Free, simple, easy, DIY, step by step plans to build the ultimate shoe storage cabinet. Inspired by Ballard Design's Sarah Storage Tower, you can think beyond the boots and shoes and handbags - this beautiful storage cabinet would work anywhere from the Nursery to the office, the entryway to the dining room.
6 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long
1 - sheet 1/4" plywood
8 - 1x12 @ 25 1/2" (Shelves)
2 - 1x12 @ 84 1/2" (Sides)
12 - 1x12 @ 8" (Small Dividers)
2 - 1x12 @ 25" (Large Dividers)
1 - 1x6 @ 25 1/2" (Footer)
3 - 1x12 @ 8" (Optional Shelves, Boot Cubbies - see last step)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 27" x 84 1/2" (Back)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
The trickiest part about building this shoe storage cabinet is going to be getting the joints done when there is limited clearance. You will need a Kreg Jig to join some of your shelves. Start by drilling pocket holes as shown in diagrams along the top edge of your dividers. Then attach two short dividers to the top shelf as shown above.
Now you won't be able to get a regular drill in there to do pocket holes along the bottom edge of the dividers. Apply glue, mark joints, and attach with either 2" finish nails or screws from the underside as shown above.
Now you can add another row of dividers, this time you will have to use the pocket holes. A word to the wise, don't eyeball the location of your dividers - measure and mark 8" from the outsides and place, if you eyeball, over the course of several rows of shelves, you might just start to notice you are getting "off".
Continue alternating adding dividers and shelves until you are out of the short dividers.
And finally the bottom.
Measure and mark your sides as shown above, marking the location of each shelf. Measurements shown are to the tops fo the shelves. Line sides up with shelves and attach, using 2" finish nails and glue.
Attach footer as shown above, with 2" finish nails and wood glue. Use the measurements above to help you draw a pattern. Cut pattern out carefully with a jigsaw.
Adjust cabinet for square and attach back with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.
These shelves as done by Ballard Designs on their Sarah Storage Tower are adjustable. Use shelf pins to place shelves.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.