5 DIY Boot and Shoe Racks for Small Entryways

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Storing boots and shoes really isn't a problem in warmer weather since family and guests often wear their shoes in the house. It's a different matter in winter when snowy, muddy boots often form an unruly heap around the entryway. 

Keep footwear organized and off your floors by building one of these easy DIY shoe and boot racks. 

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    Copper Shoe Rack

    Copper piping shoe rack

    This ingenious floating shoe rack from Fresh Crush will keep your winter footwear off the floor and neatly organized. You can find all the materials you'll need to build at any home center and most hardware stores.

    It will cost less than $50 per shelf to make. Here's a breakdown of project materials:

    • Black-iron floor flanges: You'll need three for each shelf. Each one will cost around $6.
    • Threaded copper adapters: Each shelf requires three. They cost around $2 each.
    • Copper elbows: These are usually pretty cheap. You'll need one per shelf, and they'll cost you less than $1 each.
    • Copper tee fitting: Each shelf requires one. Expect to pay $2 each.
    • Copper pipe: Price depends on how wide and deep you want to make each shelf. Five feet of 3/4-inch copper pipe costs around $15.

    In addition to the copper pipe and fittings, this project requires a pipe cutter. It costs about $20 if you don't already have one.

    The standard way to join copper pipes and fittings is with sweat-soldered fittings, but there is no need for that with this simple shoe rack—the parts hold together fine when the floor flanges are screwed to the wall. Or, you can join the pieces together with polyurethane glue for extra strength. 

    • Tip: You can significantly reduce your out of pocket costs by buying secondhand pipe and fittings.
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    Wall Boot Rack

    Wall mounted boot rack

    If you have basic woodworking skills, you can make this boot rack from Ana White. It's perfect for hanging wellies and mukluks.

    The wood needed to complete this project will cost around $20. Here's what you'll need:

    • 2x6 lumber for base: At most, expect to pay about $5.
    • Hardwood round dowel: Eight feet will cost about $10.

    Simple hand tools and hardware are used to build this boot rack, including a drill and bits, a tape measure, wood glue, and wood screws. 

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    Rolling Shoe Rack

    DIY boot and shoe storage
    Aileen Allen

    If you're tired of that huge pile of shoes next to your front door, you'll love this DIY rolling shoe rack. It's big enough to keep your favorite winter footwear neatly organized, and the wheels also make it a cinch to move when needed.

    The wood and casters needed for this DIY will cost you around $40 if you stick to midrange materials. Here's a breakdown of what you'll need to buy:

    • A sheet of thick plywood: Size depends on the height of your footwear and how many shoes and boots you want to store. A 4-foot by 8-foot sheet costs around $30.
    • Hardwood round dowel: A 72-inch-long length of 1-inch hardwood dowel costs about $7.
    • Four casters: Expect to pay around $5 each.

    Tools required to build this are basic household power tools: a drill and bits, a circular saw, and a screwdriver. 

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    Campaign-Style Shoe Crate

    Rolling crate storage

    This stylish rolling shoe crate from housologie is insanely simple to make. 

    Your material costs will depend on where you shop. As shown here, you can expect to spend around $100, though a simpler box could be built for less. Here's what you'll need:

    • A wood crate:  The sturdier, the better. You can find them at IKEA and Home Depot for around $10.
    • Campaign-inspired hardware: You can find vintage-styled sets at most home improvement superstores for less than $20.
    • Four casters: Midrange ones cost around $5 each.
    • Paint and a weatherproof sealer: Both will total around $20.
    • Brass flat corner irons: Four required; about $6 each 
    • Brass drawer pull: About $15

    Tools required are very simple: just screwdrivers and paintbrushes. 

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    Rolling Boot Tray

    DIY rolling boot cart entryway
    Magnolia Homes

    This rolling boot tray creates a tiny spot to store a couple of wet wellies or snow boots. While it's small in size, its chunky hardware makes a huge stylish statement. It comes from the Magnolia At Home Blog. 

    You'll be able to find hardware that captures that vintage industrial look at most home improvement superstores. Expect to pay $50 or less for project materials. Here's what you'll need:

    • An old dresser drawer. 
    • Four cast iron casters: They typically cost $5 each.
    • Two galvanized steel floor flanges: Expect to pay around $7 per.
    • Two galvanized steel threaded elbows. These usually cost less than $2 each.
    • Galvanized steel threaded pipe nipple. A small piece for the handle will cost less than $2.
    • Wood stain and a weatherproof sealer. Both should total around $10.

    Again, the tools needed could not be more basic: A drill and screwdriver bits, and brushes for applying the finish.