I feel like shoes are the inanimate version of rabbits. It’s like they mate overnight, and I open the garage door in the morning and 2 new pairs have arrived overnight. With three kids + 2 parents (one of whom definitely has some form of diagnosable addiction to shoes, but I won’t name names), that adds up to a whole lotta laces and leather.
So in our quest to somehow have some order and organization in our garage, we created this easy DIY shoe cubby. If you’re needing some inexpensive shoe storage that you can put together in an hour or two….no wood, glue, paint/stain, nails required….this is the project for you!
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supplies needed for DIY shoe cubby:
how to build DIY shoe cubby:
1.) Determine configuration of your DIY shoe cubby.
Determine a general plan for your cubby based on the space you have to allocate. We had a 24″ section of wall in our garage right by the door into our house. Because the concrete form tubes (also called Sonotubes or Sakrete tubes) have an 8″ diameter, we could fit 3 tubes side by side in our layout.
We decided to make (6) vertical rows of the tubes, but that was fairly arbitrary based on the amount of material we purchased.
2.) Cut concrete tubes to length.
We decided to cut the tubes to 12″ each in length because that dimension would accommodate the longest shoes in our family. If you’re planning to only store children’s shoes, however, you could likely get away with cutting small lengths.
You can cut these concrete form tubes all sorts of ways. We tried it with three different saws: a hacksaw, jigsaw and chop saw. Use whatever tool you have on hand/feel safest using (to us, the chop saw and jigsaw performed the best, but don’t use either if you’re not comfortable/confident using those tools).
3.) Sand any rough edges.
After cutting your concrete form tubes to length, the ends may be a bit ragged looking. Quickly running a sanding sponge around the ends will help remove the frayed edges. I prefer the sanding sponge to a sanding block for this step because the sponge is flexible and can easily conform to the shape of the tube.
4.) Lay out configuration on the floor.
We will be using the floor as a flat surface on which to assemble our shoe cubby. The side of the concrete form tubes sitting on the ground will be the front of the cubbies.
Lay out the configuration of your shoe cubby as desired, making sure all the sections seem to fit together well. We found that the Sakrete tube was not uniform in diameter. Because of the size variation, we moved sections around to make sure that everything seemed to fit together nicely before proceeding.
5.) Drill (2) holes for a nylon cable tie through two adjacent tubes.
We used a right angle drill in order to drill through two pieces of the sonotube at once from the interior. If you don’t have a right angle drill, you can do the same with a regular drill, but you’ll have to move adjacent sections of tube out of the way while you drill from the outside to the inside of the concrete form tubes.
You’ll need to drill two holes per tube in which to weave a nylon cable tie through.
6.) Connect two tubes with a nylon cable tie.
With the holes drilled in two adjacent tubes, all that’s left to do is to connect the concrete form tube sections with nylon cable ties.
Place the cable tie through the holes in the adjacent tubes and cinch it closed, as tightly as possible. You may need the help of some pliers.
7.) Continue drilling holes and connecting concrete tube forms with cable ties.
As you move through this process, you’ll want to not only connect the tubes that sit side by side, but also connect one vertical row to another intermittently. This will ensure that the unit will stay connected as a whole.
8.) Snip off excess nylon.
Once all the cable ties have been cinched closed, you can snip the extra length with scissors or snips.
9.) Anchor the unit to a wall.
Since the unit is made of cardboard, it can use a little help to stay upright. We anchored ours to the wall with a simple hook in the wall (made sure to hit a stud…if a stud isn’t available, you’ll want to use a drywall anchor) and a zip tie. We drilled a hole in the top of the center tube on the upper row and placed a zip tie through it, closed it in a loop and hooked it onto the wall hook.
That’s it! Hope that this easy DIY shoe cubby brings a little calm to the shoe clutter at your house, too! Let us know how it works out for you.
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