Building a shoe shelf can be quite the challenge. Especially if you were never taught how to do it in school. That’s why I’m so happy to hand you this guide that will walk you through step by step on how to build a shoe shelf in no time at all. Building a shoe shelf is not that hard – unless you are me. My first attempt ended in a disaster: the shelf was broken, one of my cats got hurt and I had to pay for a new carpet. But I didn’t give up. After reading some online articles and watching dozens of videos, I knew it was time to have another try. This time turned out better and I built a simple, but sturdy shoe shelf. In this post, I would like to share with you the process on how to build a shoe shelf in 6 simple steps and 20 photos.
No, this is not the opening to an epic blog post on building shoe shelves. Would it help if I threw in a tip on hammer placement? Sure, but that’s not really relevant right now. All you really need to know (and can probably figure out) is that there are simple steps you can take to build a shoe shelf in your closet.
How to build a shoe shelf
A shoe shelf is a practical and affordable way to store your shoes. It provides a simple and elegant solution, especially if you don’t have much room for other types of storage. You can make one yourself with just two sheets of plywood and some screws, nails or brackets.
Step 1: Measure the Walls
Measure the width and height of the walls where you want to put the shelves. Write down these measurements and write them on one side of each sheet of plywood. Use these numbers as guides when cutting each piece of plywood.
Step 2: Cut the Plywood Pieces
Cut one piece of plywood into two pieces that are equal in length to your wall measurements. Set this aside while you cut the remaining three pieces into four equal pieces that are half as long as your wall measurements. These shorter pieces will form the sides of each shelf unit.
The shoe shelf is a great way to organize your shoes in the closet. It can be built out of wood or metal, and it can be free standing or hung on the wall.
The shelf is easy to build, but you will need a few tools in order to make it happen. The good news is that most of these tools are common household items that you probably already own.
You should also have some basic knowledge about how to use power tools in order to complete this project. If you don’t have any experience with these tools, then we recommend visiting your local hardware store or home improvement center and asking one of their staff members for assistance.
Here are the materials that you need in order to build a shoe shelf:
Wooden board (6 feet long)
Hardware cloth (2 feet long)
Screws (1 inch long)
You can build a shoe shelf to hang in your closet, or you can build one that sits on the ground. The process is simple and only takes a few hours.
With a few tools and some lumber, you can make this DIY shoe rack in no time at all.
4 1/2″ wood screws
Saw, drill, sandpaper
The materials you’ll need to build this shoe shelf are:
2x4s cut to length (for the vertical supports),
2x4s cut to width (for the shelf supports),
wood screws, and
You can use any type of wood you like; I used cedar because it’s both cheap and easy to work with. If you want a more durable shoe shelf, consider using plywood instead. To make your life easier, make sure it’s a hardwood that’s rated for exterior use (like cedar or pine) so that water won’t warp it over time.
Cut out all of your pieces with a circular saw (or jigsaw) and then sand them down until they’re smooth and free of splinters.
What you’ll need to build a shoe rack:
In addition to the materials listed above, you’ll need a miter saw, a drill and bits, a hammer, and wood glue. You might also want to use a nail gun instead of traditional nails or screws.
Step 1: Measure your closet’s dimensions
The first step in building any project is determining its dimensions. This will help you figure out how much wood you need and how many shelves you can fit in your space.
To measure your closet’s dimensions, stand inside it and use a tape measure to find its length (A), width (B), and height (C). You’ll also need to know how far from the floor you want each shelf to be (D).
You can use these measurements to create a sketch of your closet that shows where each shelf should go. Then use this sketch as a guide for cutting your pieces of wood at home depot or lowes store before heading back over with all of your supplies!
How to Build a Shoe Shelf Out of Wood
Shoe shelves are essential in any closet, but they aren’t always easy to find. It’s usually easier to make your own than buy one, and you can customize them to fit your space.
In this article, we’ll show you how to build a simple wooden shoe shelf using common tools and materials. We’ll also provide an alternate option for those who want something more sturdy or professional looking.
Power drill with bits (for pilot holes)
Jigsaw or handsaw (for cutting out the notches)
Sandpaper (for smoothing out rough edges)
A shoe shelf is a great way to organize your closet and free up some space. It’s also a great DIY project that can be done in a weekend. Here are our tips for building a shoe shelf out of wood.
2x4s (4) cut to size for the sides and ends, 1x4s (4) cut to size for the shelves, 1/2″ plywood cut to size for the back, 1/4″ plywood cut to size for the bottom shelf, 2x2s (2) cut to size for the top support rail and 2″ screws (1-1/2″ drywall screws will also work).
Drill, tape measure, pencil, level or straight edge (L), screwdriver or drill with bit set, circular saw or table saw, clamp or clamps.
If you’re looking for a way to organize your shoes, a DIY shoe shelf is the perfect solution. A simple design, this shelf can be customized to fit your space and style.
Wood screws (1 1/2-inch long)HammerDrill with bit setClampsStain or paint of choiceCut the 2×4 into four pieces. Two will be used for the sides of the shelf and two will be used for the top and bottom of the shelf. Cut one side piece at 16 inches long and one at 14 inches long. Cut one end piece at 18 inches long and one at 20 inches long. Use clamps to hold all four pieces together while you drill pilot holes in each corner using a drill bit that is smaller than your screws’ head (such as 1/8-inch). Make sure not to drill all the way through the wood when drilling pilot holes! Then screw each corner connection together using 1 1/2-inch long wood screws.
Step 1: Measure and cut the wood
Use a tape measure to determine the length of your shoe shelf. Then, use a table saw or circular saw to cut two pieces of wood that are 20 inches long. Use a miter saw to cut one piece of wood that is 12 inches long, and then cut another piece of wood that is 15 inches long.
Step 2: Attach one end of each board
Use a drill/driver and 1-inch screws to attach one end of each board to the other end. The shorter piece should be attached to the longer piece so that the two boards form an X shape when viewed from above.
Step 3: Attach the remaining boards
Use 1-inch screws to attach each remaining board on top of the previous board until all four boards have been secured together with screws on both sides. You should now have two identical boxes made out of wood that look like shoeboxes from above with open tops and bottoms.