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A timber kitchen shelf with jars of food and cookbooks

Overview

Make the most of your kitchen wall space with industrial shelves. They'll not only give you extra storage space but will also add some style and make a great design feature. 

Steps

1Cut your laminated hardwood

You can make the shelf whatever size you like to fit the space you have. To make this job easier, we had our laminated benchtop hardwood cut to size at our local Bunnings.

Selection of tools required for this project

2Measure and mark for the height of the shelves

Use the tape measure, pencil and spirit level to measure the height for the shelves. Mark two spots on the wall at the same height and use the spirit level to draw a straight line to join them.

A woman marking a plasterboard wall using a measuring tape and pencil

3Paint the flanges and galvanised pipe

We've spray painted our pipes black to create the popular industrial look but you can leave them natural or make them any colour you like. 

Two metal pipe shelf supports, one spray painted black

4Measure and mark for the flanges

Once you have a level line, make marks for the support brackets, which should be equal distance apart. Ours are made of galvanised pipe. Hold the flanges on the galvanised pipes over the marks on the wall. With a pencil, mark where you need to drill the holes. 

A person marking holes for shelf support flanges

5Drill the holes for the flanges

Put on the dust mask and safety glasses. Use the cordless drill and the 9mm drill bit to make the holes in the wall for the flanges. We're drilling two holes for each flange, one at the top and one at the bottom. 

A person drilling holes in a plasterboard wall

6Insert the hollow wall anchors

Because there are no studs behind the wall, we're using hollow wall anchors to hold the shelf supports in place. Use the hollow wall anchor setting tool to insert the hollow wall anchors into the holes you've drilled in the wall. Remove the screws from the anchors. 

A person inserting wall anchors using a wall anchor setting tool

7Attach the flanges

Line-up the flanges with the wall anchors. Use the cordless drill to re-screw the screws into the wall anchors. Repeat this for the other flanges. Screw the end caps onto the galvanised pipes. Check with a spirit level that the shelf supports are level. 

A person inserting screws into shelf support flanges

8Sand and oil the shelf

Put on your safety glasses, dust mask and earmuffs. You can leave the timber as it is, but we're going to give ours a light sanding. Wipe away any dust and apply a clear timber oil to it. The oil not only gives the shelf a great finish but also helps to protect it.

A person sanding the edge of a timber shelf

9Put the shelf in place

Once the oil on the shelf has dried, place it on top of the galvanised pipes. Now it's time to put some of your favourite cook books, potted herbs or whatever takes your fancy on top of your trendy industrial style shelf.

A timber kitchen shelf with jars of food and cookbooks

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.