DIY: 5 Steps to a Shoe Storage Solution

Finished Project/Inspiration via Apartment Therapy

When I came across this vertical shoe storage solution by stylist Sidsel Zachariassen in Apartment Therapy, I knew the neat vertical rows were going to be the only solution for the tight entryway I’m working on. While I liked the idea of purchasing a collector’s shelf for the job, I needed an exact width and I really preferred her cleaner version. So, I spent a little time in the aisles of Home Depot dreaming up my own creation. At about $12 a shelf for all of the materials, it was a steal (Pottery Barn Collector’s Shelf, $54). And, it really was incredibly easy to put together… I didn’t even pull out the electric screw driver. The hardest part for me was waiting for the paint to dry so that I could hang it. Make sure to pre-cut all your molding pieces to the desired width of the shelf (remembering to add the width of the baseboard ends to the final width) before you leave the Home Depot.


  • 1 piece 1-1/2″ molding, cut to desired length
  • 1 piece 4-1/2″ molding where the width tapers, cut to desired length
  • 2 rectangular baseboard molding pieces
  • 1/8″ screws
  • 1″ L brackets
  • 2″ x 1/2″ mending braces
  • 2 keyhole fasteners
  • wood glue (optional)


1. Screw 2 mending brackets on each end of 4-1/2″ molding to the bottom of the baseboard pieces. Use wood glue first and let dry to hold the pieces in place, if you have the patience for this extra step.

2. Screw L bracket to either end of the 1-1/2″ molding.

    3. Attach each opposite corner of the L bracket to the inside of baseboard piece at the height you desire to hold the shoes vertically and so that the front of the 1-1/2″ molding piece is flush with the front of the baseboard piece. I attached my molding piece about 1-1/2″ from the top of the baseboard piece.
    4. Attach the keyhole fasteners to the back of the baseboard pieces on both sides.
    5. Paint your creation and viola your ready to hang!

7 thoughts on “DIY: 5 Steps to a Shoe Storage Solution

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    • Hi Liz! You just have to place a screw in the wall and then these (can’t remember what they are called) on the back of your shoe rack. It’s best if you can find a stud in the wall to screw into, otherwise you should use a molly bolt, because shoes can be kind of heavy. Good luck! Would love to see how it comes out.

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