DIY // SHOE RACK
As we know by now, store bought displays aren't better just because they are new. When the authenticity we seek can't be lucked upon with second hand possiblities to style, turn to your hardware store. As a traveling showcase, it's time well spent creating and perfecting not just any display, but one that is both beautiful and can easily fold up and stow away in minimal spaces. Rigattiere, the vintage arm of Madam Chino's sustainable fashion traveling showcase is sharing the secret of her pop-up shoe display rack so that you can, too, make one!!!
1/2" Burrowing Bit
(2) 1"x1'x3.5' ply boards
(8) 1/2" diameter round dowels
Packing tape or syran wrap
Wrap the boards together with packing tape or syran wrap so that they are flush on all sides, or at least at the bottom. This is so that the drill holes only have to be done once, and will be perfectly aligned on both peices.
Raise the boards up so that you do not drill into the floor.
Mark drill hole rows 2" from the outer edge, 3" apart, and stagger the 2nd set by 1.5" from the first row. These will provide for an adjustable height for each shelf.
Drill through both boards at the same time, using the 1/2" burrowing bit pointed straight down.
Test the dowels in the holes. They should be very snug. The bit should always be the exact same size as the dowel even if you use larger dowels, although smaller aren't recommended for carrying the weight of the shoe.
Unwrap the boards and place the dowels into the correct corresponding holes between the boards so that there are multiple levels of shelves with staggered top and bottom bars for heel rests. We recommend starting with the first board flat on the floor, and then crouching down to set the top board in correctly by tapping lightly down until all dowels are properly placed.
Test a pair or two...
For extra safety and strength in your display, bring a screw driver and a few extra short screws, along with a lightweight 1' x dowel length board and screw it into predrilled holes on the top of the side boards, so it lays horizontal across the whole diplay. This is used as an additional shelf feature, especially useful for table top display
Finally, stablize the front and back of your display wall's center of gravity by using opposing L-Brackets, or extra long screws drilled into the sides of the bottom on a 45 degree angle. This way any slight tipping will be diffused.
See you on the flip!!!