How to Build a Wooden Shoe Rack


Storage space is an issue for many homeowners, but what is lacking in space can often be made up for by better organization. Shoes and closets are an excellent example of this. Even the largest closet will feel cluttered and messy if shoes are strewn about underfoot. A shoe rack for the closet can alleviate this problem and allow you to store your shoes neatly, for easy access and organization. This shoe rack, made of wood, is good solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 4-foot long 1x4-inch boards Circular saw Screwdriver Wood screws One 8-foot 1x12-inch plank Finishing nails Hammer One 8-foot length of quarter round trim
  • Cut four 40-inch-long pieces of 1x4 board with your circular saw.

  • Cut two 30-inch-long pieces of 1x4 board with your circular saw.

  • Screw together with wood screws a 30-inch board and a 40-inch board so they describe an L shape.

  • Screw another 40-inch piece of wood onto the 30-inch piece of wood so that it is parallel and 24 inches away from the first piece.

  • Repeat steps 2 through 4 to make a mirror image. When you hold the two assemblies next to one another, the 40-inch boards should be on the inside, with the 30-inch pieces on the outside.

  • Cut three pieces of 1x12 board planks, each 30 inches long.

  • Nail the planks in between the two assemblies you made in Steps 2 through 5 with finishing nails, creating shelves. Space the shelves 18 inches apart vertically, and fasten the rear of each shelf two inches higher than the front.

  • Nail strips of quarter round trim onto the front top edge of each shelf with finishing nails.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more finished appearance, sand and paint your rack when you're done.

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