How to make a DIY shoe organizer and rack for the closet

How to make a DIY shoe organizer and rack for the closet

Now that the holidays are over, I always go into an organizing frenzy with my home. I want to simplify, clean up, organize, label and manage our life/home better. I know a lot of people get in that mind set this time of year. I made a large shoe organizer last year for my closet and never shared the full tutorial here. Not sure how that happened, but here we go, How to make a DIY shoe organizer and rack for the closet. 

I will preface to say the after pictures I shared of this are in my dining room. The need for this is real, and the function of it is amazing. It resides in my dark, constantly messy, and awkwardly set-up closet. Which means the pretty after pictures are impossible to take in there. I “set-up” the shots for this, but the organization is real, and the only part of my closet that is actually organized is my shoes… because of this beauty!

This project I created was originally shared over at Homedit, you can click here to see my DIY tutorial. For this project I am using plywood, super low cost and easy to use! Trust me on this, once it is all painted up this shoe organizer will be pretty enough to have in any room, not just hiding away in a closet.

I cannot believe I let this slip with sharing it here, I tend to do a lot of projects and sometimes I do not get to sharing them on the blog. With the New Year upon us and everyone in the same zone of organization as me I figured it was the perfect time to share How to make a DIY shoe organizer and rack for the closet. I am considering a few different projects, trying to decide what to tackle first with more organizing. Also regretting I did not purchase a label maker for Christmas, which might be a good things. I could see myself labeling everything in sight! My kids are back in school from winter break and I am full steam ahead in my forever quest to making our house into a home, one DIY project at a time! 

Have you been bitten by the organizing bug? Any plans? 

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  1. This is such a cool idea! My partner loves little DIY projects and my shoes are everywhere at the moment so I will have to get him to set up one of these racks.

  2. Angelic Sinova says:

    What an awesome idea! That DIY shoe organizer and rack turned out so lovely. I am always in need of more shoe space so I’ll definitely have to try this out.

  3. Robin masshole mommy says:

    That is a great idea. I would love to have something like that in my closet. I might have to follow your lead.

  4. NYC Single Mom says:

    wow this is truly impressive. And I love that you figured out that you need to have space for boots. Commercial show shelves never think of that. Great job!

  5. Now this I will be showing my husband. I can see some measuring, heading to the store for supplies and a weekend spent upgrading our closet.

  6. I’m in the midst of cleaning out my bedroom walk-in closet. It’s a hot mess. I need three of these shoe organizers. I actually need to get rid of some shoes. Shoes are my weakness and I need this organizer in my life. I love it!

  7. I need something like this since I have several shoes. This can really help you sort your stuff.

  8. That is beautiful! Can you make one for me 😉
    I need a good shoe rack- the one I have always breaks and it drives me crazy!

  9. Oh my gosh I need/want this! I am so tired of tripping over shoes in our entryway, I’m telling the hubs he has a new project to do this weekend. lol

  10. This is a great idea! I have so many shoes that I have a hard time finding the right shoe rack. It would be so much easier if I built my own!

  11. I love how the shoe rack turned out!!! The spot for taller shoes is perfect for storing boots and even some bags!

  12. Boy would I love a shoe rack like yours, For one, I am a shoeaholic and your closet space seems so organized. That is great.

  13. Very cool! I need some inspiration for organizing all of my shoes… lol. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Rebecca Bryant says:

    I want one of these. That is the most elegant shoe holder ever. I need to see if hubby can make me one.

  15. Love a good DIY project! This would be perfect (on a smaller scale) for my closet. I have such a small closet that right now all of my shoes are in clothes baskets!

  16. I love the way your shoe rack came out! It is so pretty! I have been cleaning things out like crazy for the past month because I am trying to ditch the storage unit or at least get a smaller one.

  17. Oh, what a cool piece! I love how this looks!

  18. I love this shoe rack! I especially love the idea of making an opening for boots! I will be forwarding this on to my handyman aka hubby. 🙂 Oh, and yes that darn organizing bug has bitten me! I need to get into the bathroom closet, time for a change. It’s a mess.

  19. I love the way your shoe organizer came out. It is so cute and so practical. I will try to make somehting similar this weekend.

  20. This is really cool for shoe storage. We are looking at redoing our entryway and shoe storage is something we want to add.

  21. This shoe rack looks so nice. I need to look into making something like this for my closet. My current shoe storage just isn’t working out.

  22. Claudia Krusch says:

    I LOVE this idea. I will have to get the supplies I need to make one this weekend. I am so excited to get it done.

  23. THIs is an absolutely fabulous idea! First of all it is really cute looking and completely functional and it saves space! We just did a major purge and now I’m ready to start organizing and this DIY shoe rack would be a great addition to my closet!

  24. Oh wow I love this DIY project! I will have to make this myself soon.

  25. Oh I Wish I could make one today !! I’ve so many shoes and they are always lying around the garage. So appreciate the fact you shared pics of each step.

  26. Beautiful! And so functional! Love love love it. Awesome job! xo

  27. This is so awesome!! We need something for our closet because our shoes are just everywhere and it’s driving me crazy!

  28. I love this DIY shoe organizer!! I love that you can truly customize it to your shoes!! I need to make one these soon!!

  29. This is such a great idea! I wish I had the patience to make one myself. You did such a great job

  30. Wow! This is such a brilliant idea. I love it! This really inspires me and will be sure to make our own shoe organizer. Thanks for sharing it. Happy new year!

  31. This shoe organizer is a dream come true! Love it. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Did you use 1/4 inch plywood for this project? and how deep did you routed? Thanks I’m thinking about making this for the family many shoes.

  33. I love the color of the table on top of the furniture, the dark brown is very good, and what to say of the magnificent work to make a really nice furniture and above all functional.

  34. We have shoes everywhere! This would be a great way to declutter our front hallway. Your project came out great!

  35. I love the color of the table on top of the furniture, the dark brown is very good, and what to say of the magnificent work to make a really nice furniture and above all functional.

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