How to Build a Stylish Shoe Rack for Your Closet

A closet has always been the perfect place to store your shoes, clothes, and accessories, yet it can also lead to frustration. No matter how much you try to keep it organized, it seems to become a cluttered mess within days of “organizing” it. While this can be aggravating, it doesn't have to be the case. A shoe rack in your closet can save you cleaning time and general space, leaving you with less clutter to clean up. It can also be stylish and really match the rest of your closet well, which you can do if you follow these simple guidelines to building a stylish rack for your closet.

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Number 1: Gather Materials There are a number of sizes your shoe rack can be, especially depending on the overall size of your closet. In this article, we'll be making a medium sized rack. We'll get to the wood in a bit. The basic supplies that are needed are 1 1/4" wood screws, a drill, a few drill bits, the primer and paint color of your own choosing, measuring tape, and a miter saw. All of these can be found at your typical hardware or home improvement store.

As for the wood, you'll need three types. First, two 3/4"-1.0" x 36" hardwood dowel rods, which are used to rest your heels on. Next, two 1/2" x 4" x 48" poplar boards, which are used to place the toe of your shoes on. Lastly, one 1" x 8" x 48" poplar board to act as the side boards of the shoe rack.

Number 2: Cut Primary Poplar Board After gathering your supplies, the first thing you need to do is use the measuring tape to measure the exact shelf space you'll need in your closet, then cut the 1" x 8" x 48" board into three pieces, two 18" sections, as well as a third 12" section. The 12" can be discarded or saved in case of emergency. The two 18" pieces are needed for multiple levels from which to place your shoes.

Number 3: Cut the Two Poplar Boards
The width of the two 18" pieces that you cut previously needs to be subtracted from the width of the shelf in your closet. Once that is done, take that measurement and cut the two 1/2" x 4" x 48" boards.

Number 4: Measure for Dowel Rods Since you need to know exactly where to place the dowel rods, take one of your heels and place it on the toe rest board. Then proceed to place one of your dowel rods in the small crevice between the back of your show and the heel itself. Mark that spot, as it will be the place where you will set your dowel rod later. Do this for both the upper and lower racks.

Number 5: Wood Screw Preparation
Drill two or three small starter holes in your side boards in preparation to attach your toe rest boards.

Number 6: Dowel Rod Preparation
Drill in the locations on the side boards that you marked earlier for the dowel rods on the upper and lower racks.

Number 7: Placing Toe Rests in Side Boards
Place the Toe Rests within the inside of the side boards and use the wood screws to screw the toe rests firmly to the side board.

Number 8: Placement of Dowel Rods
All that is left to achieve a functioning shoe rack is to place the rods in the semi-large holes you created earlier. There is one final step before setting your heels and shoes in the rack.

Number 9: Turning a Boring Shoe Rack Into a Stylish One
Use whatever color of paint that you bought to polish your shoe rack and give it a finalized feel. Warm spring colors are advisable, but it can be anything. You can even paint it in dual colors. For example, red paint on the outside portions of the rack and black on the inside. After this, just place the rack in your shelf and you are finished with the project.

Mike Thomas writes for

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