Wooden Boot Rack | plans to make a boot organizer

Wooden Boot Rack | plans to make a boot organizer

Wooden Boot Rack – plans to make a boot organizer | While there are still four more days left until the official beginning of winter – we have already had a significant taste of cold, snowy, wet weather.

I do love the snow however, underneath those beautiful glistening blankets of white – lay a
mucky mess of slush and mud. A mess to leave right at the front door.

DIY Winter Boot Rack
A wooden boot rack has been on our to-do list for quite some time now – so I was pretty excited to add it to our True Value list of projects we committed to complete this year.

Now that it’s said and done – and the snow has already began to fall – I have no idea why it took us so long to put together this fairly simple, and totally useful project.

How to Build a Boot Rack
Wooden Boot Rack | Plans to Build a Boot Organizer

Materials Needed:
2 X 4 Lumber
1 X 4 Lumber
2 inch Dowels
Sand Paper
Paint or Stain

Tools Needed: Chop Saw or Hand Saw, Hand Drill, Heavy Duty Hand Drill, 2 inch Hole Saw

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Cut List:
Two 2 X 4’s cut 26 inches long
Two 1 X 4’s cut 19 inches long
Two 2 X 4’s cut 10 inches long
Six 2 inch Dowels cut 14 inches long
Six 2 inch Dowels cut 20 inches long

How to Make a Boot Rack
Step One: Make the Dowel Rails.

The dowel rails are made from two 2 X 4’s cut 26 inches long.

Holes are drilled into the 2 x 4 using the following measurements for placement:
2 1/4″, 5 3/4″, 11 1/4″, 14 3/4″, 20 1/2″, 23 3/4″

Make a Boot Rack
A 2 inch hole saw is used to cut the holes for the dowels. Hole saws are basically cylinder bits that attach to a hand drill or drill press and cut clean, smooth, perfectly round holes.

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To cut through the 2 x 4, a heavy duty drill hand drill was used.

Winter Boot Rack
Step Two: Cut and attach the base boards.

The base boards are made from two 1 x 4’s cut 19 inches long.

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The base boards are attached to the bottom of the dowel rails and create a base for the dowels to sit upon.

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Winter Boot Storage
Step Three: Attach the foot boards.

The foot boards are made from two 2 x 4’s cut 10 inches long.

They attach to the bottom of the dowel rails, at each end, as shown above.

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Step Four: Cut the dowels.

A 2 inch dowel is used for the boot holders – six pieces cut 14 inches long and six pieces cut 20 inches long.

The larger dowels are sized for adult boots and the smaller to hold child-size boots.

How to Make a Boot Storage Rack
The dowels fit snug into the dowel rails and can be secured with wood glue, though it is not necessary.

We did not secure them into place as we like having the option to take them out to store the rack when not in use.

Boot Storage Ideas - Boot rack
Once the boot rack is complete, sand and prep for paint or stain.

How to Build a Wooden Boot Rack
Step Five: Finish the boot rack.

We used ZAR stain we had left over from finishing our adirondack chairs, since we will be using our boot rack both indoors and outdoors, under a covered surface.

Plans to Build a Wooden Boot Rack
The simple design allows the wet boots to be suspended so they drain and dry much quicker – which is perfect for our snow loving little guy.

Plans to Build a Boot Rack
The dowels in the back are made to hold taller boots – while the shorter dowels in the front perfectly hold our little guys wellies.

How to Make a Boot Organizer

Boot Organizer
The wooden boot rack is not only for winter – as I see us putting it to good use year round.

Wooden Boot Rack
Between gardening, yard work, muddy puddles, trail rides and the Backyard Jeep Rock Garden,
this simple wooden boot rack just may be one of our best (most useful) projects yet.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, the opinions read here are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


  1. Sheila (Mrs. Magpie) :

    You are SO clever!



  2. Oh, what a great idea Stephanie!
    Now that we live in the midwest I have been looking for something like this & BAM! here you are with the perfect solution + it’s very DIY’able. Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

  3. I’m looking for a good idea to store my wife’s boots and this could be it. My goal is to mount something like this on the inside of our walk in closet above the door (basically a wasted space of 15″ to the ceiling). I may make a few changes, like adding another set of 2 so that it is 4 pairs long.Thanks for the idea.

  4. You just solved a lot of Christmas presents. Thank you!!! I’ll get my 13 year old on this project asap. I know I would love receiving this as a gift :))

  5. One of my friends asked me to make this project for her, and I really appreciated this design! I used smaller wooden dowels because the 2″ ones were pretty expensive. Thanks for the post!



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