A narrow tilt out shoe storage unit that looks like a console table, acts like an entire shoe closet! Special thanks to Niki for sharing her photo.
- 4 – 1×8, 8 foot length
- 2 – 1×6, 8 foot length
- scrap 2x2s for the feet
- 3 – 1×2, 8 foot length
- 4 – 3/8″ wood dowel pins, 1 1/2″ long or two sets of traditional hinges
- 2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 1 1/4″ self tapping screws
- 2″ brad nails
- wood glue
- 4 magnetic cabinet clasps
- knobs or pulls
- A used fabric belt or strap
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 1x8s @ 47″ Door Faces (measurements differ from diagrams to conserve boards)
- 1 – 1×8 @ 47 1/4″ Middle Shelf (measurements differ from diagram to conserve boards)
- 2 – 1x8s @ 48 3/4″ (Top and Bottom (measurements differ from diagram to conserve boards)
- 2 – 1x8s @ APPROXIMATELY 31″ (See step 2) Sides
- 2 – 1×6 @ 47″ (Bin Bottom) (measurement differs from diagram to conserve boards)
- 6 – 1×6 @ 14″ (Approximate)
- 4 – 1×2 @ 47″ (Bin Backs)
- 1 – 1×2 @ 47 1/4″ (Cleat)
- 2 - 2×2 @ Your Base Board + 1″ (Legs)
- 1 – 1×2 @ 44 3/4″ (Front Apron)
- 2 – 1×2 @ 5″ (Side Aprons)
I have marked this one Advanced not because it is difficult to build, but because it could be easy to mess up. Please don’t tackle this as a first project.
Cut your door faces. If you have a Kreg Jig™, attach door faces to make two doors. If not, that’s okay, I got you covered in the next step. Measure the overall height of the doors and take note of this. 1x8s differ from mill to mill, so be aware and build according to your board widths.
Start by attaching the 1×6 to the bottom of the doors as shown above with 2″ screws or pocket hole screws. Use glue. Then cut your bin dividers according to the height of your doors and round corners off. Attach in place. If you did not build your door faces in step 1, you can use finish nails and glue to attach the door faces to the dividers. You can use more dividers to add more support for the door faces (and more division of your shoe storage).
Now this is the tricky part. Not so much trick to do but trick for me to explain. Clamp the bins centered in their box, with a 1/8″ gap around all sides. If you don’t have clamps, 1 1/4″ screws could do the trick from the inside of the bins. Drill a 3/8″ hole at the bottommost front corner of your bins, careful to make sure the hole drills into the bins and does not miss the bins. The hole needs to be the depth of your wood dowels. Insert the dowels and test the bins out. Alternatively, you can use traditional hinges.
The Used Belt
Have someone give you a hand, because this one is tricky to handle here. There’s only two front legs and the bins keep flopping open . . . I know Tilt the bin out to the desired max opening. Cut a piece of the belt to and screw it to the bin and the shelf below the bin. Make two straps per bin.
Keep the bins shut using the magnetic clasps. I used them on the sides for a nice tight fit. Screw the cleat to a stud in the wall behind the shoe dresser to keep it in place and to keep it from falling forward when the bins open.