Tips And Tricks For Building A DIY Shoe Cabinet

Let’s see together some interesting proposals to make DIY shoe racks, from the simplest models to those with multifunctional features.

Perhaps not everyone knows that the shoe rack is a piece of furniture born in Japan; the common practice of the Japanese to take off their shoes before entering the house, in fact, seems to date back to the prehistoric age. It was during the Heian period, however, that is between 794 and 1192 AD, that the use of the getabako began to spread , as the outdoor shoe rack was called in Japan .



The latter is nothing more than a wooden cabinet with variable dimensions depending on the type of building in which it is located; the cabinet is entirely divided into small quadrangular niches, each of which can accommodate a pair of shoes. Some getabakos are equipped with doors that close the individual niches, while others are completely open; in Japan this furniture is found mainly in the entrances of schools, universities and other public buildings, as their basic rules of hygiene require you not to walk indoors using footwear whose soles have touched the outside. Obviously they are not present everywhere, but they can still be found in many types of commercial activities and are ubiquitous in private homes.

There is no sure news about the period in which the shoe rack began to spread also in the West, most likely due to the controversial nature of this accessory. Due to its intended use, in fact, over time the shoe cabinet tends to retain and emanate in turn the classic smell of used shoes, and for this reason it is not an accessory loved by everyone.


The types on the market


Regardless of the strengths and weaknesses, it is a very useful accessory and as proof of this it is enough to see the wide range of models available on the market, variable both in shape and size and in the material with which they are made. The best model from a qualitative point of view is the classic wooden shoe rack , which is also more expensive than the plastic shoe rack or low-cost shoe rack usually found in supermarkets and household stores.

Of the various types on the market, of course, the most widespread is precisely that of the economic shoe rack ; most of the models available in the lower end of the market, in fact, cost so little that they are far cheaper than any alternative do-it-yourself solution. However, these are equally low quality shoe racks, often made with poor quality or recycled materials; some are even made up of a simple cloth to hang on the walls; the cloth is in turn covered with pockets, each having the right size to hold a pair of shoes.



The price tends to rise as you get closer to the more elaborate models, such as the revolving shoe racks for example, or to the real furniture, such as the wall shoe rack or that wardrobe.


Ideal exercise for the novice hobbyist


The primary reason why you should consider making a DIY shoe cabinet is not so much economic as it is educational. In fact, this type of accessory, in its simplest forms, is an excellent exercise for DIY enthusiasts and novice hobbyists.

The design of a classic two-shelf low shoe cabinet , for example, is easy to achieve even by choosing a challenging material such as solid wood; on the contrary, it offers the opportunity to practice with electric tools, both with cutting ones and with sanders, and to learn how to choose the most suitable sandpaper belts to obtain well-finished surfaces.



If the first results are rough, never mind , the amount of material used for a small shoe rack is not such as to represent a big problem in case of errors, and badly you can use the object at home instead of selling it, or recycle it to make a different type of object.


The most elaborate shoe racks


Every good do-it-yourself project starts from a schematic sketch of the object you intend to make, consequently the most experienced and savvy hobbyists can try their hand at creating more elaborate shoe racks, both from an aesthetic and functional point of view. Also in this case the usable materials are different and range from recycled or salvaged ones, such as pallets or wooden boxes, to solid wood and epoxy resin; the tubular structures do not have a particular appeal, however, as it is possible to buy shoe racks directly at very low prices.

A particularly elaborate but extremely versatile idea is to integrate the shoe cabinet into another piece of furniture, thus doubling its functionality and at the same time hiding it from the sight of any guests; in this case the shoe cabinet can be integrated in a pouf for example, or in the lower part of a sofa.



If, on the other hand, you have a spacious walk-in closet, then you can consider mounting shelves inside it to act as a support for the shoes; this solution is useful not only for those who have spacious walk-in closets, but above all for those who have a lot of shoes.


The electronic shoe rack


The most interesting ideas are those involving mechanics and electronics; yes you read that right, electronics, but let’s go in order. Before we talked about revolving shoe racks, it is a variant of the wall mounted one; this type is derived from commercial displays, but has also become common in the construction of wardrobes and shoe racks. In this case the section of the accessory is cylindrical and the shelves inside it are fixed on a central pin mounted on ball bearings, which allows them to be rotated manually.

The electronic shoe rack, on the other hand, is a cabinet equipped with a retractable internal compartment mounted on one or more electric pistons, which are operated by Arduino electronic boards programmed according to the type of shoe rack and the movement it must perform. You know those futuristic cabinets full of LEDs intended for video game enthusiasts, who use them to store controllers, PC steering wheels and other specific gaming hardware? Well, try to imagine a similar version, complete with colored LEDs, but destined to preserve shoes.

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