how to make a shoe rack

How to Make A Shoe Rack: 3 DIY Ideas & Plans

If you are the type of person who owns several pairs of shoes, then having a shoe rack at home is very important to you. A shoe rack is a good way to store your shoes safely. While you can purchase a ready-to-use shoe rack, learning how to make a shoe rack and build one for yourself will help you feel that sense of accomplishment. It also allows you to explore your creative side. Check out these cool DIY ideas and plans and start creating one now!

DIY Shoe Display

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What You Need

  • Spray paint (2 tins)
  • Bare well
  • Picture frame or cornice
  • Picture hooks

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Paint the Moldings

The first step in this process is to paint the moldings, fixing them into the walls. Do so in two rows using either double-sided tape or hooks. 

Step 2 – Hook Your Heels

Once the moldings are attached to the walls, you can simply hook your heels into them. 

Step 3 – Accentuate

Accentuate your shoe display rack even further by putting a table beneath. You can even spice it up by adding pretty pieces on top, making it the focal point. 

Crate Shoe Rack

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What You Need

  • Crates
  • Stain or paint
  • Purdy brushes
  • Drop cloth

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Stain 

Prepare a huge drop cloth, applying to every create two coats of wood stain. You can pick a color of choice. As an alternative, you can also opt for spray paint instead. 

Step 2 – Stack the Crates

While you can always follow how the crates are stacked in this sample, you can always explore your creativity in this regard. 

Step 3 – Secure Together

If you have pets or children at home, you might want to secure the crates together. This can be done by screwing them and attaching them to the wall. Otherwise, they are sturdy. An advantage of not securing the crates together is that you can always rearrange them easily whenever you like. 

Shoe Storage Bench

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What You Need

  • Large crates
  • ¾-inch plywood
  • 5 pieces of boards (2 x 2 x 8)
  • 2 ½-inch and 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • 2-inch wood screws

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Attach Supports

The supports should be attached to the legs. This can be done by using wood glue, along with 2 ½-inch pocket hole screws. 

Step 2 – Attach Center Supports

Attach the center supports to the long ones using wood glue, along with 2 ½-inch pocket hole screws. Make sure that the pocket holes are facing in the same direction. 

Step 3 – Create the Base Shelf

The base shelf can be created by connecting the supports to the shelf and keeping the plywood flush on the underside. Make sure that the supports are pre-drilled with pocket holes and ready for connecting to the legs in the next step. Make sure that this is done before the supports are attached to the base shelf. For this step, use wood glue, along with 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws.

Step 4 – Attach the Base Shelf

The base shelf can now be connected to the legs with predrilled pocket holes. Use 2 ½-inch pocket hole screws and wood glue for this. At the same time, connect the center supports to the base itself with wood glue, as well as 2 1/2-inch pocket hole screws. 

Step 5 – Attach the Top to the Frame

Use predrilled countersink and wood glue to attach the top with 2 inches of wood screws from the underside. Make sure that the top flush is kept to the back, with ¾ inches overhanging on the front, and in both of the sides. 

Step 6  – Sand and Finish

At this point, you are free to explore your creative side. You can sand and then finish your shoe storage bench as you desire. You may also want to try out using a few felt pads on each of the crate’s undersides. This will help in making sure that the crates easily slide, protecting the finish of your bench even further. 


By learning how to make a shoe rack, you finally have a good way to organize your shoes at home. A shoe rack can also be given as a unique gift. These handy shoe rack ideas will help you come up with a nice way to organize your footwear at home, even adding a touch of spice to your interiors. The best part? Since you are doing it yourself, there is no need to break the bank. Feel free to customize the elements and explore your creative side. Enjoy the plans and ideas listed above, and add a personal touch to your projects. Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and share this article if you like!





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