Shoes are probably the best thing in the world next to good food. I like trying out different kinds of cuisine, but not as much as owning the latest heels and pumps from YSL, Jimmy Choo, or Louis Vuitton. I have somewhat of a small shoe addiction and a growing collection to prove it. As such, I think that having a shoe storage cabinet in my home is very important. Every homeowner, as a matter of fact, should have a shoe storage cabinet for their homes regardless of their affinities for shoes. At least, that’s what I think as one who dabbles in the field of interior design.
Using a Shoe Rack Storage Cabinet for your Home’s Threshold
Simply put, situating a shoe rack storage cabinet at the entrance of your house is a practical and strategic idea. Asians have done this in their homes for centuries, leaving their foot wear at the threshold before entering the rest of the abode. For them, culture prescribed that wearing outdoor footwear in halls or rooms are disrespectful, just as the act of wearing caps or hats indoors today is similarly tactless. Looking at it from a more practical perspective, though, leaving your shoes outside after walking around the city all day may not be such a bad idea. All the dirt and germs that accumulates on your shoes would not be able to invade your home and affect your loved ones, thanks to shoe storage racks.
When leaving the house, a stall shoe storage cabinet would be there to give you your shoe back or even give you another, depending on what kind of shoe you will need for a certain occasion. If you think about it, you don’t need to wear your shoes inside your house since you have nothing indoors that you need to protect your feet from. Having a shoe rack by your main door will ensure that you have access to your shoes when you really need them, which is only when you intend to go outdoors.
A handsome white shoe storage cabinet would be a fine piece to put by the entrance of your house, which would be perfect when you have guests or visitors over. Apart from wowing them with the spectacle of this specific furniture, you’ll also be able to intrigue them with your ‘no-shoes-indoors’ philosophy and have a corresponding area for them to deposit your footwear. If you don’t have wall to wall carpeting, I suggest that you purchase a handful of indoor sandals for your guests to use indoors.
Keeping Your Wooden Shoe Storage Cabinet Clean
Your effort does not stop there, however, because you have to make sure that the cleanliness of your wood shoe storage cabinet is also always maintained. Since you always put your shoes inside for storage, some of the germs are transmitted into the storage space, making it a breeding ground for sickness and germs. It is a must that you take proper precaution and clean your oak shoe storage cabinet thoroughly at least twice every week.
First, remember to put a cleaning mat before your contemporary shoe storage cabinet and encourage everyone to rub the soles of their footwear against it so as to rid them of germs that can still be physically removed. Keep in mind that wet, soaked, or muddied footwear are carry more germs and should not be placed with your other shoes in the cabinet. It would be wise to allot a small and separate rack for instances when there would be wet or muddied footwear. Lastly, conduct general cleaning sessions at least twice a week by removing all footwear from the shoe cabinet and physically scrubbing each inch of its interiors with a rug moistened with Pledge or Windex.
The Shoe Cabinet Storage Furniture for You and Your Home
Shoe cabinets are commonly made with wood because it is a handsome material that goes well with most home settings. However, the practical reason why people use this material is because it is resilient and compatible with most problems that dirty shoes bring. Metal shoe storage cabinets would react to moisture and develop rust in no time, while plastic shoe cabinets, while, durable, look cheap. The best type of wooden shoe storage cabinets are those lined with plastic inside so that the shoes are kept safe while the outside still looks classy and elegant.
Amazon has this particular shoe storage cabinet called Entryway Shoes Storage Bench in White Finish, which has been marked down at half price. I like this particular model because the shoes, regardless of size, actually fit in the cubby holes allotted for them, unlike the other fancy models with drawers and doors that actually fail in storing a 10.5 size pair of sneakers.