These Industrial Pipe Shelving Ideas Will up the Ante on Traditional Storage

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If your preferred decorative aesthetic is heavy on materials like wood, steel, and concrete, odds are you're a fan of the industrial style. The raw design brings just the right amount of edge into your space. And that's why industrial pipe shelving is so popular.

Whether bolted to the kitchen ceiling or neatly installed on a living room wall, industrial pipe shelves are extremely versatile. Plus, they effortlessly add flair to any space.

Take a look at these industrial pipe shelving ideas to see how to instantly increase the cool factor in your own home.

1. Mount them on the ceiling.

This kitchen designed by Kate Marker features a two-tier ceiling-mounted industrial pipe shelf. To compensate for sparse cabinet and countertop space, place a mounted floating shelf in front of a window to store items.

2. Use them as bookshelves in a kid's room.

This navy and yellow nursery from Blackband Design is a good example of how wall mounts can help maximize a smaller space. The industrial pipe shelving with dark wood neatly stores and displays items. And since it's bolted to the wall, this bookcase idea is safer than a traditional freestanding piece of kid's furniture.

3. Install two sets.

This bright office makes great use of ceiling-mounted wood and metal pipes. To achieve this look in a tiny space, go with a pair of three-tier industrial shelves, light-colored wood cabinets, and minimalist flooring. Top off the room with a wooden armoire.

4. Use them to hold decor and functional items.

Looking for versatile storage and display options? Industrial pipe shelving units can work well in the living room, an attic, or even the family room because they easily hold items, like books, photos, storage baskets, and plants. Also, unlike bulkier solutions, industrial shelves are efficient space-savers.

5. Hang them above the bar.

You can't play bartender to your houseguests without an appropriate display and storage space for the spirits. This wet bar industrial shelf by Studio McGee was constructed with reclaimed wood and metal pipes.

6. Go for a bold floor-to-ceiling situation.

Listen up, bibliophiles: This industrial living room bookcase practically encourages you to buy more books without worrying about where to store them. If you have a large, empty wall to fill, and you're working with a neutral palette, go with black iron pipes and a dark couch. Work in a few wood-toned accent chairs. Then top the look off with a large piece of artwork that features neutral shades.


Kenya is a freelance writer from Dallas. She currently contributes to Apartment Therapy and has written for various online publications, including Playboy, Essence, Bustle and more.

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