Wooden Shoe Rack
Introduction: Wooden Shoe Rack
My wife has been asking me to put together a shoe rack for her for a while now so when I finally got fed up with the mountain of shoes in the closet. I came up with this. Inspired by a number of shoe racks she found on various photo blog sites, this is what I came up with. For us, I think its just about right. Now she wants a few more for the bedrooms.
Step 1: Plans
I always like to create a set of plans for any project I am doing. It helps to determine the amount of materials which will be needed. There are often slight deviations from the plans as determined appropriate throughout the project. I figured I would post this as the general dimensions remained consistent.
Step 2: Materials
The finished shoe rack required the following materials:
2 – 1x4x8 (Legs)
6 – 1x3x8 (Shelves)
1 – 2x2x8 (Shelf supports)
*Box of screws – 1-5/8"
– I used general purpose pine lumber. Cost about $30 total for all materials.
– I intentionally stuck with material sizes which are commonly available at most lumber yards. I recommend doing this as often as possible.
* I used the screws in the picture. They are available at Lowe’s for $10 a box. These are really great as the head doesn’t strip and they are designed to reduce splitting of the wood.
Step 3: Prep Work
I find the fastest and easiest way to do projects like this is to cut all the materials to size and sort accordingly. Here is what you will need to cut:
4 – 1"x4"x28"
12 – 1"x3"x36"
6 – 2"x2"x12"
Thats about it! If you wanted a different size you would simply make the appropriate adjustments in length.
Step 4: Assembly
The assembly is the most crucial step to getting this project right. I started with the ends then tied it all together with the shelves.
Try to keep the measurements as accurate as possible with tolerances of less than +/- 1/16" to assure the final project is as square as possible.
Here is a step by step:
– Gather all the pieces for one end (2 – 1×4’s & 3 – 2×2’s).
– Set all the pieces on the ground in the approximate arrangement of assembly with the 2×2’s on the bottom and 1×4’s on top.
– Position the end of the 2×2 flush with the edge of a 1×4. Maintain the the ‘flushness’ as you make the horizontal alignment.
– Set the bottom side of the 1×4 2-1/8" from the top of the 2×2. *I measured from this position so I could do so ‘one-handed’.
– Measure the same length from the other side of the 1×4 to assure general alignment and place a screw in the outer end to hold the position. Recheck the alignment and insert the second screw.
– Do the same for the other leg.
– Install the top 2×2 measuring 2-1/8" from the top of the 1×4 to the top of the 2×2. Ensure flushness and alignment prior to inserting the screws and as necessary.
– Install the middle 2×2. The top of the middle 2×2 should be centered between the upper and lower 2×2’s. The distance should be 11-1/2".
– Repeat for the other side.
This part is made much easier if you have a helper hold a leg for you while the shelving pieces.
– While the leg is positioned up right, position a shelf ‘slat’ flush on either the front or back and ensure its butted up tight against the leg. Insert two screws through the slat into the 2×2. Repeat on the other end.
– Install the opposing outer slat in a similar manner assuring flushness and the ends are butted up tight.
– Install the middle slats. I used a pencil as a spacer to assure even placement.
– Repeat for the middle and top shelves.
Thats it! Apply any finish you may desire or leave it natural like I did.
Step 5: Finished Product
I am really happy with this. Its not too heavy but is plenty durable for this application. This same shelf could be assembled with heavier materials with bigger sizes as your need may so require.
I have had multiple requests for these from my wife and friends on facebook. Apparently I am not the only one that struggled with too many shoes. Whether you wish to indulge these requests or just make your own and enjoy the envious reactions of your friends and family, Good Luck!
DIY Pallet Shoe Storage Bench ($32.13)
With the onset of winter I have been drooling over some sort of shoe storage in our house. Right now, shoes get left at the door and I end up tripping over them every time I walk in. I can’t imagine with winter, not only will I be tripping over them but I will be stepping in pools of water too!
I HATE wet socks!
I began looking online for a shoe storage bench. I found something like this for $112.
Or I found this one, which is super cute, but a little out of my budget.
I fell in love! It would be so nice to have a coat rack, some storage, and a shoe bench in my mud room!
However, I know my husband, and he would probably say that we really don’t need it for that price. So one day, I decided that I could build my own. As of late, I have been obsessed with wooden pallet furniture. I thought that some pallets would make a great shoe storage bench….and they did! So here are the directions if you would like to build your own storage bench.
Finally, my mud room coat and shoe storage is complete!
We have had several people over since building it and I have actually had to convince people that this bench was built from pallets. It’s a great way to use up some old pallets and add less to our dumps. Plus, it’s cheap and easy!
Now onto the next project, which will look something like this:
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25 comments on “ DIY Pallet Shoe Storage Bench ($32.13) ”
So awesome Beth. That looks amazing!
I do not know how you do not have a hundred comments on this! It is absolutely gorgeous! I am heading over to find a follow button! (wink)
Where do you get your pallets? Thanks! Awesome project!!
I got the pallets from our local lumber yard. I think if I were you I would look for businesses who have them stacked up and see if they want to get rid of any. To some businesses, they are just a pain.
I love this. I was doing the same thing as you, searching all over the place for affordable shoe storage. Thank you SO much!!
Glad you like it! We use it all the time and I am really glad how it turned out. Let me know how yours turns out! Best cheap, bench I have found yet!
Love this! it is amazing!
I absolutely LOVE this idea! I know it was a while ago now, but do you by chance remember the brand and color stain you used? It’s perfect. Thanks for sharing this cool idea!!
I used just a normal mahogany stain and then used Varathane stain and polyurethane in one in mahogany to coat over the top. I hate painting on polyurethane!
This was impressive. A shoe storage bench is a must if you have a family.
It keeps things so much neater.
What color is the stain? It looks great!
The color of stain is mahogany from Minwax
Just for the record, what a fantastic idea!! It looks beautiful. And it’s from pallets… hahaha. Thanks for sharing.
This is great – you gave me a really nice roadmap to do this with, I’m going to send you a picture of mine when it’s done.
Thanks for doing this!
Just for future reference, when installing fasteners(nails, screws, etc) into wood, the fastener needs only to be about 2.5 times the thickness of the wood.
Example: for a 1×4 board, a 2.5 inch fastener is more than enough…for a 2×4, a 4 inch fastener is the minimum length you should use.
There are exceptions to this rule, but this is just a general rule of thumb to go by.
ow, as for my opinion of this project.
You have outdone yourself Madam.
it is nothing short of gorgeous!
And I can tell by the way you built it, that this is something you can pass down to your children/grandchildren.
Were it me that had made this, I’d be bragging about this for the next 6 months to a year! LOL
Thank you for sharing this with all of us.
May you have a very Merry Christmas!!
Would it be difficult to take out a couple of rows in the middle to make it possible to store boots? Or would that weaken it structurally? This is beautiful!
You might be able to take out a few of the middle supports but yes the structure would be weaker. I honestly think it would work though. I guess if it breaks, it’s only a pallet and you could just cut up another one! Thanks for checking out our blog!
Great! Well done! Put it on the list…
Fantastic idea, I’m building one this weekend. Just a thought, would probably be easier to sand the pallets before you join them together. Likewise staining the inside would be much easier before assembly. For people who don’t have a circular saw and don’t want the added expense of buying one. Remember you can have boards cut at your local hardware store. Home Depot, Lowes. They won’t rip a 2×4, but you can buy a 2×2 and let them cut that. Just a thought.
That is an expectional work you have done. Warehouse Storage Systems are very helpful at times. Thanks for sharing this. Keep exploring.
That looks fantastic, I think I’m going to try my hand at building one of these. Thanks for the inspiration
Great job:). I will try to find some pallets and get to work. Lol
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Great job:). I will try to find some pallets and get to work. Lol
Been a few seasons now..how is it holding up??
Great job….now my wife won’t stop nagging me to get this done for our new back door area..hahalol