How to Build a Wooden Shoe Rack

Updated February 21, 2017

Storage space is an issue for many homeowners, but what is lacking in space can often be made up for by better organisation. Shoes and closets are an excellent example of this. Even the largest closet will feel cluttered and messy if shoes are strewn about underfoot. A shoe rack for the closet can alleviate this problem and allow you to store your shoes neatly, for easy access and organisation. This shoe rack, made of wood, is good solution.

Cut four 40-inch-long pieces of 1x4 board with your circular saw.

Cut two 30-inch-long pieces of 1x4 board with your circular saw.

Screw together with wood screws a 30-inch board and a 40-inch board so they describe an L shape.

Screw another 40-inch piece of wood onto the 30-inch piece of wood so that it is parallel and 24 inches away from the first piece.

Repeat steps 2 through 4 to make a mirror image. When you hold the two assemblies next to one another, the 40-inch boards should be on the inside, with the 30-inch pieces on the outside.

Cut three pieces of 1x12 board planks, each 30 inches long.

Nail the planks in between the two assemblies you made in Steps 2 through 5 with finishing nails, creating shelves. Space the shelves 18 inches apart vertically, and fasten the rear of each shelf two inches higher than the front.

Nail strips of quarter round trim onto the front top edge of each shelf with finishing nails.


For a more finished appearance, sand and paint your rack when you're done.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 4-foot long 1x4-inch boards
  • Circular saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • One 8-foot 1x12-inch plank
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • One 8-foot length of quarter round trim
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About the Author

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.