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Industrial Shelving Made Easy

Industrial Shelving - Make It Yourself by Willow & Wood

The “Industrial” look is very popular at the moment and people are loving the charm of metal teamed with recycled timbers, textured surfaces and rustic old furniture.

The Industrial Shelf that we made was to exact specifications to fit large objects but you’ll be able to customise this shelf to your own space and requirements.


2 x 550mm lengths of 20mm Galvanised Pipe

4 x 300mm lengths of 20mm Galvanised Pipe

4 x 20mm Galvanised Flanges (these were purchased from Reece plumbing as Bunnings didn’t stock them)

8 x 20mm Saddle Clips – see photo below

16 x 10-15mm screws for Saddle Clips (8 gauge)

4 x 20mm Galvanised Elbows

16 x 30mm Button Head Screws (8 gauge)

16 x Washers to fit the screws

2 x 1 metre lengths of 235mm x 19mm pine – this is a standard size at Bunnings

1 x can of metal primer spray paint

1 x can of coloured metal spray paint

Depending on what type of walls you have, you will need additional fixing hardware – this will be discussed in step 5




  • Drill
  • Saw – if you need to cut your timber lengths
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver (if you need to screw in plasterboard anchors)

1. First things first – building your shelf supports

  • Scrape all the labels off the pipe lengths and give them a quick sand to get rid of the stickiness.  Lay all of the pieces out on the table in the order you are putting them together.


  • Connect an elbow to a short pipe
  • Connect a long pipe to that elbow
  • Connect the 2nd elbow to that long pipe
  • Connect the 2nd small pipe to that elbow
  • Connect a flange to each end of the small pipes

Do this twice to create 2 shelf supports.

TIP: ensure that the pieces are screwed as tight as you can manage so that it doesn’t loosen



2. Now it’s time to paint.

  • Use a large piece of cardboard, folded over, as a mini paint booth, making sure that you are in an extremely well ventilated area (ideally outside) and also wearing a face mask for safety.
  • Start priming the shelf supports with short, quick bursts of paint.  Also prime the saddle clips, screws and washers.

Industrial Shelves

3. Top Coat

  • After giving the primer enough time to dry, give the shelf supports, screws, washers and saddle caps a top coat – we used Metallic Charcoal Grey.
  • You might need to give 2 top coats to fully cover the pipes.


4. Time for the shelves.

  • We used good quality pine from Bunnings.  If you don’t have a saw, buy the width of timber you need and ask them to cut your shelves to length (this service is available at select Bunnings stores only).
  • Ensure that your timber width will fit in between the flange and the elbows so it sits flat on the pipe.
  • Strip the timber of all stickers and sand all edges.


  • We chose to go for an aged “Driftwood” look – we achieved this look by staining the timber with 2 coats of “Oak” stain and then whitewashing with 2 coats of watered down white paint.


5. Fixing the shelf supports to the wall – this step is very important

  • Before you start your own project, it’s important to think about where you will hang your shelf and to know what kind of walls you are fixing it to. i.e. plasterboard or brick/masonry wall – you can read our last blog post “Anatomy of a Wall” to help.  This will determine what additional fixing hardware you require.
  • If you have a plasterboard wall we recommend that you fix the shelving supports – both at the top and the bottom – into a timber stud.  Timber studs are either 450mm or 600mm apart, depending on your wall.  You will be able to adjust your shelf supports to fix directly into these studs.  This will take some planning before you begin.
  • If you don’t have any timber studs available, you will need to use Ramset Wallmate Twist N Lock anchors that will hold 20kg each anchor.
  • If you have brick or masonry walls, you will need to use plastic wall plugs for every hole and screw.
  • When you know where you want to hang your shelving you will be able to fix the shelves to the supports with the saddle clips.  Screw the shelves to both supports with 4 saddle clips each shelf and then you are ready to hang.



  • You will need an additional set of hands to help hold the shelves up while you mark where each screw will go.  Make sure that your shelves are LEVEL before marking.  Marking will save time when you are fixing the shelf in place.



  • Fix one screw into each flange and then keep fixing screws into each flange until all 16 screws are in.
  • Once fixed, pull down gently on the shelves to ensure they are secure before styling.

And that’s how you create your very own “Industrial Shelving”.

Try something a little more creative and make different designs with different pieces of the galvanised piping.

We’d love to see your new creations.

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