust me on this one!

I had originally thought I would screw the pipe flanges into studs to help anchor it down.  But once I got home, I discovered that the flanges were so wide that they straddled the studs.  I had to resort to plan B and ran and got some heavy duty anchors.

Following the anchor directions, I marked the flange holes and drilled 1/4" holes.  I then screwed in the anchors and was ready to fasten the pipe flange to the wall.

 Once that's done, you just screw in the pipe nipple and pipe cap.  Repeat steps on the other end for your second bracket.

Now your ready to place your piece of lumber on top of the brackets and shelf is complete.

To style the shelves, I added a couple of bathroom essentials like q-tips, cotton balls and toilet paper.  And a few non-essentials, books and clocks are perfect on any shelf as is the succulent and candle.  Wait, that candle may be an essential after all.

 What do you think of the industrial shelf craze?  Do you NEED one of  your very own?  Help us get the word out on this super simple how-to project by pinning the image below. 

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