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DIY: Convenient cubby next to your doorway

  • DIY columnist Tom Wilmer writes about how to create a shoe cubby. 2014 TOM WILMER

Last week we doubled our closet space by installing a two-tier pole system. This week we will convert the underutilized 12- to 18-inch wing on either side of the door opening into a vertical cubby that can house shoes or miscellaneous items such as folded Levis, sweaters and linens. Cost for materials: $20.

The depth of typical “reach-in” residential closets ranges from 22 inches (where the leading edge of a winter coat barely clears the door) to a relatively commodious 30 and 32 inches. The specifics of your cubby will be determined by the available width and depth of the recess area.

If there’s 11½ inches or more between the edge of the door casing and the corner, and 12 inches of free space from the corner to the face of the hanging clothes, it is ideal for a shoe cubby. If your available space is smaller, you can easily reduce the dimensions below and use it for more compact items.

Let’s build a shoe cubby.

Tools Required:

Chop saw or table saw

Electric or battery operated drill with Phillips bit

#10 countersink bit

Framing Square

Stud finder


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