DIY Industrial Pipe Stools

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

Another project checked off the office makeover to-do list, and guys… this one is really fun! I’m sure you’ve seen all the industrial pipe projects that are trending right now, and I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon. I don’t have room in my office for a lot of the larger projects I’ve seen like shelving units or tables, but I found a way to add a bit of that cool industrial look in a smaller size, and I promise you this is a project that ANYONE can do! I created 4 DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for my work table using plumbing pipe and wood rounds, and I am so excited with how they turned out!

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

So one day I got this crazy idea to build pipe stools and showed my husband a chicken scratch drawing of how I thought they could be built. After playing around with the pipes for awhile, we came up with this design that flares out at the bottom, adding extra stability and support for the stools. They stand about 21-22″ tall and about 11 1/2 – 12″ wide at the bottom (sizes will vary depending on how tight pipes are fitted), and I have all the parts, building instructions, and tips and tricks you need to whip out a couple of these babies in no time! Don’t you just love when the hard part is done for you? :)

Here is what you’ll need to buy to make 1 stool:

  • 1 – 12″ round wood seat (found near the lumber section in hardware stores)
  • 4 – 1/2″ floor flanges
  • 4 – 1/2″ x 12″ pipes
  • 4 – 1/2″ x 3″ pipes
  • 5 – 1/2″ x 4″ pipes
  • 6 – 1/2″ tees
  • 8 – 1/2″ 90° elbows
  • 8 – 1/2″ close nipples
  • 4 – 1/2″ caps
  • Elmer’s ProBond Advanced

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Before I show you how to build these super cool stools, I have a few tips that I learned along the way. These will help you with any kind of pipe project you’d like to tackle:

  • If your pipes have price stickers on them, I highly recommend removing them BEFORE you start building. It’s much easier! Mine came off pretty easily by peeling off the top layer and using some adhesive remover for the sticky part. You can carefully use the edge of a blade to scrape the sticker off, if necessary.
  • It’s a good idea to price out the pipes you need at a few different hardware stores before buying. I found one store to be almost double the price of another, so it definitely pays to do some research first! Also, the black steel pipes I picked are generally less expensive, so that’s something to keep in mind when making your decision.
  • All you’re doing to build these stools is screwing one pipe onto another. Some will go on easier than others, and leverage is important when tightening the pipes. These stools technically don’t require any tools to build them, but we found that a pair of vice grips are helpful to give you better leverage.
  • We recommend waiting to tighten the caps on the bottom of the legs right away. You can loosen or tighten them at the end to help level the stool, if necessary.
Instructions:

Step 1: To build one leg: Attach a 12″ pipe to a tee. Add a close nipple to the end of the tee opposite the 12″ pipe. Add a 90° elbow to the close nipple. Add a 3″ pipe. Add another 90° elbow. Add a 4″ pipe. Add a cap.

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Step 2: Build a second leg using the same steps as the first.

Step 3: Add a close nipple to the open end of the tee in each leg. Connect both legs with a tee in the middle of the close nipples you just added.

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Step 4: Build a third and fourth leg (same as first and second).

Step 5: Connect the third and fourth legs using the same steps you did to connect legs one and two.

Step 6: Use a 4″ pipe to connect the open tee ends on legs 1,2 and 3,4.

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Step 7: Add a floor flange to the top of each leg.

After the pipe frame of the stool is built, all that’s left is to add the wood round to the top. I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced, which is designed specifically for bonding Mixed Materials that can’t be bonded with regular glue, such as wood to metal or ceramic to drywall. I seem to come across projects all the time that need this special type of glue, and I’m so excited to have finally found something that fits the bill! It was extremely easy to work with and didn’t leave any kind of messy foam residue. ProBond also has a translucent, paintable finish and a 100% waterproof and performance guarantee.

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

I just applied a good amount of glue to the top of the floor flanges (after making sure they were level first) and centered the wood round on top. I used a couple of heavy paint cans on top of the wood to clamp the stool together while drying, and after 12 hours the heavy-duty glue had a solid bond, and I had an awesome new stool!

Now I know some of you are probably saying… “Uh… why don’t you just screw the floor flanges into the wood round?” You could definitely take that route as well, but I really wanted to show you this method because I get emails everyday from women (and some men!) who don’t have a giant array of tools at their disposal, but want to be able to do some of these DIY projects too. Picking up a bottle of glue that you can use on all kinds of different projects and materials allows this to be a tool-free project that anyone can tackle!

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

You can choose to paint or stain your wood round any color you like, but I kept mine the original pine to go with the color scheme in my office. Make any final adjustments needed to level the stool by tightening or loosening the caps at the bottom. Since I have hardwood floors, I purchased some adhesive felt pads to keep the caps from scratching the floors.

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

I still have a lot of projects left to go to finish up my office makeover, but I am so happy to have these cool industrial stools for my work table now!

Learn how to make these awesome DIY Industrial Pipe Stools for your kitchen or office with no tools required! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

So the question you’re all asking right now… How much do these awesome pipe stools cost? While they’re not the cheapest project I’ve ever done, the total price of these stools was far less that what I was going to spend buying the ones I wanted from the store. The total for one stool came out to $53.96 for the wood round and all the pipes. How many unique stools do you see in stores like this though? I certainly haven’t seen many!

Now it’s your turn… tell me what YOU think! Do you like the industrial pipe trend? How would you use ProBond Advanced in your home?

LET’S KEEP IN TOUCH!

Subscribe to Blog | Browse my Shop | Follow on Facebook | Follow on Twitter 

Follow on Google+ | Follow on Pinterest | Follow on Instagram

Visit Sponsor's Site


Comments

  1. LOVE< LOVE<LOVE these stools! Thanks so much for the instructions. And since I already have some wooden rounds, I think I'll give this project a go. :)

  2. Wow, your stools look great! The design is super impressive! I have loved seeing all the industrial pipe DIYs around the blogosphere!

  3. LOVE!

  4. OMG!!! This is AWESOME!!!!! I have to make a few of them. When we move we want the industrial look and this will be absolutely perfect. TFS I really can’t express how thankful I am for this tutorial. Oh, I can’t wait to try the Elmer’s pro bond glue, I haven’t even heard about it. I’m new here and I’m so glad that I signed up. *squealing*
    Thank you

  5. Absolutely awesome, Liz! Seriously, so amazing! They’re perfect for your office! Enjoy! :)

  6. Wow! These stools are about the coolest thing I’ve seen yet! I am thinking they would look really good in my kitchen!! Pinning!! :)
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

  7. These are so cool! I am seriously impressed that you designed these:)

    • Thank you so much, Ginnie! I love when projects fall into place better than you even imagined! Because that definitely doesn’t always happen… ;)

  8. OMG this is fabulous. I love pipework in the home and I plan on adding more. This is totally out of the box!

  9. These are amazing and I love how you showed how to use glue vs. screwing them in. Now I definitely want to try out some of that glue! Pinned!

    • Seriously, that glue went straight into my tool box! It’s such a great product! Thanks so much for stopping by and for you sweet compliment! :)

  10. What an amazing project! I’d love for you to link this up to my weekly link party! Hope to see you there! http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2014/08/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-105.html

  11. OMGosh! You are a genius! I love love love the stools! I think it’s probably one of the coolest DIY projects I’ve seen!! Can ya tell I’m in love??! LOVE!

  12. Liz, I have to admit that I don’t comment all that often on blogs, but I just had to here. These stools are pretty fantastic! I love the industrial look and this is an awesome way to incorporate it into your decor without it taking over. Totally pinned and following you now!
    ~Jenise

  13. Can you say “GENIUS” !!!!!!! LOVE!!!!! You knocked it Outta the park Gurl!!!!!!!!

  14. I love, love, love these! I have seen many DIY’s with black pipe book shelves but never bar stools! Maybe I haven’t been paying attention but I never noticed bar stool seats at the hardware store either. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Yes, I have the wooden tops, too, so I hope that will help to reduce the cost! I love, love, love these, and even tho’ I’m 73, I know I can make them with such wonderful instructions! Thank you! My one question is, tho’….. do the rounded caps on the bottoms of the legs, make indentations in your floor, or are they flat enough to avoid that?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Great question! The caps I used are pretty flat on the bottom. I have hardwood floors, so I just added some felt pads to help glide on the hardwood without scratching it. I hope this helps! Have fun making these!

  16. I’ve had my eye out for an interesting, not-crazy-expensive seating option for my husband’s man cave out back…these are PERFECT!!!!

  17. Thank you so much for a marvelous plan. I was wondering where did you get the pipes I went to home depot but the prices are double to what you paid for. Can you please tell me where to buy it. I don’t mind paying a shipping fee if it cost a lot less. I’m making 4 chairs. Again thank you.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      You’re welcome! I purchased the majority of my pipes from Menard’s and had to buy a few at Lowe’s, which was double the price. I hope this helps!

Speak Your Mind

*