diy, Dressing Room, Room Remodel

DIY Shoe Shelf and Custom Closet Racks

Happy Friday!! The weather is unbelievably gorgeous today and it feels like a good day to get moving on some weekend home projects! (Or, if you had a rough week, curl up with DIY blogs and a carton of ice cream) I kind of want to do both at the same time, so I’m not sure how that will work out…

Anyways, today I want to share with you a quick rundown on how we created our custom shelving in our dressing Room Makeover! If you haven’t seen that post yet, check it out to see how we incorporated them into the whole design, but right now I just want to focus on how they came together. We needed something really cheap and functional, but also nice looking and cohesive with the rest of the room design. These shelves weren’t going to be behind closet doors, they were central display pieces in the room, so they had to check all of those boxes!

Now before I go into the technical details, I feel the need to post this disclaimer. We are not professional carpenters, builders, contractors, handywomen, or construction workers. We are DIYers who happen to have a good knack for finding creative solutions and then figuring out how to make them happen, so most of the DIY projects we will share with you are a result of that. We learn as we go and are happy to share what we learn with all of you!

That said, I do think this is a pretty easy, beginner level build. If you try it at home, we would love to see what you create and how you use it! 

Here are the details from Edys, who did all of the construction for this project!

The wood we used is called “common” board. (We were going to hack up a sheet of plywood, but the guy at Home Depot said to use these instead because they’re straighter and less warped) Chris and I picked out the flattest ones and then had them cut at Home Depot. (Having them cut at Home Depot saved a lot of time and even though they don’t guarantee exact measurements, they worked perfectly.)

I used 1” X 10” boards – one inch thick by ten inches deep, then you have them cut to the lengths you want for your shelves.

We wanted our shelf to stand 34” tall, so I needed two of those for the sides.
With the shelves being 8” apart, this allowed for four shelves. The shelves are 32” long.

The top shelf is screwed in at 34”, the second is at 26”, the third at 18” and the fourth at 10”, which allows a little bit more height on that bottom shelf. Two screws on each side (so 4 screws per shelf)

I used a square when marking where to drill the shelves in and checked it with a level also.
I used general purpose screws: #6 1-5/8” (Phillips head)

I predrilled the holes (so the wood wouldn’t split) and used a #6 countersink bit to recess the tops of the screws (not mandatory, depending on how you want it to look)

Then I lightly sanded with a sanding block and then painted with black interior paint in satin finish.

 So to recap,


2 – 1”X10”X34” boards

4 – 1”X10”X32” boards
#6 general purpose screws
#6 countersink drill (optional)


Sanding block


The clothes racks were made from the same wood, but the shelves were a little deeper at 12″. We got the hooks for the rods in the closet organization section of Home Depot and screwed them into the wall first, making sure to get them mounted into studs so that they would be super strong to hold whatever was hung below or placed above on the shelves. If you can’t get both brackets into a stud, use a drywall anchor with a lot of weight capability.

Once the brackets were in place, we placed the painted boards across them to screw in from below. Again, predrilling the holes is a good idea here. 

For rods we had a couple options. Either buy the ones that were being sold alongside the brackets we got, which were nice metal rods but a bit expensive, or find our own somehow. Edys went to a couple Goodwills around town and scored these perfect wooden rods that were already the right length somehow (I know right?!) Just goes to show, where there’s a Goodwill, there’s a way! Har har. We painted them black, put these little curtain rod ends on them (which Edys had laying around at her house), and that was that.

Finally, we placed the rods in the brackets and voila! Beautiful shelving for displaying all the pretty clothes for a fraction of the cost of buying stuff we liked less in stores. 

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