When planning the designs for her kids’ new bedrooms, Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane came across an “extremely unique and quite marvelous” pipe and rope wall shelf from Restoration Hardware.
Deb was able to convince her husband to tackle the project, and he totally came through with this awesome industrial style shelf that is spot-on for the inspiration!
So this is knock-off work at its finest. No only is it knocking off the design…it’s knocking off huge dollars from the original price tag.
To be more precise, you can make this for about $50-60 as opposed to the $300 price tag in the catalog (you’re not surprised, I know!).
What about supplies?
You really only need to worry about three things: iron pipes and connectors, rope and wood. Oh, of course some gray paint that will be used to age and wash out the wood for that years old industrial look.
Deb’s husband picked up all of these things at their home center, a.k.a. Home Depot or Lowe’s.
To keep things simple, take your dimensions to the store and just have them cut the shelving to size.
One of the biggest challenges with the steps to complete this crazy rope shelf was the knots required in the ropes to actually hold up the shelves.
Not only do they have to be strong enough to hold your shelf pieces and whatever you set on them, they all have to be even so the shelving is level.
Also, the knots themselves should look the same, otherwise it just doesn’t have that symmetry needed for a clean look.
Don’t worry, Deb and her husband go through exactly how to conquer all of the above. They even have diagrams – woohoo!
Deb was inspired by the Industrial Pipe & Rope Shelf from RH Baby & Child. The price inspired her to create her own for a fraction of the cost.
The complete tutorial is available at Seeking Lavender Lane. Deb and her husband are actually a little kooky, so if you follow along you might just find yourself having a little fun along the way.
Oh, and when you’re done you’ll have a great looking industrial rope shelf!