The winner: This week’s winner is more involved than most weeks. It’s also more Clever. Check out this homemade wall-mounted shoe rack that gives just enough of a toe-hold for footwear storage. Erik Insko of Ballantyne created a mini-shelf with two parallel boards. You wedge the toes of the shoes into the slot.
Here’s his explanation.
The shoes are held up by 1/2 inch thick boards cut into 36-inch lengths. The bottom piece is 4 inches wide, the top is 2.5 inches wide. They are separated by about 2 inches and angled up slightly.
I did this by simply bending the brackets a bit in a vice. More width on bottom seemed to work better to hold the toes and give support. For the boots, the bottom board is 6 inches and the top is 4 inches. Separation was 3 inches.
I used a combination of studs and anchors for secure mounting.
Sometimes the boards bend down when the kids yank their shoes out, but all I do is push up on the board a bit to restore the slight upwards angle.
The biggest advantage is being able to store way more shoes than a wire rack, where the shoes hang vertically. Shelves would work too but this seemed more elegant somehow.
I had the paint already, and the total cost was about $60.
Can you top this?
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