Consider building a boot rack for your home if you live in a cold area or region of extreme climatic conditions. Boots are sturdy footwear and extremely useful, but also require maintenance and upkeep since they experience a great deal of wear and tear. Experts are of the opinion that using a specific boot rack for boots is much more advisable than simply placing them in a standard shoe rack. This is because a rack can help to air and dry boots out and also keep fungus and molds from forming on them after they have been exposed to moisture.
Step 1: Noting Measurements
The first step is noting down measurements so that the wood can be cut precisely. While the standard 2x4-foot pattern is usually applicable, it is important to be careful while cutting the planks for building the second level of the rack. Note down the width and length of the boots beforehand so that the planks can be built to accommodate them rightl and also have space for any future additions to the rack.
Step 2: Making a Strong Base
The next step is to make a strong base for the rack. Since boots need to be hung from the rack it is important to have a rack that can support its own weight as well as that of the boots hanging from it. Use the sections of 2 by 4 pieces of wood to create the side panels, back panels and to also lay width between the back and the sides.
Step 3: Making the Second Level
The second level of the boot rack is the portion on which the boots will be placed. If you want a hanging style rack, the second level will be used for fixing the stands from which the footwear can be hung. The second level is to be made using planks of wood which have to be placed at 90-degree angles to one another and then screwed into place.
Step 4: Making the Stands
Stands are used for hanging the boots upside down in the rack. Stands are best made out of strong poles or PVC pipes. Use a drill to make punctures in the second level of the rack and then fit the PVC pipes into these holes. The pipes can be affixed into place by gluing them to the wood using special industrial glue. After this hooks can be attached from the pipe for hanging the shoes.
Step 5: Finishing the Rack
Using sandpaper or a wood scrub finish off the surface by rubbing away any irregularities. Since boots tend to collect moisture it is important to spray a layer of waterproof seal on the racks. After the seal has dried the boot rack is ready for use.