How to build your own wood slat shoe rack

Updated February 21, 2017

A wood slat shoe rack looks similar to a storage pallet. The rack uses spaces between slats of wood to hold shoes by supporting them between the toe of the shoe and its laces. A shoe rack like this works great in closets or entrance areas. This design is easy to construct and uses inexpensive and basic materials. In about 30 minutes, you can be organising your shoes on your newly installed slat shoe rack.

Drill two 3/8-inch holes that are 2 inches deep into each of your 36-inch boards. There should be a hole 6 inches from each end on both boards.

Screw the 36-inch boards to the wall where you prefer to hang your shoe rack, using a screw gun and 4-inch screws. Position the boards vertically and parallel to each other, placing them 20 inches apart and with the 3/8-inch holes visible and perpendicular to the wall.

Screw a 27-inch board horizontally to the 36-inch boards so the 27-inch edge is flush with the top ends of both 36-inch boards. Ensure that the ends of the 27-inch boards are flush with the sides of the 36-inch boards. Screw another 27-inch board so it is parallel with the first and 2 inches below it. Repeat this process until you use the rest of the 27-inch boards, using two 2-inch screws for each board.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pine boards, 4-by-4-by-36-inches
  • 6 pine boards, 1-by-4-by-27-inches
  • Drill
  • Screw gun
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • 4 wood screws, 4-inch
  • 12 wood screws, 2-inch
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Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.