Sarai Shoe Storage

  Who doesn't have too many shoes?  I know I do.  Honestly, there are probably so many pairs I should get rid of, but there's always the thought in the back of my mind that "maybe, someday I'll have a chance to wear those super sparkly super uncomfortable 5-inch heels".  (BTW, my daily uniform is a switch between flip flops and UGGs depending on the weather.  I'm probably part of the reason why the people of Los Angeles are the worst dressers in the nation.  No joke, there have been studies.)  Anyway, I really liked Ballard's Sarah Petite Shoe Storage since it doesn't take up a ton of space, but it seems to hold a ton of shoes.  It's also super easy to make - this would be a great first project for a new builder.  Happy building, everyone! Estimated Cost: $50-100


See final dimensions above.

Shopping List:


4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x4 scrap at least 25 1/2" long 1 - 1/4" plywood scrap at least 38 1/4" x 37" (or, a little over a quarter sheet if you have to buy it.)

Hardware and Supplies:

1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws 1 1/4" Finishing Nails Wood Glue Wood Filler Medium Grit Sandpaper Primer or Wood Conditioner Paint or Stain


Kreg Jig Jigsaw Miter Saw (Optional, but very helpful.) Drill Sander Level Measuring Tape Carpenter’s Square Safety Glasses

Cut List:


1 - 1x4 @ 25 1/2" - Bottom Trim 2 - 1x12 @ 34" - Long Center Dividers 2 - 1x12 @ 38 1/4" - Sides 12 - 1x12 @ 11 1/2" - Small Center Dividers 1 - 1x12 @ 25 1/2" - Top


1 - 1/4" PLY @ 38 1/4" x 27" - Back

General Instructions:

Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step.  Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact.  (Especially when working with doors and drawers!)  Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit.  Please read through the entire plan before getting started.

Step 1:

Starting at the bottom, attach the small dividers to the large center divider using your Kreg Jig, starting at the bottom and working your way up.  Each of your center dividers should be 7 3/4" apart.

Step 2:

Once you have the first side of your inside completed, add the final center dividers to the base with your Kreg Jig the same way you did in step 1.

Step 3:

Before cutting your top and side pieces, make sure to remeasure your inside guts.  These pieces should be cut to fit perfectly.  Once they've been cut, add your top and side pieces as shown above using your Kreg Jig.

Step 4:

Cut out your bottom trim.  Draw a line down the center of your 1x4 board lengthwise.  (If it's a standard 1x4 at 3 1/2" wide, 1 3/4" should be half.)  That will be the top of your inside section and help guide your cut.  Cut out the center notch as shown above using a jigsaw.

Step 5:

Attach your bottom trim to the inside of the base using your Kreg Jig.

Step 6:

(The above picture shows a view from the back.)  Attach the back with 1 1/4" finishing nails and wood glue.

Finish your project as desired!  For tips on finishing, check out the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.

One Reply to “Sarai Shoe Storage”

  1. I love the plans for the shoe rack, since I am a novice I was wondering if you can tell me how to get the first part started. In step one, there is the long divider; how are the smaller shelves attached? Do you cut them or are they longer with a area cut out so they slide into position?

    Thank you,

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