DIY Running Shoe Rack

Being a triathlete (or runner) means having a lot of running shoes. And that count goes up to gazillion pairs when living with a runner, which poses quite big storage problem.  Shoe racks available at stores usually have some kind of unfitting property (i.e. size, design, price, color…) that makes them unsuitable, so sometimes the best thing is to just make it yourself. Which is exactly what I set out to do!

After carefully choosing my father who taught me how to work with wood and after googling for some ideas, I decided for a design of my own. I could call it unique, but I am sure somebody already done it before. The base of the shoe rack would be wide back board, on which the two narrower plates would be attached, which would hold the aluminum sticks for shoe placement.

Whole building process with basic measurements is presented in the following pictures. And as far as the final result goes, we are both happy with it! Our only regret is the placement of the doors, which didn’t enable a wider shoe rack for even more running shoes!

Building material for the rack – large back board, two narrower side boards, 7 minor boards and 7 aluminum sticks.

Building material for the rack – large back board, two narrower side boards, 7 minor boards and 7 aluminum sticks.

Firstly all holes must be drilled and screws prepared.

Firstly all holes must be drilled and screws prepared.

The first side board is then screwed on.

The first side board is then screwed on.

Some help is needed for the attachment of the second plate (i.e. everybody must earn the place for their shoes on the rack!)

Some help is needed for the attachment of the second plate (i.e. everybody must earn the place for their shoes on the rack!)

Before attaching the second side board, the sticks are placed into corresponding holes.

Before attaching the second side board, the sticks are placed into corresponding holes.

Earning my storage space.

Earning my storage space.

The final step is to mount it to the wall with three wall screws. They can be medium sized, as they only prevent the rack against tipping over. The weight of the rack lies on the edges of ceramic tiles.

The final step is to mount it to the wall with three wall screws. They can be medium sized, as they only prevent the rack against tipping over. The weight of the rack lies on the edges of ceramic tiles.

Final measurements of the running shoe rack.

Final measurements of the running shoe rack.

Full running shoe rack in action.

Full running shoe rack in action.

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