Here is the finished product of my husband’s DIY shoe rack made out of 150mm PVC pipe. It actually turned out quite well and I’m very impressed. It also clears up the clutter in the doorway, which is always a bonus. The only downside is that it only just fits all the shoes that we have, so no more shoe buying for me unless I cull a few pairs.
PVC pipe shelf FAQs
I can’t believe this is the most popular post on my blog.
Here are a couple of handy hints to assist you to make your own shelf.
We sourced the pipes just from our local Bunnings (hardware store in Australia). They’re 150mm in diameter and easily fit 1-2 pairs of my shoes (flats, heels, work shoes) or one shoe each (runners, husband’s shoes). Just pick a size that will fit your shoes. Most hardware stores should be able to cut the pipes into smaller lengths. Unfortunately Bunnings wasn’t very helpful in this regard so the husband used a hacksaw. I’m sure there are better ways to do it, but that’s how we did it. To determine how long the pieces would be, we just measured the longest shoe and made it a few centimetres longer than that.
He washed all the pieces down in our shower and then started stacking them in a formation we were happy with. We used some bookcases as a guide and placed the pieces flush against the wall so that all the pieces would be aligned at the front. They’ll probably be some writing/print on the pipes, so just place these bits where the joins will be to hide them. There are lots of different formations that would work for this rack, but we just decided to go simple.
To glue it all together there’s a special pipe glue/cement that’s sold near the pipes. Just brush it along where you want the join to be and press together. Clothes pegs were used as makeshift clamps and we added some old textbooks on top of each layer as it set to weigh it down. I know, we’re so fancy and high tech. This glue smells pretty bad and I’m pretty sure it’s toxic so make sure you do it in a well ventilated area.
Once the shelf was done, we just put it up against the wall, no need to mount it as it’s very stable (depending on how deep you made it I guess) and there was very little risk of it toppling over. Once the shoes are it, it makes the whole thing pretty heavy and sturdy. The husband was very annoyed when he discovered I had some secret hidden pairs of shoes, so he went out to buy more pipe and added a few extra columns.
There are much better tutorials out there, but I hope this gives you an overview of how we did it, well, how the husband did it I mean. Feel free to leave a comment or ask me any other questions. Thanks for visiting!