Create a Nifty Shoe Nook Organizer From a Single Crate ’n Dowels

How-To Repurpose / Refurbish

Nifty Crate Shoe Nook Organizer Feature photo

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!


Two dowels inside a crate is all it takes to double its storage space!

Two dowels inside a crate is all it takes to double its storage space!

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.


• wooden crate

Crates and Pallet 18 in. x 12.5 in. x 9.5 in. Large Wood Crate, Unfinished Wood



• 3’ x ½” diameter wooden dowel

• P120 sandpaper

• rubber mallet

Stanley 18 oz. Rubber Mallet



• level

Empire Level 24″ True Blue Magnetic Box Level


• wood glue

• tape measure

DEWALT 25 ft. XP Premium Tape Measure






• drill


Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit




• hand saw, table saw or miter saw

Stanley 26 in. Short-Cut Hand Saw




Rockwell Blade Runner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw






Ryobi 12″ 15 Amp Sliding Miter Saw with Laser




For full how-to instructions visit my expert page on HomeRight.

Top shelf of shoe organizers AND a space for decor or more shoes

Top shelf of shoe organizers AND a space for decor or more shoes.

All photography by Skaie Knox/HomeJelly

This post was sponsored byHomeRight-LogoI’ve teamed up with HomeRight and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors. I also received a HomeRight product sample to use in this post – my personal opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).