Looking for a solution for all those extra shoes in the closet? Here is a DIY shoe storage solution that’s affordable and simple to make.
I never met a pair of cute shoes I didn’t like.
There’s just something about them that can make any outfit instantly cuter.
Shoes can take a pair of jeans and a sweater to the next level.
I store all of my outfit-making shoes in the side of the closet on metal shelves that slant down.
I filled up all my shelves and the shoes were starting to spill over onto the closet floor, so I came up with the brilliant idea to add more shelves to the closet.
Except extra metal shelves like that are SO EXPENSIVE and I had already spent my organization money on shoes.
What is a cute shoe owner to do?
Come up with a brilliant solution like this.
What if we made the shelves ourselves?
For a FRACTION of the price.
We couldn’t make them out of metal, but what if we made them the same size with a lip on the front and painted them white.
I asked the twinkly-eyed carpenter that I’m married to if he could construct my vision.
He laughed and told me it was easy and how many did I need.
If you have cute shoes that need a home?
Here is the project for you.
DIY Shoe Storage Idea For a Closet
1″ wood plank (38″ x 13 1/2″)
Step 1: Cut the piece of wood to fit the closet
If you have an existing storage unit inside your closet, measure the width and depth and cut the piece of wood to fit.
The existing shoe storage unit in our closet measures 38″ long and 13 1/2″ deep.
Cut to fit (or you can also have the home improvement store make the cuts for you).
Step 2: Cut and attached quarter round
Cut the quarter round the length of the board.
You want to add the quarter round to the front of the board so the shoes would stay in place. This mimics the metal shelf so when you tilt the shelf, the shoes stay in place.
We nailed the quarter round to the board with finish nails and sanded off any rough edges.
Step 3: stabilize the shelf
To prevent the shelf from sliding when it’s tilted and hold it in place, cut a small piece of wood and attach it to the back.
We cut two pieces of wood that were 1/2″ x 2″ x 4″ long and nailed each one to the back of the board with finish nails.
This piece helps hold the shelf in place by securing it next to the closet pegs on the side of the closet organizer.
Check and make sure the shelf fits before you paint it.
You can see the shelf here in the organizer in my closet.
It fits perfectly and tilts the same way the existing metal shelves do.
Step 4: paint the shelves white
Now that the shelves fit, they’re ready to be painted white.
We primed the wood first and painted two coats of white paint on the shelves.
After the paint was dry, they were ready for the closet organizer.
Step five: Add pegs
Since we were adding two shelves, we took the height of the organizer and divided it by the number of shelves and put the pegs into the right spots.
We slanted the shelves by offsetting the pegs on the side of the shelf.
I love having the shelves slanted so I can see the cute shoes better.
Here’s what the closet looked like after the new shelves were installed.
The new shelves just blend in with the existing shelves.
The closet looks like this.
I added all the shoes on the shelves and there were a few spaces left over.
Those spaces made me so happy.
It’s like they are just waiting for a new pair of cute shoes.
I have a few suggestions. 🙂
PS For everyone that e-mailed me about the shoes in this post? I linked them below. Let me know if you see one that you liked that I didn’t link.
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