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Furniture built with Kee Klamp and Kee Lite fitting is extremely stable and has an amazing industrial look. If you're looking to DIY a bed, desk, table, shelf (your name it) take a look at these projects to inspire your next construction.
In this article, we talk about the pros and cons to building with plumbing pipe and fittings so you can decide what to use for your next pipe furniture build.
To help get you started creating your own pipe chair, here are 5 industrial style pipe chairs and how to build each of them:
Finding the perfect display solution for your store can be a task. Why not design your own? To help inspire your own creation, here are three different retail display table designs that you can build using Kee Klamp
Here are 5 of the more popular pipe shelf designs we have seen over the years and how you can build each of them:
Since a unique bedroom needs to feature a bed to match, starting with the bed is a great idea. To help get you started, here are 10 unique bed designs built using Kee fittings that you could build yourself:
Here are 5 modern conference table ideas that use Kee Klamp fitting and pipe to help inspire your own creation:
To help set you in the right direction, here are 5 DIY corner desk ideas you can use to get inspired and build upon:
We've finally made it. We've covered the layout of our office, the cubicle design, and the adjustable height desks that allow us to sit or stand whenever we please. Now it's time to wrap up this series with an in-depth look at the tables in our new office.
We've covered the layout and the cubicles in our office so far, now it's time to move on to the desks. See how these adjustable height desks allow us to position the height perfectly to each employee and allow us to sit or stand whenever we please.
Arranging furniture to look aesthetically pleasing is already a challenge, especially with a limited amount of space. This is when it helps to think outside the box...like attaching your desk to a wall! Wall mounted desks are great for small nooks and crannies because they re-purpose an already existing structure in your room.
The Rugged Butcher Block Desk that you see today is the result of Brian's hard work and many hours spent to create something truly unique. The desk is a visually stunning piece that has caught the eyes of many and is something to be proud of. Let's take a closer at how Brian crafted this piece of art:
This DIY Butcher Block Desk comes to us via Corey M. Let's congratulate him on his awesome new desk and follow along in his build. We'll cover the parts used in this project, any additional features, and how it all comes together. Let's get to it...
To help inspire your own shelf build, we've compiled a list of 59 DIY shelves built with industrial pipe. Any of these industrial pipe shelves can be easily built with Kee Klamp. Check it out:
When you're an intense computer gamer you need a setup that helps you perform to the best of your ability. Desks built specifically for gaming allow for comfortable playing for long durations, easy access to everything you may need with minimal effort, and room for multiple monitors. It's a must to have more than one monitor for gaming right?
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of industrial chic design is the urban, utilitarian simplicity of weathered steel, recycled and repurposed wood, and exposed seams. The industrial style didn’t actually start as a style at all, but rather as an absence of style that focused on function over form. Instead of hiding evidence of construction with paint and polish, the industrial look lets forged metal, gears, piping, reclaimed wood, and unfinished, rough-around-the-edges surfaces take center stage. The resultant look is a somewhat androgynous style that’s both rugged and sleek, mixing repurposed or reclaimed materials with the feel of a warehouse loft.
Achieving a classic antique look in this world of modern design can be a difficult task. You want something that is simple and elegant yet sophisticated and unique. This curtain rod put together by Kimberly Duran, author of Swoon Worthy, does just that. In a charge to remodel her bathroom, called "Operation Bathroom Remodel", Kimberly came up with this unique design. She uses Kee Klamp fittings and pipe to create the curtain rod and painted it an antique gold color to give it that classy, sophisticated look that pairs well with the other elements in the bathroom. The antique gold look is continued throughout the bathroom including in the chandelier, mirror, faucet, drawer handles, and other various bathroom hardware.
Because of it's ease of use and flexibility, Kee Klamp fittings and pipe can be used in a variety of different DIY furniture builds. One of our most popular projects that our customers like to build are DIY Industrial Pipe Desks. The legs and frame are typically built using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe and then some kind of table top is used to finish the desk. Many of our customers have used Ikea wood table tops and here in our office, we even have a conference table with a concrete table top. But the imagination and creativity doesn't have to stop there. To spark your imagination and to give you an idea of all the different kinds of table tops you can use with Kee Klamp, we have compiled a list of 5 unique table tops ideas that can be used in your next industrial pipe desk project...
Creating a bachelor pad or man cave can be a daunting task for most of us men. A bachelor pad should be manly but distinguished and classy. It should also encompass the personality of the man who lives in it. But where do we start? Where do we look? Fortunately, we're here to help you in your journey of creating your ultimate bachelor pad. We've compiled a list of furniture and other home essentials made with industrial pipe that will fit in any man cave or bachelor pad perfectly...
We recently put in a new coat rack in our office and wanted to share with you how to build it. You can finally stop throwing all your coats and jackets on the floor! Watch Anthony show you how to put it all together or continue reading below for 10 steps to building this uniquely designed Industrial Pipe Coat Rack.
Design a DIY desk for comfortable keyboard playing that combats stiffness, incorrect posture, back and arm pain, and allows for the correct key attack.
One of our customers, Gabe Diaz, decided to take the plunge and upgrade his apartment with pipe furniture. He opted to use our galvanized Kee Klamp fittings. Below are the items he built to outfit his apartment.
This the wrap up of desk week 2014. We featured seven great customer desks that show the creativity of our customers and versatility of our products.
Brittany used the IKEA desktops that are readily available at most IKEA stores. She joined four of these desktops together to make a complete wrap around desk.
Andrew's desk has a lot of character, and the construction is fairly simple. Kee Klamp fittings make the pipe base construction a snap. Andrew also used a very straightforward method for joining the boards.
Adam took a standard Simple Table Rugged rolling kit and customized it with some additional pipe and fittings to support two large monitors and some speakers. The rolling feature allows the desk to be moved out of the way so that a storage area underneath the stairs can be accessed.
Randy used a live edge slab from the Sierra mountains to build a beautiful custom desk. He used black pipe and fittings to support the desktop.
One thing that stands out on this desk is the attention to detail. The computer shelf and cord management really make this desk look great. The use of the wood paneling pulls the room together and also hides the electronic clutter.
Britton built a portable studio desk that was designed to support recording equipment. Probably the most unique feature of this desk (something we've never seen before) is the microphone support that extends from the side of the desk. This gives the mic a very stable base and keeps everything together when the desk needs to move. The arm can be extended or moved in an out by loosening and tightening the set screw.
This was a new home office desk. Linda wanted to build a reclaimed wood pipe desk with shelving on the side. Using reclaimed wood creates an industrial chic look that is difficult to match. However, the rough surfaces of reclaimed woods often make them difficult to work on. In order to make a smooth working surface Linda placed a piece of tempered glass over the top of the desktop.
Make a versatile kitchen island made of butch block and Kee Klamp fittings. This unit can easily be rolled into the center of your kitchen for serving and preparation. When it is not in use, it makes a great breakfast table.
Bob took a standard clothing rack idea from our kits page and made it work for him. He added an extra cross bar for additional storage, while leaving plenty of room for his shelving/drawers. Because of our modular pipe and fittings set-up, all the hang bars are completely adjustable in height.
Building your own piece of custom furniture doesn't have to be difficult. Our projects and products can help simplify the DIY process. Building with pipe and fittings enables you to create all kinds of DIY furniture.
Faceout display racks are helpful when it comes to displaying clothing in a manner that sells. Faceout racks are often mounted on the wall and have a taller display bar that allows the garments to be seen over the top of other display units on the store floor.
Pipe is hot in interior design. Pipe brings clean, industrial lines to any project and the biggest question out there is how best to work pipe as a medium for interior design. Many designs use threaded gas pipe which is difficult to thread and position correctly. Kee Klamp fittings solve the pipe conundrum.
Carrot wanted to achieve a couple of things with their new desks. First they wanted the desks to look good. Having a nice looking work environment is important in any industry, but especially in the marketing industry. They were also looking for desks that would be easy to build and simple to move and store. Their search led them to Simplified Building.
Building the right table for a kitchen often means doing it yourself. This is what Steven, from Pleasanton, California, did when he decided he needed a sitting table for his kitchen. He wanted a narrow island that would allow him to grab a quick meal while watching TV.
If you've worked in the IT industry, then you're probably familiar with the need to setup lots of computers at the same time. So what do you do when you need to stage a bunch of computers to setup? Well this is what Tyson Smith did, he built himself an epic U-shaped butcher block work bench.
Kitchen shelving is a great way to store what you need in an accessible way. But if the shelves do not adjust you're going to end up with a lot of wasted space. James King from South Carolina, built the set of shelves pictured in this article. His shelves are connected to a set of pipes attached at the floor and the ceiling. The shelves are made to to float up and down on the pipes so that they can be locked into position at any point on the pole.
Pipe is a great option when it comes to building a standing desk. The ten projects listed below have been built by our customers using pipe and Kee Klamp fittings. Be inspired by their work and build your own standing desk by selecting your own fittings, using one of our table frame kits or tapping into our project assistance.
Tables are an everyday part of our life. They support our work, our food, and just about anything else we can accumulate in our homes. The roll that tables play in meals is especially important. How great would it be if you could use a common, everyday structure like a table to memorialize a significant event.
A modern conference table doesn't have to be expensive. This pipe and glass conference table was built by one of our customers using Kee Klamp fittings. The results produced a table that was a great fit for this organization.
A door handle can seem so plain, but it doesn't have to be! Why not add industrial quality to your apartment or business by building a beefy industrial pipe handle to open and close the door. That's exactly what you will see in the projects in this post.
When it comes to the development and evolution of the desk, this particular design definitely deserves a place in the history! The recent flurry of conversation in the media about standing, sitting and working has definitely got people thinking about how to bring them all together in the perfect form.
Have you ever wanted to build your own desk but thought it would be too complicated? We've simplified the process with the advent of our new Simple Table desk frame kits. Simple Table desk frames are pipe and fittings frames that can be used to support any desktop material.
When Esquire in Japan wanted to bring industrial style to their office, they turned to a decor that utilizes Kee Klamp fittings. Kee Klamp fittings allow you to create unique industrial decor without the overhead of threading or welding. The fittings connect to the pipe with a simple set screw, which means that creating a modern looking office doesn't have to become a painful ordeal.
Console tables are great for holding lamps or other small decorative items next to a wall. Bob from Morristown, New Jersey built himself a console table with some reclaimed wood and industrial pipes.
Industrial chic is a growing design trend that utilizes hard metals once reserved for technical applications to create softer, functional furniture or decorative accent pieces. One major utilization of this type of design scheme is DIY pipe beds. Constructed from galvanized pipe and lock-in-place, Kee Klamp fittings, these beds epitomize the versatility of this old meets new approach to contemporary interior design.
Music composition requires a special set of equipment that doesn't always fit on a run-of-the-mill desk. Recently a couple of our customers tackled the task of building a special desk to support their music composition equipment.
Bruce, from Georgia, set out to build a custom desk for his wife's craft room. He tapped into Kee Klamp fittings to form an open base for the desk. The openness of the structure allowed him to place other cabinets underneath the desk to help his wife store the bits and pieces needed for crafting.
This beautifully designed DIY coffee table was built by Keren, one of our customers from Texas. She brought together Kee Klamp fittings, aged metal and dark stained oak boards into a stellar combination that offers both form and function. The metal base of the coffee table is constructed with Kee Klamp pipe fittings and galvanized metal pipe.
If you are interested in trying out a standing desk, but you're not sure that you want to make the long term commitment, this is definitely the desk for you. This adjustable height desk can adjust from standard sitting desk height to standing desk height with a few simple adjustments.
Tracy, from California, used Kee Lite fittings and pipe to upcycle an existing bed frame made of reclaimed Peroba wood. Tracy wanted to enhance the bed by adding a canopy structure, mounted to the wooden frame of the bed.
Jeff used a fairly straight forward design for the desk, including an extra bar at the bottom of the desk to put his feet on while sitting or standing. He was able to order pipe so that the desk would fit his working height perfectly.
Allison from Golden Sycamore used Kee Klamp pipe fittings to put together a rustic looking curtain rod for her bedroom. The pipe and fittings were distressed using a unique heating method. The heating of the pipe and fittings discolors and ages the metal, giving the entire curtain rod some very unique character.
If you've ever priced a room divider, you'll know that they're not exactly cheap. If you're looking for a creative, industrial looking alternative you can build your own bulletin board room divider with pipe, Kee Lite fittings and standard cork board.
Building a wall mounted desk is a great way to add a stylish, yet low cost desk to any room in your house. Building a wall mounted desk leverages existing structures to save you time and money.
3FE (Third Floor Expresso) is a famous coffee bar in Dublin. The founder has dedicated his life to coffee, and given the rewards that he's earned, I guess it shows! Designgoat was commissioned to help them design their shop on a prominant street in Dublin. Designgoat's final design utilized a substantial amount of pipe and Kee Klamp fitting furniture -- the results were amazing.
John Urban, of John Urban Productions, turned to Kee Klamp fittings to build himself a unique custom desk complete with casters and an antiqued metal finish. John found the desk top at a university surplus store and then went to work with pipe and fittings to create the base for the table.
Finding a bookshelf that will fit into the corner of a room is a difficult task. When faced with that scenario, Rachel, from Upstate New York, turned to Kee Lite pipe fittings. She transformed a fairly ho-hum rustic space into a more modern office area through the addition of some paint, flooring and industrial-styled furniture such as this corner pipe shelf.
Once reserved as the right and left hand tools of scaffold builders, today, pipe and fittings are emerging as the one of the hottest industrial trends to hit the contemporary restaurant design scene. Take a look below at how the bold, ingenious design team Outline transformed Bangalore Express Restaurant in South London using the wildly versatile pipe and fittings duo.
When it comes to home brewing your own beer, some people get serious! Michael, from Philly, sent us this picture of his home brew structure built out of Kee Lite pipe fittings. The structure has a place for burners to boil and prepare the mash and wort. The brew then flows to the cooler to bring the tempreture down to prepare for fermentation.
Not so long ago, if you wanted a customized piece of indoor or outdoor furniture you most likely had to pay a craftsperson or company to make it for you. Although the option of DIY furniture design was always available, you were like a ship without a sail if you lacked the serious carpentry or welding skills necessary to execute the design.
Dirk from New York City designed and built this wall mounted butcher block table supported with Kee Lite pipe fittings and pipe. Here's a bit of the back story. Our kitchen already has butcher block counters, and we wanted to add another on the opposite side for our children to do their homework. We cantilevered the new butcher block counter off the hip wall separating our kitchen. Kee Lite posts keep it rock solid.
More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of sitting all day. In response, many people are building their own standing desks. Like the solution to most problems, the answer is not always to swing 180 degrees. Sometimes the best solution is to aim for a middle road; in this case: part sitting, part standing.
If you're storing a lot of drums, its helpful to have a rack like this. The drum can sit on their side, down in between the pipes for easy storage. This snare drum rack was made using slip-on pipe fittings and pipe. Slip-on fittings, like Kee Klamp, do not require any welding or threading.
German design company, Dreimeta, has put together one of the most inspirational uses of Kee Klamp pipe fittings that we have seen to date! Dreimeta used the fittings to build a wide array of industrial pipe furniture.
Nicola Stäubli combined Kee Klamp fittings, climbing rope and inflatable mattresses to design this very unique pipe couch. The frame is constructed of steel pipe and Kee Klamp pipe fittings giving the couch a very strong industrial feel.
Out of all the virtually unlimited projects you can make with Kee Klamp fittings, the workbench/storage shelf is undoubtedly one of the most versatile. You can use it in your garage to hold your tools, in your living area to display knick knacks, or in your bathroom to hold towels and toiletries.
Retail racks made with pipe and fittings give your store an industrial feel and are extremely durable. Built with schedule 40 pipe and galvanized fittings, retail racks built with Kee Klamp can be easily setup and broken down. Below are a few examples of retail racks that are made with pipe and Kee Klamp.
Featured in Ron Hazelton's HouseCalls, this ingeniously-designed rolling shelf's frame is constructed from fence posts and Kee Klamp fittings. Casters attached to the bottom of the unit allow for easy, almost effortless portability.
Can't decide whether to stand or sit? Why not do both? There's been a lot of talk about standing while working, this desk enables you to sit at one side and stand at the other. At the standing desk you could use an additional monitor or a laptop.
When it comes to simple tables, they don't get much more simple than this! This elegant floor-mounted industrial pipe table, uses four flanges and a piece of pipe to mount a wooden desktop directly to the floor.
Justin, from Oklahoma City, built this beautiful kitchen island/food cart for his wife. Here is his story on how he did it.
This three-tiered merchandizing table was designed and installed by Gabe for Powell's book store in Portland, Oregon. It is made up of reclaimed fir beams, Kee Klamp fittings and pipe.
Sky Barn is a dream tree house that he constructed in his backyard for his children. Sky Barn is an amazing structure that features the use of Kee Lite pipe fittings.
These cabinet-top pipe shelves were put together with pipe, Kee Klamp pipe fitting and some shelving that was reclaimed from an old bookshelf. We love it when our customers reclaim or upcycle existing materials by utilizing Kee Klamp fittings.
Recently I renovated my office, in doing so I built a completely new ergonomic desk. The question remained, what should I do with this great desk that I already had. Solution: I gave it to a friend of mine, and instead of leaving it a sitting desk, he upcycled it into a standing desk.
As the founder of Simplified Building Concepts I wanted to have an office that reflected the amazing home and office applications of Kee Klamp pipe fittings. I've been building pipe furniture for over 6 years and I never cease to be amazed with the new ideas and arrangements that can be created with these simple, but profound, building materials.
The Iron Yard is a very unique co-work and entrepreneurial incubation space located in the heart of Greenville, South Carolina. When cofounder Matthew Smith wanted to build some amazing desks for their new co-work area, he tapped into the power of Kee Klamp fittings to build some thoroughly adjustable standing desks.
Why go for a standard curtain rod made of flimsy plastic when you can have something made out of pipe! That's what I thought when I needed to outfit my new office with curtains. Since I was already making the desk and shelves out of pipe, why not the the curtain rods as well. Pipe is easy to work with and it's very rigid.
Years ago I posted a project telling you how to build an ergonomic computer desk. That project involved setting your own desk height, a custom shape to the desktop and an articulating keyboard. I have to say, I loved that desk, so much so that I wanted to improve upon it and make it even better. Recently I renovated my entire office. I built a lot of new pieces out of wood, pipe and Kee Klamp fittings. I decided it was time to construct myself an entirely new desk, to improve upon what I had built in the past.
Ten DIY industrial shelf ideas that will inspire you to build a shelving for your own home or office. Shelving styles and budgets vary, but that that should not stop you from building your own DIY shelf with a little help from these inspiring projects.
Building your own rolling desk with Kee Klamp, pipe and a desktop. Bring your DIY skills to bear on the simple project.
Instructions on how to build a wall mounted bookshelf with the help of pipe, Kee Klamp fittings and some custom shelves.
DIY entertainment center with bookshelves built with pipe, Kee Klamp fittings and wood. This entertainment center has an industrial feel. It can be modified to suit your home, be inspired and build!
A pole mounted bookshelf built with Kee Klamp, pipe and wooden shelves. This DIY project shows you step-by-step how to build your own bookshelf mounted on pipe to the floor and ceiling.
Industrial bed frame build by Josh from Nerd Wallet. This bed frame was deigned to be a part of a larger industrial bedroom.
Build your own standing desk with the help of Kee Klamp fittings. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of building a standing desk and shows you how you can build your own standing desk
Standing desk for the desktop that was created using Kee Lite aluminum fittings and pipe. This stand up desk uses a unique design to attach a monitor stand and keyboard tray together in to a single unit.
Outdoor kitchen island made from Kee Lite aluminum pipe fittings and aluminum pipe. This custom outdoor kitchen island has several different counter tops and an integrated grill.
Sit-Stand Adjustable Height Computer Desk made with pipe, Kee Klamp structural pipe fittings, casters and a little ingenuity.
A DIY free-standing flat screen TV stand made out of Kee Lite aluminum pipe fittings and aluminum pipe.
Rolling kitchen island constructed from pipe, Kee Klamp pipe fittings and a butcher block. Inspiration to build your own rolling kitchen island.
The renovation of a garage into a modern seamstress studio featuring modern industrial pipe fittings and furniture.
A custom computer table made from Kee Lite fittings and birch door as a table top.
Build a desk onto an existing treadmill using Kee Lite pipe fittings.
This SketchUp concept drawing shows a book shelf that is made form Kee Lite aluminum pipe fittings. The book shelf is mounted to the wall and ceiling with the fittings.
A cooking stations for a boat porch made from aluminum pipe fittings and aluminum pipe.
Floating Kitchen Island with Granite Top. The bottom of the structure is made from powder coated pipe and Kee Klamp fittings. Industrial casters make it easy to move about.
Build a modern pipe bed frame in a weekend or less using pipe and Kee Klamp pipe fittings.