Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Sarah Petite Shoe Storage

06.29.12 By //
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A fabulous way to get your shoes and other small sundry items organized, the Sarah Shoe Storage piece is both stylish and practical! This baby can also be turned upside down and stacked  for even more organizational goodness!

Estimated Cost


Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • 1 scrap of 1×2 at least 25”
  • 2 scraps of 1×4 at least 7-1/2”
  • Quarter sheet of 1/4″ plywood, lauan, or hardboard
  • One sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Edge banding for plywood
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11-3/4” x 39” – Sides
  • 5– ¾” plywood at 11-3/4” x 25” – Shelves, Top & Bottom
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11-3/4” x 33-1/4” – Dividers
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood, lauan, or hardboard at 26-1/2″ x 39″ – Back
  • 1 – 1×2 at 25” – Trim
  • 2 – 1×4 at 7-1/2” – Trim

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

 If using edge banding, apply to the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the sides and shelves. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes at each end of the shelves. Set two of the shelves aside for the cubbies and assemble the remaining two shelves with the sides using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws as shown in the drawing.

Step 2
Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the trim. Cut a decorative curve in the 1×4 pieces and attach to the 1×2 as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the 1×2 into the trim pieces.

Attach the trim under the bottom piece on the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the 1×2 into the bottom.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the piece for the back. Attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 4
Step 4
Step 4

Cut the notches in the remaining shelves as shown. Attach to the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the dividers. Cut the notches as shown. Slide onto the shelves and attach to the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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