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Pipe-Frame Wall Shelf

Sturdy, trendy, and simple. Assemble this three-tier wall shelf in minutes and put it to work today.

Wall-hung pipe-frame shelf with three tiers

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill
  • Level
  • Square
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stud finder


  • 4 - 1/2-in galvanized floor flanges, #22440
  • 4 - 1/2-in x 12-in galvanized pipes, #24036
  • 4 - 1/2-in x 6-in galvanized pipes, #24033
  • 10 - 1/2-in x 10-in galvanized pipes, #24035
  • 4 - 1/2-in galvanized 90-degree elbows, #21970
  • 6 - 1/2-in x 1-in galvanized tees, #22210
  • 3 - Rubbermaid laminate shelves, #107655
  • #10 x 1-1/2-in flathead wood screws


  • 1/2-in x 2-1/4-in galvanized 2-hole pipe straps, #301380
  • #8 x 1/2-in roundhead wood screws

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Step 1

Lay out the pipes and fittings for each shelf frame (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Screw an elbow onto one end of each 12-inch pipe and a floor flange on the other end to make the top and bottom wall extensions for the frames. Screw a 6-inch pipe into the elbow connected to the 12-inch pipe.

Good to Know

Avoid screwing pipes all the way into fittings at this stage. If the pipe reaches the end of a fitting, back it off a turn to allow adjustments in future steps.

Step 2

Thread the pipe frame together.
Thread the pipe frame together.

Screw one end of a tee to a 6-inch pipe from the assembly in Step 1; then screw a 10-inch pipe into the opposite opening of the tee. Attach another tee to the end of the 10-inch pipe, followed by another 10-inch pipe and a tee; then repeat. On the other side of the final tee, screw the 6-inch pipe from one of the flange assemblies. The unused openings in all of the tees should be pointed in the direction of the flanges (the wall).

Step 3

Check alignment of the pipe fittings.
Check alignment of the pipe fittings.

Set the frames on a bench with the flanges resting flat on the work surface. Align the two frames and then measure between the tees to ensure they are equally spaced. Twist the tees until all the parts align.

Step 4

Twist the shelf pipe until it is 90 degrees to the frame.
Twist the shelf pipe until it is 90 degrees to the frame.

Insert 10-inch pipes in all of the unused openings in the tees. At this point, loosen or tighten the pipes slightly within the tees and elbows so that the 10-inch pipes that will support the shelves are 90 degrees to what will be the vertical pipes. Check them with a square and spacer placed against the pipes as you work.

Good to Know

The best flange mounting location is one where you drive the top and bottom screws through the drywall and into a stud. Otherwise, add toggle-style wall anchors for the top and bottom mounting holes.

Step 5

Anchor the flanges of the frames to the wall.
Anchor the flanges of the frames to the wall.

Mark a line on the wall using a level and painter’s tape. Mark the wall stud locations (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) on the tape. Mount the frames to the studs so the flanges are even with the tape.

Step 6

Center the shelves on the pipes. If they wobble, twist the pipes within the tees until the shelves are stable. For shelves that will see lots of use or could be accidentally bumped, screw U-shaped pipe straps centered around the pipe supports on the underside of the shelves with 1/2-in roundhead wood screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).