We tried to experiment on this one and made our very own shoe storage made from cardboard pipe. These pipe are actually concrete forms. They come in sizes up to about 3ft (1m) in diameter and are quite tough. However, if you have wet shoes, let them dry for a couple of hours before putting them on this shoe storage. As all of our ideas so far, this one can be upgraded with using different paint and finishing and whatever you may find useful.
Step 1: Buy the Tubes
In the professional world these are known as cardboard tubes for concrete (cement) footings and come in variety of diameters ranging from 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) to over 1 meter (40 inches). We bought them from a local shop since the UK version of Home Depot Wickes didn't have any available.
Step 2: Cutting
The tubes come cut in 1.2 metres lenghts. With some basic math we get four 30 cm pipes out of it. These pipes will be the actual storage where you put your shoes. Check out this shoe size chart to get an idea how big your shoe compartments should be. Cut the pipe using a saw.
Step 3: Paint It (Optional)
We used some old varnish lying around. You can experiment with this part.
There were a couple of questions regarding this step and whether or not it's better to paint before or after the gluing part, we find that it is better to first paint and then glue everything together. This way you will have more control over the spreading of the paint over the edges and the sides of the tubes.
Step 4: Gluing
We used PVA glue to hold everything together. Silicone glue should also do a good job. Since this is a sort of modern design, you can create different shapes, you can decide how tall should the structure be and so.
Step 5: The End Result
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