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How To Make A DIY Wooden Shoe Rack

If you are looking for an easy shoe organizer idea then this DIY project is for you. Learn how to build this easy DIY garage shoe rack for your garage.

red sparkly shoes on wooden garage shoe rack.

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Build This Shoe Organizer This Afternoon

Is your home overflowing with shoes? If so, here is a DIY shoe organizer that helped us keep our garage somewhat organized.

If you are looking for a polished shoe organizer, then this is not it. This simple wooden DIY shoe rack is “industrial” as my husband described it. But it totally helps keep our garage organized. Our children now know exactly where to place their shoes before coming into the house.

Before You Begin

Design Of Your Rack

You will need to decide on the design of your shoe rack. The bottom of our design is meant to store our boots outside.

What Type Of Wood

This wooden DIY project can be created using nicer wood or finishing touches. However, our garage is more of a utilitarian space so simple basic wood was just fine.

What Height

We ended up making this shoe organizer taller than a bench seat. You could make this at only the height of a bench, but we decided we wanted boots and as many shoes as possible to fit.

Shoe pile before organized in garage

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DIY Shoe Rack Tutorial

Step 1: Plan Lumber Sizes

On a piece of paper, draw and plan the desired size. Once the size is known make a list of corresponding board sizes to pre-cut the lumber.

Step 2: Sketch Out Footprint

Layout (draw on the ground) the location and size of the shoe rack’s overall footprint. For reference, our shoe rack is 18” deep (wide) x 38” long x 36” tall.

Step 3: Precut Lumber

Precut all of the lumber to match the design.

Optional: Attach Base To Concrete Floor

Using the hammer drill, drill into the concrete floor. We attached ours so that it would be sturdy enough to stand on to reach wall cabinets above.

How To Attach Wood To Concrete

  1. Use the tapcon concrete screws to screw through the first 2×4 into the concrete floor.
  2. At the end of the 2 x 4s you should drill a pilot hole with a regular drill bit first. Drilling a pilot hole at all locations will keep the ends of the lumber from splitting.
Tapacons anchoring garage wooden shoe rack.

Step 4: Continue Building The Base

Once the 2 boards are secured to the concrete floor put another 2 x 4 directly on top of the boards attached to the tapcons. Use wood screws to attach this new 2 x 4.

The two 2x4s will each be 3” tall at this point and will provide a secure base to which to attach the vertical 2x4s.

Step 5: Add Vertical Supports

Next using wood screws attach the vertical 2x4s that will determine the height of the overall structure.

vertical wood 2 x 4 attached to two other 2 x4s.

Step 6: Add 2x4s Supports On Vertical Boards

On the inside face of the now attached vertical 2×4 install two small 2x4s that will support the base of the first rack. Our lowest 2x4s at installed at 10.5” off the ground.

man attaching wood to wood frame in garage.

Step 7: Add Shelves With 2x10s

Put two 2x10s on top of the inside face 2×4’s for the first shelf.

cordless drill and screw gun on 2x 10 in garage.

Step 8: Continue Building Shelves

The three top shelves are made by attaching 2 2x10s.

2 2 x10x across wood in garage shoe rack shelf.

Repeat the above steps until the shelf is finished.

tools on wood shoe shelf in garage.
DIY wood shoe organizer with shoes and boots in garage.

Tutorial FAQs

How many pairs of shoes can fit in this DIY shoe rack?

My husband thinks that we are able to fit around 30 pairs of our family’s shoes neatly in our rack. We have younger children, so some of those pairs are not that big. You could build this to fit any space in your garage.
The next time I decide to clean-up our garage steps with some paint, I may end up priming and painting this shoe rack as well.

What else could you use to build a shoe rack?

Large PVC pipe shoe rack can be a great option to help organize shoes. We built one for our laundry and love having more shoe storage.

Do you have to attach your shoe rack with tapcons?

No, you could build this to be freestanding. Ours is attached to the concrete so that we could stand on it to get into wall cabinets we hung for extra storage.

wooden shoe rack in garage with different shoes on it.

My husband was able to complete this project in one afternoon since we already had all of the scrap wood and supplies on hand. 

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I am so happy that the pile of shoes that used to lay in the middle of our garage floor is now nicely organized in our DIY wooden shoe rack!

DIY wood shoe organizer with shoes and boots in garage.

DIY Garage Shoe Rack

Learn how to build a simple wooden DIY shoe rack for your garage.
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Course: shelving
Keyword: DIY garage shoe rack
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Author: Erin
Cost: under $40

Equipment

  • Hammer Drill if drilling into concrete floor
  • Drill
  • Screw gun
  • Torpedo level
  • Tape Measure
  • Circular Saw
  • Speed Square
  • Pencil/pen

Recommended Supplies

  • Tapcon concrete screws and drill bit
  • 3” long wood screws
  • 2x4s use pressure-treated if the area will be wet
  • 2x10s use pressure-treated if the area will be wet

Instructions

  • Design shoe rack for your space.
  • Precut lumber you need.
  • Optional: Attach the base to concrete by using a hammer drill and tapcons to secure 2 x 4.
    Tapacons anchoring garage wooden shoe rack.
  • Once the 2 boards are secured to the concrete floor put another 2 x 4 directly on top of the boards attached to the tapcons. Use wood screws to attach this new 2 x 4.
  • Add vertical supports. Next using wood screws attach the vertical 2x4s that will determine the height of the overall structure.
    vertical wood 2 x 4 attached to two other 2 x4s.
  • Add 2x4s to the inside face of vertical 2x4s. Put these at the height of your shelves.
    man attaching wood to wood frame in garage.
  • Add shelves with 2 x 10s on small 2 x 4s.
    cordless drill and screw gun on 2x 10 in garage.
  • Continue building shelves until your garage shoe rack is complete.
    2 2 x10x across wood in garage shoe rack shelf.

Notes

How To Attach Wood To Concrete

We attached our shoe rack to make it sturdy so we could stand on it. 
  1. Use the tapcon concrete screws to screw through the first 2×4 into the concrete floor.
  2. At the end of the 2 x 4s you should drill a pilot hole with a regular drill bit first. Drilling a pilot hole at all locations will keep the ends of the lumber from splitting.
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