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Industrial-Chic Storage Unit

Created By: Marcie McGoldrick




Find containers that suit your storage needs first; then adjust the height and width of the shelves to comfortably accomodate them.

You can also see our instructions for a table and desk.


  • 3 pieces of 3/4-inch-thick plywood
  • Sandpaper
  • 24 floor flanges
  • Twelve 1-foot pieces of 1/2-inch galvanized pipe
  • Drill with 3/16-inch bit
  • 3/4-inch screws
  • Six 120-pound casters
  • Assembly plan


  1. Step 1

    Download assembly plan.

  2. Step 2

    Sand cut edges of shelves, rounding corners if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Screw both ends of each threaded pipe into flanges. Place flange at corner of first piece of wood (top shelf), 1 inch in from sides. Drill shallow pilot holes in the wood through each hole in flange; then drill in screws. Repeat for each corner and center of shelf.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat with second (middle shelf) and third (bottom) piece of wood.

  5. Step 5

    Screw casters to bottom corners and center.



Reviews (6)

  • HFlynn78 15 Apr, 2014

    I made this 3 shelves high. Using precut, ready to stain shelving (minimal sanding on my part.) Kicker is the flanges are $10/ea! And the pipes another $7. The cleanup before you start...ugh. the pipes/flanges have to be cleaned, they will come with who knows what on them from Lowe's. & you can't buy a long pipe and have it cut and rethreaded..the machines in the stores only do 2' pipes. A couple coats of poly, lengthy, painstaking, even with quick dry. I took several days..

  • Gilbertsonjojo 5 Sep, 2013

    So... I actually made this beast of a piece of furniture. And first let me say it was time consuming (8 hrs) and expensive. 390$$$$!!! My husband did all the major assembly and I did the sanding and added on a veneer edging, which made it look a little less jankie. Since plywood is inherently flawed the three board are each a little bowed, which make for a tweaked looking finish project. Needless to say DO NOT MAKE THIS ITEM!!!

  • vinayroy 27 May, 2013

    This wooden Storage Rack system is really nice and width is convenient to store the materials. Plywood is strong and gives quality finished materials. Frames are designed with utmost effort. Nice!

  • jennifer91817 20 Apr, 2013

    I am starting my own home business and I need lots of storage for containers. I am wondering if I could go up at least 4 more layers this would make 6 altogether. I would have to put either more of the 120# casters or 300# casters. Can anyone give me any draw backers you might see or think of regarding this expansion Thanks in advance will post when I get the units complete.

  • litehearted 9 Apr, 2013

    hi Kerrie,
    hmmm...I'm in Toronto and the Home Depot list the bins on the Canadian site {very expensive}

    If fabric would do instead of galvanized, try IKEA.

  • craftykerrie 11 Jan, 2013

    Hi there, I've made a version of this cool table, but am having a terrible time finding galvanized steel bins anything like the ones shown here. I'm in Canada and it seems home depot doesn't carry them here. Can you recommend anywhere else to try? The whole thing just doesn't look as neat and tidy without the metal bins. Thanks!