Shoes can quickly pile up, causing unnecessary clutter in the closet. Here’s a simple two-tier shoe organizer that keeps several pairs of shoes tidy and visible. It’s a quick and easy project that you’ll use every day.

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Circular Saw (cordless)
    Circular Saw (cordless)
  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 1 Plywood , 3/4" Thick , Quarter Sheet
  • 1 Board , 1x2 , 96"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 24 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws

Cut List & Parts

  • 2 Ends , 3/4" x 12" x 12"
  • 2 Shelves , 3/4" x 10" x 23 3/4"
  • 4 Rails , 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 23 3/4"


  • Cut the Parts to Size

    Cut two Ends and two Shelves to size from a quarter sheet of 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Also cut four Rails to length from a 1x2 board.

  • Drill Pocket Holes

    With your jig set up for 3/4" stock, drill pocket holes in the underside of the Shelves, as shown.

  • Assemble the Shelves

    After sanding the Shelves and Rails, attach two Rails to each Shelf using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws. Note that the rails are offset: One Rail sits 1/4" below the Shelf, the other sits 1/4" above.

  • Join the Shelves and Ends

    After sanding the Ends, position the shelf/rail assemblies as shown. Make sure that the Rail protruding above each shelf is positioned at the front—on the downward sloping side. Then attach the assemblies to the Ends using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws.

  • Paint and Put It to Use

    After assembly, do any touch up sanding needed, and then paint the Shoe Organizer. Latex makes a great choice, because it’s easy to scrub should your shoes leave any dirt behind.

    Tip: An Easy Route to Smooth Edges

    The exposed edges of plywood are tough to get smooth, no matter how much you sand, and can have voids that will show. A quick, easy way to smooth these edges is to smear on ordinary spackling compound. Let it dry, sand lightly, and you’re ready to paint.