DIY Boot Dryer

| January 21, 2017 | 7 Comments

I have to admit I’ve pondered this project for at least two years (not full time – don’t worry) and had a few false starts.  I’ve been thinking of a cheap, durable, compact boot dryer which could handle at least four sets of boots and had an easily replaceable heater unit, as that’s the part which most often dies. I also wanted something that could be easily disassembled and put away in the summer, as our shop space is at a premium and I didn’t want a bulky seasonal item hogging precious floor/storage space.

This is basically a wooden box with PVC risers which is powered/heated by a cheap-o hair dryer.  All told, I think the cost was about $30, not counting an existing shop full of tools and shed full of scrap lumber.  It involved a length of 2″ PVC pipe, a 1″ x 6″ x 8′ length of pine and a hair dryer from WalMart.  I chose a Revlon dryer as it has two fan settings and two heat settings. For longer drying, I set it at medium/medium, but if needed, it can be cranked up to high/high for a quick dry or to warm boots up in the morning.

For summer storage (it seldom rains in Utah during the summer), I unscrew the bottom plate, pull out the PVC risers and place them, plus the hair dryer inside, then screw it all back together with 4 screws.  I thought about getting fancier with hinges and clasps, but a screw gun is pretty hard to beat.


Disassembled for the summer.


Screwing the bottom down for the summer.  Done.

The plans can be easily scaled up/down for the number of boots you want to dry.  For faster drying, or for more boots, a second hair dryer could be added on the other end.


It goes without saying, this is not UL Listed, but I’ve let mine run for hours with no problem.  If you leave it on high/high for a long time, the PVC risers will warp, but so be it.

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber and Mountain Unicycle rider. He and Polly Samuels McLean are the parents of two very loud little girls.

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  1. JoshG says:

    This is great. I too have been pondering something like this for ages. For increased safety I’ve always thought I’d go without heat and have a timer. Love the simplicity of this.

  2. Mitch R. says:

    Thank you for the very good idea, like always.

    I suggest that you modify and/or add smaller tubes for your gloves. On the TV show Tiny House Nation, Zack, the master builder, crafted a compact wall mounted version for a skier’s tiny house in SLC.

    Zack had the dryer in a box at the bottom feeding a large pvc conduit that went horizontal to the right, vertical up, back horizontal to the left, vertical up, and back horizontal to the right.

    On top of each horizontal conduit, Zack spaced smaller pvc pipes extending vertical that accept the ski boots and gloves.

    BTW: Really loving your rescue sled!

  3. test says:

    be careful with the heat. it can mess with your liners if it’s over 100 degrees or so.

  4. David B Hubbell says:

    hmm, how about cut a rectangular hole in the bottom on one side and place it over a floor heater vent in your house? thanks for the spark

  5. Hi David – My very first design was two upright pieces of PVC which could be placed over a floor vent. You can also do the same thing with this design by just removing the bottom plate and sticking the whole thing over the vents. I don’t think you even need to cut a rectangular hole in the bottom.

  6. Dave H says:

    Right, I have a herd of three little troopers so the boot and mitten count gets up there, thanks

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