Keep your home mud-free with a DIY boot rack

Dirty boots are hung up on the finished DIY boot rack.
Personalised and practical: the completed boot rack

  • Difficulty
    easy
  • Cost
    < 42 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

Do your kids love playing outdoors, come rain or shine? That's great! But unfortunately, their dirty boots can often end up making quite a mess in your hallway. So here's our solution: say goodbye to muddy footprints with our stylish DIY boot rack.

You need
Utilities
  • pencil
  • try square
  • ear protectors
  • g-clamps
  • face mask
  • measuring tape
  • work gloves
  • spirit level
  • safety glasses
Materials
  • Douglas fir: 1,030 x 135 x 18 mm (L x W x H)
  • Wood glue
  • 4 screws
  • Optional: paint
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 9

Print out the template for your boot rack

A template for a boot rack is printed on a white background.
This is what your boot rack looks like on paper

First, download the template below as a PDF and print it out. Gather your tools, any other equipment and the materials that you need to make the DIY boot rack. Take a look at each step to familiarise yourself with the process before you get started.

Tip
SELECTING THE RIGHT WOOD:
Solid wood looks better than wooden planks; otherwise the outlines of the planks will be visible in the finished boot rack.
Step 2 9

Measure out the boards for the boot rack and cut them to size

A woman stands in the garden in front of a trestle table. Wooden boards lie on top of it.
Secure the wood using screw clamps
A pencil and a steel square are used to mark the dimensions on a wooden board.
Mark the dimensions required for your boot rack on the wood using a steel square and a pencil
A piece of a wooden board is cut off using a jigsaw. A hand protected by a work glove holds the board steady.
And now it's time to get cutting. Just remember to wear protective gear!

You need: Jigsaws, try square, measuring tape, pencil, g-clamps, safety glasses, work gloves, wooden boards

First, mark the dimensions on the wood using a steel square, a tape measure and a pencil. The boot rack consists of two sections in total: one board for the wall and one set of boards for the boots. Measure two slats (51 cm x 13.5 cm: W x H) as indicated in the guide. Secure the slats using screw clamps to ensure they don't slip while you're cutting them. Make sure you put on work gloves and safety goggles beforehand. Now cut the wood to size using a jigsaw.

The curved elements give the boot rack an elegant look. You can follow the template or let your imagination run wild.
Will you still have a lot of space on your walls after finishing the DIY boot rack? And are you ready to get stuck into your next DIY project? Then why not try making a crown-shaped children's coat hanger or a personalised photo wall ?

 

Step 3 9

Cut out recesses for your boot rack

A 7-piece hole cutter cuts a hole in a wooden board that has been secured using screw clamps.
Now it's time to use the 7-piece hole cutter
A woman cuts a wooden board to size using a jigsaw.
And you can hang your boots on these recesses later

You need: 7-piece hole cutter set, Jigsaws, Cordless Drill, pencil, try square, safety glasses, work gloves

Cut out four recesses that will hold two pairs of boots when the boot rack is finished. When cutting the first and second holes, use a 7-piece hole cutter and ensure that the centre of the cutter is 10 cm away from the outside edge. Make sure that the centre of the hole cutter is also roughly 9.2 cm away from the inside edge. Measure the distance between the holes to ensure it is the same. This depends on the diameter of the hole cutter you are using. Now draw a straight line from the outside of the holes to the front of the boot rack and cut out the recesses.

Step 4 9

Sand down the boot rack

A woman holds a piece of the boot rack in both hands.
Sanding down the boot rack will enable you to apply an even layer of varnish

You need: Multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, Sanding sponge, safety glasses, face mask

Sand down all the edges and flat surfaces to ensure they’re nice and even when you varnish them. Use an abrasive sponge or sanding paper to do so. Alternatively, you can use a multi-sander. Remember to put on safety goggles before you start sanding.

Step 5 9

Design the top edge

A design is drawn in pencil to mark the outline of the top edge of a wooden board for the boot rack
To ensure your boot rack looks great as well as being practical, you can create a stylish design for the top edge
A hand holds a pencil and draws a top edge accurately
You can get creative when it comes to choosing the material and shape of the top edge

You need: pencil

This step is optional. You can make the top edge of your backboard look more elegant by adding a curved design. We’ve used a small pot to create a curved arch in the middle and have used a piece of bent iron as the basis for the outline of the rest of the top edge. Feel free to be creative and come up with your own design.

Step 6 9

Cut out the top edge

A woman cuts out the top edge of the boot rack using a jigsaw.
Using a jigsaw to cut out the top edge of the boot rack will help you get a clean cut

You need: Jigsaws, Multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, work gloves, safety glasses

If you decide to keep the top edge of the backboard straight, you can skip this step. But be sure to sand down your board anyway. Make sure you wear protective gear while sanding.

Step 7 9

Apply wood glue to the wooden parts of the boot rack

Wood glue is applied to the back of a board for the boot rack.
Now it's time to put the wooden pieces together
Wood glue is carefully applied to the edge of a board for the boot rack.
Make sure that you apply the wood glue all over the back of the boot rack
A woman presses two wooden pieces of a boot rack together.
With a little bit of time and effort, these two separate pieces of wood will become your new boot rack

You need: g-clamps, wood glue

Coat the back of the boot boards with wood glue, following the instructions on the packaging when applying it. Afterwards, push the boot boards firmly into the recess in the backboard and press the two sections firmly together. Secure the boards with screw clamps and leave them to dry.

Step 8 9

Screw together the two wooden pieces

Both wooden pieces of a boot rack are screwed together using a cordless drill/driver.
Safety first: screw together the two wooden pieces to ensure extra stability

You need: Cordless Drill, Wood drill bit: 6 mm, safety glasses, screws, optional: paint

Once the glue is dry, the boards need to be screwed together for extra stability. Insert multiple screws into the boot board through the backboard. After inserting the screws, you can also paint the boot rack if you want to. If it is going to be mounted outside, it will need to be given a coat of varnish.

Step 9 9

Mount the boot rack

A woman stands in front of a garden shed and holds up a completed DIY boot rack with both hands.
Your DIY boot rack is now almost ready. Bring on the next rainy day

You need: spirit level

Your DIY boot rack is now complete. Now you just need to find the perfect spot to mount it. Use a spirit level to ensure it is straight when mounting it. And now you're done! You can hang up your children's boots and shoes to dry after they've been outside on a wet and windy day. And you can also help them keep their hats, coats and scarves off the floor by building them a children's wardrobe. And here's one final tip: if your boots get really dirty, you can clean them thoroughly using the Bosch Fontus before hanging them up on your new boot rack to dry.