There are two types of shoe racks in the world; those that aim to turn your footwear into an art gallery, and those that try to hide them away unassumingly. Then, somewhere in the middle, there's this DIY rack. Designed for the entryway, it works perfectly to pick your everyday pairs off the floor and still show them off a bit, too.
And the "do it yourself" part of the whole thing couldn't be easier. Designer, blogger and TV personality Emily Henderson shows off on her epyonomous blog how she made this simple rectangular rack from four small pieces of wood. If you've ever put together something from IKEA, you can handle this project.
The result is a simple mount that keeps shoes off the floor in a tight entryway (and off the wall—no scuffs!) for around $25. I think slipping my flats in this rack at the end of the day would be just as easy as leaving them in a growing pile (which, admittedly, is my usual M.O.).
More info and images: Emily Henderson