10 DIY Pipe Fitting Projects (No Plumbing Required)

Pipe Fitting Projects

Many contractors and home improvement experts will say, “Homeowners and DIYers should try anything, except for electricity and plumbing. That’s best left to licensed professionals.” Whether you agree or not, you gotta admit: the possibility of having 110 volts arcing into your body or the danger of causing a major water leak is intimidating for some folks. Me included.

But that’s a-okay by me, because I still get to play with plumbers’ and electricians’ tools and supplies. Like pipe fittings: galvanized, black, copper, PVC… they’re each great for creating all kinds of DIY projects, which have nothing to do with water or gas. We’ve assembled ten ideas and techniques for using pipe fittings in your home, as well as some general tips for using pipes to create structures and furniture for home use.

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DIY Pipe Fitting Projects

Photo: TheBrickHouse

Many a laundry room is outfitted with a plumbing-pipe clothes rack. Embrace the look by creating a closet out of nowhere by installing pipe flanges in the studs and hanging the racks from the walls, as in this example from Sunia Homes.

Pipe Fitting Projects - Pipe Book Shelf

Photo: StellaBleuDesigns

Etsy seller KKatz takes a similar approach but uses multiple shorter shelves to display favorite books. Check out more of her work or give it a shot yourself!

DIY Pipe Fitting Projects - Curtain Rod

Photo: Smile & Act Nice

Using galvanized pipe as a curtain rod saves you lots of money, and you can have it cut to any size you need. I use this trick in my own house, and it’s always a great conversation-starter.

DIY Pipe Fitting Projects - Kitchen Organization

Photo: This Old House

This Old House magazine opts for the warmth of copper to create an inexpensive and functional pot rack full of kitchen storage options.

DIY Pipe Fitting Projects - Light Fixture

Photo: Chris Gardner

When I remodeled my office, I created an industrial lamp from galvanized pipe fittings. Click here for the full how-to.

Coffee Table with Pipe Fitting Legs

Photo: Oat Design

Black pipe can make the perfect base for a dining, side, or coffee table topped with reclaimed wood, as demonstrated by Rory of Oat Design.

Galvanized Pipe Desk

Photo: Chris Gardner

I took a similar approach and used galvanized pipe as the base to build this mid-century-modern-inspired desk (which I’m sitting at right now!).

DIY Pipe Fitting Projects - Magazine Rack

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My friend JoAnn made this sleek magazine rack from copper pipe. I especially love that it can be easily moved as needed.

DIY Pipe Fitting Projects - Wall Hooks

Photo: HGTV

If some of these projects are too industrial for your taste, consider a few simple flanges and elbows as a coat rack in your entryway or utility room.

DIY Pipe Fitting Project - Bookcase

Photo: Morgan Satterfield

And lastly, this amazing installation and wall unit, which works perfectly to fill up a blank entryway space and allows for as much color or neutrals as needed—incredible, right?

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