DIY Plywood Shoe Rack


About a month ago, Home Depot invited me and several other bloggers to be a part of a DIY challenge. The project was up to us…the only rule was that it had to involve plywood. I had a bunch of ideas (plywood is a fun material to work with!) but in the end I decided on something that I knew we’d actually use a lot: a shoe rack! Before we made this, we kept all of our shoes piled up in our entryway closet. It was the worst. I was always so irritated digging around in the morning to find the shoes I wanted to wear that day. Now, we have a cute little rack for all of our favorite shoes, and if we clear the top off, it doubles as a bench for sitting down and pulling on boots or tying shoelaces.

DIY plywood shoe rack

What I like about this project is how customizable it is. We used our shoes to determine the height and the depth of our rack, so it’s exactly right for us. And we made it the perfect size for our entryway. Likewise, if you have waaay more shoes or if you have a smaller space to tuck a shoe rack in, you can totally adjust all the measurements to fit your own needs. And if you don’t like the look of natural plywood, you could even customize that too--just stain the wood or paint it!

DIY shoe rack // At Home in Love

Check out the Home Depot blog today to see the DIY instructions and make your own. You should definitely check out everyone else’s plywood projects too! Lots of great ideas (a plywood lampshade, budget friendly artwork, etc.).

P.S. Happy fall (officially)!

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  1. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    I LOVE this! It's perfect, and like you said, totally customizable. It would fit Jim's one pair, and my several :)! Lovely project!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

      Haha, yep pretty much! The ratio of my shoes to Ben’s is at least six to one.
  2. Posted by kelsey on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    this is fab! :) looks so nice
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

      Thank you Kelsey!
  3. Posted by Kerry on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    This is so perfect! I really need to do something about the shoe storage in my closet and this looks like it could easily be customized to fit my space. Love it!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

      Awesome! I hope you do it!
  4. Posted by Joy on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    I would really like to have one of these. I really like that there is a tiny little shelf to put flip flops and a really large space for the tall boots. My shoe rack has three levels of the same height, and it always looks ridiculous because I put my boots right next to my ballerinas and converse.
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

      Yes! I totally agree. You should make one of these…:) Just saying.
  5. Posted by Rachel Tara on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

    This is so cute! I love it!
  6. Posted by Sarah on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

    My entrance is OVERFLOWING with our shoes. His count is over 40! Mine, I'm not sure. I've wanted to make my own massive shoe rack forever but it's so intimidating. I want to customize if to fit our different sized shoes perfectly. Yours is so nice! I may just get it done now. Thanks for the inspo!

  7. Posted by Jessica Mody on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

    It look unusual and simple also, i like your idea, thank you , also i have wrote for Creative shoe racks
  8. Posted by Andrea Guss on Friday, March 17th, 2017

    The shoe rack is great! But mostly I just fell in love with every single pair of shoes on it.
    #shoeenvy !!
  9. Posted by ken on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    I like the round supports....never would have thought of that and adds a bit of flair..

    Thanks for the idea...I think i might try one.
  10. Posted by Patricia Easter on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

    Hi Aileen, I love this entryway shoe rack and I am a DIYer and I would love to make one of my own. Is there anyway you could send me the exact measurements that you used to make this?
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, August 24th, 2017

      Hi Patricia, Sorry I don't have the exact measurements! But that's the beauty of this project--you can make it the dimensions that work best for your space, your shoes, etc. I used the biggest shoe of my husband's to determine depth and the tallest boots I own to determine height. And I measured our entryway to get the right width. Hope that helps!