How to Make an Over the Door Shoe Rack

Building an over the door shoe rack is an innovative way of organizing your shoes neatly, without taking up floor space. Furthermore, you would be utilizing the free space above your door efficiently. It is worthwhile to learn how to build it yourself in order to save money, and to make it as customizable as possible. Let us delineate the basic steps involved in making one.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Plywood boards
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Hinges
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint

Step 1: Measure and Design

First of all you have to measure the space that is available above the door. Then, you can design the shoe rack in such a way that it will fit in that area, while being able to accommodate as many pairs of shoes as possible. You can also use it as a storage area for other items apart from shoes, such as belts, socks, accessories and so on.

Step 2: Acquire the Tools and Materials

Next you need to acquire the tools and materials you will need to start building it.

Step 3: Cutting

Now you can start cutting the plywood according to the dimensions you recorded.

Step 4: Sanding

Once you have cut all the parts it is best to sand them with a sandpaper so as to give them a smoother finish. Once done, use a damp rag to wipe them so as to remove the dust particles.

Step 5: Painting

If you wish to paint the shoe rack it is best to do so now that the boards are still loose. You will be able to give them a neater finish as you can reach edges better than if they were assembled. Allow the paint to dry well and then apply a second coating.

Step 6: Assembling

Once the paint has dried well you can start to assemble your shoe rack. In simple terms, the greater part of it will be made up of storage units in the shape of cubes. Hence, you can start to assemble these cubes individually by fastening the sides to the base, and then fixing the upper panel. Once all the storage cubes have been assembled you can finally attach them together. Using a high quality wood glue should be enough, but for added security you can also go a step further by fastening them by means of wood screws.

Step 7: Attaching the Back

Once the individual storage cubes have been mounted together to form a whole unit you can attach the back part.

Step 8: Attaching the Front

You may opt to attach a front panel so as to hide the shoes that will be stored in the shoe rack. In such a case you can either use hinges to make the front panel tilt upwards or downwards, or else make it in the form of a cupboard door.

Step 9: Fixing Above the Door

Drill holes in the wall where the shoe rack will be placed. Make sure you make the holes accurately in order to hang it neatly. A levelling tool will help you do so. Finally you can screw your shoe rack above the door. Place your shoes, boots and sandals in its compartments so as to have a neater room.