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Make Your Own Boot Rack

Make Your Own Boot Rack

So you want to hang up your boots?

Here’s how to keep them high and dry.

You will need


Clear up that gumboot clutter with this DIY boot rack

Ryan Redman and Gary Stockil-Smith boot up for some serious gardening and stomping.

I used SA pine for this project, which is the most widely available timber. I bought 3 x 3.6m x 100mm x 20mm planks, and cut all the pieces out of that, with some left over.

Cutting list

  • 4 x 750mm x 70mm x 20mm (shelf slats)
  • 4 x 710mm x 70mm x 20mm (back slats)
  • 2 x 350mm x 100mm x 20mm
  • 2 x 250mm x 100mm x 20mm
  • 2 x 150mm x 100mm x 20mm
  • 9 x 300mm x 25mm broom or rake handles/dowels
  • (or 2 x 1.5m x 25mm handles cut into 300mm pieces)

Additional items

  • Wood glue
  • Paint – I used Rust-oleum Chalked spray paint in Coastal Blue
  • Wood primer
  • 35 x 40mm x 4.5mm cut screws
  • 6 x 35mm x 4mm cut screws
  • 3 x 80mm x 50mm nail-in wall anchors


Jigsaw, hammer, cordless drill and screwdriver bit, 25mm drill speedbit, tape measure, ruler, pencil, sander, sash/bar clamps, 3mm drill bit, 220-grit sandpaper, paintbrush

Cost R500

Difficulty 2 out of 5

Time An afternoon, excluding painting

Assistant Not necessary


Step 1 Cut all the timber to length, according to the cutting list above.

Step 2 Sand all components smooth. It’s easier to do this now than after assembly. Take this step seriously because it determines how good the final product will look.

Step 3 Join one 350mm x 100mm x 20mm plank, one 250mm x 100mm x 20mm plank and one 150mm x 100mm x 20mm plank together along their long edges, using wood glue and clamps. Repeat with the remaining three planks. (Alternatively, buy a piece of pine shelving 300mm x 700mm).

Step 3 of the DIY boot rack

Step 3

Step 4 Draw a line from the top outside edge of the 350mm plank to the bottom outside edge of the150mm plank. Cut along this line with a jigsaw to form a 350mm x 300mm x 470mm triangle.

Step 5 Join two 710mm x 70mm x 20mm planks together, so that they are now 40mm thick. Repeat with the other two. I used glue and a few cut 35mm cut screws to do this. On one of the 710mm x 70mm x 40mm planks, draw a line down the middle of the 70mm face. Mark a point 35mm from one end, then make marks every 81mm.

Step 5 of the DIY boot rack

Step 5

Step 6 Drill 25mm holes on each of the nine marks, about 35mm deep (or until the tip of the 25mm speedbit just pops through the plank).

Step 6 of the DIY boot rack

Step 6

Step 7 Slot a 300mm length of 25mm dowel into each hole. Getting the dowels in and straight is the hardest part of the DIY to get right. I didn’t quite manage. Screw a cut screw into each dowel from the back.

Step 8 Screw the plank with the dowels to the two triangles, about 100mm from the sharp point of the triangle, flush with the 350mm edge. Drill pilot holes before screwing, to prevent timber from cracking.

Step 8 of the DIY boot rack

Step 8

Step 9 Screw the other 710mm x 70mm x 40mm plank to one of the triangles, flush with the 350mm edge and 300mm edge. Screw the plank to the other triangle in the same way.

Step 9 of the DIY boot rack

Step 9

Step 10 Screw the four 750mm x 70mm x 20mm planks to the 300mm edges of the triangles, with a 10mm gap between them. Use a spacer to make it easier.

Step 10 of the DIY boot rack

Step 10

Step 11 Paint the assembly with primer (above), wait until dry, and then paint in the colour of your choice (below).

Step 12 Hang the rack from a wall using nail-in anchors.

Step 12 of the DIY boot rack

Step 12

Now all that’s left to do is to hang your wellies.

This DIY boot rack also makes for a handy shelf

Looking for another DIY project? Try this DIY Critter-proof Veggie Garden.

Words Stephen Smith

Pictures Redman Media

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