Copper Pipe Shelves

March 24, 2015

copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
Malissa here with this month’s DIY build! And surprise, surprise there is copper in this project! I have been eyeing the beautiful industrial pipe shelves that have been floating around. So I finally got around to building them myself, although instead of using all iron pipe I used mostly copper which is a lot lighter. The weight is an important factor for me since there are no studs in my walls. Plus, it fits in well with my other copper projects.

Instead of getting wood cut to size, I went the easy route and bought plain white shelves from Home Depot. However, you can easily buy wood and stain or paint it to match whatever style you’re going for.


– 2-3 shelves (I used these ones)

1/2” copper pipe

Pipe cutter

Flanges (2 per shelf)

Copper male adapter (2 per shelf)

– Screws (8 per shelf)

– Drill

Copper tube cap (2 per shelf)

copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Cut your copper pipe using the pipe cutter. You will want to cut two pieces for each shelf in the length of the shelf width (so for me this was 10”).

2. Measure on the wall where you want your shelf or shelves to be. I bought a 48” shelf so I measured 48” along the wall where I wanted the first shelf to be and then a little below that I measured another 48” for the second shelf.

3. Mark dots about 6 inches from both edges. This is where the pipe will go.

4. Use a drill to screw in your flanges on the dots.

5. Screw in a male adapter to each flange.

6. Place one pipe piece inside the male adapter.

7. Repeat on the other side and for any other shelves.

8. Place your shelf on top of the two pipe pieces.

9. Optional: Add a tube cap to the end of the pipe pieces to create a more finished look.

10. Decorate your new shelves.

copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
copper shelves - drifter and the gypsy blog
I am really hoping these shelves stay up but I am so excited to finally have shelves because I have wanted them for ages. If you’re worried about the stability of the shelves use gorilla glue to secure the pipe to the male adapter. This helps create a stronger connection, almost like you are welding them together.

Malissa (Build Contributor)

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