We keep buying shelves, but never seem to have enough of them when we need them the most. The closet’s all stocked and the empty ones are full.
So how do you get more space for your stuff, especially a massive shoe collection?
Enter the DIY Industrial Shelving Unit built by The Rehab Life that you can make for yourself. The most convenient part about this shelf is that it has wheels to move to your bidding without sacrificing style and charm.
Follow this simple tutorial in building a rustic industrial shelving unit that moves.
Step 1: Pound the boards with your hammer
The 2”x12” boards already have the perfect size for this shelf, so you won’t be cutting them anymore. Instead, proceed directly to distressing these boards with your hammer to give them that rustic look.
You can also poke holes and make scratches on them using a small chisel or a screwdriver.
Step 2: Sand the boards
Use your sanding block to smoothen the edges and to get rid of miller marks.
Step 3: Apply wood stain
Cover the boards with your preferred wood stain, and let them dry for a few hours.
Step 4: Coat the boards with poly
Coat the boards with polyurethane to protect them from moisture and damage, and let them dry.
Step 5: Assemble the pipes
While your boards are drying, grab your pipes and arrange them like this.
Screw them together. You should have 4 pipes all in all.
Step 6: Attach the pipes to the boards
Get one of the 2”x12” boards, and attach two of the pipes on each of its sides. Each pipe should be centered and exactly 3” away from the board’s edge.
Screw the pipes into place.
Get another 2”x12”. Lay it flat on the floor. Take the board with the screwed pipes, and position it facedown on top of the 2”x12” that’s already on the floor.
For the shelves to be straight and aligned perfectly, make sure that the other end of the pipes are also centered and 3” away from the board’s edge. Then secure everything with screws.
Step 8: Attach the last two pipes on the last board
Repeat what you did in Step 6 with the last two pipes and the last 2”x12” board.
Step 9: Connect all the boards together to make the shelf
Get the board from Step 8, and place it on top of the boards from Step 7. Make sure that all pipes are still centered and 3” away from the edge.
Screw everything into place.
Step 10: Attach the wheels
You’re almost done. Just grab the caster wheels. Place them upside-down on each end of the bottom board, and secure them into place using screws.
Table of Contents
- What You'll Need:
- Step 1: Pound the boards with your hammer
- Step 2: Sand the boards
- Step 3: Apply wood stain
- Step 4: Coat the boards with poly
- Step 5: Assemble the pipes
- Step 6: Attach the pipes to the boards
- Step 7: Lay another board at the bottom of the fixed pipes
- Step 8: Attach the last two pipes on the last board
- Step 9: Connect all the boards together to make the shelf
- Step 10: Attach the wheels