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Shoe Tower - a free standing, multi-tier floating shoe rack

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Shoes take up a lot of space. This is a known fact.

In a room as small as mine, space is valuable and the shoe pile that I used to maintain in one corner of my room often became unmanageable as the shoes spread out across my room and enveloped what little floor space I had.

Not any more! With a combination of the Ikea floating shoe rack and some ideas of my own, I've created this free standing shoe rack/tower which stores my shoes in an attractive way without the need for cardboard boxes or shelves. WIN!

This design is easily expandable and the strength of the steel bars I've used to support the shoes means it could easily be extended to house 3 pairs of shoes side by side. It would also be easy to build one which extended up higher to accommodate more shoes than I have.

I've entered this into the Homemade Christmas competition as I think it'd be a great gift for any of the disorganised people in your life.

I hope you like it! Comment and rate please.

 
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Step 1: Gather tools and materials

Here's a list of tools and materials that you'll need to complete this project.

Tools:
  • screw driver
  • tennon saw
  • hacksaw
  • carpenters square
  • some clamps
  • pencil
  • pretractor
  • drill with 3mm and 5mm bits
  • a scrap of sandpaper

Materials:
  • 1 2100 x 70 x 18mm planed timber
  • 3 1m lengths of 4mm threaded steel
  • 6 1.25" x 8 screws
  • 18 4mm nuts
Approximate cost: £10
pjdubber1 year ago
I finally got around to making this shoe rack and I expanded on it a bit. My total width was 3'6" or 42" or 1067mm (for you brits!) with an additional "leg" in the middle. I stained the wood, spray painted black enamel on all nuts, washers, and threaded steel (1/4") and got some clear vinyl tubing (1/4" inner diameter) to cover the threaded steel where it contacts the top of the shoe (not bottom).  I tried to slide on the tubing but it was a bit too snug, so I sliced the tubing lengthwise and slipped it on.  I also varied the spacing for each level and made the top level two different sizes (see SketchUp pic for the middle "leg" measurements).  Please feel free to use these pics in your final step and thank you very much for posting such a great idea!

And yes, I did have to thread the nuts all the way to the middle leg!  :p
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Jayefuu (author)  pjdubber1 year ago
Nice! It looks great!
Yorkshire Lass made it!2 months ago

Love this design. Finally made one in oak with carbon fibre rods (left over from a kite-making phase). Mitred the joints and made it double width to hold 14 pairs of shoes.

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Jayefuu (author)  Yorkshire Lass2 months ago

Wow that's excellent! Looks miles better than mine. Love the carbon fibre.

Where in Yorkshire?

North Leeds, not a million miles from you in Huddersfield. I got the wood at www.britishhardwoods.co.uk near Keighley, it's worth knowing about if you want nice hardwood for a project.

alopgeek11 months ago
Nice wood selection, what is that? Pine?
lets play1 year ago
Thanks for the great idea and everyone's photos of their adaptations. Here is mine. This is a weird nook in my kitchen that was totally useless. Now we have 4 shoe shelves and 4 shelves for other stuff.
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Sunbanks4 years ago
I think when I do this I'll use wooden dowels instead of the threaded steel, and then I'll paint it a nice color :D Like purple.
 did you ever finish that? That looks like a good way to go..
Not yet, I still need to get the dowels. 
Jayefuu (author)  Sunbanks3 years ago
How about now? :)
Haha I STILL haven't gotten them!
NOW?????!!!!!
Nope :P
Jayefuu (author)  Sunbanks2 years ago
Now?
Jayefuu (author)  Sunbanks4 years ago
That would be cool. You'd have to use slightly thicker dowel than i did steel, but you wouldn't have to drill all the way through the wood so it'd look nicer.
j626no Jayefuu3 years ago
 if you used acorn nuts on the outside surface, it might make it look a little nicer (since you were worried about the threaded rods sticking out beyond the wood)
CrawJac Jayefuu4 years ago
 It's a great idea, I used the same hole spacing and used 1/2" dowel rods. It worked great and I was able to paint it. But, I would suggest NOT drilling all of the way through the sides b/c the ends can be tough to sand and paint.
Jayefuu (author)  CrawJac4 years ago
Can you post a photo please? :D
Greenehouse3 years ago
Great project idea, thanks for posting it. I agree with the suggestions of threading a nut on BEFORE cutting the rod. Once it's cut you just unscrew the nut and it cleans up any burrs or nicks and it's easy to re-thread the nut. You could recess the outside nuts into the legs so they don't stick out if that is a concern. Again, great project!
Ok i am sorry this is kinda unrelated but i have those black Salomons and they are awsome
Eye Poker3 years ago
I'm thinking some brass colored rods and a bit of stain....
ah-el3 years ago
merci for live
EggHead1013 years ago
Great idea.
Also instead of using metal rods, you can use wooden dowels and wood glue for a more "natural" look. Maybe even Bamboo for a splash of oriental flair..
Jayefuu (author)  EggHead1013 years ago
Definitely. I just used threaded rod because I had some spare. No doubt it would look better with some dowel or even bamboo. Be sure to post a picture if you make it. :)

For us yanks that don't have a metric measuring tape, including standard measurements would be helpful.

Jayefuu (author)  Coleman Demo3 years ago
Well that's certainly more polite than your last comment. Google's quite good at converting mm to inches.
Kryptonite4 years ago
I have wanted to make a cardboard one for a while now but have been preoccupied with other passtimes.
belti4 years ago
Awesome I'll try that , thanks.
McGrep4 years ago
Finally, an affordable, economical DIY shoe rack with a polished outcome. It certainly surpasses the original ideas I had in mind for my shoe organization woes.  Excellent!
Jayefuu (author)  McGrep4 years ago
Glad you like it! Be sure to post pictures if you make one, I'd especially like to see one more than 1 pair of shoes wide :D
k7_avenger4 years ago
I'd suggest putting the nuts on the bar before cutting it. Sometimes cutting a threaded bar leaves a really gnarly end, and it can be next to impossible to get a nut on there. The other option is to thread the nut all the way down from the other end, which would get pretty irritating.
Jayefuu (author)  k7_avenger4 years ago
putting the nut on before you cut it would mean having to thread it all the way along as you said. I tried that at one point... it's annoying! I just was really careful when cutting the rods that my hacksaw blade was fresh and I didn't go to fast so as to skip out of the groove I'd started.
Also, getting a nut started on such a cut can sometimes be a task.  If you take it back off, that will knock off the extra shards meaning you can then start the nut on it where you couldn't before.
Jayefuu (author)  k7_avenger4 years ago
Step  5 updated :)
seth5564 years ago
So far I've made 2, the first one didn't turn out very well but the second turned out great. The first I used cheap wood and thought using wooden dowels would look better and be cheaper than the threaded rod but that didn't turn out as planned. Stick to the threaded rod if you're going to build this, trust me.

The second turned out great. Well it's not quite done, I still need to go get some more washer and nuts for the rods. But other than that still yet to be completed it looks awesome. I used pine wood which looks great and is pretty cheap, about $9 on wood and $4 on the rods, so under $15 with all the hardware. Great simple project.
Jayefuu (author)  seth5564 years ago
Yayyy :D

Will there be pictures when it's done? :D
seth556 Jayefuu4 years ago
of course

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Jayefuu (author)  seth5564 years ago
Heh cool. It looks like mine! You have exactly the same amount of space for a shoe rack too. ^.^

May I include the image in the last step please?
seth556 Jayefuu4 years ago
Abolutly.

I also changed the angle for the tower from the 75 degrees to 60 so it wouldn't want to fall backward.
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