We have tried a couple of other covered storage solutions similar to this one. We have a temporary wardrobe and another shoe rack by a different brand. Unfortunately, that shoe rack had very low shelves which meant that a lot of taller shoes like ankle high boots would not fit. So we thought we would give this Trico-op covered shoe rack a go.
The shoe rack arrived in a surprisingly small box which, when opened, revealed a plethora of pre-cut thin steel tubes, plastic angle connectors, some fabric shelving and a zippered cover. Everything came packed tidily with the fabric pieces all neatly folded in the bottom. The tubes were bound in clusters with rubber bands according to their lengths. A fairly large clear bag contained all the connectors which are all the same corner pieces. The one thing missing from our set was instructions.
Fortunately, the construction for this shoe rack is pretty straight forwards. I have included a slideshow of photos that illustrate the procedure.
There are three lengths of tube and 6x fabric shelving. The easiest way to assemble the rack is to make each of the shelf panels first. The cloth shelving has a slot on each side through which you can slide a long steel tube. The plastic corners are all identical and are used to create a framed panel. The only thing to pay attention to is that the fabric has a gloss side and the plastic corner pieces have three legs at right angles and one of the legs is longer than the other two. The longer leg should point downwards.
Build all 6 shelf panels with the glossy side of the fabric facing up and the long leg of the corners facing down. Check my photographs if you need help. Once you have the 6 panels, there should be two long and two medium steel tubes left. This is for the top of the rack. Make another frame just like the you did with the fabric panels only without the fabric.
Once you have completed all 6, choose a panel and make sure all four corners have the long leg facing down. You should only have the shortest metal tubes left over in the box now. Insert a short piece of metal tube into the top of each of the four corners of your bottom shelf so you have a post standing at each corner. Next, take another shelf panel and connect it to the four posts. Repeat this till you have all 6 shelves stacked.
You should now have the empty rectangular frame and four short posts remaining. Add this as the top tear of your rack. So it’s essentially 7 levels tall. All that is left to do is wrap the cover around your shoe rack and you’re done.
The shoe rack is surprisingly sturdy and yet exceptionally light weight. The shelves are a good height; they’re high enough to accommodate large ankle high boots and paper back books will stand up inside. If, like us, you have loads of books this pretty useful. Each shelf can hold two pairs of shoes or boots so you can have 12 pairs. I like that the fabric on the shelving has the top surface coated in glossy plastic so you can put damp or even slightly dirty shoes on the rack and the moisture will not spread along the fabric. It also makes it easy to clean and dust dirt off just by wiping the shelf down with a rag.
The cover did not quite match the photos on the Amazon page. On amazon the cover was grey with black trim. Ours is grey with white trim. The cover on the rack has two vertical zips one on each side. They zip open upwards and leave a large flap opening, making it easy to access the contents. You can roll the flap up and fasten it at the top with an integrated velcro strap. I think the rack actually looks better open with the flap rolled up.
This is a pretty cool shoe rack that can also be used for paperbacks if you have some book ends to prevent books falling down the sides. It’s sturdy and light weight but does need to be placed against a wall. It is so light that it will topple easily if left free standing in the middle of a room. Putting heavier shoes on the bottom helps make it more stable. Having said that, it’s not a problem so long as it is backed against a wall.
The rack works well, it’s not the prettiest thing and could do with an ironing. It’s small enough to fit inside a closet or cloakroom cupboard. We have it in the laundry room by the back door so our front door that opens into the living room is a lot more tidy. Overall this is a good purchase if you have somewhere not too visible to put it. It can handle 12 pairs of shoes which is a decent amount. That’s enough space for both our formal, casual, athletics shoes and slippers and hiking boots.
Disclaimer: I received this shoe rack in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This is a pretty cool shoe rack that can also be used for paperbacks if you have some book ends to prevent books falling down the sides. It’s sturdy and light weight but does need to be placed against a wall. It is so light that it will topple easily if left free standing in the middle of a room. Putting heavier shoes on the bottom helps make it more stable. Not a problem if it is placed against a wall.