While I was Pinterest-ing one day I came across this picture of an awesome shoe rack! It had a brief tutorial using double sided tape. The original post is here: http://livinginanutshell.com/blognut-bedroom4.html. I tried to use the double sided tape but my crown molding was heavier, longer, and I have a bunch of heavier platform shoes.
I decided to improvise with help from the man friend. Here is my tutorial for my version of making your own shoe and heel organizer!
Crown molding (I used wood)
1- Buy some cheap crown molding. Or if you are feeling fancy, get the nice stuff!
Decide how long and how many rows you want. I did 5 rows of 40 inches each. I brought my man friend to saw for me. I do not have the patience to be careful or precise, that’s where the guy comes in.
2- Sand and paint.
I used BEHR Strawberry Freeze (68OB-5), the middle one.
My home depot was having a sale, a 7.5 oz sample of BEHR for around 3 bucks! Can’t beat that! I still have lots left over for future projects.
Painted crown molding:
I painted the front, the ends, and the parts that still would be seen after mounting on the wall.
2- Drill holes in the crown molding where you want them to hang from.
I decided to attach my shoe racks to the wall because of the length of the crown molding and the weight of my shoes plus the crown molding didn’t stand up to the double sided tape. You will definitely be able to use the tape if you have lighter heels and shorter crown molding.
Here is where I bring the man friend in again. He drilled holes all the way through 10 inches from each side. Use a drill bit that is the same as your screws. This also makes great entertainment for the youngins.
Haha, she suckered him to “help”.
3- Get a bigger drill bit that is the same size as your screw head.
He made countersink holes on the previous made holes. He went down in the holes about 1/8th of the way. This is so the screw can be flesh with the crown molding.
4- Secure dry anchors on the wall.
Just drill each dry anchor you have in the place you want your “racks”.
5- Place one of your crown moldings on the wall and screw the screw into the dry anchor with a screw driver.
Make sure your crown molding is level. Test a couple pairs of shoes to see if they hold securely. Then measure your shoes from the tips of them to the top of the molding, add an inch or two to those measurements. I made mine 12 inches apart. I wear a size 5.5 so I have small shoes 🙂
6- Keep on adding your rows!
I ended up with 5 rows! I also had parts of an old shoe organizer (I think I purchased this at Target) I had on the bottom of the crown molding to hold shoes with no heels.
I love my new shoe organizer! It is not only pleasing to the eye, but it gets the job done as well! It was also pretty inexpensive. The most I spent was around $16 for the crown molding, everything else was pretty much under $5 or I had it laying around already.
Bottom (sneakers, boots, wedges, flip flops):
This also makes me put away shoes in the closet that I don’t necessarily wear and makes my room look less cluttered!
Hope you enjoyed 🙂