DIY PVC Pipe Organizer for Your Shoes

6 Materials
1 Hour

Shoe clutter has always been a problem that haunts our entryway. Between everyone's everyday shoes, sports shoes, boots, and leisure shoes, there's barely any floor space!

I'm always on the hunt for creative ways to stow clutter, so after the last time I tripped walking in the door, the wheels in my head started turning on turbo. What I came up with is an easy, affordable, and attractive enough way to store shoes, while keeping them easily accessible—using PVC pipes!

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See what I mean? Total chaos!

I started by assessing the situation. With all the different types of shoes (at varying degrees of cleanliness), it became clear that we would need some storage method that kept the pairs separate from one another but didn't take up too much space.

Also, if I could manage it, something white would blend into the space best.

First thing's first—I measured a few of the pairs to make sure that whatever I built would be the right fit.

I sped over to Home Depot and bought a few 6" wide PVC pipes.

I needed them to be about a foot deep each, so the next step was to cut them down to size.

After cutting the pipes, there were bits of plastic confetti coating everything. I started by trying to wipe the pipes down, but then I figured out this really cool trick! I used a hairdryer on cool and blew the PVC dust off of all of the pipes. A hairdryer is especially handy, because it also helps you get rid of the little shreds clinging onto the inside of the tubes.

Next, I wiped down my pipes so that I had a completely clean surface before I added my glue.

I used Oatey All Purpose Cement to glue the pipes together. I started by spreading the glue down the bar code printed on each pipe, so that it wouldn't show when the organizer was all assembled.

*Tip: You can also erase the bar code with nail polish remover, if you'd rather.

I glued 3 rows of 4 PVC pipes and then stacked them and glued them together. I waited a full hour of dry time between each step. If you don't allow for the cement glue to dry fully, the organizer will fall apart when you try to set it up.

I stood the organizer against the wall in my entryway and began filling it up with pairs.

And here it is all set up! There you have it—pretty and practical organization for under $100.

My kids might even be excited enough to clean up their shoes next time!

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  • Whitney
    on Sep 25, 2019

    Definitely going to give this a try.. Can you paint the pvc a different color if so what kind of paint should i use??

    • Jacx
      on Jan 9, 2020

      Use the spray paint that is designed for plastic. It will make a difference as to how well it holds up, scratch wise. I worked on a hardware store and learned a great deal about things!

  • Ellen Hansen
    on Jan 21, 2020

    I live in a 5th wheel. Do you have any ideas for helping me organize without putting any holes in the walls

  • Joann
    on Sep 18, 2020

    How do you clean the mud, snow ice off ??

    • Vickie Raymond
      on Sep 18, 2020

      I would think this whole piece could be taken outdoors, or set in a bathtub, for occasional cleaning/wash-down, even if painted.

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  • Brenda Simpson
    on Sep 18, 2020

    What a wonderful idea! I’m considering using this in my closets. Thank you for sharing!

  • Mary Dodge
    on Sep 20, 2020

    I did something very similar. I needed more room for bigger shoes, so I used the tube designed for making cement columns. They were easy to cut with my sawmax and I spray painted them brown. Once I decided how to stack them inside my closet, I drilled holes and zip tied them together. Works great! Much sturdier than any shoe rack I've ever had.

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