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!
Tools and materials
- Circular saw
- Cutting guide for circular saws
- Drill/ Screwdriver
- Pocket hole jig
- Screw clamps and angled clamps
- Set of telescopic slides
- Melamine panel measuring 2000 x 600 x 16mm and 1200 x 600 x 16mm
- Adhesive tape
- MDF panel measuring 2440 x 600 x 16mm
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.
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
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:
- Clamp the jig onto the piece of wood
- Drill a hole using the step drill
- Screw to connect the parts
Meanwhile, to assemble the pieces follow this order:
- Screw the divider to the base
- Next, attach each of the shelves on either side of the divider
- Lastly, screw on the back
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
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.
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.
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.
All that’s left to do is to fill it up with all of your shoes! 🙂