Storage & Organization
Make a Shoe Rack with Modern Style
Here’s how to make a trendy, modern ladder shelf for your entry with just $35 worth of supplies and only two tools! This shelf makes a great shoe rack. All measurements listed below could be customized to fit your space, but this is a great starting place.
Build a Shoe Rack: Collect Your Materials
This project needs:
- (1) 10’x 10′ shelf board
- (4) 42′ deck baluster (railing) boards
- (2) 1’x 42′ dowel rods
- (2) Gate Hinges
- (12) 2.5′ Wood Screws
Confused about lumber dimensions? Make sense of lumber dimensions with our cheat sheet here.
Watch For Miters
When shopping, try to find baluster boards that have one end already mitered at a 45-degree angle. This will make it easier to balance the ladders on the level ground in your home. Are you a measuring novice? Learn how the pros use tape measure here.
Cut Your Parts
Measure and cut six, 11-in. long pieces of the 1-in. round dowel. These will become your ladder rungs.
Want to work more with dowels? Learn how to build shelves from dowels here.
Pre-Drill to Avoid Splits
Do Some Dowel Work
Pre-drill holes in both ends of the dowel rods about a half-inch deep. I used my workbench which has a built-in vise told hold it in place, which worked nicely, but isn’t necessary.
Build a Shoe Rack: Align Your Parts
Build a Shoe Rack: Finish the Rungs
Build a Shoe Rack: Attach the Hinges
Build a Shoe Rack: Stand it Up
Build a Shoe Rack: Cut Shelves to Size
Build a Shoe Rack: Sand and Finish
Put it All Together
Now it’s time to assemble your shelf and load it up with shoes, gear or accessories. If you need to move it, just pull the shelves and collapse for easy transportation or storage. For a more permanent structure, secure the shelves to the rods by attaching round brackets on the underside of the shelves around the rungs.