Shoe racks are a functional way to organize your footwear and keep them in great shape for years to come. Regardless of the shoes you own, you will find a DIY shoe rack tutorial that is within your skill level and fits your budget & needs. From boots to heels, you will be able to scan your shoe collection quickly and pick out the perfect pair of shoes to go with your outfit every morning with these racks.
1. DIY Compact Shoe Hanger
Savannah of Hey Wanderer Blog created this clever tutorial for turning cheap wire hangers into hanging storage for shoes in her DIY shoe rack tutorial. She purchased inexpensive, plastic-coated hangers, snipped the wire and bent it into specific shapes to hold her various footwear. Her expansive collection fits neatly on the wall using some string, but could be hung on tension rods, clothesline, or a number of other horizontal surfaces. The product is a very compact and useful DIY shoe rack. In order to start, you will need the following:
- Drip Dry Hangers. These are used to hang the shoes.
- Long Nose Pliers. Use this to cut and shape the wire.
- Drywall Hooks. Attach the wire to the wall with these hooks.
- Clothesline. This is not used in the tutorial, but would be useful and sturdy for hanging your shoe collection.
2. Easy Ikea Hack DIY Shoe Rack
DIY shoe racks don’t have to be complicated. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not super functional and can’t handle a large shoe collection. Melody, a contributor of Ikea Hacker, came up with a creative solution to get her shoes off the floor for the Ikea Hack DIY shoe rack tutorial. This will save a lot of space on the closet floor and keep your shoes conveniently displayed for chaotic mornings.
- 6 Ikea Grundtal 31-1/2” Rails. These are combined to create a full width rod for heels.
- 4 Ikea Steel Kitchen Organizer Set. These are used to hang storage boxes for flats.
- 3 Ikea Variera Storage Boxes. These work well for flats.
- 2 Ikea Variera Utensil Holders. These are also used for flats.
- 10 Ikea Grudtal Hooks. May be interchangeable with the Bygel S-hooks. These are used to hang sling backs and storage boxes for flats.
- 10 Ikea Bygel S-Hooks.
3. DIY Display Grid Shoe Rack
Caroline of Burkatron has created another quick and easy DIY shoe rack by repurposing an retail display grid in this clever tutorial. This is a simple way to instantly get your shoes off the closet floor. For sling backs, you can add S-hooks, as used in the Ikea hack tutorial, or you can create shoe hangers using wire hangers similar to those in the Shoe Hanger tutorial. The possibilities are endless with the simplicity of this tutorial. To start, you will need the following:
- Display Grid. As a bonus, this display grid also includes a stand to hold it off the floor and vertical for more versatility.
4. Shaker Peg DIY Shoe Rack
If you would like a simple do it yourself shoe rack that is attached directly to the wall, freeing up floor space, Rachel of Rose Tinted Home has the perfect, simple tutorial. This project can be completed in a couple hours, minus drying time for wood glue, stain, or paint. You will need:
- 2 pieces of 5” x 48” wood board. The specific board you use is up to you.
- Wood Glue.
- 16 – 3-1/2 Wooden Shaker Pegs. These are what are used to hang the shoes.
- Paint Brush.
- Cordless Electric Drill.
- A 3/8 Drill Bit. You will need this to drill holes for the pegs.
- 2-11/4 Wood Screws.
5. Shoe Storage Bench
If you want a cute, durable DIY shoe rack that works perfectly in a mud room or near your front door, Steph of Crafting In the Rain has the perfect tutorial for you. You can build this shelf in an afternoon, but you will need extra time for the glue, paint, and clear coat to dry. For this project, you will need the following:
- Lumber. See tutorial for Specifics.
- Kreg Jig. This is used to create a sturdy, even join.
- 1-1/4” Pocket hole Screws.
- Wood glue.
- Clamps. Use these to hold the wood together while the glue dries.
- A Cordless Electric Drill. Use one of these for drilling holes and attaching screws.
- Sand paper. Sand down the wood with the paper.
- Paint or Stain. Use any combination of the two.
- Clear coat. This step will protect the finish and make the shoe rack easy to clean.
6. Tension Rods Quick and Easy Shoe Rack
For a quick and easy DIY closet shoe rack, this tutorial by Nilsa Karimi of 3CityGirlsNYC is cheap, easy, and only takes a few minutes. The tutorial is pretty short, but still worthy of your attention. Nilsa came up with the idea of using tension rods to store her shoes in a closet. This is a renter-friendly DIY shoe rack that offers built-in customization without the damaging walls. You will need:
- Two tension rods per row. Use two even bars for flats or make the back end higher for heels.
7. Fast and Easy PVC Pipe Shoe Rack
Amy Devers of Home Made Simple has an awesome, fast, and inexpensive video tutorial for building and designing this DIY shoe rack made from PVC pipe. The tutorial is pretty self explanatory, but leaves out a couple of things. The PVC pipe appears to be a 6-inch PVC pipe. It is cut to 10-inch lengths and then glued together using PVC plumbing adhesive and clamps. If you want the bond to be secure, use PVC cleaner on the areas where the adhesive will go. To make this creative shoe rack, you will need the following:
- 6-inch PVC Pipe. Have the hardware store cut these into 10-inches long sections to save more time.
- PVC Adhesive.
- Spray Paint. Purchase spray paint for plastic.
Have Fun With It!
These unique DIY shoe racks are a springboard for your creativity. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ideas to your own taste. Which of the above tutorials do you think is best? Please share your thoughts and enjoy your new shoe rack!