DIY Super Easy Steel Rod Shelf




Introduction: DIY Super Easy Steel Rod Shelf

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To get that industrial vibe in your home would be easy with this DIY steel rod shelf, where you're mostly assembling, not building! Steel rods, end caps and flanges are easy to pick up in the plumbing department of your home improvement store. You can even have the home improvement store cut a piece of wood for you, so you wouldn't need to use any tools at all to complete this project (other than a drill to secure it to the wall.) You need three rods and accompanying flanges and end caps for each shelf.

Step 1: Assembling

Materials Needed

  • 3 1/2 inch steel rods
  • 3 steel 1/2 inch end caps (that fit the rods)
  • 3 flanges (that fit the rods)
  • wood
  • paint
  • screws


Step 1: Cut the wood to make a good size shelf for you. You can find different length steel rods in the store, for the 8 inch rods, use a 1x8 piece of wood. Adjust according to what size brackets you buy. The wood should fit comfortably on the rods, once the rods are attached to the flanges and the end caps. Paint the wood if you want painted shelves.

Step 2: Assemble the metal. Screw the rods into the flanges and top off with the end caps.

Step 3: Screw the flanges into the studs (one rod in each stud), making sure they are level. Place wood shelf on top of rods, and secure with hot glue if desired.

Step 2: Watch the Video

To see this shelf put together, watch the video! This is a super simple project that anyone could do, perfect for any room in the house.

Watch the video for inspiration, and to see four more cool shelves to make with metal.

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    5 years ago

    It looks so easy!


    7 years ago

    I would like to make the shelves without using machines


    7 years ago

    I'd sand divots into the wood for the rods to rest in so the shelf doesn't slide.