DIY Ladder Shoe Rack

Learn how to make a DIY shoe rack with this fabulous tutorial!

DIY Ladder Shoe Rack
DIY Ladder Shoe Rack

If you are the average female, you probably have lots of shoes (I know I do). If you need a place to keep those lots of shoes, then consider trying this DIY Ladder Shoe Rack. This DIY shoe rack can simply be leaned against a wall, and doesn't take up too much floor space. Along with high heels, this ladder rack is great for holding scarves or belts that are in need of a home. Making a ladder into a shoe rack couldn't be easier. Don't bother buying or making a shoe rack, just use an old ladder instead. 

From from the blogger: "I had the perfect old ladder of my grandpa's stashed in a safe place just waiting for me to make into a ladder shoe rack for our master bedroom closet! I'm extremely happy with how this project turned out, I know have a place to hang all of my high heals, scarfs and wraps. It makes a great show case!"

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Materials List

  • Jig saw
  • Poly acrylic
  • Felt furniture pads
  • Paint brush
  • Vinegar (or any cleaning solution)
  • An old ladder

DIY Ladder Shoe Rack


  1. First I measured my ceiling height so I could get as much height out of the ladder as possible.

  2. It was a big ladder! I had to cut three rungs off of the bottom of it using my jig saw. I chose to cut the bottom off of the ladder (as opposed to the top) because the top had some cool, old rusty hardware that I definitely wanted to keep.

  3. When I made my cuts I made sure to cut them at an angle as I knew the ladder would be leaning.

  4. I brought the ladder inside and cleaned it up using just rags and white vinegar.

  5. Once dry of the vinegar, I covered the entire ladder in one coat of flat poly acrylic.

  6. I used felt pads on the bottom of the ladder's "feet" to help protect our hardwood floors, I also added the felt pads to back of the top of the ladder where it would be touching the wall.

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What a great space saving idea for the bedroom and it is super rustic looking as well, I am sick of looking at my shoes on the floor in my room or in the porch having no where to really go, now they will with this) I can't wait to try this out!!!

I totally agree that an old ladder would be great for storing towels. It will be like several towel racks at different heights along the wall. The ladder should look nice painted also, probably to blend in with the wall it rests on. It can even be used to store rolls of toilet paper, soap, small bottles of lotion and similar items, in addition to towels.

I love the idea of upcycling an old ladder into something useful and chic. The scarves and heels together on the rungs are really pretty. I also like the look of ladders for holding quilts. Has anyone used a ladder for other purposes than the shoes? I'm thinking a ladder in a bathroom with towels would be very nice as well. Especially in a guest bathroom.

This looks so natural, what a clever idea!


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