How to Build a Homemade Shoe Shelf

What You'll Need
Skill saw
Nail gun
Electric screwdriver
Wood glue
Tape measure
Plywood, 4x4 and 1/2-inch thick
1x2 piece of lumber
"T" brackets

A shoe shelf can make an excellent homemade shelving project. Purchasing shoes can become an addiction to some or a pleasant shopping experience for others. A shoe shelf can help manage shoe collections that have gotten out of control especially to maximize your space.

Step 1 - Pick a Spot

Determine where you want the shoe self to be placed. Use the tape measure and figure out how large you want the shoe shelf to be and write it down minus 1 inch. This inch represents the size of the sides on the shoe shelf.

Step 2 - Cutting the Plywood

When you want to begin making homemade shelving you'll have to cut a lot of wood. Always be careful when you are using a saw of any kind. For this homemade shelving project you have to cut the plywood to the measurements you took. If you would like a beveled back edge then tilt the saw to a 45-degree angle. The shoe shelf should be, at minimum, 12 inches wide and 18 inches at most. Place the square on the wall with the cut shelf next to it. You need several measurements: floor from wall to the shelf front and floor to the shelf top. Increase the floor measurement by 2 inches and the wall measurement by 1 inch. Cut out the sides.

Step 3 - Attaching the Sides

Place the shelf on the wall and line the sides up to it; marking their positions. Apply wood glue to the shelf along your lines and place the side on the glue. Use the nail gun to further secure the side. Repeat for the other side of the shelf. Use a rag to remove any glue that may have seeped out.

Step 4 - The Lip

This piece of the shoe shelf helps keep the shoes on the shelf. Measure the shelf from side to side and cut the lumber to match. Measure out 1 inch on the side of the piece and line the mark up with the front of the shelf. Place a bead of wood glue along the front lip of the shelf and press this piece in place and then fasten with nails. Wipe glue off that squeezes out. Repeat this process with the top of the sides of the shelf and the front of the sides once the top part is fastened.

Step 5 - Hang the Shelf

Bend the three "T" brackets where the "T" meets the post to make it a 90-degree angle. Set the shelf down with the back facing up. Place three brackets on the shelf equidistant apart with the post positioned on the bottom and the "T" up the back. Nail the post in place and drill pilot holes from the back to front through the "T" post screw holes. Place the shoe shelf where you want it and attach to the wall with screws through the pilot holes. Apply wood filler, sand and paint.