Clever Shoe Storage Bench Idea to Tidy Up Your Space

Do your shoes tend to clutter up your home and create an eyesore? Are you dreaming of a walk-in closet but have limited space? Don’t fret! Discover smart ways to take care of your shoes and how to make your small space work.

No more hunting for the right pair of shoes in a messy pile! Let’s start with a simple and beginner-friendly project—a generous shoe storage bench with sitting space to restore order.

Store all your fancy footwear on this shoe storage bench for easy access and stress-free organization. Let’s discuss this shoe storage idea to keep your shoes organized and add a tad of style to your décor.

Shoe Storage Bench

You will need three to four large premade crates for this build. Design the shoe bench to fit inside your back door mudroom area. Moreover, you can adjust your build plans for a shorter bench. Perhaps the available space fits just two or three crates—and that will still work perfectly.

We recommend large crates 18 inches long by 12 ½ inches wide and 9 ½ deep to enjoy tons of storage space for your wide variety of shoes and boots. For a personalized style, paint these shoe crates using Benjamin Moore’s old navy. The contrast of natural wood crates blends in with the paint to create an exquisite finish.

Here’s a step-by-step guide, including supplies and cut lists. Be sure to follow appropriate safety measures when using power tools.


  • 3 to 4 large crates and pallet wood crates
  • 5 – 2*2*8 boards
  • 1 sheet – ¾ inch birch plywood
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • 2 ½ inch and 1 ¼ inch pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue

Cut List

  • One 3/4-inch plywood @ 18 ¾ inch by 61 inches [top]
  • One 3/4-inch plywood @ 15 inch by 56 ½ inches [base shelf]
  • Four 2*2 @ 56 ½ inch [front and back supports]
  • Four 2*2 @ 15-inch [side supports]
  • Four 2*2 @ 12 inch [center supports]
  • Four 2*2 @ 17 inch [legs]

Shoe Storage Bench Building Steps

Step #1: Fasten the supports to the legs using wood glue (for an extra strong bond) and 2 ½ inch pocket hole screws.

Step #2: Fasten center supports to long supports (by means of wood glue and 2 ½ inch pocket hole screws). Ensure all pocket holes face the same direction (towards the back).

Step #3: Build the base shelf by fastening supports to the shelf—be sure to keep the plywood level on the underside. Prepare for the next step by predrilling the supports with pocket screws for fastening to the legs before bonding support to the base legs. Here, use wood glue and 2 ½ inch pocket hole screws.

Step #4: Bond the base shelf part to the legs with the aid of predrilled pocket holes. To make your life easier, use wood glue alongside two 1’2-inch pocket hole screws.

Step #5: Fasten the top to frame. Apply wood glue and predrilled countersink holes to fasten the top with 2-inch wood screws from the underside. Make sure the top is level with the back and ¾ inch overhang on the face and both sides.

As a final step, sand your shoe storage bench to the desired finish. Attach a few felt pads on the base of each crate to aid the crates slide with ease and preserve the finish on your bespoke shoe storage bench.

Pro Tips to Keep Shoes in Pristine Condition

Footwear is a key part of your wardrobe. Shoes and boots are also among your hardest-working accessories. After identifying the perfect set of shoes, it’s important to keep them in mint condition.

  • Use a soft brush or damp cloth to wipe any dirt or stains
  • To shield the shoes from moisture, apply waterproofing or protective spray—this helps keep them looking fresh.
  • Put shoes and boots on wooden shoe horns
  • Stuff the shoes with acid-free tissue
  • For an added level of protection, place silica packets in lightweight shoes during storage
  • Wear the right-sized shoes

Final Words

Whether you’ve got a vast array of trendy shoes and boots or just a few solid, go-to pairs, this guide to crafting a shoe storage bench helps steer you on the right path. That’s right, express yourself fully through your wardrobe. With creativity and a tad of determination, anyone can craft custom-built shoe storage pieces that point to your fashion and style. So don’t be averse to trying something new!