Welcome to my Closet/Office.(patent pending)
This step by step guide should help anyone create their very own shoe gallery. It's very simple but if you have any questions just let me know. For visiting this page I would like to offer everyone a special discount code for LaRoux's Closet, use the code "closet" for 10% off.
This is still a work on progress for me so, check back now and again for new additions. I'm currently working on a way to display and store my sunglasses.
Here we go!
Tools & Materials
1. Strips of wood- I prefer crown molding because it's slanted and it's prettier than a plain piece of wood. Crown molding is almost always in white but you can easily spray paint it to any color you like. I cut my pieces to length but I believe you can have this done for you at any big home improvement store.
2. Power Drill with a Drill bit and screw driver attachment- Use a drill bit that is proportionate to the size of your anchor.
3. Level- I use the "eyeball it, it's close enough" method but this irritates my husband to no end. So, for him, I'm suggesting a level.
4. Rubber Mallet/ Hammer
5. Screws 4-5", Spacers 2" and Anchors 2"- I suggest 1 set (screw, spacer & anchor) per every 2 feet
6. Stud Finder (Optional)
Basic Installation Method
From the end of your strip of wood measure inward far enough to leave room for 1 pair of shoes and drill a hole in the center of the wood strip. Repeat this on the other side. My strips are only 4-5 feet long and are attached to the wall in 2-3 spots. If you are going for the full length of a wall you will want to use at least 5-6 points of attachment spaced out evenly along the wood strip.
Place your drilled strip of wood on the wall in your desired position. Mark each of the holes with a pencil so you know where to drill and place your anchors. For the most secure installation try to drill into the studs in the wall, a stud finder can be used to locate the studs. If you are like my husband, this is when you will break out the level to make sure your strip of wood is straight. He would also suggest measuring down form the ceiling at each end as an additional way to make sure the strip is level.
Drill into the wall at all of your marked points and hammer in your anchors. If you are using an actual hammer instead of a rubber mallet, be gentle.
Now that you have all your holes drilled you're almost done! Take a screw and place it through the front of the wood strip and place a spacer on the screw in the back of the wood strip. Hold everything in place and screw the strip to the wall. You can use a screwdriver but a drill with a screwdriver tip is a million times easier.
That's all there is to it! The shoe racks are as simple as that. If you prefer, you can paint over the screws so you don't see them.
The boxes and floating shelves are sold in many different stores and all come with instructions.
Check in from time to time for new pics of my ever evolving closet!
I'm excited to see your closet makeovers so please send in your pics and I'll post them on the LaRoux's Closet facebook page.