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DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe

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Just imagine how amazing it would be to have your shoes all organised! Our instructions on how to make your own DIY shoe storage for your wardrobe will show you how to create more space, for cheap!

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe cover

Tools and materials

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe materials

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials to make your DIY shoe storage is around £60. Take a look at our ManoMano shopping basket, where you can see some of the tools and materials involved.

Although this isn’t a very complicated project, it might not be suitable for a first DIY task, as its difficulty rating is medium. You’ll need approximately 7 hours to cut and assemble the various parts, although this time will vary depending on your experience and skill as a DIYer!

How to build your DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe

This shoe storage is made up of one MDF section divided into shelves, within a melamine outer structure. Both parts are connected with telescopic slides screwed into the bottom. This allows the organiser to easily slide out. The steps followed to make this unit were as below

Step 1- Cut the MDF and melamine panels

First, you’ll have to cut the parts that make the shoe organiser. To do so, make sure you use the circular saw to make sure that you get perfectly straight lines. Also, using a saw guide will help with your precision and make sure that each piece is cut perfectly.

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe saw

One of the main advantages of making your own shoe storage is that you can adapt it to fit your own wardrobe. In this case, we had a space that measured 54cm deep and almost 1m wide. Thus, the MDF parts required to make the storage were:

• 1 part measuring 62 × 62cm for the back
• 2 parts measuring 62 × 52cm for the base and central divider
• 6 parts measuring 52 × 30cm for shelves (3 for each side)
For the melamine outer frame you will need:
• 2 parts measuring 67 × 52cm for the top and bottom
• 2 parts measuring 65 × 52cm for the sides
thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe measurements

Step 2- Assemble the interior storage

Next, assemble the MDF interior using the pocket hole jig to conceal the joinery.

To recap, the steps to are:

  1. Clamp the jig onto the piece of wood
  2. Drill a hole using the step drill
  3. Screw to connect the parts

Meanwhile, to assemble the pieces follow this order:

  1. Screw the divider to the base
  2. Next, attach each of the shelves on either side of the divider
  3. Lastly, screw on the back

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe assemble

To support the parts and make the work easier, it’s a good idea to used angled clamps. You should also assemble the shelves in a way that the holes are hidden on the interior

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe wood assemble

Step 3- Assemble the outer frame

Next, you’ll have to assemble the outer frame. To do so, drill holes at the top and bottom of the side parts. Then, screw these to the top and bottom parts to form a cube.

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe drill

Step 4- Attach the telescopic slides

Lastly, attach a set of telescopic slides to the inner and outer parts of the storage unit. This will allow you to slide out the interior section, making storing and choosing your shoes simple.

When you attach the slides, you have to first screw them to the bottom of the MDF storage unit. Then, attach them to the bottom of the melamine structure.

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe sliders

Once you have completed each of these steps, this will be the final result of your DIY shoe storage for your wardrobe. In the picture, you can see the unit both inside and outside of the wardrobe.

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe finished

All that’s left to do is to fill it up with all of your shoes! 🙂

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe finished boxes

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe finished boxes

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

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