Copper Shoe Rack

November 12, 2013

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If you’ve been following along this week on Facebook, you know I’ve been up to something with some copper pipe. Alright, I know you can barely stand it (right?), so… here goes… it’s a copper shoe rack! Was that your guess?

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Please excuse my lack of baseboards for the time being… it’s still a work in progress in the saga that is our front foyer.

HERE’S HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN!

This was actually pretty easy. The most important part of the design, to me, was that it remain a “floating” rack. It makes life so much easier when you can sweep and clean without having to move anything out of the way first. The “organizational/cleaner/nerd” part of me really likes that part. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

I built 2 shelves. The supplies for each shelf include…

SUPPLIES:

• 2 floor flanges (used as my wall mounts)
• 2 copper fittings (not pictured)
• 1 – 90 degree angle adaptor
• 1 “T” adaptor
• 2 – 3′ lengths of copper pipe + 2 copper pcs. sized to the depth of the shelf
Wall anchors, as needed

I was working in a corner,  but this could easily be adjusted to fit between to walls (like inside a closet–just skip the 90 degree part?). Working on a single wall? The addition of a bottom floor support built in with a T adaptor might work just fine (no more floating).

I started with the shoes. How much room did I really need? I took a pair of everyone’s shoes to get the distance from the wall and the distance between the 2 lengths of copper.

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Once I was comfortable where this was heading, I moved on to a dry fit. Nothing is nailed down yet, just laid out on the floor, before making any cuts. There is something about measure twice, cut once, that applies here…

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Next, my friend, the pipe cutter. Get one! It’s so awesome and makes life easy-peasy. Loved it. Accurate, and no nasty surprises.

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

I actually purchased 3′ lengths of copper, which ended up being the perfect length for my shoe rack, so the only pipe I needed to trim down, was for the depth.

You can see here on the left, the 2nd piece of pipe is loaded and ready for cutting, the first cut piece is resting in the “T” adaptor, which is attached to a 3′ length. And, the 2nd 3′ length has the 90 degree adaptor on the end, waiting for the last cut to complete the puzzle.

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Next up, the wall mount, aka the floor flange. I measured the distance up the wall needed, and then marked out all the drill holes with a pencil. Pre-drill your holes and add anchors as needed. My wall studs were playing hard to get, so I needed anchors at each wall mount.

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Once the first wall mount is in place, everything can go together like a puzzle from left to right. Floor flange, copper fitting (holds the pipe to the flange), short pipe, “T” adaptor, short pipe on the depth, and 3′ length on the width, angle adaptor, 3′ length, two more copper fittings, and two more wall mounts (floor flanges). SEE THE FULL LIST OF SUPPLIES, ABOVE!

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

 **HERE’S A TIP!** Don’t hang all of the wall mounts first. Move left to right. Have your anchors measured, levelled and in place. But have the rack fully assembled, slide the wall mounts into place over your anchors and THEN drill into place. No glue, tape or extra fastening.

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Repeat with rack #2. And there you have it. Room for 8-10 pairs of shoes. Up high, tidy, easy to clean underneath. What’s not to love. It’s really fitting in with our modern farmhouse industrial thing we’ve got going on in the foyer.

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

Best of all. It’s not your neighbours shoe rack. It’s fun to have something a little different, ya? I don’t think this will be the last time I troll the plumbing aisles for inspiration!

Update: got my baseboards on, and had to share an updated photo with my new barn board shelf in place!

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating shoe rack with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

The shoe rack is still hanging in there and it’s working out FANTASTIC with our new foyer makeover!

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This might be the coolest shoe rack ever! Build your own floating, copper shoe rack, with copper pipe, and fittings from the plumbing aisle! Found on www.freshcrush.com

23 thoughts on “Copper Shoe Rack

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  6. Jenn(ifer)

    I searched pinterest for a cool floating shoe rack that I could DIY and I definetly found the perfect one. Thank you!
    Could you maybe also post the measurements (distance from the wall and between the supports).
    Thanks so much and greetings from Germany
    Jenn(ifer)

    Reply
    1. freshcrush Post author

      Thanks Jennifer! (Great name btw) ;) … As for the measurements. I fit them to my wall for the best fit. The width is 3 feet. And I actually used our shoes to gauge the distance from the wall. We have a 4-year-old, and I wanted the rack to fit her shoes as well. So I grabbed the largest shoes (my husbands), and the smallest shoes (my daughters), and laid everything out on the floor first to determine the optimum distance from the wall. Hope that helps!! Good luck!

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  14. Erica

    Love this! That copper is oh so pretty! :) I’m doing a closet makeover and am thinking about using pipe for hanging our clothes – do you feel like it would be sturdy enough to hold that kind of weight?

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    1. Fresh Crush Post author

      Oh, that’s a cool idea! Yeah, I think it could handle it, depending on the how long the width of your closet spans… Might need to add a centre support? Thanks Erica!!

      Reply
  15. Karisa | Petite Modern Life

    This is so clever and beautiful! I love anything floating and copper sooo pretty much you have me sold! I wish I had a mud room, but this would work great in a dedicated shoe closet. (much better than throwing my shoes everywhere!) Thanks for linking up to Think & Make Thursday!

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