Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Shoe Rack

Need help making your footwear toe the line? Control the clutter of loafers, clogs, and slippers with one of these easy and effective DIY shoe rack ideas.

It’s October. The time has come to put away the sandals and break out the boots! If only it were easier to organize and store footwear. Unlike T-shirts, sneakers can’t just be folded and dropped neatly into a drawer. But if your loafers, clogs, and slippers currently form a pile of rubble of your closet floor, there are many ways to corral the chaos. These DIY shoe rack ideas are low fuss and low cost, plus they’re highly customizable to meet your specific needs.

 

1. REPURPOSE WALL MOLDINGS

DIY Shoe Rack - Molding Display

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If you love your high heels, why not show them off? Option one: Take inspiration from Jenna McArthur, who transformed a disassembled picture frame into an array of wall-mounted display racks. Option two: Buy wall moldings from your local home improvement store, cut them to size, paint them and—finally—hang ‘em up.

 

2. ASSEMBLE PVC PIPE CUBBIES

DIY Shoe Rack - PVC Pipe Cubbies

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Normally, PVC pipe hides behind drywall, but here it takes center stage as the basis for another creative DIY shoe rack. According to Cookie Loves Milk, the biggest challenge you may encounter in completing this project is persuading the supply store to cut the pieces. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of glue.

 

3. INSTALL FLOATING SHELVES

DIY Shoe Rack - Floating

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In tight spaces, such as an entryway nook, this DIY shoe rack provides a compact yet effective storage solution for shoes of any type, from lightweight sneakers to bulky galoshes. Check out not martha to see how Megan built hers from plywood and poplar, and then sanded and stained the rack for a finished look.

 

4. SUSPEND WIRE HANGERS

DIY Shoe Rack - Hanger

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Save floor space by storing footwear on the wall, either on the back of your closet or in a bedroom corner. Best for sandals and flat-soled shoes, this DIY shoe rack involves little more than regular wire clothing hangers and string, yarn, or rope. Savannah at OH SO PRETTY the DIARIES shares the easy how-to.

 

5. BUILD A SHELVING UNIT

DIY Shoe Rack - Shelf

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If your collection of shoes is so large that it poses a problem, Ana White has the answer: a full-blown piece of wood furniture specially designed to hold shoes for all seasons. The unit features differently proportioned compartments to keep your low-top casual sneakers neatly separate from your tall snow boots.