If you live in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains almost 9 months out of the year, a place to keep your muck boots is a necessity…not a want, but a true necessity! And since we do not have a mud room in our small home constructing a DIY boot rack, which hangs outside our backdoor, was the best choice for us. The bonus? Utilizing a boot rack helps to keep the rain and snow from entering our boots, making for happy feet during the rainy, or snowy, winter months!
My farm guy is a carpenter by trade, and it has become his habit to collect lumber and wood scraps from his job sites; this habit of his has saved us quite a bit of money over the last few years and we are truly thankful for it.
The cost for one to construct this DIY boot rack, if you needed to purchase the materials, would be roughly between $20 to $30 depending on the type of wood you select (cedar, pressure treated, or untreated). Luckily for us we only needed to purchase the wood dowels keeping our cost under $12, we had all the other material on hand.
- 1x 2X8 Wood Board
- 6 – 1 inch Hardwood Dowels
- 6 – 1 1/2 inch Wood Screws
- 1 inch Paddle Bit
- Electric Drill
- Rubber Mallet
Cut the 2×8 board (we used cedar) into a 28 inch length; each board will fit 3 pair of boots. The dowels will be cut into 12 inch long pieces; this length will hold the average rain or snow boot.
Mark the holes for the dowels at 4 inches on center. Drill holes using a 1 inch paddle bit, at a 45 degree angel, to fit the 1 inch dowels.
Using a rubber mallet tap the dowels into place. From the backside secure the dowels using 1 1/2 inch wood screws.
That’s it, your done! You now have an organized method for keeping your muck boots dry and off of the ground. Feel free to seal it, stain it, or paint it….whatever fits your fancy!