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Published on July 15th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Shoe rack in a box

Materials: Ingolf box, ruler, pen, tape, box cutter

Description: 1. Gather up your equipment
2. Open the box and remove the spacers. You’ll need these later
3. Cut off the two front flaps on the box. Use the fold lines as guides.
5. Now you’ll have an open ended box
6. Take your ruler and measure the width of the box. Using the pen mark the half way point.

7. Take one of the spacers that you removed earlier. Fold it as shown in the image. Align this to the half way point you marked earlier. Tape it into position.
8. Now tape each end of the box closed.
9. You now have the beginnings of your shoe rack. If you have more than one box then feel free to repeat these steps as necessary.
10. Use your spare cuttings to provide extra support if you’re building a muli-tier rack.
11. Assemble boxes one on top of the other and fill up with your shoes.
12. End

~ Ben Druce, Australia

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10 Responses to Shoe rack in a box

  1. Bobby says:

    Very very cool!

  2. Ben Druce says:

    Thanks for the comments guys. It’s by no means the most beautiful hack here but it’s proving extremely useful. It seems like such a waste disposing of such potentially useful items.
    I tend to keep my shoes very clean. If it’s wet out I wipe my feet before coming in the house and let the shoes dry out before putting them away.

  3. Great stuff! Buy an ingolf get a shoe rack for free! Love this hack, and you’ve done such a neat job. One bug bear I have with Ikea is that due to their flat pack principles and ever more creative cost cutting measures, the amount of cardboard you get per item of furniture bought is increasing. Being able to recycle cardboard doesn’t really make things that much better. Ikea cardboard is super coated and sturdy. This is one great reuse solution that should last quite a while!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What about step 4?? :) Nice hack!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great idea!
    Sad that we don’t need new chairs ;-)
    I’ll try this with other cardboard boxes, though

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to know what this looks like in 3 months from now, when you’ve put your shoes up there several times after coming home through soaking rain…

    • Anonymous says:

      Who puts his or her shoes back into the closet when they’re still wet?? In my opinion, this might not be the most beautiful or enduring solution, but it’s a good way to use waste to get your closet organized for a certain period of time…

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s going to work fine (thanks for sharing the idea). No one puts shoes away in a closet when they come in from the rain.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is so resourceful! Its like a Besta cabinet made out of cardboard haha

  8. Marianne says:

    Hahaha! How wonderfully simple this is but so nice!! “simply” loveable :-)

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