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Do you tend to acquire a lot of shoes?
If you do, then you are familiar on how painful it can be to store them. When you have very little space for all of them, that poses an even bigger challenge.
So before you start looking for the best shoe storage solution, it is best to downsize first.
Throw those that cannot be worn anymore. Donate the pairs that you don’t use. Stick to the shoes that you really wear.
Doing this will not only free you from unnecessary clutter, but this also means that you have less to store, and less space is needed.
After that, you are ready to organize your shoes and decide on what is the best storage solution for you.
Here is a roundup of the most cool and clever shoe storage solutions perfect for small-space living!
1. Place a tiny drawer just for shoes near the doorway.
A little drawer to separate all your shoes from everything else is probably the easiest solution to end your shoe storage woes.
You can even use the top for entryway storage, for those little things like your keys, watch and glasses.
2. Shelves will also do the trick.
This is very similar to simply placing a drawer, but if you’re more comfortable with shelves, go for it!
Just like the drawer, just place it beside the door.
This one’s also cool!
3. Build shoe shelves in tiny corners.
Is there a tiny corner in your entryway?
Shelves are perfect to maximize storage even in very tight areas of the house, like corners.
You may not be able to simply put shelves in it like in #2, but with some tweaks, you can build your own shelves on it!
Now you have plenty of space for your shoes and slippers that you would normally just push on the side behind the door.
Here’s another which modified an IKEA LILLANGEN unit to become a shoe shelf in the corner.
You can also try an IKEA lack wall shelf like this one from Amazon.
Now your shelves don’t always have to accommodate the entire part of a shoe. Covering half of it appears to be just fine!
Look at this great example from Megan.
Doesn’t it look excellent?
You can store six pairs of shoes in a shelf like this. Just elevate the shelves to put more shoes or boots on the floor, without running into the soles of the shoes.
Now what is amazing is that you can do it yourself! Yes! It’s a DIY shoe storage that’s not that hard to do.
With the right materials, and probably some company, you can make something like this too! Megan made this herself. And she left a complete guide for this DIY shoe shelf .
See her post for the full tutorial.
If you want something similar from Amazon, here’s my pick!
4. Use walls — as high as you can.
Build a shoe rack on the wall and hang your shoes there.
Measure the area that you are going to use as shoe storage. Then buy crown molding and cut them according to your measurements.
Install them and hang your shoes.
A little bit of caution though… Crown molding works fine with heels except on those with rounded toe platforms. So if you have this type, don’t be dismayed. You can try the next one!
5. Use IKEA GRUNDTAL Rail
The concept is the same with the crown moldings – use the walls to store your shoe collection.
Here’s the tutorial from IKEA Hackers.
6. Store them under the couch.
That space underneath is golden.
Your couch is not just for sitting or napping. It’s also a very practical hiding space. And it can be just the right home for your shoes!
Simply buy a couch that has built-in cubbies underneath. If you’re into woodworking, you might want to make it, yourself.
If not, but you want something customized, just ask someone else to do it for you.
If you have boxes or wine crates, that can be used to contain those shoes that you only use every once in a while. Push them to the inner part of the cubby.
Store the shoes that you frequently use just within your grasp.
7. Maximize underbed storage space.
When you speak of underneath space, you just can’t leave out the bed. That is prime real estate!
Just get a sliding drawer or shelf and tuck it under the bed.
I found this wood rolling tray from Amazon which I think is perfect for underbed storage.
The description says that it’s a boot tray. Your underbed space might not be enough for tall boots, but I’m sure it will do fine with the rest of your shoes.
8. Experiment with a hanging shoe organizer for your toddler’s shoes.
This shoe storage solution pretty much looks like a cool home decor.
I’m sure your toddler’s gonna love this! He/She gets to pick his/her shoe!
With everything just hanging, it’s very easy for your child to see all the shoes, making it also easier to point which one he/she would like to wear.
What makes this so convenient for us homemakers is that we can hang it anywhere in the house! In the bedroom, living room, the closet … anywhere.
Really… it’s very easy to relocate. It just now depends on whether you want to have it hanging like a home decor, or you want it out of sight.
Wherever it is, it won’t take floor space or shelf space, so you are pretty much free to use those spaces for other things.
9. Use a tiny ladder.
Ladders are not only only great for storage, but also for display.
So if you’re looking for a chic style of storing your shoes, pick a small ladder, and let it lean on your wall.
10. Build a storage inside the walls.
Design your walls to include a built-in shoe rack. You can have it in the wall in the hallway, just like what Urban Retro did.
What’s amazing is that it won’t block your way and you can extend it as high as can be.
Put the shoes that you don’t always use on the top. Then get a chair or a short ladder when you need to reach them.
Those that you frequently use can be stored at the bottom so it’s easy to get. Then you can install hooks or dots beside the shoe rack to hang your coats and belts.
11. Install a shoe rack inside the walls.
This one is partly similar with the previous storage idea. The only difference is that the shoe rack is not completely inside the walls.
But just the same… it saves space.
12. Buy an ottoman built for shoes.
This works like the shoe storage underneath the couch. It’s just… well… an ottoman.
There are many ottomans out there in the market. But you can buy something that is designed specifically for shoes.
Nothing to worry anymore about a pair going astray.
It can also be something like this.
It’s so gorgeous you can place it in your living room!
Or maybe something in your bedroom.
Here’s one from Amazon.
13. Buy a wooden bench with enough shoe storage underneath.
This works like the ottoman – you can seat on top of the storage area.
It’s just that, your shoes are not totally hidden. So better keep them organized always!
But it’s really nice to seat on that bench. Feels like you are so close to nature.
14. Use baskets.
Baskets are always a life saver in every organization project. It’s an incredible way to add space in the closet, kitchen, entryway, and in every nook in your house.
When organizing your shoes, this is an option that you just can’t forget!
Now which basket to use, that depends on what you need.
A tiered basket is also a nice option.
15. Build a DIY wall mount storage bin.
Isn’t this adorable? This is perfect for your little boys and girls shoes, but you can also make something like it for your own.
Apart from shoes, you can also store other things here like your kids’ socks, gloves, small towels, hats, sweaters and scarves.
Not only is this storage bin functional, but also fashionable and beautiful!
Mount it on the wall in your entryway. It won’t take much space. Besides, you can adjust your measurements based on the length and width of the wall in your entryway.
Take this one for example. It’s similar, only wider and it maximizes that space near the door.
This one has only four partitions.
16. Use a wall hanger.
Keep them in line – neatly organized!
If you only have a few shoes, just one wall hanger will do the trick.
17. Arrange some crates in that little corner.
Wooden crates are a favorite in organizing shoes. You’ll find more of it in my post about DIY shoe organization.
What makes this one different though, is that it’s positioned in a little corner, which shows that crates can also fit in tiny spaces.
So if you have this tiny corner, having a lot of vertical space, try fitting crates in it. And you just might turn that lifeless corner into your shoes’ new lovely home!
18. Go for the V-shape shelves.
This is not the usual shelves that you see – straight, horizontal.
These shelves were drilled into the wall, with angles forming a V-shape. The angles make it even more possible to squeeze the shoes in that really tight corner.
Imagine 16 pairs of shoes in a very small space!
Here’s another sample.
19. Make a peg board.
Get some boards and shaker pegs. Then make a peg board.
Attach it to the wall. Just keep it low, like this.
Hang your shoes and that’s it!
Here’s another sample.
Here are shaker pegs from Amazon, in case you want to DIY your own peg board for shoes. Then gather some left over wood to serve as your board. The wood must be thicker than the inset portion of the peg.
Or maybe you can try a coat rack like this from Amazon.
I know it says coat rack but… you know… it could work for shoes too!
20. PVC pipes also work in small spaces.
Maybe you have seen PVC pipe organizers occupying an entire wall, and you’re thinking it’s only for big houses.
The truth is, you can also make it happen even if you have a smaller house, especially if you only have a few pairs to store.
Just a few pieces of PVC pipes will do.
Place it in that little nook…
This sample has only 10 pieces of PVC pipes, yet it looks so gorgeous!
21. Invest in Sole Stacks.
Mount it on the wall, or just let it stand on its own.
You can stack as many as you need to, in as little space as possible. Plus, it looks like art, so you can confidently leave it out in the open!
22. Use hangers and pegs for flat shoes.
Hah… never really thought of this!
Keep your flats neatly organized and free up some space in your shoe organizer.
And here’s something using wire hangers.
23. Keep your boots out of the house.
This frees up a lot of space in your home, especially if you have a handful of boots.
Now just because it’s outside doesn’t mean you can leave your shoes disorganized.
Get yourself a boot rack!
This one comes with a shelf where you can place some nice plants. And it now looks like an outdoor decor!
24. Invest in a revolving shoe rack.
You can place it in a corner, and because it rotates 360-degrees, it’s very easy for you to see all your shoes in just one turn.
It’s also very clean to look at. You can place other things on top of it too.
25. Build a copper shoe rack.
Make it a floating shoe rack. When things are floating, it’s very easy to sweep, mop or vacuum the floor.
That saves you time in cleaning.
26. Make a wooden shoe rack.
When I wash our shoes, I often use clothespin and hang it outside to dry.
Then I saw this, and it made me think this one is better. You don’t have to worry that your shoes might fall off. Just place it on the rack upside down and it’s going to dry out.
27. Keep your flip flops in magazine holders.
Place these magazine holders near the entryway, in the mudroom, or outside the house, where you normally leave your shoes.
If you have spare (those not yet used), you can also group them in a magazine holder, then put it in the closet.
Your shoes deserve care, space doesn’t matter.
If you really want to have your shoes organized and well-taken care of, a small space won’t stop you.
In some way, it can even help you.
It forces you to evaluate which shoes you really need to keep. It compels you to become more organized because your space is too important to be wasted on clutter.
And before buying new shoes, it makes you think first…
Where am I going to put that? My shoe storage is still full. Maybe I don’t really need this pair?