DIY Pipe Shelf Pantry

Update: if you want a more formal set of instructions, here is a similar project I found. My feelings will not be hurt if you use this instead, or take something from either post.

Update2: or you could just buy this one.  It’s a smaller unit for the same price and since you still have to do the installation, you might want to go custom after all.

We had a bit of underutilized space on our basement stairwell.  so we decided to install some shelving so that we could turn it into a pantry. I decided to try something a little different. On all the DIY shows and blogs the trend seemed to be using plumbing pipe and re-purposed wood.  I got the idea from Ethan Hagan on One Project Closer.


You know, I don’t even know where to begin with a How To on these shelves. It felt like it took longer than it should have. When you add the actual hours I spent working on it, I’d say it took over a week, however, the total time from conception to implementation to completeness was the summer. It also involved a lot of frustration and design changes from the original plan. It cost about $60 in materials but when you factor in my time and frustration level, we would have been much better off just installing simple bracket and wood shelves.

The unit is roughly 66″ wide by 90″ tall and 7.5″ deep

Here is the supply list:
Plumbing pipe and fittings (all at 1/2″)

Pipe Fittings:
2 – 90º Elbows
4 – Base Flanges
package of self-anchored screws

3/4” Hole saw
plumbers wrench

Stay tuned.

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