Picture of Easy Shoe Rack made from pallets for my attic
Hello one more time :)

So it has been a while that I wanted to buy a shoe rack. But I didn't want the normal ones that have two shelves and fits around 6 pair of shoes. Plus I wanted to buy something CHEAP.

One night when I went to bed DING; why not to build out one from a pallet for free which can fit more than 6 pair of shoes?

Because it was one of the easiest projects I ever done I haven't taken a lot of pictures like the rest of my projects and I wasn't planning to do an instractuble for it. But why not? And since the photos I took are enough to give you the sense of how easy the project is in order to build one by your self.

Step 1: Tools

The things that you are going to need.
  • 1 Pallet (in good condition)
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sand paper
  • Stain/Paint
  • Saw
If you do any kind of woodworking you'll probably have all of the above. ZERO COST.
Irietinker made it!5 months ago

beats my old rack

CaseBoy made it!10 months ago

Love the project! I also added some small feet to the bottom, just to make sure it wouldn't fall.

averyjo1 year ago
This idea was so great I used it for my 4-H project. Thank you!!
smckillip1 year ago
made it...it was very easy and I modified it to fit my hubby's work boots under it

Hello! It looks like a great idea, however, I was wondering (before i attempt to make such a great piece) if it leaves creases in your shoes? With them being suspended and such they way they are.


D0itYourself (author)  Jonnphillip1 year ago

Personally no creases at all. I was afraid at the beginning. You must not worry at all for athletic shoes but just leather. In my case I'm a student and I live away from home for like 4-5 months and the shoes are on the rack. No creases.

But if you want, you can sand the corners so it will be more smooth or even add some tape on the top of each rack...

kaijura1 year ago
this is very clever! i want to do this soon. thanks for sharing
D0itYourself (author)  kaijura1 year ago
Feel free, it is very easy
Housedog1 year ago
Simple = good!
D0itYourself (author)  Housedog1 year ago
Can't agree more
I think is a very practical, cheap and easy to make idea! Great job!
D0itYourself (author)  Jujitsu-Man1 year ago
Yes indeed...
Thank you
Machine1 year ago
Nice job. Very practical and beautifully done.
D0itYourself (author)  Machine1 year ago
Thank you! :)
fuzzynurse1 year ago
Clever! I never would've thought of this. I wonder what the effects on leather shoes would be if stored for a long time, though. It seems to me that there might be some discoloration and/or mashing of the toes. The mashing wouldn't matter on fabric shoes, but misshapen leather boots can be really uncomfortable! How long have you used this and have you had that problem?
D0itYourself (author)  fuzzynurse1 year ago
I've been using it the last 4 months. At the moment no problem at all. If you keep the gap of the two pieces of wood a bit bigger so your leather shoes will go in free then there's almost no pressure applied to the shoe. The shoe is not wedged in the gap, it goes in free.
Even though, if you think that there might be a problem don't use a varnish, choose a stain, it might be better.
very original very practical, i like
antioch1 year ago
How did you disassemble the pallet? The easy, the hard or the long way?
How do you disassemble the pallet? (Hammer, crowbar or special/make-shift tool?)

I have lots in stacks and they take away a lot of space indeed bt I'm too lazy and one day I want to build an entire house from them so I hesitate to dismantle them only to have to reassemble them at a later point, haha.
D0itYourself (author)  antioch1 year ago
I usually start with a hammer and a bolster :) If the nails don't come out at all I use another bolster at the other end. Then with crowbar at the middle I start pulling it apart.
Unless I don't mind to break it I start hitting it with the hammer :P

Are your pallets in good condition? I'm planning to collect plenty and in good condition pallets in order to cover a wall in my house :)
I have all sorts and shapes, but for the shed I intend to build with them I will use the ugliest ones.
I'm not picky as long as they are non-chemically treated ones. Some are weathered, most are fresh.
And I saved a few ones that somehow looked good even though one or two boards were slightly cracked, if there should ever come the day when I get the opportunity to weld me a pallet pryer and repair them.

Or for the day when I stop being lazy and remove the cracked boards without tools: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLwKUeez1OE

I pimped up some fresh ones with a mounted wire brush to work out the texture and gave them a finish with olive oil for a surprising effect. Just suitable for indoor projects like my dining table, though, I guess.
Definately what I'm gonna do should I ever find a suitable space for your shoe rack in my house!
D0itYourself (author)  antioch1 year ago
Hello mate. Thanks for checking out my project.
I always use the hard and long way because it is better to save them and not brake them. Unless I know the project i'm going to do, and disassemble/cut the pallet that time.

Most of the times, I'll disassemble the pallet and keep the wood in one place until I decide to make a project.
Never thought of that !!......... Usually just use a box......
D0itYourself (author)  purpleleopard121 year ago
I would have used wooden crates because I've plenty of them around, but I wanted something fast and easy. (The wooden crates I have are very old)
But I'm planning to build another shoe rack which will be more "posh" :P and I'm gonna use crates or even build the crates my self
wazzup1051 year ago
Nice. I'm in dire need of a custom fit shoe rack.
D0itYourself (author)  wazzup1051 year ago
As I mentioned in the description it's a very simple project. You don't even have to use your imagination :P
Just check the place you want to put the shoe rack and make one for that place :)
For any help don't hesitate to ask!