Build a shoe rack

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Laundry basket and rug from MRP Home
Laundry basket and rug from MRP Home
Francois Oberholster
Build a handy rack for displaying your footwear.

Hard labour 4/10

Skill level 4/10

Time needed 1–2 hours

Do it yourself for less than R750 (paint/varnish excluded)

Project notes

• Sand the wood beforehand.

• Remember to drill pilot holes.

• Adjust the size of your shelf according to your needs: to accommodate boots, space some of the shelves further apart at the bottom of the rack; the shelves for sandals and sneakers can be closer together at the top.

You will need


    • 610mm laminated pine, cut to: seven 600 x 300mm pieces (shelves)

    • 3 000 x 22 x 44mm planed pine, cut to: four 2 100mm pieces (uprights for frame) four 300mm pieces (short crossmembers for frame) three 600mm pieces (long crossmembers for frame)

    • 3 000 x 22 x 22mm planed pine, cut to: seven 600mm pieces (retaining planks)

    • two wood offcuts: one of 272mm and one of 250mm (spacers)

    • one packet of 8mm x 30mm chipboard screws

    • one packet of 6mm x 50mm chipboard screws

    • wood glue

    • wood filler

    • 120-grit sandpaper

    • paint or varnish (optional)


    • cordless drill and 3mm drill bit

    • pencil

    • jigsaw

    • tape measure

    • square

    • paintbrush

    • scraper

Get started

1. Attach a 22 x 22 x 600mm retaining plank to one long side of each 600 x 300mm shelf piece with glue and screws.

2. For the side frames Using the jigsaw, cut the ends of the four 2 100mm uprights and the four 300mm short cross-members at a 45° angle. Glue and screw two short cross-members between the ends of two uprights (see sketch 1).

shoe rack

3. Join the two frames with the three 600mm cross-members by screwing together two of these long cross-members at the bottom and one at the top (see sketch 2).

4. Measure and make a mark 100mm from the bottom on the two rear uprights. Turn the rack over onto its back. Position the back of the first shelf on the 100mm mark and the retaining plank on the front of the long cross-member, and screw together. Using the 272mm spacer at the back and the 250mm spacer at the front (measure from above the retaining plank), mark the next shelf’s position. Repeat for all the shelves.

To finish

Fill the screw holes with wood filler and allow to dry completely. Sand the shoe rack thoroughly before finishing it in the paint or varnish of your choice. We used white Sabre Satin Glow enamel paint.

Timber and screws provided by Cape Boards. Styling Marian van Wyk


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