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Published on March 3rd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Simple wall shoe rack using Babord

Jenise’s first hack involves 50 lbs of shoes. Here’s what she did.

“When I moved across the country, I had 50 lbs of shoes freighted to me on Amtrack, and that was half of my collection. Since then, I have scaled back considerably.  Regardless, when I moved into my apartment that had the least spacious walk in closet (complete with orange shag covered A/C ductwork going through it), I was definitely in need of some serious shoe racks.

Being a rental, I didn’t want to spend a ton.  I was having a hard time staying under $100 with the typical bracket and shelf units sold at home stores.  Having no saw or skills in that arena, my husband and I needed pre-cut shelves too.  We found our cheap fix with the Ikea Babord, which is actually a freestanding two shelf wood shoe rack.  If I remember correctly, the Babord was ridiculously cheap at $5.

So we bought
(1) 3 Babord units, which tallied to 6 slatted shelves,
(2) the last 2 Ekby Tryggve solid wood shelves in the store (for my heels without boxes), and
(3) 12 50-cent brackets (unknown model) from Ikea.

The two wall brackets were from our local Ace hardware, which were cheaper and better quality than the Antonius units from Ikea. 

My husband rigged two of the Babord units to have only single shelves so I could fit my boots and large show boxes underneath.  The rest of the Babord shelves were attached to the brackets using plastic security ties. The 2 Ekby Tryggve solid shelves were screwed to the brackets like normal.  All in all, the total cost for my 8 shelf wooden shoe rack unit was around $30.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

7 Responses to Simple wall shoe rack using Babord

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Couldn’t find the brackets info on Ikea site. Could you please help?

  2. Jules says:

    Yup, that’s spam. Takes so much of my time just to weed them out. Spam grew a little out of control when I was down in NZ for a hol and didn’t have Internet access. Sorry folks. Spam patrol is back on.

  3. Ryan says:

    Nice job on this project. I like it.

  4. m.winter says:

    You are taking offense to a bot offering cheap shoes? How does a bot even blast someone? O_O

    …And I love your rack! :)

  5. luckylass says:

    m.winter: yeah I guess I am too sensitive apparently. I didn’t even know what a bot was. No wonder I couldn’t really understand the comment. Too funny. Oh and thanks for the compliments!

  6. luckylass says:

    puma speed: thanks for blasting my shoe collection. Yes, I have some cheap shoes (Mossimo, Puma, Keds, etc), but I also have a crapload of amazing vintage Gucci’s, Neiman Marcus, and other high end shoes. Yeah, those are hidden in some off brand boxes. I am a high-low kinda girl. Did you really expect someone that did a $30 shoe rack hack to not have some cheap shoes????

    Tabulous: thanks – my cat is in practically every picture I take. She is quite the ham!

    To all: I love this site and am honored that my very first humble hack was posted. I can’t wait to contribute more (one is in progress), especially as I get amazing ideas from all of you! Thanks.

  7. Tabulous says:

    Umm, spam much?

    I just wanted to say I loved the cat in that first picture. It was unexpected and it cracked me up. Great hack.

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