Store shoes up off the floor in clean, natural wood racks. This simple storage rack can handle everything from winter boots to summer sandals, with no mud buildup or scuff marks on the wall.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2009
Clamp the 1x3 support to a piece of
scrap wood as you drill the holes to
prevent the wood from splintering.
Predrill through the back of the 1x4 into the 1x3 supports, then glue and screw the pieces together
Without constant vigilance, shoes tend
to pile up into a mess next to entry
doors. Untangle the mess with a simple,
attractive shoe ladder that keeps
everything from boots to slippers
organized and off the floor.
Cut and drill the dowel supports
(Photo 1), then screw them to 1x4s (Photo
2). Cut the 1x4s to fit your shoes and
the available space—an average pair of
adult shoes is 10 in. wide. Nail
or glue the dowels into the dowel supports,
leaving 2 in. (or more) extending
beyond the supports at the end to hang
sandals or slippers.
Apply finish before you mount the
shoe ladder to the wall. Screw the shoe
ladder to studs or use heavy-duty
toggle-bolt style anchors to hold it in
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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