While shopping for holiday terrarium supplies at our local Sprout, we spotted their easy (and genius!) way for displaying pretty papers. We snapped a phone photo as a reminder, and just recently, implemented the idea in our studio:
We got all our supplies at Home Depot, and once home, the whole project took less than thirty minutes. And in other news, I’m apparently a teenage boy, since I discovered that the metal “rods” are called nipples. Honestly, I had no idea I was so childish – Scott actually had to tell me to cool it. (Really, it was quite the ordeal.)
• tape measure
• anchors (we used 50 lb EZ Anchors, but 30 lb supports would work, too)
• adjustable pliers
Supplies needed for two bars, shown below, clockwise from the top:
• two 1/2″ x 24″ galvanized steel nipples
• four 1/2″ floor flanges
• two 1/2″ x 2″ galvanized steel nipples
• two 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ galvanized steel nipples
• four 1/2″ 90 degree elbows
We used the 1/2″ diameter for our needs, but this whole set up can be customized however you like. Because we were planning on using the bars for paper storage, we chose the friendliest size for our space constraints since weight wouldn’t be a major factor. You can also see that we chose to have two different sizes for the shorter, um, nipples. This was a purely aesthetic decision for us, and it’s up to you to tailor as you wish.
And because I’m, oh, thirteen, from here on, the nips will be referred to as threaded pipes.
Step 1: Using adjustable pliers, thread the shorter pipes into the flanges. They won’t go all the way in (you’ll still see the thread), but as long as it’s tight, you’re set.
Step 2: Thread the 90 degree elbows onto the exposed side of the short pipes.
Step 3: Thread the long pipes into the exposed end of the 90 degree elbows to connect the ends. We used the adjustable pliers to make sure everything was secure, and by laying the complete pieces on a flat surface, you can check to see that everything lines up. (Note: the camera lens distorted the photo, below, making the pipes appear warped; they’re not.)
Step 4: Measure where you’d like the finished pipes on your wall. I held the pipes into place, eyeballed the placement (big surprise!), and Scott double checked measurements on either side. Once he guided me to the proper placement (to the left! down on the right!) and made sure we were level, he marked with a pencil where our anchors would go.
Step 5: Install your anchors and screw your completed piece to the wall. Repeat step 4 for the second pipe, then admire your work. (Again, we assure you that our pipes are straight. Oh, the woes of a wide angle lens!)
At that point, I happily unrolled my stash of pretty papers for the top bar (they’d been hiding in cardboard tubes for far too long), and that bottom tissue might look familiar for anyone who’s ordered a pet portrait (it’s used in our packing).
For reference, it hangs in the nook behind the studio door. Scott’s closet is the obnoxious wall that juts out on the left, but it does make for a cute, hidden cubby.
The approximate total for our configuration came in around $40, although that cost can easily go up or down depending on the rod diameter, length of threaded pipe and finish you choose.
We love that it has room to grow (we think it’d be fun to add more above and below!), and as mentioned before, it can be made-to-fit any space you have in mind. And on the opposite window wall, we’re toying with the idea of using this same concept as a curtain rail. We’ll see. For now, I’m enjoying my mini wrapping station of sorts, and the next time some pretty papers catch my eye, well, I can justify my need to purchase – because for once, they’ll have a home!
Where do you stash your fancy, shmancy papers?
See more of our studio ideas on our Pinterest board, right here.