Creating a DIY Shoe Rack in 2019: Our Top Ten Designs

Creating a DIY Shoe Rack in 2019: Top Ten Designs

Shoes are one of the best accessories to transform any outfit. With millions of styles, colors, and brands out there, it’s easy for anyone’s collection to get out of control! Add on several family members, and your closets can soon become littered with shoes. Maybe you’ve looked at shoe storage in the store, but none of the choices appeal to you. The solution? A DIY shoe rack!

Benefits to Having A Shoe Rack

If you have a lot of shoes, or just find yourself struggling to find the right pair of shoes when you’re heading out the door, then it’s probably a good idea to invest in a shoe rack. And building your own can be a cheaper option, and more rewarding! There are many benefits to having a shoe rack, including:

Your shoes are always in one spot

Granted that you actually take advantage of your shoe rack’s full capability, you’ll always know where your shoes are. Even a small shoe rack can store a lot of pairs of shoes.

Prevent theft

Some pairs of shoes can be really expensive, and you may have multiple pairs that are. If that’s the case, then having a concealed shoe rack, or just storing one in your closet, keeps shoes out of view, in case of a break-in, or even just having guests in your home that you may not know too well.

Protection from elements

Some shoe racks have cabinets or just simple coverings, which can protect your shoes from various things, such as dust, pet fur, and just general wear and tear.This also ensures that your shoes are kept at the proper moisture level.

Keeps dirt from tracking inside the house

If you keep a shoe rack right inside the entrance of your home, then everyone can remove their shoes as soon as they step foot in the house. This keeps everyone from tracking dirt, mud, snow, and anything else that they picked up from outside through the inside of your house.

Helps to change out your shoes with the seasons

A shoe rack can help you display your shoe collection for that season. As each season rolls around, you can change out the shoes on your DIY shoe rack to fit with the weather! For example, in the summer, you can display all of your flip-flops and sandals, and in the winter, you can display all of your boots.

Top 12 DIY Shoe Rack Designs

Take your style into your own hands by creating an organizational method that fits your design goals while showing off your shoe collection. Tame the chaos with these easy, budget-friendly DIY shoe racks.

1. Shoe Pegs

This DIY can accommodate as many shoes as you need and can fit into any space in your house. You can opt to make it blend in by painting the rack the same color as your walls. On the other hand, you could also choose attractive wood for a more rustic feel. You can use the pegs for a smaller entryway rack, or larger rack for your garage or closet in this tutorial.

Level of difficulty: Medium

Duration: An afternoon

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2. Tension Rod Organizers

Tension rods are for more than holding up curtains! They are cheap and easy to install, and great for renters since they don’t leave any marks. Install them vertically to create a beautiful display for your heels, or arrange them horizontally to create easy shelves in this tutorial.

Level of Difficulty: Low

Duration: 15 minutes

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3. Grid Display

This super easy display is minimalistic and beautiful. It would lighten up any bedroom or closet, and offers easy storage for shoes with heels.

Level of difficulty: Low

Duration: 5 minutes

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4. Pallet Bench with Shelves

A DIY shoe rack pallet is multipurpose, functioning as a bench as well as a storage solution. It’s perfect for anyone looking to add some rustic charm to their home. Repurpose an old pallet with the tutorial for this rustic rack.

Level of difficulty: High

Duration: Several hours

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5. Ladder with Shelves

If you’re looking for a cute, quirky way to display your shoes, try repurposing a wooden ladder by adding shelves. This storage solution is both clever and functional, and you can easily learn how to make it here. It’s a great DIY storage idea outside of buying new furniture yourself.

Level of difficulty: Medium

Duration: An hour

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6. Rotating Shoe Organizer from Cardboard

This easy and fun shoe organizer consists of common household items! It would be a perfect project to teach kids about recycling and will impress all who come across it. The DIY shoe rack plans might be a little tricky, but not impossible.

Difficulty level: Medium

Duration: Two hours

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7. Crown Molding

If you’re looking for a sophisticated DIY storage idea that will blend in with the rest of your home, try using crown molding. Your heels will look as if they’re floating on the wall! Find instructions on creating this DIY shoe rack.

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Duration: An hour

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8. Low Closet Shoe Rack

If you’re looking for a traditional shoe rack that will fit neatly in the bottom of your closet, this is the project for you. It’s simple, unobtrusive, and you can fit however many shoes you need on it. The plans for this project are especially clever, made entirely from interlocking wood.

Level of difficulty: High

Duration: Several hours

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9. Wooden Crate Shoe Storage

Going for a rustic decorating style? Try using wooden crates for a creative country look. This DIY wood shoe rack also adds caster wheels, to make it more portable and easy to clean underneath.

Level of difficulty: Medium

Duration: Several hours

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10. PVC Shoe Rack

This fun and unique DIY shoe rack is perfect for households with kids! Simply cut PVC into shoe-length sizes and stack together in your favorite design before gluing. Customize the shoe rack using paint, washi tape around the edges, or even use cute patterned paper or apply spray paint. It’s a perfect DIY shoe rack for a small closet or enclosed spaces.

Level of Difficulty: Low

Duration: An hour (plus extra time for drying and/or decorating)

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11. Cardboard Triangle Shoe Rack

This unique shoe organizer is not only aesthetically pleasing, but easy and dirt cheap to construct! Include your kids in the construction process to teach them about types of triangles and recycling. Use up your leftover cardboard boxes with this simple DIY shoe rack.

Level of Difficulty: Low

Duration: Two hours

Supplies:

  • Sturdy leftover cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Glue or duct tape
  • (Opt) Paint, washi tape, or patterned paper for decorating

12. Copper Pipe Floating Shelves

These fashionable shelves are perfect for anyone looking to transform their entryway! It’s a beautiful wall-mounted shoe rack that will look absolutely spectacular. Also, it’s the perfect addition to an industrial designed home. Create an illusion of floating shoes with these eye-catching shelves. You can also make DIY clothes racks out of pipes, check out our tutorials to find out how!

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Duration: Two hours

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Our Final Thoughts on DIY Shoe Racks

Your shoes should bring joy, not bog you down with unwanted mess. Being organized doesn’t have to be a chore! Take control of your living space with an easy and aesthetically pleasing DIY shoe rack that you can be proud of. Whether with tension rods, pipes, or even cardboard, there is a project that will fit your style and skill level. Check out these DIY shelves as well for even more storage space. Did you try one of these DIYs or do you have another project that wasn’t listed above? Share it in the comments and get the conversation going!

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