DIY Shoe Rack Design

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DIY Shoe Rack Design
Organise your shoes with a shoe rack. ( Images)

A shoe rack is a reliable option for storing multiple pairs of shoes within a small, confined space. You can customise shoe racks to fit into any closet space, or stand them against the wall for easier access when entering and leaving the home. With average handyman skills, anyone can design and build an attractive shoe rack.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Four 1-by-12s, 5 feet long
  • Two 1-by-12s, 32 inches long
  • Box of 1 5/8-inch screws
  • 1/2-inch plywood, 32 inches by 62 inches
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Phillips head drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Wood glue

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  1. 1

    Place the two 32-inch sections of 1-by-12s on a flat surface. Position the two pieces of wood so they run vertically in front of you.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark 3/8 inch along each side, rising from the base of the wood. Measure up 9 inches from the 3/8-inch mark and draw a pencil line. Measure and mark up 9 inches from the previous mark and 9 inches up from that mark. The four marks will be at 3/8 inch, 9 3/8 inches, 18 3/8 inches and 27 3/8 inches along the side edges of the two 32-inch 1-by-12s.

  3. 3

    Place a straight edge across the 3/8-inch marks on the 32-inch sections of 1-by-12. Draw a line across this mark on both sections of wood. Repeat drawing lines across the boards at the 9 3/8-inch marks, the 18 3/8-inch marks and the 27 3/8-inch marks.

  4. 4

    Line the two 3/8-inch lines with wood glue. Place a 5-foot-long 1-by-12 between the marks, and press ends together. This will create a U-shaped structure with a 3/8-inch space along the base.

  5. 5

    Drive two 2 5/8-inch screws through each end of the 5-foot 1-by-12 to join it permanently to the 32-inch ends.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps four and five along the 9 3/8-inch, 18 3/8-inch and 27 3/8-inch locations. All four wood shelves will be attached to the sides.

  7. 7

    Line all of the back edges of the wood structure with wood glue. Press a 32 inch by 62 inch section of plywood along the back side. Drive one 2 5/8-inch screw every 6 inches along the height. Drive one 2 5/8-inch screw every 12 inches along the width of the shoe shelf.

  8. 8

    Sand the finished product with 220-grit sandpaper. Paint or stain the wood for a more attractive finished product.

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