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Build a Shoe Organizer

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

Cut the pieces, then assemble

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 place.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Clamps
    • Miter saw
    • Cordless drill
    • Tape measure
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Countersink drill bit
    • Level

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • 5/8-in. dowels
    • 1 x 4
    • 1 x 3
    • 1-5/8-in. screws
    • 3-in screws (or toggle bolts) for attaching to wall
    • Wood glue

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May 21, 11:02 PM [GMT -5]

This is fine for some shoes and boots, but my wife has a lot of boots that don't stand up on there own, and were usually flopped over on the closet floor. I built a rack that hangs these boots. Works great! Unfortunately there is no way to post a pic of it here.

January 04, 1:55 PM [GMT -5]

It looks like the 5 inches should be from the edge, not 5 inches from the other hole. That's not what it says, but it looks like it should work.

December 22, 7:38 PM [GMT -5]

Trying to do this but the measurements don't work out. In the picture it show the measurement as 5 and a eighth on one side and 6and three quarters on the other side. to drill the hole you have to start in from the one side at an inch and three eights and thats the center of your first hole then according to the picture you move up 5 inches and drill your second hole. i'm no mathemetician but an inch and three eights and 5 inches is 6and three eights and that puts you very close to the other edge and in the picture the second hole is not even close to the other end. so what is the correct distance between the holes?

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