How to Build a Stylish DIY Wall Mounted Shoe Rack

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
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Are you tired of tripping over shoes scattered across your closet floor? It's time to reclaim your space and get organized with a creative and practical solution.

In this guide, I'll unveil the ultimate shoe organization solution—a DIY wall-mounted shoe rack that not only saves space but also adds a touch of style to your home.

Say goodbye to clutter and hello to a tidier, more organized closet with this step-by-step tutorial.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Tools and Materials:

How to make a DIY wall mounted shoe rack

1. Measure and Cut the Wood

Begin by cutting your six-foot wood board in half at the three-foot mark.

Space-saving shoe storage idea

Ensure you use your square to create a straight line for a precise cut.

Cut your board in half

A miter saw, jigsaw or skill saw will work for this step.

Lightly pencil over the board before sanding

2. Sand and Prepare the Wood

To prepare the wood for staining, use a pencil to lightly mark squiggly lines across the board. This will serve as a visual indicator to know when you've sanded it adequately enough to accept the stain.

Step-by-step guide to building a homemade shoe rack

Sand the wood.

Measure out blocks

3. Cut the Wooden Blocks

Cut four wooden blocks.

Cut out your blocks

These blocks will provide space for your curtain rod when mounted on the board. The exact placement will be determined later in the process.

Stain the wood

4. Stain the Wood

Apply your chosen stain to the wood. In this example, a cherry stain was used. Consider using a pre-stain to achieve an even finish and prevent dark spots on the board.

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5. Attach the Blocks and Curtain Rod Holder

Use one of the wooden blocks as a spacer to determine the placement of the block we will attach to the board.

DIY woodworking project: Wall-mounted shoe rack

Attach the blocks on either side of the boards.

Nail the blocks to your boards

Secure them with three Brad nails each, making sure not to go through the boards.

Mark where the curtain rod holder will be placed

Next, measure and mark the curtain rod holder at the bottom of the board.

Stylish and functional DIY shoe storage

Pre-drill the holes.

Attach the curtain rod holders

6. Mount the Curtain Rod Holder

When attaching the curtain rod holder, insert the first screw halfway

How to organize your shoes

Then move on to the second one and insert it all the way. This technique will allow for easy adjustments if needed.

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Once your second screw is inserted, you can go back and screw the first one in the whole way.

Cut your curtain rod to size

Now, insert the curtain rod and gently saw off the excess.

Place caps on the ends of the curtain rods

These curtain rods come with little caps to place on the end, so you will not see the rough edge.

Predrill your holes for mounting the homemade shoe rack on the wall

7. Mount the Shoe Rack

Predrill the holes you will use to mount your DIY shoe rack on the wall.

Use a level to ensure your boards are mounted straight

Install the two wooden boards on the wall using a level to ensure they are straight.

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Place the curtain rods inside the holders, and you're ready to start organizing your shoes!

More Shoe Organizers

For more clever projects to store your shoes, check out this easy and gorgeous DIY Shoe Rack tutorial.

Organize your shoes on the DIY shoe rack

DIY Wall Mounted Shoe Rack Tutorial

With this simple and practical DIY project, you can create a stylish DIY wall-mounted shoe rack that saves valuable floor space and neatens up your home or closet. Customize the size and finish to suit your needs and style preferences.

Organize your shoes with a wall-mounted shoe rack

Have you tried this homemade shoe rack idea or have other creative shoe rack ideas to share? Let us know in the comments below! We'd love to hear about your DIY woodworking projects and any tips you have for optimizing your space.

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  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 14, 2023
    Is it good to scrunch the toes of shoes? I have a pair of work shoes, a pair of construction boots that wouldn’t fit, a pair of flip flops, a pair of sketchers and a pair of dressy shoes. I would never scrunch the toes of my dress shoes, the steel toed construction boots wouldn’t fit and my flip flops would fall through my sister however could have used 2 of these 10 feet long!
    What are the measurements for the wooden blocks
  • Shawn Shawn on Jan 15, 2024
    I just thought why not make a stair step in the back of the closet?
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  • Karla Cagwin Karla Cagwin on Sep 14, 2023
    I think this is a great idea! Glad it is working for you!
  • Janet Janet on Jan 14, 2024
    That’s a very crafty idea! Thanks for sharing! I have a lot of shoes and I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to store them so I can actually see what all I have.
    • Pixybrat Pixybrat on Jan 15, 2024
      For $20 I got a huge shoe rack that is enclosed. Less than materials used here most likely. Great idea if you have the tools I suppose.