How to design a wooden shoe rack

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How to design a wooden shoe rack
keep your shoes up and out of the way with your shoe rack. (brown shoe image by Valentin Mosichev from

Wooden shoe racks can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most are simple in design and very easy to build. Although shoe racks are not really expensive in stores, you can build your own shoe rack in a matter of minutes for less than £13 as of April 2010. Shoe racks that have simple designs use very few materials, making them ecologically friendly. Use your wooden shoe rack to hold your sandals, shoes, and boots.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pine board, 2-inch-by-2-inch-by-60-inch
  • Cardboard 90-degree triangle, 3-inch-by-4-inch-by-5-inch
  • Drill/screw gun
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 12 Pine dowels, 1/2-inch by 8-inch
  • Wood glue
  • Level
  • 4 Wood screws 3-inch

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  1. 1

    Drill twelve 1/2-inch holes into the 2-inch-by-2-inch board 2-inches deep. Space them 5-inches apart, and angle them all 30-degrees from perpendicular in the same direction. Use your cardboard triangle to keep the angle consistent (all 3-by-4-by-5 triangles have angles of 30, 60 and 90 degrees).

    How to design a wooden shoe rack
    Dowels are commonly used for shoe racks (dowel image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from
  2. 2

    Glue a dowel into each hole and let dry.

    How to design a wooden shoe rack
    Glue will keep the dowels secured while they hold your shoes. (glue bottle image by Bruce MacQueen from
  3. 3

    Screw your shoe rack to the wall with four evenly spaced screws, using your level to make sure it is truly perpendicular. This rack will hold six pairs of shoes.

    How to design a wooden shoe rack
    Screwing into studs will provide optimum support. (screw image by martini from

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