Shoe Organizer Diy

We are a “no shoes inside” household. For the last couple of months, my kids have been soo sweet organizing and re-organizing the pile of shoes in this closet! But, enough is enough! No matter how many times the shoes were placed neatly, it was only a matter of time before they ended up in a pile. Here is my solution!

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With this coat closet being long and narrow I knew I needed a shoe rack that would take advantage of not only vertical, but also horizontal space. This diy shoe organizer is five feet in length and is a super sturdy wooden piece!

The only tools required for this organizer are a saw, pocket hole jig and drill.

My shoe rack is constructed very simply out of 1x2s and 1x10s. I purchased (3) 1x2x8 boards and (1) 1x10x10 (which I had cut in half at the hardware store).

Here is my cut list:

  • (8) 1x2s @ 18 inches

  • (8) 1x2s @ 10 inches

  • (2) 1x10s @5 ft

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  1. I used my Kregjig to create pocket holes on both ends of each 10 inch 1x2. I created 4 “ladders” by attaching 2 of the 10 inch pieces to 2 of the 18 inch pieces using 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws. The spacing is 6 inches from the bottom of the ladder, and 6 inches between the first and second 10 inch pieces.

I opted to paint the ladders using a black furniture paint. I need 3 coats to fully cover the raw wood. Spray painting would have been much easier!

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2. I thought I would stain the 1x10 boards, but decided against it because I loved the contrast of the raw pine with the black painted pieces. Plus, I was already annoyed that it had taken me soo long to paint the ladders!

I sanded each board and sealed using polyurethane in a satin finish. I applied 3 coats of the finish, sanding lightly between each one.

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3. To assemble the shoe rack I flipped the shelves over and placed the ladders on with the top facing down. I secured each ladder using 1 1/2 inch brad nails.

The spacing between each ladder is 18 inches, with the end pieces flush with the edge of the shelf.

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This shoe organizer is perfect to hold most of the shoes in our 5 person household! And most importantly, no more piles! I love the modern look of the raw wood with just enough black to accent.

Be sure to save this shoe organizer diy!

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