The cop and I have had to be very creative in our storage solutions in our new one bedroom apartment. Save for a tiny bedroom closet (which is mine). and an even smaller living room closet (his, shared with Riley’s food and some random household items like brooms and paint cans etc.) there is no storage whatsoever. This means that we’ve invented our own storage – putting up shelves in the living room for books and odds and ends, adding a book-case to the front hall to store tools, Riley’s leashes and towels, and other random items, and hanging hooks wherever there is wall space.
One thing that I have had on my to do list forever was to find a way to organize the shoes in the front hall way. These are mostly the cop’s shoes – sneakers, boots etc, since most of my shoes are stored in my closet or at work – I always keep about 3 pairs of heels in my desk drawer there. But the shoes in the front hall are scattered and cluttered, looking unorganized, collecting dog hair and creating a tripping hazard for anyone coming and going.
This weekend we decided to do something about it and make a peg board shoe organizer for the hall! This was a simple 1 hour project – the cop was even excited about it because it meant he had an excuse to add to his tool collection. I originally got the idea from Sawdust Girl and honestly this project ended up being much easier than I anticipated. The final result perfectly suited our needs and looks great!
The items you need to complete this easy DIY home project are as follows.
- 2 – pieces of wood 5″ by 48″ (we used pine)
- Wood Glue
16 – 3 1/2″ Wooden Shaker Pegs (purchased at Woodcraft.com $3.99 for a pack of 10)
- Paint or Stain
- Paint brush
- Drill with Forstner Bit Set (we used the 3/8 drill bit)
- 2 – 1 1/4″ wood screws
1. Measure out your piece of wood (ours was 10″ in width by 48″ in length). We made one cut down the middle with a circular saw to come up with two 5″ by 48″ pieces. Measure out how many pegs you want and mark accordingly in pencil. We decided each rack would hold 4 pairs of shoes, with a space in the middle to screw the board into the wall. So we spaced our pegs out 4 inches between each along the board.
2. Use a drill and a 3/8″ Forstner Bit to drill 8 equal holes along each board.
3. Drip Wood Glue into each hole on board to prepare for shaker pegs. Insert pegs tightly, then leave to dry for an hour. Paint or stain in desired color.
4. Using drill and 1 1/4″ screws, secure into wall using level to make sure that your pegs are even.
Stand back and admire your work! Breathe easy and know that you will never trip over a pair of shoes again.