If you’re anything like us (and we hope you are), you love shoes. Which means you have a lot of shoes. And unless you’re somehow Carrie Bradshaw, you do not have unlimited space for all your shoes.
With this in mind, we have put together this handy list of ways to organize your shoes with a limited amount of space.
Things you can buy
Over-the-door shoe organizer: Okay, you’re bound to have seen these. You’ve probably owned more than one in your lifetime. These are great for making use of the inside of your closet door and giving you another space to store your shoes. However, there’s a few downsides to these. First, they’re usually made of flimsy material, eventually breaking and causing you to have to buy another. Second, they flop around as you open and close the door, always making a lot of noise, and sometimes causing some of your shoe to fall out. You take the good with the bad, we suppose. You can buy these pretty much anywhere, like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Walmart, Target, etc.
In-closet organizers: There are so many different types of these, we won’t get into them all. We’re sure you’ve owned at least one version of a shoe tree, and either loved it or hated it. But, there are a few interesting mentions, like The Shoe Wheel. It’s a spinning, expandable storage container on wheels that says it holds an average of 30 shoes. Very neat! Also, this Honey-Can-Do Boot rack. It is so hard to find a shoe storage solution that takes boots into consideration, let alone works to help them keep their shape. Totally useful.
Storage ottoman/bench: Furniture with storage has been around for a while, and can be a lifesaver for small spaces. However, these awesome shoe storage ottomans and benches from Safevieh Tanisha are made specifically to hold shoes! They have a lot of different designs to match your personal style, and tons of space to store your shoes. You’re not just limited to Safevieh Tanisha, there are a few other brands including Linon Carmen and The Sole Secret.
Droog Straps: This a neat little invention from a design company in Holland. They’re rubber belts that stretch out and hold down pretty much anything you can think of — like shoes! We wouldn’t recommend this for your more expensive shoes that could be damaged from the pressure, but flip flops, flats and other casual shoes would work perfectly! Buy here!
Things you can make
Under bed/dresser shoe tray: Suggested by birch & lily, this is a quick and ingenious way to store your shoes underneath the bed or a dresser. You simply take a deep picture frame that fits in the space you want to use it in (they used the Ribba picture frame from IKEA for some childrens’ shoes), put some anti-scratch pads on the bottom to protect your hardwood floor (if needed), and wa-lah! This little DIY trick lets you pick frames that match your decor, customize in any way you want, and use up all that wasted space in your bedroom!
PVC Pipe Shoe Organizer: This is a little more intense of an project, but yields great results. You can get PVC pipe and all the tools you need from Lowe’s Home Improvement or Home Depot, and it allows you to add any level of customization you want! You can cut deep or shallow cubbies, stack them in any way that you need, and decorate the pipe to match your home or personality! Check out Home Stories A to Z for directions!
Repurposed Wire Shoe Hangers: This is a fairly simple and also highly customizable DIY project! This one comes from EPBOT and is super cute. You simple take old wire clothes hangers, cut the bottoms off, bend the sides up with pliers, spray paint a color of your choice, and then add some decorative ribbons to finish off. These beauties will allow you to hang your flip flops AND flats! Any shoe that’s not too heavy will fit on these, keeping them off the floor. Definitely worth the time it takes to make!
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