Space Saving DIY Shoe Racks

In the midst of this year’s spring cleaning frenzy, which hits us every year around this time of the season, we realized that our current shoe storage situation is an absolute disaster! Being the crafty DIY enthusiasts we are, however, we can’t help feeling like there’s probably an interesting way to make better shoe storage ourselves rather than just buying a standard rack from the store. That’s how we found ourselves scrolling through all kinds of DIY shoe rack tutorials this week.

1. Bench and shoe basket storage

Bench and shoe basket storage

Perhaps you have many pairs of little feet in your house and you’re looking for a simple way to store and sort the shoes that go with those feet, but without mixing then up or putting then where little hands can’t reach them? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Trey and Lucy made this lovely, simple hallway bench with a series of labelled shoe baskets stored underneath; one for each member of the family!

2. Crown moulding shoe rack

Crown moulding shoe rack

Are most of the shoes you’re looking to store actually heels and pumps, and you can’t help wondering whether or not there’s a way to get them up off the floor? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of this tutorial from A Little Clever and Catchy that teaches you how to make perfect heel-sized hanger shelves all along the top of your closet, nice and out of the way, using crown moulding!

3. DIY shoe hangers

Diy shoe hangers

When we said the words “shoe hangers”, did you actually immediately start picturing actual hangers that are made specifically for shoes, like small coat hangers? Then we have a sneaking suspicion that you’ll really love the way Hey Wanderer has made this sandals and flats setup that actually does hang each pair of shoes individually on a DIY hanger!

4. DIY wooden wall peg shoe organizer

Diy wooden wall peg shoe organizer

Do you actually love the idea of making a shoe storage option that can stay in your front hallway, but you’re convinced your family has way too many pairs of shoes to fit in little baskets like you saw earlier? Then perhaps you’ve have a bit more luck making something like this awesome shoe peg organizer wall outlined step by step on Sawdust Girl!

5. Space saving cardboard triangle shoe rack

Space saving cardboard triangle show rack

Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find something really crafty and, more importantly, affordable? Then your patience has finally paid off! We’re impressed by the way A Piece of Rainbow made these triangular tubes from cardboard and stacked them creatively to fit small pairs of shoes into like a geometric rack.

6. DIY wooden crate shoe rack

Diy wooden crate shoe rack

Perhaps you’re still actually hoping to come across a project that will help you organize your shoes in a way that has a slightly rustic chic atmosphere about it but you’re not quite ready for the idea of building a whole bench of your own? Then maybe you’d have a better time upcycling some old wooden crates! We’re in love with the way Live From Julie’s House stacked and fastened theirs,  and even customized them a little too.

7. DIY hallway command centre and shoe baskets

Diy hallway command centre and shoe baskets

Just in case the idea of shoe baskets for small kids’ shoes actually really appealed to you but you don’t have the space in your hallway for a whole bench like you saw before, here’s another idea that will actually help you keep even more than just your shoes organized! Our House Now a Home hung up some shoe baskets and created a whole customized “command centre” for the family schedule.

8. Repurposed paint bucket shoe holders

Repurposed paint bucket shoe holders

Just in case you’re really loving the concept of making some kind of cubby to put your smallest shoes and sandals in but nothing you’ve seen so far has quite appealed enough to your love for crafty upcycling yet, here’s a fantastic tutorial from Crafty Nester that shows you how to make wall mounted shoe storage from empty repurposed paint buckets.

9. DIY pallet shoe rack

Diy pallet show rack

Has the concept that’s caught your attention the most of everything so far actually been the idea of making some kind of rustic storage but, when you say you’re looking for an idea that is simple to make, you mean very simple? Then we think perhaps this upcycled wooden pallet rack that just requires you to lean it against the wall and slot the shoes in might be right up your alley! Get the full details for how easy it really is on Pallet List.

10. PVC pipe shoe rack

Pvc pipe shoe rack

Were you quite intrigued indeed by the stacked shape, cubby concept, and craftiness of the triangular idea you saw earlier on our list but you’d actually prefer to work with something a little more durable than cardboard? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Apartment Therapy did something similar with cylinders cut from PVC piping!

11. Dresser to multi-height shoe rack

Dresser to multi height shoe rack

Are you actually feeling a little more handy and up for a challenge but you’d also really like to upcycle something that will be a bit of a statement piece in your bedroom? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way Homedit turned an old dresser into a shoe rack by taking out the drawers and inserting shelving boards at different heights!

12. Customized shelf to a DIY shoe rack

Customized shelf to a diy shoe rack

Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about customizing pieces of already existing furniture a little bit to make it more suited for storing shoes but you don’t have access to a spare dresser right now? Well, if you happen to have a simple wooden shelf that you might be able to work with, then we’d suggest taking a look at how Specific Love Creations made this one!

13. DIY industrial pipe shoe rack

Diy industrial pipe shoe rack

We’ve talked quite a lot about things that are rustic chic already, but what if the overall atmosphere in your home is a little closer to being something like industrial chic instead? Then we really think you should look at the way Two Feet First added that industrial feel by making this shoe rack out of repurposed wood and metal piping.

14. IKEA shelf hack to homemade shoe rack

Ikea shelf hack to homemade shoe rack

Have you actually always been the kind of person who, white not necessarily “handy” enough to build a wooden shelf from scratch, loves to play with configurations and shapes if you’ve got something at your disposal that already gives you some pieces to work with? Then we have a feeling this surprisingly simple IKEA shelf hack tutorial from Homedit might just be the idea for you.

15. Behind-the-door hanging cardboard shoe rack

Behind the door hanging cardboard shoe rack

Just in case you’ve actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find something that’s a little more space efficient and might work right there in your closet in order to declutter things a little, here’s one last idea that ticks all of those boxes! Get the full details for making this hanging shoe rack that’s perfect for hanging on the back of your closet door on Craft With Creativity.

Have you made another kind of awesome DIY shoe rack before that you still like using but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!

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