Upcycle PVC Pipe Into Budget-Friendly Bathroom Storage

Repurposed plumbing fixtures make modern storage for your toilet tissue or other bathroom accessories.

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Storage Using PVC Pipe

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Storage Using PVC Pipe

Repurposed plumbing fixtures make modern storage for your toilet tissue or other bathroom accessories.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Materials Needed

(12) 4" PVC couplings
PVC cement
150- and 220-grit sandpaper
(4) 2x4 scrap boards at least 20" long
clamps
(2) 1/2" x 4" x 15-1/4" wood or MDF boards
finishing nails
wood glue
paint or stain as desired
drill
(3) 3/4" screws
2 screws and anchors for hanging

Prep PVC

Begin by sanding the couplings’ edges with 150-grit sandpaper to remove any irregularities and smooth out the sharp factory edges. Repeat sanding with the 220-grit sandpaper for a silky smooth finish. Rinse and dry the couplings. Note: One end of the couplings will likely be embossed with product information. Turn that end to the back and sand only the non-embossed end which will face front.

Use Sandpaper to Smooth Out PVC Couplings

Use Sandpaper to Smooth Out PVC Couplings

Begin by sanding the edges with the 150 grit sandpaper to remove any irregularities and smooth out the sharp factory edges. Repeat sanding with the 220 grit sandpaper for a silky smooth finish. Rinse and dry the couplings. Note: One end of the couplings will likely be embossed with product information. Turn that end to the back and sand only the non-embossed end which will face front.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Create PVC Coupling Grouping

Arrange the couplings on a flat surface with the printed barcodes on the sides facing inward and in a spot that will be connected to another coupling to hide the printing (Image 1). Have the scrap boards and clamps nearby. Apply a generous bead of PVC cement in a line on the side of a coupling where it will connect with another coupling (Image 2). Press the coupling in place and repeat for all other spots where couplings will touch each other. Immediately place the scrap boards in place and secure tightly with clamps (Image 3). Use a carpenter's square as necessary to make sure that the corners are at 90-degree angles. Allow to dry for 8 hours or overnight.

Create Shelf

Make a shelf for the top of the storage piece by cutting two pieces of 1/2" x 4" wood or MDF (if you plan to paint it) to 15-1/4" (Image 1). Add a bead of wood glue to the narrow edge of one of the boards. Press it against the flat side of the other board making an 'L' shape. Secure with at least 5 finishing nails through the flat side and into the narrow edge (Image 2). Sink nail heads slightly with a nail set. There is no need to fill these nail holes as they will be on the back of the shelf. Paint or stain and varnish the shelf as desired to coordinate with your decor (Image 3). Allow to dry completely before proceeding.

Attach Shelf to Couplings

Remove the clamps and boards securing the PVC grouping. Ensure that all joints are secure. Stand the PVC couplings up on one of the smaller sides on a piece of scrap wood with the back of the couplings facing you. That will be the top row. Drill a hole in the center of each of the couplings on the top row in the center and about an inch from the back. Now turn the PVC couplings on their side and place the shelf against the top row with the back of the shelf facing you. Use 3/4" screws through the PVC couplings' top row and into the bottom of the shelf to secure it in place.

Drill Hole in PVC Couplings for Bathroom Storage

Drill Hole in PVC Couplings for Bathroom Storage

Remove the clamps and ensure that the joints are all secure. Stand the PVC couplings up on one of the smaller sides on a piece of scrap wood with the back of the couplings facing you. That will be the top row. Drill a hole in the center of each of the couplings on the top row in the center and about an inch from the back.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Add Anchors and Hang Shelving Unit

Determine where the unit will go on the wall. Make a small mark with a pencil at the top of the shelf in the center. Measure down 7" from there and make another small mark. Measure 2-1/2" from that mark to the right and to the left. Use a level to make sure they are even. Make a mark at both spots. Install a wall anchor and a screw with at least 1-1/2" of the screw sticking out at both of the marked spots (Image 1). Place the top row of the couplings over the two screws to hang. Fill the couplings with toilet paper or other bathroom accessories and use the top shelf to store smaller bathroom necessities (Images 2 and 3).

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