Project Overview

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.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Get the plywood pre-cut
2 Assemble the frame
3 Build the shelf
4 Attach the shelf to the frame
5 Attach the caster wheels
6 Paint, stain or varnish your shoe rack
  • Step 1. Get 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.

  • Step 2. Assemble the frame

    Line up the four pieces of plywood that will make your frame, so that they’re in the rectangular shapes 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 the holes for the screws and countersink them. Drill multiple screws into each corner of the frame, so that it’s secure.

  • Step 3. Build the shelf

    Measure the length of the vertical divider for the shoe rack and mark off halfway on both sides of the plywood. Line up the horizontal shelf on the marks, making sure it’s square. Pre-drill and countersink two holes. Secure the divider to the shelf with the drill and screws 

  • Step 4. Attach the shelf to the frame

    Turn the shoe rack over so that it’s on its side. Insert the shelf into the frame of the shoe rack. Measure to make sure the shelf is sitting in the middle of the rack. Pre-drill and countersink the holes to secure the shelf. Use the drill and screws to secure the shelf and the vertical divider to the frame.

  • Step 5. Attach the caster wheels

    Use the drill and screws to attach the four caster wheels to the base of the shoe rack.

  • Step 6. Paint, 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.

Tools and Materials


  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses


  • 2250 x 600 x 30mm plywood
  • 65mm square caster wheels x 4
  • 50mm and 30mm chipboard screws
  • Paint, stain or varnish

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