Cut the pieces, then assemble
Photo 1: Drill dowel holes
Clamp the 1×3 support to a piece of scrap wood as you drill the holes to prevent the wood from splintering.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Photo 2: Screw the pieces together
Predrill through the back of the 1×4 into the 1×3 supports, then glue and screw the pieces togetherPhoto: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Cordless drill
- Countersink drill bit
- Miter saw
- Tape measure
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 1 x 3
- 1 x 4
- 1-5/8-in. screws
- 3-in screws (or toggle bolts) for attaching to wall
- 5/8-in. dowels
- wood glue