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

Step 1: Gather tools and materials

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

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

  • 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
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pjdubber3 years 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
Jayefuu (author)  pjdubber3 years ago
Nice! It looks great!
aalejo1 made it!3 months ago

Just need some varnish and its done. Thanks for the instructable.

mrsly11 months ago
Fairly happy with how this guy turned out...
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Jayefuu (author)  mrsly11 months ago

Well done! Looks great!

berteh made it!1 year ago

Thanks for the idea.

I took inspiration of your set up to make a shoe rack out of scrap wood and pvc (electric) tubes. no screw needed (for now) thanks to tight holes for pvc passing trough. added some curves and color for fun.

Thanks again!

Jouda Mann5 years ago
 How does this effect the toes of the shoes? I would love to make this for my wife, but if the toes get damaged, she will end up wrapping this thing around my neck.
LOL  from what I read in one of the comments, I think Jayefuu was originally planning to heat-shrink wrap each of the rods.  This might not be a bad idea in order not to scuff the tops of your spouse's shoes.  Maybe some type of foam covering could be had, to be really safe. 

The rods under the shoes wouldn't matter, and I think the threading on the rods probably helps to grip the shoes.
vinyl tube slid over the metal rod would be easier.
Jayefuu (author)  ourmoneypit5 years ago
Yeh I thought it might make it look nicer. I might add electrical tape to the bars to see what it looks like, will post a picture if I do. I decided it'd be too much faff to get the heat shrink in the right place.
Jayefuu (author)  Jouda Mann5 years ago
Ha ha. My shoes have been in the rack for a month now, 1 week in this one and 3 weeks in the prototype. Not suffered so far. Shoes are pretty light and the only force on the toes is much less than their own weight.

I don't imagine it'd affect them any more than walking in them would, but I wouldn't want to promise you that and incur your wife's wrath on you. :p
eu4euh made it!1 year ago

Hello, This idea for shoe storage has been something I have wanted to build for several years now. I just finished my own take on this idea. I went with 2x4 lumber and dowels. The dowels are glued in place, in drilled out pocket holes. The 2x4 "legs" are joined with biscuit joints . I sanded the wood down to 400grit and stained the wood red Mahogany , then poly coated it. Making this , I learned that I should remove stray wood glue better before I stain the wood. I wiped the wood glue off with warm water and a rag but some must have still been on the wood. When I stained, I noticed after a few round dowel sized circles that did not take the stain well. That's where some glue remained...Anyway, I am still very happy with it. Mine is 50" across and can hold almost 20 pairs of shoes. This shoe shelf really cleaned up the mess that was my family's pile of footwear at the front door of our house. Thank you for this good idea.

Yorkshire Lass made it!1 year 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 Lass1 year 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.

alopgeek2 years ago
Nice wood selection, what is that? Pine?
lets play3 years 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.
Sunbanks5 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)  Sunbanks5 years ago
How about now? :)
Haha I STILL haven't gotten them!
Nope :P
Jayefuu (author)  Sunbanks3 years ago
Jayefuu (author)  Sunbanks5 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 Jayefuu5 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 Jayefuu5 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)  CrawJac5 years ago
Can you post a photo please? :D
Greenehouse4 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 Poker5 years ago
I'm thinking some brass colored rods and a bit of stain....
ah-el5 years ago
merci for live
EggHead1015 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)  EggHead1015 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 Demo5 years ago
Well that's certainly more polite than your last comment. Google's quite good at converting mm to inches.
Kryptonite5 years ago
I have wanted to make a cardboard one for a while now but have been preoccupied with other passtimes.
belti5 years ago
Awesome I'll try that , thanks.
McGrep5 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!
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