Closet Organization – Shoe Organizers DIY

Happy Monday morning!

I hope you all had such a great weekend!  We are so pumped to share lots of exciting news with you guys over the next week or so, but in the meantime… Let’s organize everything!  That has been my motto since Christmas.  I went to unpack my suitcase over the weekend, and got annoyed at my lack of good shoe organization in my closet.  I had an itch… And I scratched it!  I built some shelves for my closet to store my heels!

closet organization - high heel shelves

How fun, right?  These are the easiest darn things EVER, and all three cost me $4 to make.  I would say that fits my shanty budget quite well!

I used furring strips for my shelves.  I used a 1×2 furring strip, and a 1×3 furring strip.  If this is your first time buying wood, just ask the guys in the wood section where the furring strips are.  Make sure to find ones that are as straight as possible… It may take a little digging!

Here is how I cut mine…

shoe shelves diy

Obviously we all have different closet spaces.  I started with 3 shelves, and may add more up later.  Just measure your wall space and cut all boards the same length.  If you don’t own a saw, you can ask the nice guys at HD or Lowe’s to cut them for you! (Ours cut for free)

Now add a line of Gorilla Wood Glue down your 1×3’s like this…

gorilla wood glue

And attach your 1×2’s like this.  I used finish nails, but you can also use wood screws.

diy shoe shelves

I kept my shelves neutral, and gave them all a quick coat of my fav…

rustoleum heirloom white

To hang mine, I used a stud finder and found the studs on the wall.  These are also so simple to use.  Then, I used wood screws and drilled directly through my 1×2’s into the studs of the wall.  This will leave the wood screw showing.  You can keep it like that, or use a little wood filler and dab some paint over the top.

Here are mine all finished up…

shoe organizer

high heel storage

closet organization - high heel shelves

Well I guess all I need now is more pumps… Darn, right?? 😉

So ladies… This is such a fun and functional DIY project.  It’s the perfect beginner project as well.  And if you are still feeling a little intimidated, just wink at the hubby and say please!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I would love for you to share and pin these below!  You guys are great!

Have an awesome week!



  1. Jen on September 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I’m looking to add this to my closet, but hoping to put on the door instead of the wall. Do you think the shoes would stay put with the swinging of the door? Do they fall off easily?

    • ⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐??

      ? I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

      ? Head on over to www. if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!


  2. Jessica on May 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Beautiful idea!!! Perfect for my walk in closet.;)

  3. Gayle Schultz on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Since the bottom of the shoes go against the wall, are you leaving dirt on them?

  4. Charla Sandlin on February 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Love this idea for heels, but since I am a Southern girl, I have flip flops and sandals……got any ideas for incorporated both? Love your stuff!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Haha Charla… Well I am a Texas girl myself, but I do love my heels 🙂 I will think about some other solutions!

    • Jenna Pillarella on March 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Check this out for flip flops and sandals … great idea!

    • nancy carlson on June 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

      It’s not a pretty, but I use pegboard and the short hooks to hang my sandals. Definitely more work than this, but it does work.

  5. Patty Brenner on January 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I can’t see the pictures either – in Internet Explorer or Chrome .. pin it didn’t show them up either. Any ideas, I really would like to see them (cuz I have WAY too many shoes on the floor, lol)

  6. Kathleen on January 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

    So weird, I can’t see any of the pictures. If I pin it, I can see them, but not when I’m on the blog. Werid. But I love your stuff, you guys are so talented.

  7. teryl on January 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Would this idea work for men’s dress shoes? They don’t have much of a heel.

  8. Michele Ciola on January 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Love your blog but that advertising really takes away from it, especially the Nature’s Made background??

    • Shanty2Chic on January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Sorry Michele! 🙂

      • Michele Ciola on July 1, 2013 at 5:16 am

        Thanks for fixing it. It was bogging things down. The striped backgound is perfect!

  9. athankfullyimperfectwoman on January 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

    These are GREAT!

    I have to share this idea with my two oldest daughters…although I guarantee they can fill their shelves. Knowing how crafty and sneaky they are – they may just make them longer than needed so they have more space to fill! Patty O

    • Shanty2Chic on January 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Girls after my own heart ;-))!

  10. Melinda Thao on January 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Love this! TFS! LOL, I think my girls (2 & 7) will love it just as much as I do!

    • Shanty2Chic on January 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

      My girls love it too!! Now they are asking for high heels…. ;-))

  11. Alison Thompson on January 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

    this is fantastic. love it!

    • Shanty2Chic on January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you Alison! You are sweet!

  12. coolhairchic on January 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Question….I have seen this down with crown molding, would this be the same thing? Thanks! 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Not sure! I’ve never done it that way 🙂

    • nancy carlson on June 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

      crown molding would be so much more expensive!

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