Do It Yourself: Create Your Own Shoe Cabinets

Regardless of whether you want your footwear to be visible or not, it is good to keep them in order and have their place. This way you will avoid wasting time and unpleasant situations.
Make a shoe cabinet on your own!

A shoe cabinet is the best option to have all our shoes organized and in one place. This way you will avoid shoes scattered all over the house.

Clutter causes us to waste our time, especially when we are in a hurry. Therefore, we should look for other solutions that best suit us and our space, in order to keep everything in the best order.

Here are 3 great ideas for creating your own shoe cabinet. You will find that you do not need expensive materials, the instructions are very simple and the whole process does not take too long.

What should you remember about?

Footwear should be placed in the right place, not only for aesthetic but also organizational reasons. It may happen that you accidentally step on a sandal or shoe that has a delicate suede or silk cover and it becomes damaged.

To make your own shoe cabinet, we should consider how many shoes we have, what kind of shoes we have and how often we use them. The easiest way is to group them according to these criteria as it will make locating them much easier.

Sandals or sneakers do not take up as much space as winter boots. On the other hand, if you wear sneakers on a daily basis, you should put them in an easily accessible place.

With a shoe cabinet you will be able to control the amount of shoes and exactly where they are. Therefore, you cannot miss our following suggestions. It’s time to DIY. 

1. Shoe cabinet made of pallets

You can make your own shoe cabinet from pallets. They are available  in every grocery store and even in supermarkets. They can also be found at beverage wholesalers.

Nowadays, giving objects a second life is extremely fashionable. Aesthetically, the palettes are very original and can be decorated using various techniques.

shoe cabinet

You can also use wooden boxes.  Depending on the number of shoes you have, you will need to get more or fewer pallets. Prepare a piece of free wall where you will put them. This shoe cabinet will look great in your room if left in plain view.


  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper.
  • 1 or 2 pallets (depending on what our cabinet should look like).
  • Paint or varnish (depending on how you want to decorate it).


  • Use a hammer to remove every second horizontal board from the pallets. Do not remove those that are on the sides. The final result must resemble something like a frame for a painting.
  • Then use a hammer to remove the nails from the boards.
  • Use sandpaper to smooth the wood.
  • Paint as you like. We can suggest that the natural tone in combination with varnish or aquamarine paint, then varnished, looks very good.
  • After drying, you can place the cabinet in the desired place. It’s best to place it on the wall so that it looks like a painting.

2. Wooden shoe cabinet

Another way to create your own shoe cabinet is to use wooden or metal shelves. Of course, this option works well both as an open cabinet and for storing shoes inside a wardrobe.

japanese shoe cabinet

The upside is that you can place the shelves at the height of your choice without wasting space. For this cabinet, you will need a piece of free wall to place the shelves on.

Unused wooden stairs can be a good material for creating a cabinet. You can paint or varnish them to your liking. Use rungs to support shelves, which can be of different sizes to give the cabinet an original look.


  • Wooden or metal rectangles approximately 1.40 m long.
  • Supports or stairs.
  • Screws to screw it to the wall (if you are going to use stands).
  • Paints or varnish.


  • Take pieces of wood or metal and paint them to your taste.
  • Take measurements on the wall where you want to place the cabinet.
  • Place the supports or stairs where you want them.
  • Then place wood or metal on them. 
  • Arrange your shoes.

3. Cardboard shoe cabinet

The third alternative is affordable, easy to make and we can have a great time. In this case, the material we will use is cardboard. Without a doubt, this is a great way to recycle.

The best thing is that you can make as many compartments as you want. For example, you can make one cupboard for each type of footwear you own. On the other hand, it can be easily replaced with new cabinets.

pvc shoe cabinet

We will build small triangular spaces where we will put our shoes. In this case, you don’t need a lot of space, as you can put the cabinet in view or at the bottom of the cabinet. Let’s see how to do it:


  • Cardboard
  • Line
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive tape
  • Brushes.
  • Acrylic paints


  • Take a cardboard measuring 40 by 40 cm. Use a ruler to mark and fold the cardboard in three equal parts. You can change these dimensions depending on the size of your shoes. For children’s shoes, we can use a cardboard with dimensions of 20 by 20 cm.
  • Fold the cardboard in the marked place and form a triangle.
  • Tape the tape so that the triangle holds.
  • Paint in the color of your choice, both inside and out.
  • Create a horizontal row of triangles and place the cardboard base on top. Based on this, you can place as many floors as you want.
  • Create as many floors as you need.

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