Building a shoe storage cabinet is the perfect solution to stop your family from leaving their trainers, heels, and hiking boots all over the hallway, and it will also mean they never lose their shoes ever again. There are many cabinets to choose from in a range of different shapes and sizes suitable for all areas. But, because there are so many unique styles, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to building a shoe cabinet. This means even if you’ve built one, you might still have some problems building another.
If this sounds at all familiar, you need a few useful tips to assemble a shoe storage cabinet to make the whole process stress-free and simple. With these, you can enjoy a neat, tidy hallway in no time at all.
Give yourself enough room
Building a shoe cabinet can be messier than you think it is, and depending on how big the cabinet is, you need to give yourself enough space to build it without any problems. However, this can be a little tricky. You may want to save yourself time by building the cabinet where you will keep it, but hall entrance ways are not the most spacious places. Because of this, you’ll need to measure the dimensions of your shoe cabinet before you get started so you know you’ll have enough room to build without feeling cramped or even damaging any existing furniture.
Know where the cabinet will go
Knowing where you will put the cabinet is another important element to consider, and it will make assembling the cabinet much more straightforward. If you know where it will go, you can plan the house around it. This means you can remove anything that might get in the way, such as a coat rack or indoor bench, giving you enough space for the cabinet without making the hallway too cluttered. Ideally, you want the cabinet to be at the entrance to your home, but if you don’t have enough space, the next room over is a useful alternative, and it might even give you more space.
Read the instructions in full
Look, we know how it is. You trust yourself to build a shoe storage cabinet. How hard can it be, after all? But, too many people have thought exactly this before and been burned by making a mistake that would be easily avoidable if you’d just read the instructions in full, to begin with.
Reading the instructions from front to back is always beneficial regardless of how simple it might seem. You will know how everything goes together, and you’ll be able to anticipate potential problems. Furthermore, you can even save yourself time by knowing exactly what you will need to build it, so you don’t need to run off to the shops to get a hammer because you’re not entirely sure where yours is.
Plan where the shoes will go
Assembling your shoe cabinet will be much easier if you already know which shoes will go where once you have finished putting it together. If your household is one with more shoes than you can keep track of, this might be a little overwhelming. But there are ways around this. Speak to your family and give each person a designated level for their shoes, with yours at the top and your kids’ at the bottom. This will allow you and them to visualise the cabinet better, which can aid in assembling it successfully and preventing you from realising you should have bought a larger cabinet to fit everything in.
Ask for help if you need it
Pride is one of the most significant things that will impact how successful your shoe storage cabinet is. You might think that you can do it all by yourself, but this might not be the case, especially if you’re not the handiest person in the world.
What’s more, some cabinets might require four hands rather than two if they are on the larger side. With this, you will have no choice but to bring in reinforcements. Failing to ask for help means you risk damaging the cabinet before you have finished building it, which at best will make it look like your kids built it, and at worst, will be a significant waste of money. So, if the cabinet is too big for one person, swallow your pride and ask for help. It will make everything much easier.
A shoe cabinet could be the final piece of the puzzle you need to make your home neat and tidy. No matter which model you choose, make sure you take your time without diving straight in to prevent any problems and ask for help if you need it!