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Boot and Shoe Drying Racks

Create a place where soggy and slushy footwear can drip dry.

Wooden racks for drying boots and shoes.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Table saw or circular saw (optional)
  • Drill press or drill and 1-inch spade bit
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Square
  • Wood glue


  • 3 - 1-in x 48-in round poplar dowels, #19386
  • 2 x 6 x 96 softwood board
  • Valspar Duramax exterior paint, quart, Ultra White (#7006-24)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

From 2 x 6 lumber, cut a piece 30 inches long for each drying rack. If you don’t have a suitable saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the boards to length in the store.

Step 2

Download the Boot and Shoe Rack Drilling Guide and mark each board with the centered hole locations.

Step 3

Place the board on a piece of scrap and use a square to help guide a 1-inch bit as you drill at each location. Sand each board smooth and to remove any sharp edges at the ends.

Good to Know

Use a drill press for the best results. Basic tabletop models are available for less than $130.

Step 4

For the boot rack, cut two dowels into six pieces 13 inches long. For the shoe rack, cut six 8-inch pieces from the third dowel. Lightly sand each piece and round over the edges on what will be the top end.

Step 5

Glue and insert a dowel piece in one of the holes until the end is even with the bottom of the board. Repeat for the remaining dowel pieces and let dry.

Step 6

Apply two coats of paint (Ultra White shown) and let dry overnight before using.