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An open timber shelving unit on castor wheels


Nothing can make a room look messier than having shoes on the floor. This easy – to-follow guide shows you the tools and equipment you need to make a wooden shoe rack that will help keep your home neat and tidy.


1Get the plywood pre-cut

To make this job even easier you can have the plywood for the shoe rack frame and the shelves cut to size at your local Bunnings store.

You will need the following lengths:
(2) 800 x 300 x 30mm 
(2) 450 x 300 x 30mm 
(1) 300 x 390 x 17mm
(1) 300 x 550 x 17mm

An assortment of tools and materials required to complete this project

2Assemble the frame

Line up the four pieces of pre-cut 30mm plywood so that they're in the rectangular frame shape of the shoe rack. The long lengths of ply are for the top and bottom and the short pieces for the sides. Make sure the edges are flush. Pre-drill holes for the screws and countersink them. Drill multiple screws into each corner of the frame, so that it's secure.

A person attaching plywood panels using screws and a cordless driver

3Build the shelf

Using the 300 x 390 x 17mm length as a vertical divider for the shoe rack, mark off halfway on both sides of the plywood. Line up the horizontal 300 x 550 x 17mm shelf on the marks, making sure it's square. Pre-drill and countersink two holes, securing with 30mm screws.

A person marking where two sheets of plywood make a T joint

4Attach the shelf to the frame

Turn the shoe rack over so that it's on its side. Insert the attached shelf into the frame of the shoe rack. Measure to make sure the shelf is sitting in the middle of the rack. Pre-drill, countersink and secure the horizontal shelf with 50mm chipboard screws so it's centred on the side panel. Now attach the vertical divider to both top and bottom of the frame.

A person fitting a shelf into an open timber shelving unit

5Attach the caster wheels

Use the drill and 4 x 30mm screws on each caster to attach the wheels to the base of the shoe rack.

A person attaching a castor wheel to a plywood panel using a cordless drill

6Paint, stain or varnish your shoe rack

Depending on the look you want, you can paint, stain or varnish your shoe rack. Once it's dry you can move it into place. And because its on wheels you can easily move it anywhere around the house.

An open timber shelving unit on castor wheels
Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.