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More a Disaster Cupboard than a Shoe Cupboard
IF you have small feet its a good way to tidy shoes away out of sight .
If you have larger feet your shoes won't fit !
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Ok let me start by saying that although I used to have this, I don’t any more. It seemed a very good idea, but it wasn’t for us! I shall explain:
This cupboard is designed with three flip down sections one above the other. Each section has two shelves inside it meaning that (in theory at least), you can put two layers of shoes in there allowing you to fit in up to 18 pairs (so they say). Ours cost us just over £50 but it looks as if the price has gone up now and it’s about £60 now.
When you buy it, it’s in flat pack form and you have to put it together yourself. Now if you know what you’re doing with flat pack that’s fine, but the instructions that came with this were absolutely dire. Badly worded and poor quality images. About the only thing they were really useful for was checking we had all the bits to begin with. We did have problems with the first one we bought, on trying to screw it together the veneer split on one panel because the hole was too close to the edge, but we got that panel replaced with no problems and it went together ok.
In terms of its looks once built it was fine – a particle board construction with a wood veneer over the top. It fitted in well with other items we have in the hallway, and looked reasonably good. We were pleased that we’d now have a way of storing shoes tidily and making the hallways a neater place.
So, it was constructed and we were ready to fill it with shoes. This was where the real problems began. I don’t think my husband or myself have particularly large feet – I’m a ladies size seven, and he’s a gents size nine – but most of his shoes wouldn’t fit without turning them and putting them in sideways which wasn’t the plan at all, and any of mine that had chunky heels or were ankle boots or anything other than a court shoe also had to be put in awkwardly – placing them on the top shelf of each section with the bottom shelf not used for the wide heeled ones, and on the bottom shelf with the top shelf unused above for the ankle boots. This of course meant we couldn’t fit anything like the amount of shoes in here that they seem to think you can.
Accessing the shoes was the next problem we encountered. Hubby went to grab a pair of trainers from the cupboard, and the whole thing fell forwards! All he’d done was to pull open the top door a little enthusiastically and it just tipped forwards. Luckily being quick he grabbed and righted it before it fell completely but then had to re-tidy the shoes in it, and after this had happened a couple of times he decided to screw it to the wall so that it wouldn’t occur again – where we met the next problem...
So take your cupboard and push it back against the wall to screw it in place... Errrrr nope! Because of the design of this, if you have skirting boards then the cupboard won’t sit flush with the wall. What he had to do was to fix a block of wood to the back of the cupboard, and then fix that to the wall instead. This did solve the problem of it trying to fall forwards when the top compartment was opened, but what a faff!
In the end I think we kept this for less than a year, and passed it on to a friend of mine who has smaller feet and is a single mum with kids meaning that her shoes and the kids shoes will fit waaay more easily in there. We now have a shoe shelf rack with a curtained front instead which works far better for us (and cost us a good bit less in fact).
So, would I recommend this – not really no! It’s not too bad if you have no skirting board so can screw it flush to the wall, and have little feet and don’t wear ankle boots or doc martens or trainer boots or anything other than loafers or court shoes, but even then if you’re over a size 7/8 foot don’t even bother with this because you’ll be sorely disappointed.