Do you get sick of the way your laundry or mudroom looks with not enough shoe storage? As we’ve added another child, and people accumulated more boots and shoes, it bothered me how cluttered our laundry room looked. But finally my husband was able to complete a pallet shoe rack idea that I had discovered on Pinterest sometime ago.
Our DIY pallet shoe rack was based off this picture on a pin from Craftriver.com. But the actual article that the pin links to does not have any further directions for building that particular pallet shoe rack. It does have other DIY shoe storage ideas though. But don’t worry. My husband was able to build us two pallet shoe racks of our own, and I can share with you how he did it. And dare I say, ours is prettier?! 🙂
Creating the Shoe Racks
So, first, he selected a nice pallet that had six slats on one side and nine slats on the other side. He is able to get discarded pallets from a local roofing company. So check around if you don’t already have pallets.
Second, he then determined what height we wanted the rack to be. This for us was about 3 slats high for the back of the shoe rack, and only 2 slats high in the front. To obtain this, he used a circular saw and cut the pallet lengthwise twice. This created a leftover section about 3 slats wide in the middle of the pallet. It would have just been discarded but he ended up using pieces from this to add a bottom to our pallet shoe racks.
Then he cut down down the pallet further, again using the circular saw. This time he cut the opposite direction, close to the pallet runner to remove one of the sections. This was to create decrease the size of the rack to only two “pockets”. See the picture below.
After he was finished cutting the pallets down further, he was left with two shoe racks in the final size. He asked me if I wanted a bottom on the racks, which I did. To create the bottom, he pried slats off the leftover middle section from the original pallet. To attach them to our shoe racks, he re-utilized pallet nails he had from ripping apart pallets.
Finishing the Shoe Racks
The pallet wood was a bit rough, so he hand-sanded them inside and out. This was done to make them smoother, but not too overly smooth.
I had wanted a sort of weathered look with streaks of white paint I thought. To achieve this, first he used one coat of grey stain on both of the pallets. After the stain was dried, he used a white paint to try to paint the “streaks” I wanted. He wasn’t quite sure of the look I was going for, but went ahead and painted it all. Unfortunately in his haste to get the project finished finally, it did not end up looking the way I was hoping for. To me it was just kinda messy-looking.
Well as this was a project he did as he had free time, and since he had other projects to work on, this one got shelved for a while. Finally, he got around to sanding the white paint off, and showed me how it looked when the sanding was done. And I liked it just like that! I told him to leave it how it was and not try to use the white paint again.
It had created a weathered, rustic look with some bare wood showing thru the stain. Some of the white paint remained in the cracks. We both liked this look, so all that was left to do was install it in our laundry room. This was done by putting two screws thru the top slat onto the shoe rack, and screwing them into the studs on the wall. Now we had unique new storage space to help cut down on the shoes being piled on the floor and on top of the shoe bench.
Of course it won’t fit boots, but flip-flops, crocs and sneakers will fit. It instantly made our laundry room look less cluttered. Here’s a picture of our neater laundry room with our pallet shoe racks. It’s not a super-difficult project, mainly cutting down the pallets and then re-finishing them in the style you want. Perhaps someone handy in your life or you yourself can make your own!