When I started Chics With Tools, the hubs and I embarked on a DIY journey to make the garage a more organized and aesthetic space, embracing an "Industrial Chic" vibe, using lots of pipe and wood. If you are into this look, you have probably priced this style of ready-made shelves. Ouch, right? Plus, the size options are pretty limited. We had a big expanse of wall to cover so the only real choice was to make them myself. I love the results but I learned a few things along the way that will make it easier for you if you decide to do this in your own space.
I have my own method for doing pipes shelves which is born from my dislike of wall anchors and my desire for sturdiness. Instead of attaching my pipes straight to the wall, I first screw a 1" x 4" board to the studs to span the whole area where the shelves will be. I attach the pipe fittings to the boards, not the wall. This way they can be put where they need to go, aesthetically and functionally, without worrying about where the studs are. This will make more sense as we go.
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- The best deal I have found for pipes is on Amazon. They are marketed for people like us who are building things from them not plumbing their homes.