DIY Shoe Shelves

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DIY Shoe Shelves
Build an angled shoe shelf, like those in retail stores, for easy identification and accessibility. (Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Having a dedicated area for shoe storage means you will have easy access to your inventory. Shoe shelves organise your shoes without taking up precious floor space, which is especially important if you don't have a lot of storage space. Building this wooden shoe shelf is an easy, inexpensive project that does not require special tools or advanced knowledge of cabinetry. It consists of a shelf plank that is angled down from the wall, supported by two triangular wooden shelf brackets and a narrow support plank that may be screwed to the wall. Once you have determined the desired length of the shelf, the project itself takes less than two hours.

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Things you need

  • 1-by-10-inch plank
  • 1-by-4-inch plank
  • 1-by-4-inch scrap wood
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Carpenter's square
  • Protractor
  • Circular saw
  • Drill with drilling and driving bits
  • 1 and ½-inch drywall screws
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails, 2 inches long
  • Rubberised shelf liner
  • Contact cement

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  1. 1

    Measure both the 1-by-10-inch plank and the 1-by-4-inch plank to the desired length of the shelf. Use a carpenter's square to draw a line across each plank, perpendicular to the edges of the planks. Cut each wooden plank on the line.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark a line 1 inch from the long edge of the 1-by-4, along the length of the lumber. Lay the plank on a flat cutting surface. Loosen the thumbscrew holding the base plate on the circular saw. Rotate the base to 30 degrees and tighten the thumb screw. Position the saw to cut on the line drawn on the plank, with the lower portion of the blade on the side that will be trimmed off. Cut the plank.

  3. 3

    Use a protractor to draw a triangle on paper, with interior angles measuring 30, 60 and 90 degrees. Cut the triangle out with scissors. Use the paper template to trace two triangles on scrap 1-by-4 planks and cut them out with a saw. The wooden triangles will attach to both the shelf plank and support plank to act as angled shelf brackets.

  4. 4

    Lay the 1-by-10 plank on a flat surface. Apply a generous amount of wood glue to the angle-cut surface of the 1-by-4. Position the 1-by-4 so its glued surface is aligned with one long side of the 1-by-10 plank. Hammer 3 or 4 finishing nails, evenly spaced, through the edge of the 1-by-4, into the 1-by-10. Leave the heads protruding for easy removal later. The nails act as a clamp to hold the irregularly shaped shelf together while the glue dries and the screws are installed.

  5. 5

    Test-fit the triangle braces on the ends of the shelf. Apply wood glue to the surfaces that will come into contact with the shelf and support planks. Ask an assistant to hold the triangle brackets in place, then temporarily fix the braces in position with finishing nails. Wipe away excess glue. Allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  6. 6

    Measure, mark and drill pilot holes six inches apart through the shelf plank, perpendicular and into the angled portion of the support plank. Reinforce the joint between the planks by installing drywall screws through the pilot holes. Drill two evenly spaced pilot holes through the ends of both planks, into the triangular wooden braces. Reinforce the attachment of the braces to the planks with with screws. Remove the finishing nails.

  7. 7

    Measure and cut a sheet of rubberised shelf liner to cover the top of the shelf. Use contact cement to glue the liner in place, according to manufacturer's instructions, to prevent shoes from sliding off the installed shelf.

Tips and warnings

  • Install the shelf by screwing the support plank through the wall into the wall studs.
  • Stain or paint the shelf prior to installing.

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