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Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

After taking a break from projects for several weeks, I’m ready to get back in the groove again!

I love to work on tidying and organizing in January (like so many others), however I feel like I have a lot of organizing and decluttering to do which is probably going to take more than one month haha!

One of the first problems I wanted to tackle was the shoe pile up that kept happening by our front door entryway, as well as in our hall closet.

I knew I wanted a shoe rack that was pretty enough to display by the front door, but also that was simple to build and easy to use and throw shoes on top of daily. So, I came up with some Entryway DIY shoe rack plans!

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

This project cost me less than $15 in building materials. The final size of the Entryway DIY Shoe Rack is about 12″ tall x 14″ deep x 36″ long.

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How to build an Entryway DIY Shoe Rack:



1. Cut wood to size

Use a miter saw and make the following cuts for the 2×2:

  • 4 pieces @ 12 1/4″
  • 4 pieces @ 11 1/4″

For the 1×12 @ 6ft, cut in half so two 3ft pieces remain. Have your home improvement store cut this in half for you (unless you want to make the cut yourself).

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Note, I went ahead and stained and painted my wood at this point before assembling everything. This isn’t necessary to do now but I found it was helpful.


2. Assemble Shoe Rack Frame Sides

Attach one of the 12 1/4″ pieces to the end of the 11 1/4″ piece using a 2 1/2″ wood screw. Make sure to drill a pilot hole first. Also, be sure to countersink the screw so it’s beneath the wood surface level so you can cover these holes later for painting. The 2×2 wood is soft enough to push the screw in a bit below the surface level.

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Repeat on the other side and your shoe rack frame should look like this:

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Repeat the above steps for the other side of the frame.


3. Attach top shelf of Shoe Rack

Sit one of the shoe rack frames straight up and lay one of the 1×12 @ 3ft pieces (this will be the top shelf, it’s upside down in this step) on top of the 11 1/4″ wood piece. Line the edges up and clamp in place. Then, drill 3 pilot holes and attach to the 2×2 frame with 1 1/4″ wood screws.

Repeat on the other side.

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack


4. Attach Bottom Shelf to Shoe Rack

Lay the other 1×12 board on top of the two remaining 11 1/4″ wood 2×2 pieces, with one 2×2 piece at each end. Attach with 2″ wood screws through the bottom of the 2×2 pieces OR you can attach with brad nails and a brad nailer from the top of the 1×12 like I did in the below photo. But, if you don’t have a brad nailer, just flip upside down and attach with pilot holes and screws from the bottom of the 2×2 instead. I went a little overboard with the nails…

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Then, attach this bottom shelf to your Entryway DIY shoe rack. To do this, turn the shoe rack on its side and lay the bottom shelf on its side too and place it so it’s 1 1/2″ up the side of the 2×2. Then, drill a pilot hole and attach with a 2 1/2″ wood screw countersunk again (it helps to clamp in place for this step). Repeat for the other 3 sides.

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack


5. Fill Holes and Paint/Stain

Fill the screw holes in with a lightweight spackle and then paint over them. If you didn’t paint/stain like I did in step 1, go ahead and do that to finish your Entryway DIY shoe rack! Also, I added two coats of water based poly on the stained wood for added protection. For tips on how to stain wood for a beautiful finish, check out my How to Stain Wood post.

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

Entryway DIY Shoe Rack

I haven’t decided yet if we will always keep the Entryway DIY shoe rack by the front door, it may get moved into our hall closet once I tidy and declutter that space. I really don’t like shoes out at all, but Brandon really doesn’t like having to go into the closet for his shoes, so we shall see!

Have you started any organizing projects so far this year?! I’ll be sharing a more fun organizing tutorial next week, stay tuned!

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