Pomp And Circumstance

DIY Rad Bookshelves! Holla!

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on March 28, 2012


For my birthday in August, Miss C and our amazing, handy (not to mention loving, fun, and overall most awesome in the world) dad, gave me bookshelves that I had been wanting for a long time for our livingroom. So, in February, we finally built them!

Here’s a mini how-to, mostly with pictures, because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Which means this post is worth at LEAST 7,000 words.

Before we started, we decided what size we wanted the shelves to be, how many shelves we wanted, and estimated the spacing (with chalk on the wall – above photo) to make sure it was how we wanted it to look before we actually screwed anything in the floor.  Then I purchased the wood at a local lumber yard, and then did a couple coats of stain until I got to the color I wanted. I wasn’t super careful to make the stain even, because I wanted to go for a more aged look. Depending how many shelves you want, how deep they are, etc. you will have to get different lengths and amounts of pipes. And here I said I wasn’t going to use too many words….sorry guys… Let’s just jump in with the photos…

Step 1

Secure a flange to the floor for the base of each pipe. The flange should be screwed into the floor a couple inches closer the the wall than the depth of your shelf, and close enough together that your shelves can hang over the sides an inch or so.  The shelves are only secured at the base, and the very top, so make sure the flanges are nice and sturdy.

Then, start attaching pieces together!  Screw in the bottom vertical pipes, followed by a T-shaped pipe fitting with a horizontal pipe and elbow-shaped fitting coming out towards the wall, and lastly, another vertical pipe. Do this on both sides. At the end of this step it should look like the picture above.

Step 2

This takes a couple of people:  Hold the board on top of the pipes, and, using a pencil, draw a circle around where the pipes hit the shelf. Drill holes through the board where the circles are marked, then slide the board down over the pipes.  Attach the next set of fittings and pipes, and repeat!

Then just repeat until you get to the top shelf!

Almost there!

Last but not least

After the top shelf, attach the top pipes to the wall with two more flanges.  NOTE: The uppermost pipes going to the wall on this level need to be about an inch longer to get all the way to the wall.

Tada!  New living room shelves!

Stay tuned for a how-to on shelf styling!


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  1. jonnysamps said, on March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Forget the “Like” button! Where’s the “LOVE” button?

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  3. Yvonne King said, on October 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    So you drilled these into the floor? Also, where are the shelves from?

  4. Sarah said, on May 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Whats the estimated cost of the shelves?

    • Miss Pomp said, on May 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Hi Sarah!

      I believe the total cost was around $200, but that would be dependent on a couple of things, such as the type of wood you buy, and the thickness of the pipes, and how many shelves you wanted to do, etc.

      I think $200 is the lower end of price for two like I did above.

      Let us know how your shelves turn out!


  5. Connie said, on March 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    are these pretty durable?

  6. Dana said, on May 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    What type of stain did you use?

  7. Miss Pomp said, on May 26, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Dana! I can’t remember the exact color (it was a while ago :-)), but it was a combo of two stains…the first was a liquid stain similar to pecan, and the second was a darker gel stain layered on top to give the shelves an aged look.

  8. Mandy McCue said, on March 21, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Do you happen to have the dimensions of the shelves? Looks to be able 8 feet?

    • Miss Pomp said, on March 21, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Mandy! I’m so sorry, I don’t. And I would measure them for you, but I don’t live in this house any more. Although, I would guess about 7.5 feet. Standard ceilings are 8 feet and these reached almost all the way to the ceiling.

  9. J said, on February 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Hello! J here. Looking good! Do you know much weight can those shelves can hold?

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