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my new shoe rack

I love the j-me shoe rack. I love that it floats off the floor, I love that it doesn’t take up much space when no shoes are present, I love that it was the perfect shoe solution to my very cramped back entryway. So, I nearly cried when I found out it was about 5 inches too long to fit into said very cramped back entryway.

I set out to wander around a very large hardware store and find something that I could use in the same fashion. I had grand ideas about repurposing ductwork pipes or gutters or something meant for plumbing. I predictably didn’t find anything that would work. So I went with Plan B: wood. We basically built shelves, narrower ones above wider ones, to work like this:

Go see all about how we made it, this has also been listed on the to make page.

· comments [22] · 06-12-2007 · categories:the home ·

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lynn in Tucson // Jun 12, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Very cool idea! Almost as cool as those awesome sneakers!

  • 2 janet // Jun 12, 2007 at 9:49 am

    don’t those types of racks mess up the toe of the shoe by denting it in? i had to throw away my boots because the dent in the toe made them unwearable :(

  • 3 megan // Jun 12, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Janet – I can see that happening if you store shoes in this type of rack. This one is for those shoes we throw on and off at the door on a daily basis, I wouldn’t keep good shoes here.

  • 4 gloogunn // Jun 12, 2007 at 10:25 am

    On your To Make page, the link to making bathbombs goes back to your main page.

  • 5 gloogunn // Jun 12, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Ooooh…a lot of the links there (sun jar, hats) default back to the main page.

  • 6 Miss Sassy // Jun 12, 2007 at 10:41 am

    I’m totally digging it. Totally clever and it is great to have instructions!

  • 7 megan // Jun 12, 2007 at 10:53 am

    gloogunn – Really? It’s not happening for me. What browser are you using?

  • 8 anh-minh // Jun 12, 2007 at 11:20 am

    i remember you mentioning the length of the j-me shoe rack being problematic for your space … and i just KNEW you would figure out a way to DIY it! brilliant.

    and, btw, i LOVE the color of your doors!!!!

  • 9 megan // Jun 12, 2007 at 11:37 am

    anh-minh – Thanks!

  • 10 zay // Jun 12, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    i love love love that shoe rack…the color of those green shoes and the green doors also make me swoon. :)

  • 11 Liz // Jun 12, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    LOVE the green shoes! Where did you find them? I would love to find a pair.

  • 12 megan // Jun 12, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Zay – Thank you.

    Liz – The shoes are from Ecco, and they were called Solo Tie. I got them a few years ago, but they only seem to have pink left.

  • 13 juliann // Jun 12, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Has anyone ever told you you’re amazing? and brilliant? this is the best idea ever!

  • 14 nonsie // Jun 12, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    You can also find Eccos on, and they are usually cheaper there as well..

  • 15 megan // Jun 12, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Juliann – Thanks, I was really just copying an idea though!

  • 16 Jennifer // Jun 13, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Megan, it doesn’t matter that you were copying an idea – something didn’t work for you, and you figured out another solution. It seems that you are able to do that a lot, and that is what makes you brilliant!

  • 17 Erika // Jun 13, 2007 at 7:02 am

    I think yours looks much better than the original!

  • 18 Erica // Jun 13, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Oh my god that is AWESOME! It looks fantastic, you guys did a great job.

  • 19 megan // Jun 13, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Jennifer – Well, thank you.

    Erica and Erika – Thanks!

  • 20 Jade // Jun 14, 2007 at 4:45 am

    I’m absolutely in love with this idea. I love it’s simplicity and I actually think I prefer the adaptation to the orginal… I mentioned you in my blog (hope you don’t mind) and linked back. HAVE A GOOD DAY!


  • 21 janet // Jun 14, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    ahhh!!! for shoes that we just kick on or off, not the good stuff that hangs out in our closet! that makes more sense :)

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