Create a Nifty Shoe Nook Organizer From a Single Crate ’n Dowels
Posted By
Skaie Knox
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • wooden crate
  • 3’ x ½” diameter wooden dowel
  • wood glue
  • electric drill
  • tape measure
  • level
  • hand saw or miter saw
  • P120 sandpaper
  • rubber mallet

Project Steps


I just had to do it. Yep. I’d just had it with wasting time sorting through mismatched shoes cluttering the floor of my teeny-tiny 1948 beach bungalow closet. It was time to organize!

But, with such miniscule square footage for storage, I had to think of a way to create maximum space where there seemed to be none.

Enter: a wooden crate!

Yes, a crate would do, but, how could I push it further?

A dowel!


Yep. With the installation of two simple dowels inside a wooden crate, I was able to DOUBLE my shoe storage surface area, (up to nine pairs, including the top of the crate) utilizing a space 18” wide by 10” deep. In the end, I was able to create this nifty crate nook using two crates which now holds up to 15 pairs of shoes!


The DIY idea takeaway? Innovate - rethink the function of everyday items to use them in new and effective ways.

First things first. Before I started, I cleared out my entire closet, then cleaned the floors with my handy HomeRight SteamMachine C900053.M - a fabulous, chemical-free deep cleaner.

Here now is the super simple how-to so you too can create a crate shoe organizer.

Step 1

After lightly sanding all the surfaces of your crate, measure the height of your tallest boot (or ankle boot). This is where you will mark the hole for your dowel. Measure 4” deeper into the crate for your second pair of dowel holes.

Step 2

Drill your dowel holes. Using a ½” drill bit, simply drill your FIRST holes on one side of your crate.                                            

Step 3


Using your level, mark and drill your second dowel holes on the opposite side of your crate. Note: you can measure the first holes’ position and use those same measurements for the opposite holes, but I found this was way faster and easier.

Step 4

Sand the dowel hole.                                                                                                                                                                

Step 5


Push your 3’ dowel through both holes, then mark the cutline. Note: I created two crates, so I decided to mark my two dowels at the same time.

Step 6

Cut your dowel.                                                                                                                                                                        

Step 7


Using your rubber mallet, insert your dowel, pushing it all the way through. Add wood glue to the holes then re-insert your dowel into position.

Step 8

 For even more storage, stack two crates. Here, I used the first crate’s dowel holes as a template for the second one. Easy-peasy!

Step 9

Paint, stain, decoupage, and/or add whatever decorations you’d like to finish.                                                                               

Step 10

Finished crate shoe nook organizer!                                                                                                                                  

Step 11

Shoe nook organizer keeps your kicks off the floor and happily paired!                                                                                                                                          

Step 12

The top shelf of shoe organizers! You can use its top shelf for three more pairs or a place to "shoe off" nick nacks!                                                                                                           

This fun and super simple how to will add valuable shoe storage to your closet utilizing a crate, a couple dowels and a space only 18” wide by 10” deep. Uising one crate or two, you'll discover how easy it is to create a nifty crate shoe nook that will hold from 9 to 15 pairs of your favorite kicks!

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