DIY Plans for Shoe Storage Rack

Build a DIY shoe rack that’s a nice piece of wood furniture that get shoes off the floor. Impress your friends and visitors with your shoe collection. There is no need for a shoe dump!

Download a copy of of the step by step instructions and give it a go. 

After you build it, the hardest thing will be deciding whose shoes go on which shelf!!

  • Time to make - 2.5 hours
  • Build difficulty - Easy to Intermediate

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Adjustable shelf heights for tall boots
Oodles of shoe space

If you have tall boots, rain boots or work boots you can stand them up on the shelf. Using the shelf track, you can adjust the height of the shelves.  During the winter (wet, snow) months, space the shelves further apart for your winter and ski boots. In summer, you’ll need less space for flats, high heels and trainers. 

Keep the bottom shelf off the floor so you can vacuum underneath.

Leave space to vacuum under the bottom shoe shelf
Adjust your shelf height to suit your shoes

This is an easy to intermediate DIY project. You’ll need to know how to use a drill, drill pilot holes, install brackets and level shelves. 

The timber posts are easy to set up using Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets. There is a top and bottom bracket which pop on each end of the 2×4. The top bracket is tightened against the ceiling by turning the adjusting screw. 

It’s held there by tension and no tools are required.

Just for a bit of fun, I changed the shoe rack to have summer theme. No winter or rain boots, just bright colours and the feel of the beach.  

If you build this shoe rack send me a picture. I’d love to see what interesting ideas you come up with. 

Alternate different shoes for different seasons

Shoe Rack Project Information

Tools required

  • Drill
  • Wood drill bits 
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Screwdriver bits
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver 
  • Spirit level (or download the “Bubble Level” App for iphone for free)
  • Hammer
  • Pencil


Wood post and shelves
  • 2″x4″ wood posts – vertical frame x 2
  • 2”x4” wood – horizontal frame support x 1
  • 1 ¾” x 12” wood shelves x 8
Building Hardware & Materials
  • Labrico 2″x4″ Adjuster brackets sets x 2
  • 12” shelf brackets x 16
  • 48” Single slot shelf tracks x 2
  • 36” Single slot shelf tracks x 2
  • 1 ½” x ⅝” corner brace x 4
  • 1 ¼” flat head wood screws x 40

Time to Make

About 2.5 hours

Build Difficulty

Easy to intermediate

DIY Shoe Rack Instructions

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Build the Framework First

Lay both vertical wood posts flat on the floor side by side. Measure half way up each wood post and mark a spot in the centre.

Place corner bracket over the marked spot and align with the bottom screw hole. Drill pilot holes then screw into the wood using 1 ¼’ wood screws.
Turn both wood posts on their edge with the corner brackets facing each other.

Position the horizontal stud post between the vertical posts and centre on corner brackets. 

Mark the screw holes and drill pilot holes.Fasten the bracket to the stud using 1 ¼ screws.

On the other side of the 2×4 horizontal stud post, position the corner bracket. Do not align with the corner bracket on the other side.

Tip: Use masking tape to hold the corner bracket in place

Position the Shoe Rock on the Wall

Decide the location of the shoe rack. Position the base of the shoe rack close to the wall.

Place the upper and bottom caps onto the stud post. Bottom caps go on the base of the stud posts and upper caps the top.

From the top end of the shoe rack, lift the frame up and let it rest against the wall. Ensure the shoe rack is vertical by using a spirit level.

TIP: For an online spirit level, download “Bubble Level” for free from the iphone App Store.

Turn the adjusting screws clockwise to tighten.

Attach the Hardware

Measure 5”(12cm) from the bottom of the wood stud. Place a mark in the centre of the wood post.

Align the 36″ shelf track next to the first, centre it on the stud post. Drill pilot holes. Use 1 ¼ flat head screws to fasten the shelf track to the stud post.

TIP: Use masking tape to hold the shelf track in place while aligning the track

Mark each screw hole along the shelf track. Drill pilot holes. Use 1 ¼ flat head screws to fasten

Align the 36″ shelf track next to the first, centre it on the stud post. Drill pilot holes. Use 1 ¼ flat head screws to fasten the shelf track to the stud post.

Tip: Use masking tape to hold the shelf track in place

Add pairs of shelf brackets onto the shelf track. Use the handle of a hammer (or similar) to tap the top of the bracket to lock it in place.

Tip: Tap underneath the shelf bracket to release

Place on wood shelves

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Very good project, I built one for my entryway. The thing that I like are the 2×4 brackets with the tightening screw at the top. They fastened the timber to the ceiling. As I have small children the last thing I want is for the shoe rack to topple on top of them.

Mrs Grant
Mrs Grant

Wow! This is such a brilliant idea. I love it! This really inspires me and will be sure to make our own shoe organizer. Thanks for sharing it.

I can see you have 8 shelves on the shoe shelf. But I have lots of shoes! How many shelves do you think you can have?

Martin Fai

Hi Mrs Grant,

I could probably add 2 more shelves to the 8 shelves you can see in the pictures. That would make 10 shelves in total. The height of the ceiling in the pictures was 2.7m.

If you have high ceilings, you can add more shelves.

Also depends on what shoes you have. If you have more flat shoes, which take up less height, you can have more shelves.

Kylie Dobosz
Kylie Dobosz

Hello, I came across your product today and I am very interested. I love the design and the idea. Do you have a rough idea of the weight capacity of a single set? And would carpeting be an issue? I would love to use these throughout my apartment, but there is not much I can do about the carpet. Thank you so much!

Martin Fai

The indicate weight load is 20kg.

It is recommended the bottom bracket sits on a flat surface. However, I have tried it where the bottom bracket is on carpet and the top bracket is on a flat ceiling surface. It worked, just not recommended.

One option, if you have carpet, is to put a flat timber board over the carpet. Then let the bottom bracket sit on the flat timber board.