DIY Shoe Rack

I surfed all over Pinterest and could not find a simple shoe rack plan that had more than two rows for shoes.

Well, I already have two rows for shoes and it’s not enough.

DIY Shoe rack - with adjustable plans to fit your needs.

We’re over-flowing our little mud room (and I took this photo while Hubby was at work and the kids were at camp – which means a minimum of 3 extra pairs of shoes are missing from this pile!)

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I decided it was time to up our storage and revamp our mudroom layout a bit so as to utilize the space better.

These DIY shoe rack plans can be edited to give you as many or as few shelves as you wish – so I can’t give you an exact “buy” list for wood.

DIY shoe rack:

  • 2×4’s – enough to give you 4 legs at the height you want.
  • 2×2’s – enough to cut two 12″ pieces per shelf
  • ½” MDF – enough to cut 12″ deep shelves at both the number and length you want.

For our mudroom, I had room for 43″ x 43″ worth of shoe storage beneath my mirror.

I calculated the spacing between the shelves to be sufficient to fit our shoes, at 8″ high – with a 12″ shelf for boots at the bottom.  (Updated:  I should have gone taller on the bottom shelf – adult ski boots and my taller boots won’t fit.)

If I were to build this DIY shoe rack again, I’d allow for a 16″ – 18″ of space at the bottom – but what I have will suffice.

I cut my four 2×4’s to 36″ high – this allowed me to put shoes on the top shelf without them knocking against my mirror.

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I used 2″ wood screws to attach my 2×2 boards at 11 ½”, 19 ½”, 27 ½” and 35 ½” onto two of my 2×4 legs.  Repeat with the other two 2×4’s and you have your legs.

In hindsight, I could have put the top shelf all the way across the top of my DIY shoe rack for a nice smooth look.  If you decide to do this, put your top 2×2’s at 36″ high and cut your last piece of MDF at 12″ by the entire length of your shoe rack – for me it would have been 43 ½” long.

Oh well, this way leaves a little ‘nook’ to tuck umbrellas into.

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Attach your MDF shelves, in my case 12″ deep by 39.5″ long.  Start at the bottom shelf and work your way up.

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I sanded my DIY shoe rack down and added a couple of coats of “Paper White” from Behr paint for a nice, clean finish.

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I can’t believe this one is full too!  Ski boots will have to be rehomed to the sports lockers in the garage.

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Feels like a lot more floor space by just moving the rack to run perpendicular to the bench.

The great part about my 2×4’s being exposed at the corners is that I can build a second rack, just like this one, and use my Kreg Jig to attach the second DIY shoe rack right on top of this one!

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I started this project while Hubby and the girls were out, and had it painted, installed and loaded up before they got home.

It’s that easy!

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Have a great one!

Too funny




2018-06-18T13:42:03-04:00July 21st, 2015|BUILD IT, ORGANIZE|18 Comments


  1. Jenny July 22, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Hi Shelley! I have a suggestion – I think you should put a previous post icon at the bottom of each post so that when I’m done reading one I can just click to the next without scrolling back to the top of the page. Because I am super lazy and I want to read everything!!!

    • Shelly @ August 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Duly noted – I’ll put it on my “wish list” of updates for my web designer. Great tip – I don’t like re-scrolling either. lol

  2. Chelsea April 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, what did you use to attach the MDF boards to the 2 x 2’s?

    • Shelly @ May 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      You can use wood glue and clamp them until dry or, what I did, was screw them down onto the 2×2’s with 2″ wood screws. Easy-peasy! Good luck!

  3. Victoria July 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelly, I just want to say I love this shelf and am considering making a few of them. One this I would just like to reccomnd is that you make a specific list of what you will need with the quantities and measurements of exactly what you used in this project. You did that with the 2×4 stating you used four of them cut at 36″ but did not mention how many 2×2 you actually used and same with the msg. It would just be super helpful :) again love this show rack !

  4. Karen August 16, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

    hi Shelly,
    I love the rack and want to make one too. However did you find that the shelf was wobbly from side to side?


    • Shelly @ September 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Mine doesn’t wobble – however it is placed against both a back and side wall, so I could see how it might wobble over time without that support. To reinforce yours, you can add a single 1×2″ board diagonally across the back. Just one should be enough to eliminate any wiggle and give your shoe rack more support.

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  6. Martha November 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Couldnt believe how easy this was. Thanks!! This is my first build project from scratch. I used some scrap wood so it will need a little sanding before a coat of paint. But I am SO pleased with the turn-out. Few hours soemt on it so far- maximum. Normally any new projects take me days to plan and days of big messy craft areas here and there around the house. This was soooo easy, totally worth it.

    • Shelly @ November 21, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad! Congratulations on your first build – I hope your success encourages you to try many more!

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    Did you have to use a Kreg jig to do the joining?

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