How to make a wooden shoe rack

Updated February 21, 2017

A shoe rack can free up a lot of clutter in your closet by letting you stack and store your shoes vertically. And not only will you save space; it'll be easier to find the shoes you want when you don't have to dig through a pile on the floor. This wooden shoe rack doesn't require any special tools and can be built quickly even if your carpentry skills are limited.

Make the base and the rear vertical support for the rack by cutting two 40-inch lengths of 1x4 lumber with your circular saw. Then cut two additional pieces, 36 inches long.

Nail together the four lengths of wood you cut in Step 1, making two L-shaped pieces. Each L-shaped piece will consist of a 36-inch piece (the bottom) and a 40-inch piece (the vertical support).

Make the front vertical support for the shelves by cutting two more 40-inch pieces of 1x4 lumber. Nail these to the bottom of the rack, with the front edge of the front vertical support positioned eight inches in front of the rear vertical support. The front vertical support will be parallel with the rear vertical support.

Make the shelves for the shoe rack by cutting three pieces of 1x10 board with your circular saw. Each piece should be 30 inches long. Nail the boards between the two assemblies you created in Steps 3 and 4. Space the boards 12 inches apart, and place the back ends of each board 2 inches higher than the front so that the shelves have a slight tilt.

Nail a strip of quarter-round trim at the front edge of each shelve. This will stop the shoes from sliding off.


Paint or stain your shoe rack if you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular saw
  • One 8-foot length of 1x4-inch board lumber
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • One 8-foot length of 1x10-inch board lumber
  • Strip of quarter-round trim
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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.