So, moving into this new house of ours gave us an issue we’d never had before – a walk-in closet! Problem, right? I know… 😉
Here’s the real problem:
And that’s not even the ones still in a bag…and a couple other pairs strewn throughout the house…and three of those shoes are Cody’s…yeah, three. Don’t even ask. And I promise I did not stage this picture. I just opened the closet door.
This problem led me to brainstorming a really nice, easy DIY shoe rack. We had the wood cut several weeks ago but I just got around to installing it last week. Here’s the before and after:
I wrote up a quick tutorial. If you have any questions or if something isn’t clear, please let me know!
Here’s the needed supplies:
* Boards cut to size (I used hardwood plywood from Lowe’s)
* “L” brackets and screws (also from Lowe’s)
* Drill or screwdriver (but drill, trust me)
* Paint or stain if desired
I installed my shelves in a spot in my closet where they would go wall-to-wall.
Step 1: Decide what size you want your shelves to be. Measure your space and have your plywood cut to the correct size. I had mine cut at our local Lowe’s. I had them cut two shelves that would hold two pairs of shoes deep. Then I had one shelf cut that’s just one pair deep.
Step 2: Lay out your cut piece of wood on a surface that won’t scratch your wood or floor. I just used our bathroom floor.
Step 3: Place your “L” brackets and place them on each side of the shelf. I just eyeballed it. Even it out so all the weight of the board will be evenly distributed. Screw in the brackets.
Step 4: Move your board to the closet or space where you will hang your shelves. Make sure it is level left to right and at the correct angle front to back. It helps to have an extra pair of hands. Screw your “L” brackets into the wall. You may want to put them in studs but I didn’t worry about it.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 with any remaining shelves. I installed the bottom shelf first and worked my way up. *Note: I installed the bottom shelf with the “L” brackets on top because I didn’t install mine high enough off the floor to be able to easily install it the brackets underneath. Once the shoes are on the shelves, you really can’t see the brackets but if it’s an issue for you, plan to put the brackets further back on the shelf.*
Step 6: Now the fun part…fill with shoes!!!
I originally was going to nail a small piece of trim at the toes of each row of shoes to keep them from sliding forward. After installing and filling with shoes, I’ve noticed that the shoes don’t slide at all so I will most likely leave it like it is.
As for finishing, I still can’t decide if I want to paint my shelves or stain them. It would be easier to paint or stain before installation but I just couldn’t make my mind up so it will stay like this until I can!