We have two feet, so why do we have so many shoes? Whether we simply love fashion, or just can’t bear to throw anything away, there is some reason our shoes seem to multiply with each passing year. Too many shoes take up a lot of closet space, no matter how hard we try to keep things organized. Here are 6 unique shoe storage ideas to help maximize closet space, and help repurpose alternative items for storage purposes.
Picture molding – Molding enhances the look of any room, and adds an elegant touch to your décor. And, as it turns out, it’s an interesting way to store shoes, too. Picture molding is a type of molding that is located below ceiling height, and it ebbs away from the wall surface. Thus, high heeled shoes can be suspended from the molding so their kept out of the way, but within reach.
Wooden wall crates – One of the most unique shoe storage ideas I’ve seen is in a picture I saw on Pinterest. It shows different colored pretty-painted crates, attached to walls in the entryway of a home. Shoes can sit atop, and inside of, the crates for maximum storage space. Plus, the crates really look nice and can be used as the focal point of the room.
Pallets – Most people don’t consider alternative uses for the things they see every day. Shipping pallets are typically discarded outside businesses and forgotten about, but they are great for many different purposes. These FREE materials can be used as unique ways to store shoes in the bedroom, entryway, or garage. Simply slide shoes into the openings between the slats, and you’ll free up floor space and keep shoes neat and organized. See our other alternative uses for old pallets.
Wooden ladders – In a previous article we discussed various ways to use wooden ladders around the house. Whether you’re using a folding ladder or a single section ladder, one fun way to use them is for unique shoe storage. Heeled shoes can be ‘hung’ over the rungs of a single section ladder, while tennis shoes and flat bottomed shoes can attractively set on the steps of a folding ladder.
Lazy Susan – A Lazy Susan is a spinning device that is installed inside cabinetry. Typically it is used for storing canned goods in the kitchen, but it would also make a great addition to a corner of the bedroom. A small floor cabinet can keep the Lazy Susan, and the shoes on it, hidden out of sight. This device will double, or even triple, the amount of shoes you could store on a standard shelf. Visit your local cabinet supplier to see which models have been discontinued for a reduced price.
Wall coat hooks – Purchase an inexpensive strip of wall coat hooks and install it just above the baseboard. Shoes fit upside down perfectly over the hooks, keeping them organized and easy to find. Storing shoes in this way will also help keep flooring clean and dry!
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