How to Build a DIY Entryway Shoe Rack?

DIY Entryway Shoe Rack

Typically, we use shoes every day and if you have a big family or a lot of shoes, you need to have them neatly organized. If your shoes are all over the place and you want them organized, I’ll show you how to build a DIY Entryway Shoe Rack that will solve this problem. Not only it keeps your shoes organized, but it’s also a good seating bench for your entryway to sit and put your shoes on. And best of all, it costs only $35 of material to make it. Here is a great and inexpensive DIY project to try for your home. 

One of the most critical aspects of organizing your shoes is where you store them. Having a shoe rack bench at your entryway or mudroom is one of the best ways to keep your shoes organized. A seating bench that is designed as a shoe rack is very convenient for family members to sit and put on the shoe before leaving the house. By placing the shoe rack in a convenient place as possible, family members have no excuse not to put their shoes away where they belong and out of harm’s way. 

I’ve also built a mirror frame to match the shoe rack bench for our entryway. You could find the instruction on how to build it here.

DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Time to Complete

8 hours

Total Cost


Skill Level


Entryway Shoe Rack Bench PDF


This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

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DIY Entryway Shoe Rack Bench

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DIY Shoe Rack Bench dimensions

Step 1 – Cut all Pieces for the DIY Shoe Rack Bench

To build this DIY shoe rack, you will need five 2x6x8’ boards and one 8” long 4×4 piece. You could find these boards at your local hardware stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. 

When purchasing the lumber, it’s important to choose the boards that are straight and not warped or twisted. Taking more time to find good boards will save you much frustration later on in the project. 

From the lumber that you purchased at the store, pick out the best few boards for the top of the shoe rack. Construction lumber is not the prettiest lumber out there, so you always want to have the ugly side of the board facing down and the pretty side up. 

Using a miter saw, first cut the best boards for the top of the shoe rack. Then cut the rest of the 2×6 pieces as shown on the cut list. You’ll notice that there are 3 sets of boards for each dimension, except for the 4×4 piece. 

boards for DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Step 2 – Drill Pocket Holes Using a Kreg Jig

Adjust your Kreg Jig settings for a 1 ½” board thickness and drill pocket holes as shown on the cut list. Make sure to drill pocket holes on a 4×4 piece as well.

If you’re planning to place heavy loads on the shoe rack bench, then you might want to add more pocket holes on the long pieces. But if it’s used for sitting and storing shoes, then the current pocket hole layout should work. 

For reference, see an article I wrote on how strong the pocket hole screws are.

drilling pocket holes for DIY Shoe Rack Bench
drilling pocket holes for DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Step 3 – Sand all Boards 

Once the pocket holes are drilled, using a random orbital sander, sand the boards on all sides. It makes the job much easier to sand the boards separately on the workbench as oppose to sanding when everything is assembled. 

sanding boards for DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Step 4 – Join the Boards Together with Pocket Hole Screws

When using pocket hole screws for joining the boards together, try to use a clamp whenever possible. The clamp will keep the boards from shifting when you drive in the screws. A finished project with uneven boards does not look good, especially the most visible top section. But if you’re planning to do a rustic look, then it will be ok. 

Place the pipe clamps on the workbench. Then arrange the boards inside the pipe clamps with pocket holes facing up. Apply wood glue between the boards and then tighten the pipe clamps. Use 2 1/2″ pocket holes screws to secure the boards together. 

bottom section for the DIY Shoe Rack Bench
gluing the boards together for DIY Shoe Rack Bench
bottom section assembled
DIY Shoe Rack Bench boards are assembled

Step 5 – Stain and Paint All Sections 

Now that we have the right size boards connected together in pairs of three, it’s time to stain. You could stain the shoe rack when it’s completely assembled, but it’s much more difficult to do that. 

Since we’re using regular construction lumber, the boards need to be pre-stained before applying the stain. Typically construction lumber is derived from softwood such as pine trees. So when staining pine wood, the soft areas of the wood will absorb more stain and make it darker than the harder areas of the wood. Pre-staining blocks the pores in the soft areas of the wood to prevent the stain from being blotchy. 

So first apply a coat of pre-stain on all pieces. Then, take Briarsmoke stain and apply it over pre-stain with a brush and wipe off dry using a shop paper towel

If you want to make a whitewash effect, after staining the boards, take a dry brush and dip the tip of the brush into the white paint. Then take that brush and wipe off any running paint with a shop paper towel. Swipe the brush across the boards applying very little pressure. Repeat the process until you reach the desired look. 

using pre stain on DIY Shoe Rack Bench
staining wood for DIY Shoe Rack Bench
white wash affect on DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Step 6 – Assemble Sides of the Bench 

After staining and painting, take the top section of the shoe rack bench and place it on the ground upside down. Then take the 7 ½” section and 18 ½” section and attach them on each side using 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

bottom section for DIY Shoe Rack Bench
assemble the bottom section

Step 7 – Assemble Middle Section of Entryway Shoe Rack 

Next, take the middle 33” long section and place it on the ground upside down. Then attach the 8” section using 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

middle section of the DIY Shoe Rack Bench
attach the side of the middle section of the DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Step 8 – Place Temporary Blocks for Assistance 

Go back to the top section and stand two temporary 7 ½” tall blocks on the boards as shown in a picture. This will be used temporarily to hold the middle section.

DIY entryway shoe rack bench

Step 9 – Attach Shoe Rack Middle Section 

Then take the middle section (assembled in step 7) and place it over the temporary scrap blocks. Attach the middle section using 2 1/2″ Wood Screws. Next place 8” long 4×4 board about 11” from the edge and attach it using 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

middle section of the DIY Shoe Rack Bench
attach the middle section for DIY Shoe Rack Bench
assemble the middle support for DIY Shoe Rack Bench

Step 10 – Attach Bottom Section 

Finally, take the last bottom section and attach it using 2 1/2″ Wood Screws and 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws on the end. You’re done with DIY Entryway Shoe Rack. 

DIY Shoe Rack Bench

13 thoughts on “How to Build a DIY Entryway Shoe Rack?”

    • Hey Ryan, The pocket hole locations are shown in the cut list as well as in the 3D illustrations for this project. Any time you join/connect two boards together, you need to use pocket holes.

  1. This looks like my next project. Quick question, any idea how much weight the bench can hold? Was looking for the kids to take their shoes off while sitting on the bench.

    • Hi Mart,

      You could buy a small 4×4 piece at HomeDepot. They will cut it for you if you ask, this way you don’t have to buy the full 8-foot long piece.

  2. I love this project and will be following. But I am concerned about your cost estimate of only $35 this is not even a quarter of the actual cost for materials.

    • Hi Michael, I build this project about a year ago and that was the cost back then. The price of wood increased by probably 200%, so you’ll have to do the math to the current material price.

  3. Hi there, would it be ok to make this using 1 x 6 boards. Got some cypress scraps from a friend, but I was concerned about whether it would be sturdy enough. Thanks

    • Hi Renee, I think 1×6 boards will work, you will need to change the measurements. You will also need to use 1 1/4″ screws instead of 2 1/2″.


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