Shoe racks are a wonderful way to organize your entryway or the inside of your closet, but finding a nice one can be expensive. Here’s a quick, easy, and elegant shoe rack designed by Tim O’Donnell of The RE Store’s Manufacturing Waste Diversion program. If you’ve recently finished a closet remodel, you may already have everything you need to get started. The best part: When it comes time for painting and decorating, you can get as creative as you want.  


  • Two matching louvered bifold doors 
  • A saw 
  • Finish nails 


  • Select your bifold doors. The ideal doors will have a louvered upper-half and a bottom-half with an inset panel. 
  • Cut the doors in half, making sure the frame around the bottom half is even. The bottom half will serve as the structure for your shoe rack. Repeat this step on the second door.  
  • Deconstruct the doors’ upper-halves, pulling the frames apart and removing the louvers. The louvers will become the slats for your shoes to sit on. 
  • Using your saw, cut out the panel’s rectangular center. Carefully break out the remnants of the inset panel from the frame so that only the frame remains. Repeat this step with the second door.  
  • Stand the two panel frames on their edges. Using your finish nails, connect the two frames together with louvers at the top, bottom, left, and right corners.  
  • Using a spacer such as a screwdriver, pencil, or piece of scrap wood, evenly space all the louvers along the top and bottom of the shoe rack. 
  • Attach the louvers with finish nails. 
  • If desired, add louvers to the sides to prevent shoes from falling out. You can then sand, paint, or stain your shoe rack to match your decor.  

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