This two tier pine shoe shelf is supposed to be hallway storage, but we actually have it in the cupboard under the stairs. I guess you can put it in a entrance way behind your front door for example, but to be honest, it is such a cheap and basic looking piece of furniture, that I would be kind of embarrassed to have it somewhere that people could see it and I certainly wouldn't want it to be the first thing that they saw as they came into my house! Having said that, it is quite a handy thing to have and there are a lot of good things about it.
It is essentially a few pieces of wood that you have to assemble yourself to make a little shoe tidy with. The specifications from the Argos website are . . .
Made from: solid wood.
Stores an average of 6 pairs of shoes.
Up to maximum shoe size 8.
2 fixed shelves.
Size H34, D26cm.
It is really easy to assemble - so much so that I managed myself, by myself. It is literally a case of grabbing a screwdriver and shoving a couple of screws into it. The instructions are easy to follow and it takes literally minutes. Once done, it is actually quite sturdy and is more than able to hold a few pairs of shoes.
The two shelves are more than shoe height apart so you can keep other things on it. I have my handbags on one shelf. It is really convenient actually and I am not sure how we would fit all our stuff in the cupboard under the stairs without it.
It says that you can get 6 pairs of shoes on it, but that would only apply to bigger pairs of shoes I think. I would say that you could fit eight pairs of smaller shoes on and up to ten pairs of kids shoes. You can actually put shoes under the bottom shelf as well, which helps.
Like I said, it looks pretty cheap. We have had ours for eight years and it is still standing strong, but it really is very basic looking. There are literally no expenses spent on the creation of this little thing!
So would I recommend it? Well it only cost us a few pounds and, after a quick look on the Argos website, it is still available for less than a fiver. I would say that this is cracking value for money even if it does look cheap. It is a great solution to storage problems in small spaces and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
As my husband will testify, shoes really are the way to a girls heart and our shoe cupboard is a testimony to this with my shoes and boots far outnumbering my husbands collection. When we bought our flat several years ago now, a useful feature beneath the stairs was a tall cupboard with a single shelf designated for storage. Well one shelf would not even house five pairs of my shoes and so we set out to buy a shoe rack. Argos is always a good bet for such purchases and we left the happy owners of this pine shoe rack.
This shoe rack is simply built in solid pine and features two slatted shelves supported by a pair of brackets at either end which stands quite independently on its own and requires no brackets or fixings. The finish of the pine is entirely natural and whilst this might look a little basic at first I believe it is a great way to finish an item as it enables the owner to paint or stain it whatever colour they choose. In my case I did give my shoe rack a dusting of white wash to give it a slightly shabby chic look which would fit well into our home. It is worth noting that the pine finish does have a tendency to pick up scuffs and dirt from the bottom of your shoes and therefore it is always worth coating it with some form of sealant in my opinion to make it easier to clean. Dimensions wise this shoe rack is 850mm long with a height of 500mm which fortunately was the perfect width to fit within our 600mm cupboard.
It came as no surprise to me that our shoe shelf came flat packed and this meant that once home a small amount of assembly was required. It really was very easy to do in my opinion as the box houses a page of instructions and using the screws and predrilled holes provided it literally took a matter of minutes to complete our new purchase. Something which surprised me with this particular purchase is the weight of the rack which I had anticipated might be quite heavy as a result of the solid pine material. Fortunately the finished article was actually quite light and this meant that I could place it with ease inside our designated cupboard.
Once inside it took me no time at all to fill our new purchase. In terms of storage I find that this shoe rack is adequate for storing around four pairs of shoes per shelf or four pairs of shoes and one pair of flip flops as is the story in our house. This is not a huge amount of shoes and I must admit to buying a second set of shelves the next time we visited Argos, however it did neaten up the contents of our shoes cupboard somewhat and made it much easier to find the shoes I was looking for without scrambling through a pile of them on the floor. Perhaps my only criticism of this rack is that the shelves do lack the height to house longer footwear such as boots and wellies unless they are put on top and therefore I generally store these items on the floor of our cupboard.
It is my opinion that this shoe rack is great quality considering the money that we spent on it and it has lasted the entire duration of the four years we have lived in our flat with no wear or tear. Another great feature with this rack is that it sits on four square pine posts and this makes it easy to simply plonk another shoe rack of the same size directly on top. Meaning more shoes can be stored and our shoe cupboard is even neater. It could be wider to store more items however given the limited space of our cupboard it really was the perfect fit.
I believe that this shoe rack cost us around £15 when we purchased it several years ago however; checking the Argos website it seems they now offer a slightly different design of this rack for only £4.99. In addition Argos sell a three shelf version which looks identical to my rack for the value price of £16.99. In my opinion this really is excellent value for money and if it neatens up what has the potential to be quite an untidy pile of footwear it really is worth the investment.
As a result of my review I would recommend this shoe rack and it scores an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I bought this when my husband kept complaining that my shoes were blocking the way to his golf clubs where I kept them in the cupboard underneath the stairs. I have never had a shoe rack before and had no idea how much they were so I searched online and this one from Argos came up as one of the cheapest. I thought it was a brilliant price for £4.99 and even better I had £5 of Nectar points so in effect it was free!
I used the click and collect at the Argos by where I work so went to fetch it in my lunch hour. It came flat pack wrapped in a cellophane wrapper and wasn't very heavy at all. I carried it to the car under one arm comfortably but I would say that you could take in on public transport easily as it quite compact.
I am probably one of the worlds worst at building flat pack furniture so even though it came with an instruction sheet got my husband to put it together, which he did in about five minutes. It did look very easy though as the shelves just slotted into the four posts and just then needed the screws tightening to fix them together. The shelves are slatted so may not be suitable to store stiletto's as they could get stuck in the slats. The wood itself is a light pine but can be varnished or painted to suit so would look good in a child's bedroom painted in a bright colour and could be used for toys or books. I left mine in its natural state though as it was as it was going inside a cupboard and wouldn't be seen.
It is 34cm tall, 70cm wide and 26cm deep and if you were placing your shoes side by side you would probably only get three pairs on each shelf but I have got about six or seven pairs of my flat shoes on the top as I put them on top of one another, and on the bottom shelf I have put my trainers and pumps. My husband keeps his shoes in a cupboard in the porch so I don't have to share it with him. This shoe rack fits perfectly in the cupboard and has freed up a lot of space (where I just used to open the door and kick my shoes off) so that hubby can now get his golf clubs out easily.
It seems quite solid when put together and I would think that it will last for some time especially since it won't be moved from there. I have never bought anything from the Argos value range before but am very pleased with this, and for the price consider that I have had a right bargain, but most importantly I have stopped my husband chuntering!
I share a flat with one of my best friends while I'm studying at university. Our flat is tastefully decorated, but being close to the university located near the town centre means that the flat is quite tiny even for two university students. As with most girls, we do own a lot shoes. I don't leave all my shoes lying about, most of my shoes are kept in boxes depending on the weather/season. However, at any time I would have about 3 or 4 pairs of shoes lying near the entrace and it tends to get really cluttered. So, we both decided to split the cost and buy a simple and cheap shoe rack to keep things tiny.
We found this Argos value solid pine two-tiered shoe rack for £4.99. This is very cheap for a shoe rack and Argos is closer to where we live than Ikea. This shoe rack comes in a flat package and it requires assembly. Transporting the package isn't that difficult since it's flat and doesn't weigh too much. The whole package weighs about 2 kg and we managed to carry it back home from the local Argos store by taking a bus and walking a bit.
As for the assembly, it was alright for a cheap shoe rack. With the help of my friend, we managed to assemble this shoe rack under 10 minutes. The shelves needs to be put into the slots found in the sides of the shoe rack. Then the shelves needs to be kept in place by tightening the screws, which was easy enough.
In the product description, it says that shelves are made from wood and unfinished, and they can be painted or varnished as desired. However, we don't really care about the presentation and the shoe rack serves its purpose even if it's unfinished so we left it as it is.
The height of the shoe rack is a little over one feet and the width is about two feet. Since there's two of us, we divide the shelf in imaginary half so that both of us can use top and bottom shelves. In the winter, both of us like wearing boots so they have to be kept on the top shelf. The bottom shelf can be used for trainers and indoor slippers. Both of us wear shoe sizes 4-5 so I can fit two pairs on top and two pairs on the bottom, which is enough for both of us.
The only drawback is that since this shoe rack is open air, the shoes do get dusty if left unworn for quite some time. However, this is a value shoe rack and for £4.99, it is alright.
Overall, this Argos value range pine wood shoe rack is a simple and cheap answer to disorganised shoe space. Also, it makes hoovering easier as I only need to move the shoe rack rather than moving individual pair of shoes to suck up the dust from the nooks and crannies.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
I bought this shoe rack when I was looking to increase storage space at my previous home. I had fitted wardrobes, and the bottom of them had become a dumping ground for shoes and bags, and even though I don't own hundreds of pairs of shoes, it was still untidy and annoying. This rack seemed to be the perfect solution in terms of its simplicity, its size and the price. It fit perfectly into the space I had in wardrobes bottom, and it's moved with me to my new home to carry out the same job.
This shoe rack takes no-frills to a whole new level. In fact the only downside of buying this was that it left me thinking "why didn't I just knock something like this together myself from a few scraps of wood"!
In the pack you get the 9 slats, 4 corner uprights, 6 shelf supports, and the appropriate number of screws. All the pieces of wood are even pre-drilled with the holes for the screws, it could not possibly be a simpler construction.
The material is solid pine, unfinished, so in theory you could paint or stain it to your desired finish, but for something so functional, I imagine it's highly unlikely it will be on display, and this seemed a tad extravagant for me. The slats are quiet flimsy but they are smooth planed finish, no rough edges.
The size of the unit is approximately 850mm long, 500mm tall and 265mm deep. The thing about those dimensions in terms of the depth of the shelves is that I'm a size 5, so the 265mm depth is perfect for my shoes... I don't think it would be as effective or look as tidy with much bigger shoes. The other thing to add is that it's not the most practical solution if you're looking for somewhere to keep your heels - being slatted they can easily get knocked and fall through, again, meaning the "keeping things tidy" aspect goes by the wayside somewhat. With my size 5 shoes, I can fit 4 pairs on each shelf, so maybe they are intended for smaller, maybe childrens' shoes, I'm not sure what the design-thinking was!
It currently retails in Argos for £16.99. It's simple and quick to assemble and represents decent, but not brilliant value for that price. It's not an engineering masterpiece by any means, but it's been a useful thing to own, it did a job.
As I used to work for Barratts, I ended up with a lot of shoes. Getting first pick of anything in the sale was far too tempting to not take up. Once I came home with over 10 pairs from the sale which ended up costing less than £20. From this, you can probably imagine how many pairs of shoes I actually have. However, living in Nottingham for university means having to be picky with what shoes I take with me and I needed somewhere to store them there.
After spending quite a long time looking for a shoe rack, I ended up at Argos. The product I ended up buying was the Argos Value Range 2 Shelf Solid Pine Shoe Storage Rack. At the moment, this is priced at £4.99, which is also what I paid, and was the cheapest I could find anywhere. As this is an Argos product, it is only available in store or online but alternatives are available elsewhere.
I had this product delivered to my house so there were no problems with having to carry it home. However, the shoe rack is covered in only cellophane wrapping and as it isn't very big and comes flat, it wouldn't be hard to carry around should you need to pick it up in store. Assembly instructions are in the form of a singular piece of paper but there is no need for anything more than that. In the packet comes two large shelves, four pegs or legs as I would call them and 8 screws. There are also two end bits which help to keep the shoe rack level and to keep it up.
To make the shoe rack, all you need to do is put the 'legs' in the right places and screw the two small bits to the shelves. That's really it. This is by far the most simple thing I have ever made and I couldn't have been happier with how easy it was. It took me less than 5 minutes to put this together and have shoes on it so ease of assembly gets full marks from me. With a drill, I'd say it would take 2 minutes, tops.
One of the great things about this product is that if you buy more than one, you can stack them up to hold more shoes. This is a fabulous idea for shoe lovers like me as it means not having to buy something completely new and nothing ever matching/ taking up a hell of a lot of space. This does only hold 6 pairs of shoes if you only buy the one so I can see buying more in my future. This shoe rack is made from wood so if you find it a little boring in colour or style, it is easy enough to paint or varnish the wood to better suit a room. I think that painting these would be a great idea for kids bedrooms as they could be done in really bright colours and also wouldn't take much paint to cover the wood.
Although this does only hold 6 pairs, it does what I need it to and I can always buy more when I need them. A great product.
Like every girl I have a ridiculous amount of shoes, they are very unruly and get into all sorts of mischief loosing their pair and other things. I decided one day to buy a shoe rack that would display my shoes, and not be too bulky.
This shoe rack is perfect, it comes without a finish so I just bought a cheap tin of varnish and painted it myself. It made the light wood a bit darker but not too much and stopped the cheap wood from splintering when I put it together.
The instructions say you need a screwdriver but I found it impossible to put together like this, the holes that were pre drilled were too small. I used an actual drill and it was very easy then to put together. I have since found that some of the screws have come loose when I recently moved house, but this was easily fixed by re drilling.
This version in the picture has two shelves, however you can get up to 5 shelves so the bigger your collection the more shelves you will need. It is really cheap as the wood has no finish and I have found that you can get an average of 5 pairs of shoes on one shelf. Obviously if you have big feet you may get less on there.
I have it out in the hallway and it gets used constantly so it was a great find. It is very heavy though and when I was carrying it home from the shop I had to stop several times so best off getting this delivered or bring the car! A five shelf version cost me around £25
A shoe rack is one of those items that most households need but you never get around to buying. It took me while to decide which kind to buy as there are so many types of shoe rack online, some with metal frames, some with sleek-looking slanted tops, some that would break the bank. In the end I settled on this pine shoe rack because it only cost me £4.99 and there's an Argos down the road from me which had several of this item in stock.
The shoe rack comes flat-packed and it is really easy to assemble, as it is a very basic design. As the picture shows, the shoe rack has two shelves. It is W70cm by H34cm, designed to fit 3 pairs of shoes on each shelf up to size 8, but I haven't had trouble stacking my husband's size 11 shoes on the rack, so I'm not sure why size 8 is the maximum recommended size. Perhaps because his shoes stick out over the top of it quite a bit but I can't imagine anyone who buys this shoe rack minding that, as it is a very basic-looking contraption, clearly made of a few chunks of wood. On the other hand, small shoes for very little ones sit on the rack just fine, which is ideal for our household at least!
Having said that, the wood can be treated to make it last longer or it can be painted to make it match your decor. For me the main issue was not aesthetics but keeping the household shoes tidy. The only thing I don't like about the shoe rack- and the reason I have given it 4 stars and not 5- is that it is easily knocked because it is so lightweight, which knocks all the shoes of the rack. Since I realised this I moved it to a different corner by the front door, and the shoes being knocked off it has not been a problem- though if you have teenagers who fling their shoes onto it then it might cause a problem! - I can now understand why there are more expensive, heavier types of shoe rack on the market.
We have had this shoe rack for a few months now and it is still in decent condition and doing its basic job, but I will say that it's not too easy to clean.- mud gets on the wood and doesn't come off too easily- so perhaps a metal one would have had its benefits in that regard.
Otherwise, it's a decent product that does the basic job. Don't trip over your kids' shoes every again, get one of these!
I am moving out of home within the next couple of months so I have been buying loads of goodies to fill my new home with - nobody wants to move empty handed! One of the main items I decided would be handy was a shoe rack. At home we keep our shoes under the stairs - in a flat this isn't a luxury and I don't fancy having them scattered around the house.
Shoe racks in my opinion are a very good invention! I hate the mess without one! I was incredibly shocked when for £4.99 I managed to buy a shoe rack from Argos! I did actually buy two to stack though because I have lots of pairs of shoes.
The rack is Argos Value and made from pine wood. The rack comes with all the bits to fit it together properly and is flat packed so easy to get home without needing a huge car. You can fit (according to the website) 6 pairs of shoes on the rack, but I find that I can fit 4/5 on each shelf depending on the shoe (flat pumps fit more than boots).
When it comes to assembling the product, it couldn't be easier! There is an instructions sheet inside the box with the shelves, legs and screws. The instructions are really easy to follow and all you need to do is screw the legs to each shelf, then use the little pegs they give you to secure the top legs to the shelf above. I shouldn't really have built it up yet but I wanted to make it so its ready to move in (its also currently holding all of my shoes in my bedroom in preparation).
In the catalogue it does say the shelfing is 'unfinished, ready to paint or varnish - or leave alone'. I did buy this with the intention of painting it so this is what I did. I brought standard dark brown paint as this is the wood I am having throughout the living room (I don't have a hal way) so obviously it needed to match. I used a standard paintbrush and covered the floor with newspaper then got to work.
The wood stained well and the paint dried quickly which I wasn't expecting! The shelving now looks gorgeous and you cannot tell it used to be another colour unless you saw me buy it (I have also drapped a table runner over the top so it looks prettier - Everything is crafted in my home!).
The shelving is very sturdy and when wet shoes are put on it, it doesn't seem to show signs of damp (but then I have no idea how long this would take to show). I think for the price they are excellent quality! I wouldn't have thought they would look as good for under a fiver, and they may not even last very long but for now they will do.
I do actually think the shelving could have other uses but at the moment mine is purely for shoes. I managed to fit two very low sided boxes underneath for flip flops too which I was pleased about!
It isn't the most appealing to look at, but with a bit of paint and creation you could make it something special like I have. In honesty for £4.99 you're never going to get the most beautiful shoe rack but then I'd say practicality comes before looks anyway.
I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a cheap shoe storing option! It could be easily built in about 5 minutes and doesn't cause any hassle. It has only been in my possesion for a couple of weeks but it is holding up well and hasn't shown any signs of breaking yet.
The dimentions of the shelving (if you only buy one of the 2 shelf racks):
As we have recently moved in to our first home together there has been quite a vast amount of products that we have needed, including shoe racks. I looked around at a few different places before deciding on these Argos 'Value' 2 shelf pine shoe racks. These have been available for £4.99 which I believe to be cheaper than they have been in the past and this price has been the same for at least the past two months.
The shoe racks are very lightweight and we had no problem collecting two of these instore and walking home with them. The packaging is very minimal with a single sheet of paper instructions, two large pine shelves, 8 screws, four wooden 'pegs' to ensure simple, safe stacking and two end pieces to hold the shelves level and an even distance apart on either side as well as ensuring that they stand up. This is all covered in polythene which can just be discarded. I was very pleased with the minimal packaging and it was sufficient to cover the shoe rack while on the rainy journey home and also so that I could see if there was any major damage before we even left Argos.
The shoe racks are very simple to build as you just screw the two smaller pieces to the two shelves and it's so simple that I managed to do it, by myself, in just a couple of minutes flat. Impressive! I used a drill when building these as there was quite a lot of furniture being built at the time and I wanted to save myself a couple of minutes messing around with a screwdriver but it's fair to say that it would probably only take you a minute or two more and you don't run the risk of the drill running away with you and denting the wood.
I found the shoe racks very simple to build and we have now purchased three and been equally happy each time with the quality, the price and the simplicity of putting them together. I would say that they are very easy to stack and there is no reason why you couldn't have a stack of these going up to the ceiling if you so chose to. We now have three stacked on top of each other and they are straight, safe and tidy. I would say that anyone could build these shoe racks and for the price you really can't go wrong. I have been very pleased with how sturdy they are and as they are a natural finish they can be painted any colour you like as well, although I'd definitely recommend taking them apart to paint them just to ensure a nice even finish.
On the Argos website it states that this shoe rack will store 3 pairs of size 8 shoes on each shelf and as I have size 8 feet I can confirm that this is correct. However, if it's flat shoes then I can just stack them on top of each other and fit double the amount on. Also, my other half has size 11 feet and he can comfortably fit three pairs of shoes on each shelf as well.
You probably will find most shoe racks out there to be a little more asthetically pleasing than these ones but, for us, they are very convenient as we just have them tucked away in a cupboard anyway and this way it means that the taller person in the house can have his or her shoes near the top saving them having to bend so much. Also, the stackable part is definitely the best thing for us as we can just spend £4.99 and have two more shelves without much hassle at all.
If you are in the market for a shoe rack then why not check this one out? The price is convenient and it's so easy to build that a child could probably do it (although don't take that as gospel please!). I would firmly recommend them as for the price they are fantastic and do the job they are required for, holding shoes. They aren't going to win any fashion awards but then mine is in my cupboard surrounded by lots of other rubbish and hardly anyone sees it anyway so who cares?!
I bought this last year but it's still available in the new argos catalogue at £6.99.
While this is very basic in materials and design it does what it's meant to. Easy to make and as it's not been stained, you could stain it yourself, paint it or like me just leave it looking natural.
There are 3 slats to each shelf which makes it good for all size shoes. I've found with some shoeracks that my hubbys boots dont fit well and overhang. This isnt the most sturdiest of products, but for the price I would recommend it.
Currently I have 2 of these, one stacked on top the other. Im sure it would be easy to fix together to make it sturdier with brackets but i personally cant be bothered. As long as it doesnt collapse im happy.
You can fit between 3 or pairs of shoes on each shelf (dependant on the shoe size/type). The only annoying thing is the clearance underneath the first shelf and the floor. I do find that every so often I have to move the rack just so I can sweep underneath, however that aside this is a bargain for all those shoes cluttering up your hallway or bedroom.
For less than £10 this is a bargain value shoe rack really. It isn't perfect, far from it in fact, but for precisely £6.79 it's exceptionally good value. As it's an Argos value product, it's only available directly from Argos of course.
The specifications, as on the Argos website, are:
*Unfinished ready to paint, stain or varnish.
*2 fixed shelves.
*Stores up to 6 pairs of mens UK size 8 shoe.
*Stores 3 pairs of shoes per shelf.
*Size (H)36, (W)79.8, (D)26.6cm.
*Self assembly 1 person recommended.
*100% FSC timber (Forestry Stewardship Council).
As you can see, it's on the small side as it can only hold up to six pairs of shoes, which are up to a size 8 only. But then shoe racks aren't just for holding the family's shoes did you realise? We've got two of these in our house, both of which were bought by the daughter. The first is by the grandson's shoe sofa for storing all his shoes on. For kid's shoes, you can fit loads on here! There's probably a good ten pairs of the grandson's shoes on the first one of these that we have.
The second one is in the daughter's room, as she uses it to store all her towels and bed linen. Keeping it all in her room means she doesn't have to go rooting around in the family airing cupboard every time she wants clean bedding or towels. This is a great size for that purpose, and there are loads of similar uses possible. As far as small shelving units go, this is excellent value for money. If it was called 'small shelving unit' instead of 'Argos value shoe rack' you can bet it would set you back twice the current price.
Assembling this fell to me, of course, and that was no feat I can tell you now. Unfortunately, there has to be some kind of drawback when you buy cheap stuff, and in this case it's that the assembly process is extremely difficult. To start with, you have to slot the shelves into pre-carved grooves on the sides of the rack. Sounds easy enough, only the grooves aren't quite the right shape or size! So I found I had to whack these in using a hammer and a good dose of brute strength.
Once I'd got the slats into the grooves, I was fine, and the rest of the assembly process merely involved tightening up a series of screws. In all, it took me about an hour to put together two of these. That's a little bit longer than I'd expected these to take me, but not a ridiculous amount of time to spend on two small pieces of flat pack furniture.
On the Argos website, people have given these four stars on average, and I think that's a very accurate. These are really sturdy, useful and even quite attractive once assembled. And of course they're amazing value for money too, especially for people looking for storage solutions on a budget. But the struggle to put them together means I can't possible give these a full five stars.
Features: 2 fixed shelves / Height: 36 cm / Width 79.8 cm