How To Make A Shoe Rack With Easy Steps All By Yourself

How many pairs of shoes are too many? Most people love shoes, while others just need them. No matter the case, one thing is for sure; everyone needs a place to store them! And a shoe storage rack is the answer to your messy problem! While there are many storage ideas in the market, you can always make your own shoe rack, one that matches your needs and space!

girl sitting in the middle of many pairs of shoes, wearing white dress

If there are too many pairs in your wardrobe that you have a difficult time closing the door or too many shoes piled up in your hallway, then this article is just for you! Keep on reading to find 2 easy guides to making your own shoe rack and reaching a shoe storage peace!

Step-by-step guide: How to make a DIY pallet shoe rack

Recycling not only saves you money, but it is also great for the environment. You can use any remaining pallets you have around the house, purchase some or even look for some free, clean ones in furniture or flooring stores around your neighbourhood. Then, follow our easy DIY tutorial to create your own shoe storage!

pallet shoe rack

What you’ll need

Step 1: Take apart the pallet

You can either use a crowbar to take your it apart or cut it in half and dismantle it with 2 hammers. The second technique is much easier and quicker to do but also safer if your crowbar is old.

Step 2: Remove the nails

Once you have dismantled it, there will be lots of nails left in it. Use a small hammer to take these out and use pliers to remove the stubborn nails.

Step 3: Screw the pallets

After you’ve planned in your head how you want your creation to look, get some fixit blocks and screws to hold it all together. Then, to screw it all as one, start by putting it together in stages doing all the top prices first. Use an electric screwdriver or drill to help you finish the job more efficiently.

Step 4: Make the shelf

Start by cutting some slightly smaller planks so that they will fit on the inside. Measure halfway up all of the planks so that all of them will be at the same level. Then, screw them all together using fixit blocks and screws. 

Step 5: Create and screw on supports

To make the supports, you should cut another few pallets up. Use 3 for each side and another 2 for the top. Once you’ve cut them out, measure and mark out where the screws will go and drill some pilot holes. Then, screw it all together, making sure it feels sturdy.

Battery powered impact driver sitting on rough wooden background

Step 6: Quick sanding

To make your DIY shoe rack feel smoother, you should sand it all out. First, use 60 grit to smooth the edges and to get any large wood splinters off. Then, use 120 grit on a few bits and admire your new shoe organiser! You can also paint it to match your home’s decoration. Just make sure to let it dry thoroughly before touching it or putting anything on it.

Step 7: Put your shoes on

Get your pairs of shoes and put them in your new storage rack. You’re done! You may also use this customised storage system as a storage cabinet, bookshelves or any kind of shelving, just by adjusting the measurements according to each project’s needs!

Step-by-step guide: How to make a DIY industrial shoe rack

Well, do you have that kind of problem when you have a big shoe collection but nowhere to store them? If you’re missing a mudroom around the house, then it is quite possible that you have a pile of shoes by the back or front door. Of course, this doesn’t look so good. But don’t worry; you can create an industrial shoe rack using wood and copper pipe to store shoes just by following our instructions. Here’s all you need to know! 

industrial shoe rack
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What you’ll need

  • 4 – 1.3 pipe caps or use 1.3 cm pipe flange
  • 4 – 1.3×4 cm pipe nipple
  • 2 – 5×25 cm wood board, in the length you want
  • 8 – conduit straps
  • 16 – 3 cm wood screws
  • Stain & polycrylic
  • 4 – 1.3 pipe tees
  • 4 – 1.3×25 cm pipe nipple (this is the width of the shelf)
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • 2- strap tie
  • 4 – 1.3×18 cm pipe nipple (space between shelves)
  • 4 – 1.3 pipe 90 elbow
  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Pen or pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Wrench

Safety gloves, copper, water pipe wrench, hose, nipples, adjustable spanner on wooden board

Step 1: Cut the boards

After you’ve gathered your supplies, cut your cupboards to 55 cm

Step 2: Get your pipes ready

Wash the pipes with dish soap, and make sure you dry them right after so they don’t rust. 

Step 3: Assemble the pipe frame

Take the pipe cap and attach it to the 1.3 cm pipe nipple and attach the tee to the pipe. Next, attach the 18 cm pipe nipple to the tee. After connecting the 90 elbows, this will be facing the same way as the tee. Do this 4 times

Step 4: Measure

After attaching, take the tape measure and measure the distance of the 18 cm pipe from the fitting to fitting. You will want to make sure all of the 18 cm pipes are spaced the same. If they are not the same, tighten them until they are.

Step 5: Tighten the pipes and place the legs

  1. Add the 25 cm pipe to the pipe tees on one leg to attach everything together. Then, tighten these pipes as much as you can with the wrench, making sure they are still the same length.
  2. Place another leg next to the just added 25 cm pipes. You can have the leg placed on just one of the top or bottom 25 cm pipes so that the legs are going in different directions.
  3. Screw the leg to one of the 25 cm pipes until the portions are equal.
  4. Using the wrench, untighten the 25 cm pipe but tighten it onto the other leg. Do this for both 25 cm pipes, alternating back and forth between the 2 tubes. The trick is that you want the 25 cm pipe threaded the same amount on both sides. Then, follow the same process for the other leg frame.

Step 6: Prepare the boards

  1. Cut the boards the length you want your rack. In this guide, we follow the dimensions of 55 cm, which is for a standard amount of space available. 
  2. After cutting the boards, sand them smooth with #220 grit sandpaper. 
  3. Wipe them with a damp cloth to remove any dust and to help apply the stain later. 
  4. After wiping the wood, apply your stain and let it dry thoroughly.
  5. Once the stain has dried, apply one coat of Polycrylic to the board to help sill the board from water damage. 
  6. After that coat has dried, mark the board for drilling holes for the brackets/straps.

Step 7: Place the brackets

  1. For a slight overhang of the wood from the pipe frame, measure 1.3 cm away from the board edge and 4 cm from the side of the board. 
  2. Place the bracket there and mark the 2 holes
  3. Then drill a small hole onto the marked spots, making sure not to go through the wood.
  4. Do this 4 times for one board. 

close up to screwdriver and screws on wooden surface

Step 8: Add the boards

Add the top board first. To do that:

  1. Place the top of the board on the floor (the drill holes will be facing out) and attach the conduit straps to the pipe (2 on each). 
  2. Then, screw them into place using the 3 cm screws.
  3. For the bottom board, attach one screw, with the strap attached, to the inside drill hole on the board (there will be 4). 
  4. Do not tighten the screw, so it will still have room to insert the pipe.
  5. Insert the pipe onto each strap. 
  6. Add the other screw to the strap using the pre-drilled hole as your guide and tighten all the screws.

Step 9: Finish your DIY project

Turn your shoe rack over and adjust the legs (caps) until the stand is level (not wobbly). You can also spray paint the pipe for more beautiful results! All that’s left is to think about where to place your new shoe rack in the house! It could be the entryway, a walk-in closet or any room you use as a storage space. Enjoy your new pipe shoe rack!

Reasons to utilise shoe racks in your house 

Shoe racks are essential furniture for each home. It’s the same as your necklaces. You need to pack them to protect them. The same applies to shoes. All people have separate pairs of shoes for different occasions; heels and sneakers for going out, flip flops for around the house, and so much more. Racks can be a space-saving solution for anyone, especially those with a small space. Here are the main reasons why you need this storage solution in your house as soon as possible!

  1. Protect footwear from dust: Shoe racks allow proper airflow, protect your footwear against dust, and keep them fresh.
  2. Well-organised shoe racks save you time: In the morning, everyone is in a rush to get to their office, school, or for a morning walk. We are sure that you don’t love wasting time finding your footwear from a heap of shoes at this time! Shoe racks provide excellent help when you are in a hurry and need to dress up. You can find the perfect pair instantly because everything is well-organised.
  3. Save more floor space: The structure and design of shoe racks allow you to place them anywhere you wish and thus save floor space for other use.
  4. Cleaner room: When you place our shoe rack in the entryway and assemble your shoes there the moment you arrive, you don’t need to clean the floor every day!
  5. Their beautiful look: Either you are making your own DIY shoe rack or buying one, there are many styles to choose from; shoe storage bench, many woodworking DIY shoe rack ideas, PVC pipe ones, shoe boxes, hangers, shoe cabinets, crown moulding, shoe cubbies, shoe shelves and so much more! You can pick or build the one that fits your home decor, keep it neat and organised and offer a promising look to your visitors! Wood storage ideas especially have an appealing factor that amazes everyone. You may add a coat rack and a bookcase by your rack. Or you can make a shoe rack bench for your entryway for the ultimate makeover! 

modern white room with shoe rack, coat rack, white door and clock on the wall

As you can see, it’s not that hard to make your own shoe rack! All you need to do is follow our instructions so you can stop tripping over your messy shoes. After your new shoe rack is ready, you should now find the perfect space to place it. It could be near the front door, the bedroom, the living room, or even the bathroom. Make sure to put it in an accessible space and have in mind the aesthetics aspect. Good luck to you, and Hurray for organised shoes!

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