How to build a shoe cabinet

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How to build a shoe cabinet
Don't let this happen to your shoe collection. (Getty Creative)

There is no such thing as having too many shoes, especially if you have really good storage possibilities. The advantage to building your own shoe cabinet is obvious: you have complete control over the look and the size of the final unit. In fact, you can create cabinets for every place in the house where people leave shoes, like inside the foyer and the entrance from the garage. Don't forget to leave room for next season's additions.

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Things you need

  • Cabinet-grade plywood
  • Carpenter's square
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Dust mask
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Shelf supports
  • Spring clamps
  • Straight edge
  • Wood glue

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  1. 1

    Measure the space where you'd like to put the rack. Calculate how many shoes will fit in that space, if each regular pair is 20 cm (8 inches) wide, 20 cm (8 inches) high, and 30 cm (12 inches) deep. Remember to account for the width of the wood for the shelves and walls when drawing the final plan.

  2. 2

    Measure out one top and one bottom panel, and three side panels. Mark cutting lines on the boards, all according to the plan that you drew in Step 1. Lay the boards on your work surface and cut them to size with the circular saw, following the pencil lines.

  3. 3

    Take one of the side panels and at 5 cm (2 inches) to the inside from the front and the back, mark two parallel lines to drill holes for the shelf supports. Figure intervals of 19 mm (3/4 of an inch) between holes. Mark exactly the same spots on the other two side panels, or you can clamp two boards together and drill through them at the same time, and use one as a guide for the last panel. Make the holes deep enough to insert the shelf pins.

  4. 4

    Pre-drill holes, 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart, along the edges of the top and bottom panels where the two will connect. Squeeze wood glue onto the same line. Support the top panel so that its edge is flush to the edge of an upright side panel, and hammer the nails into the starter holes to connect the two panels together. Repeat this step with the other side panel, and then finish the box with the bottom panel.

  5. 5

    Measure to the centre of the box as it stands upright, and on the inside of the top and bottom panels, mark a line from the front to the back. Drill starter holes into the tops and the bottom panels at two-inch intervals. Slide the panel into the box so that its edge sits directly below the holes. Nail the centre panel to the frame. Turn the box over, and repeat this step to anchor the other end of the panel.

  6. 6

    Measure the interior of each side to finalise the size of the shelves. Mark the boards accordingly, and cut them apart.

  7. 7

    Arrange the shelves by moving the supports as you like, and then add shoes.

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