DIY Shoe Rack

DIY Shoe Rack

An attractive and simple shoe rack.

If your shoes are still in boxes or worse, all around your closet, here is a simple and great wooden project that will give you a sense of order in your closet, a wooden shoe rack. Our shoe rack is super easy for DIYers and inexperienced crafters. 

You'll need 1x10", 1x12" and 2x4" lumbers at different lengths and you can choose your favorite wood based on your home style - rustic cedar, modern pine, or sturdy oak.

Ideal for: Closets, rooms or entryways.

Ready to build your own shoe rack? Great! Just check out the DIY build guide and diagrams below to get started. 


A note before starting - 

Please understand - the below diagrams are genuinely and carefully designed to help you navigate the build process. However, we don’t include specific recommendations for which tools, hardware, or products to use. These truly are “DIY” designs. 

As such – a significant portion of the build-process will be up to you, the builder. So please know, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to assemble any of our designs! If you need to depart from the instructions, or rearrange things along the way, feel free to. 

The only thing we ask: please be safe! And of course, there’s no shame in asking an expert for help or seeking guidance from your local professionals at any time. 

And please: enjoy the process!

Shoe Rack Parts List

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1'' x 2'' Lumber - 44.5" Length
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1'' x 2'' Lumber - 13" Length
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1'' x 4'' Lumber - 35" Length
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Shoe Rack Assembly Steps

How do you know which part is which from the parts list? Click on "Edit Design in 3D" button above and you'll be able to click on each part to see its name.

Step 1: Building the Main Frame of the Shoe Rack

Our first step consists of marking our 2x4" lumber with a measuring tape and a pencil. Make sure you measure all sizes correctly, since this is the frame that needs to be solid to support the racks that will hold your shoes. 

Grab your 2"X 2 - 44.5" Length which is your longest lumber and mark evenly from the inside where every small 2"X 2"Lumber - 13" length will be placed. Your small lumber should have a mark in the middle that you will carefully drill and then screw onto the longest lumber. It will end up looking like a ladder. Please look at the "Group 1" image.

You need to double check measurements before you drill, since you will be making two of these frames and they need to match each other, and have the same height and space in between each piece of lumber. We recommend using the right bit to screw in 2 1/2" screws.

With the last lumber placed you’ll have the sides of your shoe rack ready.

Step 2: Assembling the Grills of Our Shoe Rack

Now, let's build the four grills that the rack is made of. You must be very patient and extra careful when measuring and cutting all the lumber. Doing this step meticulously will give your rack an aesthetic look and will be more resistant. 

Start with the lowest grill, we suggest you cut your 2x4" in groups of three with a length of 35". Mark the two points on each end that will guide you to carefully nail onto the side frames made before. Make sure you place them evenly and nail them firmly to your 2"X 2"Lumber - 13" Length. For this step we recommend 2" nails.

Make sure to hold each piece of lumber firmly while hammering each nail into the frame on all four floors of the rack. Remember that safety is important, make sure to use special gloves since your thumb will be too close to the marked zone of hammering. Also, there will be a lot of parts to nail down. Once again, enjoy the process; this will be a little long, but it's basically the last step!

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Finished Product in 3D!