Easy Shoe Rack Made From Pallets for My Attic




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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.

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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.

Step 2: How to Start

  1. Disassemble the pallet
  2. Decide the length/height of your shoe rack
  3. Cut the correct dimensions
  4. Sand the pallet

Step 3: Assembly

No there is nothing tricky.

Just keep in mind that the space you are going to keep between each other wood that the shoes will be placed it depends from your shoes. If you have athlete shoes keep the space narrow, for boots give a little extra space and for flip flops just a tiny gap.

You are ready to assembly the shoe rack. Since it is not going to get any heavy load just nails are ok/easy/fast.

Step 4: Finish the Product

I choose the particular stain because I wanted my shoe rack to match the colour of the attic.

Super easy and fast to build try it yourself.

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5 years ago

This idea was so great I used it for my 4-H project. Thank you!!


5 years ago

made it...it was very easy and I modified it to fit my hubby's work boots under it


5 years ago on Introduction

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.


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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...


5 years ago on Introduction

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?

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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.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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 :)


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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!


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.