Angled Shoe Rack
This angled shoe rack is so easy to make. Paint wooden dowels the color you like, then connect them using copper fittings—the dowels slide right in, and epoxy keeps them fastened tight. Make one for any room. Here, it’s stylish enough for the bedroom—the paint color on the rack (HGTV Home™ by Sherwin Williams Sonoran Teal, #HGSW2321) is a nice accent to the wall (Romance, #HGSW2062).
Good to Know: Make this beginner project any width you want. Just cut the shoe-support dowels longer or shorter than the 29 inches shown here.
$6 Shoe Shelf
No cutting needed for these simple inexpensive shoe shelves. Glue three pine craft boards together and attach to a wall using screws or drywall anchors. Shoe toes fit easily and stay put in the slot between the boards. Make them 2, 3 or 4 feet long and paint them to coordinate with your room. Or mount a few on a closet wall, in an entryway or even in the garage.
A handsome shoe bench made from three boards lets you stow boots and shoes; it’s also a handy spot to sit while you’re putting them on. Straight cuts make the project easy. This version has a warm gray stain (Olympic Cinder) on the leg sections for a shot of style. Set it in an entryway or hallway, or at the foot of a bed. At less than 12 inches deep, it takes up little floor space.
More shoe storage projects and ideas to try:
Roll Them Under the Bed
This DIY shoe rack rolls under the bed for easy access and inconspicuous storage. Just add swivel casters and cabinet pulls to a board. Beyond shoes, you could also store books, magazines or blankets.
Dry Boots on Pegs
Let boots dry and keep them off the floor with a pegged boot rack that fits all sizes. Attach wooden dowels to a board and paint it the color you want, using exterior paint for a sturdy finish.
Drip-Dry in a Pan
Dry boots and shoes using a water heater drip pan. Fill it with decorative stones or gravel and set it at your entry to keep puddles and wet shoe tracks off your floors.
Hang on the Wall
Paint decorative moulding and attach it to a wall in a room or closet, then hang your best shoes on it by their heels. (Tip: If a shoe won’t hang correctly, try using a push pin in the sole and hang the shoe from the pin.)
Make a Shoe Box
A basic wooden box that you can build yourself is a versatile storage solution. Set shoes and boots—especially those used for heavy-duty chores—in a storage box that you can set anywhere.