Did you know that the average British woman now owns a whopping 21 pairs of shoes? And she doesn’t even wear 9 pairs of them! That can only mean one thing – we need storage, and we need it fast. However, there’s one very big issue with store-bought shoe racks – one size most definitely does not fit all. Whether it’s a giant pair of size 14 trainers that hang over the edge, or a tall pair of wellies that need to be squeezed in, it’s difficult to find a shoe rack that’s the perfect fit for your footwear collection.
So what’s the solution?
How about making your own? Believe it or not, you don’t need to be a woodworking wizard in order to create a spacious, stylish shoe rack that not only holds all your shoes, but also perfectly fits into its designated space. When custom-designing your shoe rack, you can be as adventurous as you like – perhaps add a soft cushion to the top of the shoe rack so that it doubles as a bench and makes putting your shoes on simpler, or adding wheels to the bottom for easy movement?
Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to build a shoe rack:
- Decide where your shoe rack will go, and measure the area so that you have complete peace of mind that the shoe rack will fit into the space. Remember – measure twice, cut once!
- Now measure your shoes – lengthways, widthways, and by height. The idea is to create a personalised storage solution that will hold all your shoes, regardless of their shape or size.
- Plan put your design on paper and, using your ‘blueprints’ and measurements, cut enough pieces of plywood and dowling to create the shape and size of shoe rack that you want.
- Sand the wood to fix any uneven areas and remove sharp pieces, and apply a stain or varnish if desired. Allow to dry and use screws to fix the pieces together into your chosen design.
- And now for some finishing touches – a few screw caps to tidy things up, for example. You may wish to glue on a piece of absorbent matting, too, to soak up water from wet, muddy boots.
The beauty of custom designing a shoe rack is that you can meet your storage and design requirements completely. If you find that you’ve got quite the knack for woodworking, why not add a few drawers to the shoe rack for keeping spare laces or shoe polish in? Or adding a door to the shoe rack to transform it into a stylish, attractive cabinet? There’s really no limit as to what you can do. Think outside the box!