If you have more than a few pairs of shoes, you know how difficult it can be to store them. You want your shoes accessible, but you don’t want them to take up the entire room. Here are some space-saving shoe storage options to keep your kicks accessible and out of the way.
Instead of letting shoes take floor space, go up with the storage. Shelving can go from floor to ceiling depending on the room. You can get a lot of shoes in the shelves this way. Buy an inexpensive book case to get you started. Look for one with several adjustable shelves so you can space them to maximize the number of shoes on the rack. An alternative is to build your own shelves that you attach to the wall. This gives you control over the number of shelves and spacing so you can fit the most pairs of shoes on the unit.
Chair Railing Heel Storage
Have several pairs of heels? Use some pieces of chair railing or crown molding to make a simple wall hanging system. Nail or screw the narrow pieces of wood to the wall. Hang the shoes over the wood by the heel. You can easily see all of the shoes and put them back in place when you are done.
If you don’t care about having shoes lined up neatly, some plastic tubs can do the trick. Give each person in the family her own shoe tub. All of her shoes go into that tub. When she needs a pair of shoes, she digs through her tub to find a pair. The tubs can slide under a table in the entryway or under a bench in the mudroom. Don’t forget to label each tub so the shoes get put in the correct bin.
Under the Bed
The area under the bed is often not used. Make it a functional storage space with under-bed storage containers. The plastic tubs are usually large but short. This gives you lots of storage space that will still slide under the bed. Use those tubs to store shoes. Give each person an under-bed storage tub for her shoes.
You can find a variety of shoe storage options that go on the back of a door. They typically have two curved pieces that go on the top of the door. The unit then hangs down along one side of the door. You can get holders with pouches that hold pairs of shoes, or narrow racks where you can stack your shoes.