How to Build a Shoe Storage Rack

Written by shaunta alburger | 13/05/2017
How to Build a Shoe Storage Rack
Keep track of your shoes with a DIY shoe rack. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

There's no need to leave your shoes in a pile by the front door or in your closet when it's so easy to build a simple and attractive shoe rack. A shoe rack keeps your shoes together in pairs and makes choosing which to wear a breeze. They can also become works of art themselves.

Cut a 1-inch by 6-inch board and a 1-inch by 3-inch board into two 22-inches long pieces each. Stain or paint the wood as desired. Attach two small L-brackets to the smaller wood pieces, 3-inches from the ends. Attach two large L-brackets to the larger wood pieces, 3-inches from the ends.

Hold the wood to the wall where you want it to hang and use a level to make sure it's even. The free arms of the L-brackets should point down. Mark with a pencil through the holes in the arm brackets. Start with a smaller shelf, followed by a larger shelf, the second smaller shelf and finally the second larger shelf. Use the bracket arms as a guide for spacing the shelves.

Use a drill, screws and wall anchors to attach the brackets at the marked holes. To use the racks, insert the toes of your shoes between the small and large shelves.

Have a piece of plywood or MDF board cut to the dimensions you want your shoe rack to be. This is the base of your rack. The base needs to be at least 4 inches wider than the width of the towel bars. A large shoe rack can become part of your room decor, while a smaller rack fits on a closet wall. Paint the board as desired.

Use a level to help you determine placement for the towel bars. The bars should be at least 6-inches apart. Use a drill to screw the towel bars into the board, securing in back with bolts.

Lean the board against a wall or hang with screws and wall anchors. To use the rack, slide your shoes between the board and the bars.

Things you need

  • Rack One:
  • 1-inch by 6-inch board, 22 inches long
  • 1-inch by 3-inch board, 22 inches long
  • Paint or stain
  • 4 small L-brackets
  • 4 large L-brackets
  • Level
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Wall anchors
  • Rack Two:
  • Plywood or MFD board
  • Paint
  • Towel bars
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Wall anchors

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