Without constant vigilance, shoes tend to pile up into a mess next to entry doors.

Untangle the mess with a simple, attractive shoe ladder that keeps everything from boots to slippers organised and off the floor.

Cut and drill the dowel supports (Step1), then screw them to 1x4s (Step 2).

Cut the 1x4s to fit your shoes and the available space – an average pair of adult shoes is 10 in. wide.

Nail or glue the dowels into the dowel supports, leaving 5cm (or more) extending beyond the supports at the end to hang sandals or slippers.

Apply finish before you mount the shoe ladder to the wall.

Screw the shoe ladder to studs or use heavy-duty toggle-bolt style anchors to hold it in place.

Step 1: Drill dowel holes

Step 1: Drill dowel holes
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Clamp the 1×3 support to a piece of scrap wood as you drill the holes to prevent the wood from splintering.


Step 2: Screw the pieces together

Step 2: Screw the pieces together
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Pre-drill through the back of the 1×4 into the 1×3 supports, then glue and screw the pieces together.

What you need

What you need

Required tools for this project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Level
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure

Required materials for this project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • 1 x 3
  • 1 x 4
  • 4cm screws
  • 7cm screws (or toggle bolts) for attaching to wall
  • 1.6cm dowels
  • wood glue

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