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5 reviews | 3.6 out of 5
I bought this product to solve the problem of lost shoes at our house. My children were always looking for their shoes as we were heading out the door.
So I bought this "shoe cabinet" for them. There is enough room for at least twelve pair of kids shoes. My daughter is 4 and my son is 9. My shoes (size 10) fit in it too.
This product features a handle. The shoes are stored toe down but when you open the door the shoes come upright and into view. Every time you
open the cabinet, it makes a clicking noise. This was a little bothersome at first until I realized it was a great signal. It tells me my children are downstairs near the door putting on their shoes!
The directions are a little challenging but I was able to put this together in about an hour. It does not have a full covering for the back of it and will need to be put against a wall to be attractive. I guess this is for air flow. Children's shoes can get smelly.
We have a 11 month old at home and he has been quite intrigued by what shoes are and how they touch and feel. Despite how many times we tried to tell him not to go to the corner of our apartment where our shoes are, he would still do it. The rotating stand where we used to hang our shoes just didn't help with the situation. That's why we shopped around for a shoe cabinet with doors. For the price point, this was the best we could find. It was a bit expensive than what it was worth, but there aren't a whole lot of shoe cabinets around this price.
That said, the shoe cabinet is made from chipwood, so if you are familiar with it you'd know how to handle it while assembling. I could fit 12 pair of shoes it advertised. I use size 8 shoes and my asics sneakers snugly fit in the bottom shelf. Of course, the top surface of the shoe flattened a little bit, but it's no big deal.
I wished the top surface allowed one to sit on it while putting shoes on.
Another thing I noticed was that when the cabinet door is opened with shoes in it, the door weight exceeds the rest of the cabinet and could tilt forward if you are not very careful. The low height of the cabinet helps, but it may be better if one could use a string or something to tie the cabinet's behind to the wall, or perhaps velcro it.
As far as assembling, I did the assembling myself without help. It would be easier with some help though. The last step in the assembly - putting rollers so the guide on the door slides under the roller could be a bit tricky. They give you three pairs of rollers, but I used only two pairs. Using the third pair doesn't leave much room for the screw to go into the cabinet.
Overall, we like it. It does what it claims to do and nothing more than that.
It was challenging to put together, yet turned out well. The dog no longer can chew our shoes!
We had it for year. I thought it looked nice and kept shoes off the floor so we didn't trip on them when you walk in the door but it is made very poorly. The screws broke off in the particle board and now it is broken. Not sure we can even fix it. So I paid $60 to keep the shoe clutter fix for year and now what. I expected to last more than a year. I am very disappointed in my purchase.
Wood finish looks cheap. The cabinet is cramped for room - needs to be slightly larger!