Building a Stackable Shoe Rack

A stackable shoe rack can be a great solution to a shoe organization problem. Being able to store shoes so that you can find them quickly can be a time saver and can also help you to make better use of the shoes you have. With the right tools and materials and a good set of instructions, you can do this in a single weekend.

Tools and Materials:

  • Plywood or particle board, ¾-by-12-inches wide
  • Bench saw
  • Planer blade
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill and bit
  • Wood screws
  • Edge banding

Step 1 – Determine Needed Space

Before you begin cutting your wood pieces, determine how much space you'll need for your shoes. First, separate your shoes into types. If you have dress boots, snow boots, hiking boots or other types of shoes that may require more space, gather them into a group where you can count them. The same goes for flat shoes, such as sandals, that may take up less space than your conventional shoes. Traditional shoes can typically be accommodated by a space 6 inches high, 8 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Determining the space each type of shoe will occupy and then multiplying this figure by the number of shoe pairs you have of that type will tell you how to plan your shoe rack space.

Step 2 – Cut Your Wood Pieces

Assuming your shoes are all the conventional style, that you own 16 pairs of these shoes and that your shoe rack must fit into a space 52 inches wide, cut these pieces of shelf wood:

  • 2 pieces 22 ¼ inches long
  • 3 pieces 48 ¾ inches long
  • 3 pieces 6 inches long

If you would like your cut edges to be smooth, use a planing blade to cut the pieces.

Step 3 – Assemble Your Pieces

To assemble your cut shelving pieces, place the two medium-length pieces on their narrow sides. Set the pieces parallel to each other and at least 49 inches apart. These pieces will be your shelf side pieces. Be sure the surface you lay them on is not going to scratch or mar their surfaces. Now, fit one of the cross pieces (48 ¾ inches) between the side pieces. This will be your bottom shelf. From the bottom edge of your two side pieces, measure up 6 inches and make marks with your pencil from one outside edge to the other outside edge. Using your carpenter’s square, draw one line across the inside surface of each of the two side pieces.

Drill three holes in the line drawn on a side piece (one in the center and one near each of the sides). Repeat this drilling with the other side piece. Fit the two ends of your shelf against these drilled holes. Then place your drill bit through the drilled side board holes and drill guide holes into the shelf ends. Then attach the shelf by driving screws through the side boards and into the shelf end holes. Attach the other shelves, using the same procedure and spacing them 6 inches apart.

Step 4 – Insert the Support Pieces

Place a 6-inch support piece between each shelf, halfway between the shelf ends. Then fasten them in place with wood screws. Be sure all support pieces are lined up evenly before attaching them.