10 creative ways to use PVC pipes around the house

Do it yourself projects are meant to save you a penny while giving you some creative freedom. But some crafts seem to run up the bill with supplies. PVC pipes, on the other hand, won't.
Working with PVC pipes to create solutions around your home is totally cost effective and extremely easy. With this relatively easy to cut piping, you can create everything from bookshelves to wine racks, storage solutions, and outdoor canopies. Sound exciting? Start browsing our list.
1. Bookshelf
Use some cheap and easy to use PVC pipes to create a chic bookshelf. Paint the pipes a nice black like e-how expert Matthew Ashman did, or in a chrome or copper color to make it look like real pipes. Then, add some beautiful wooden shelves. It's very industrial chic.
2. Bike rack
Do you have a bunch of kids bikes thrown across the back yard or cluttering up the garage? This super simple bike rack DIY with PVC is easy to put together and super durable. Find the project over at Kids Activities Blog.
3. Hair product holder
Now this is smart, isn't it? Paint a connector PVC pipe your favorite color, stick it in the bathroom and keep your hairdryer, straightener or curling iron tucked neatly away.
4. Clothing rack
Do you often find yourself running out of closet space? Or is there no storage space in your tiny home? A free-standing clothing rack could solve your problems. Stick it in a corner of your bedroom or even the bathroom if it's big enough. Good looking clothing racks can cost a pretty penny, but we love this chic yet money-conscious solution by Weekday Carnival.
5. Wine rack
We love this Martha Stewart DIY because it is easy, simple and it looks great. You can paint the PVC pipes to match your cabinet -- like black or brown -- but we love the minimalistic white look. Your beautiful bottles of wine are really going to pop against it.
6. Curtain rods
Curtain rods are expensive. Especially when you have to choose a color other than white. Instead, use PVC pipes like 7 Layer Studio and then paint them whatever color you want.
7. Outdoor canopy
Instead of investing in an expensive outdoor canopy, or settling for an unsightly camping one, you can create a beautiful outdoor canopy yourself. We love the billowing fabric on the sides here, but ou can also add tarp or fabric to the top for added shade.
8. Industrial lamp
This creative idea by Homemade Makeovers looks like something out of a fancy design magazine. Inspired by an Ikea lamp, the blogger decided to create this much cheaper version out of PVC and concrete. You can really do whatever base you'd like, though.
9. Coffee table
If you love the country-industrial look, you're going to love this coffee table. You've probably seen something like it in the magazines before, and now Goods Home Design has the perfect project to make it yourself.
10. Desk organizer
Cut a PVC into different parts with varying heights to hold everything from markers to paperclips. We also love how Reality Daydream painted the inside of the craft caddy -- it's different and fun.
BONUS: Make your PVC pipe look like wood
If you saw any of these and thought, "I wish I could make it look more natural," we're here to help you out. Check out this Instructables tutorial which helps you make any PVC look like real wood.
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