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37 Simple shoe storage ideas and shoe organisers for your home

By Gianna Huesch

Updated: May 4th, 2020

Still ‘storing’ shoes in a pile on your bedroom floor? These shoe storage and organisation options will stop you feeling defeated about footwear…

Whether you’re a self-confessed fashion victim with hundreds of pairs of shoes, or you just possess the ordinary person’s fair share of footwear, we’ve compiled a list of shoe storage ideas to store your heels, flats and sneakers and get rid of that unattractive jumble on the floor.

No matter how much space you have to work with, you need smart storage solutions to avoid tripping over a stockpile of shoes every day and keep things looking neat—and after all, a mess of shoes doesn’t look any better in a larger-sized room!

But we’ve got all the ideas for when you want an open display of your favourites, or for when you prefer to keep your footwear hidden from view.

1. Bench seats

If you want to get the shoes out of your bedroom, opt for placing a cushioned bench somewhere along a living space wall. Doubling as seating as well as storage for frequently used shoes, the shoe bench can be constructed from a simple cube shelving unit, painted and accessorised with baskets.

Source: Homes to love

2. Purpose-built wall bins

Purpose-built shoe storage units are the neatest way to tuck away your shoes. The slimline consoles can be placed anywhere, even in the narrowest of hallways, and are the perfect way to maximise space, maintain order and offer easy access to your shoes.

slim wall shoe storage
Source: Hunker

3. Look into inserts

You can also fill the drawers with specially-designed holders and separators—check the home organisation retailers for inserts.

grey wall bin
Source: I Heart Organizing

4. Slim hallway cabinets

When closed, these cabinets appear like any other hallway table, perfect for your keys and a bunch of flowers. If you’re cramped for space, this is definitely a great solution for smaller homes.

open hallway unit
Source: Real Homes

5. Minimalist shoe cabinet

Another example of a sleek, slimline barely-there shoe console that needs minimal floor space.

slimline hallway
Source: Hroomy

Some hidden shoe cabinets are multipurpose, such as shoe cabinets that when closed, double as a full-length mirror.

6. Under-bed hidden shoe storage

This otherwise wasted space can be put to work with opaque plastic under bed storage containers, repurposed drawers, or even better, a bed with built-in storage compartments underneath that will help keep bedroom shoe clutter to a minimum.

Source: apartmenttherapy

Looking for some more inspiration? Take a look at our 65 bedroom ideas for any style or size.

7. Wheeled under bed storage

Add wheels if you have wooden floors or firm carpet to make this shoe storage method even handier still.

wheeled underbed
Source: Pinterest

8. Curate and display

Showcase your faves by putting out a group of your most stunning pairs of shoes, add a gorgeous clutch or purse, perhaps a framed illustration, or an array of perfume bottles.

a curated selection
Source: Nick Smith Photo @instagram

9. Create a useful entranceway

If you have a low line commode that fits in your entranceway, create a mini organisation station by adding hooks above for hats and coats. Keep your most frequently used shoes here and stash the others in the closet.

simple entrance
Source: Interior Design Fans

10. Create a mini mudroom

You may not have a whole room or even area, but you probably have a spare wall somewhere near your back door. Convert it to a mini mudroom with a shoe storage bench and some wall hooks. Voila!

minimalistic mudroom
Source: Pinterest

11. Have a boot tray

No space for a mudroom? Just find an attractive vintage or rustic looking tray, preferably with wheels, and keep it near the back door.

boot tray
Source: Pinterest

12. Revamp existing storage

Look at your existing shelving or cupboards in a new light. Why not add an unexpected pop of colour by giving the inside of your cupboard a striking coat of paint?

Source: Nick Smith Photo @instagram

13. Add shelving

If you have the space to shelve up a wall to house your shoe collection, great. If not, consider ways you can add a shelf to existing setups, such as this slim shelf added beneath the bench seat.

slim bench
Source: Ecopeinture

14. DIY a simple shelf

Making this shelf will be easy for someone with basic DIY skills, but you can always hire a handyman to help you out.

a simple DIY shelf
Source: Dwell

15. Upcycle a vintage cupboard

Repurpose an old cupboard or pick something up from a vintage shop to dedicate to your shoes.

repurposed cupboard
Source: The 11 Best

Here’s another simple little cupboard that has been perfectly reborn exclusively for shoes.

Source: 88 Trend Decor

Or you might go for something industrial-style…

industrial shoe cupboard
Source: Real Homes

16. Glass-door cabinet

A cabinet with glass doors is a nice way to display a stunning shoe collection.

glass cabinet
Source: Homebnc

17. Install open shelving

Once again, a neat DIY solution is to create this ladder shoe shelf–and it’s simple enough so that it won’t be costly if you need to get a carpenter to make it for you.

stylish ladder
Source: A Beautiful Mess

18. Hack the racks

Look beyond traditional ‘shoe storage’ and steal from other rooms. For example, installing industrial kitchen racks is an effective way to create sturdy shelving.

industrial kitchen racks
Source: Trading Average

19. Use up wall space

If there’s spare wall space up high in a closet or above a doorway, figure out a way to use it effectively. Similarly, if there is unused low wall space, take advantage of it.

Source: Domino

20. Arrange them in lines

Whether you use strips of wood, plus glue and paint, make use of your house’s mouldings, or you purchase specially-made stretchy bands that are affixed to the wall, consider solutions that take advantage of your wall space.

wall mounted colourful
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21. Use the space under your stairs

Understair storage is such a great space to convert into an area which is usable, for instance, you could create a shoe storage room.

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22. Use up a corner

A bunch of wood offcuts and some adhesive, and you have a nifty little corner shoe station.

corner shoe storage
Source: Decorasium

23. Onwards and upwards with ladders

Ladders are definitely having a moment. Maybe it’s because they offer up a way to maximise vertical space that appears light and airy, and thanks to all the parallel lines, they’re inherently visually pleasing.

ladder shelving
Source: Real Homes

24. Easy DIY crate shelving

People who love DIY love crates as much as they love wooden pallets! Versatile and rustic-looking, crates make the simplest storage solution when propped up against a wall in whatever configuration you like. You can paint them white to give them more charm, keep them natural, or go wild with colour.

Source: Pinterest

25. Wine boxes

I love when you can recycle packaging and different items around the home to be more multi-purpose. Here is a great shoe storage idea using wooden wine boxes or crates as baskets to store under seating.

wine crates
Source: Domino

You could also look at vintage farmhouse apple crates, which are typically upright structures with about three tilted crates attached.

26. Colourful crates

Speaking about crates, check out these colourful crates that can be used as a feature wall. This is perfect for a teenagers room or an industrial bachelor pad.

coloured crates
Source: Home Décor Magz

27. Go modular

This may not be the cheapest option but you can buy some high-quality modular units that can be used for just about anything. There’s the great added bonus that you can customise how this looks in your home depending on your needs.

Source: Domino

28. Wire mesh and grids

Organisational elements like wire mesh, grids or pegboards can be put to use for shoe storage too. Super easy to hang heels, but you will need to add some hooks for flat shoe storage.

If you’re renting in a shared house, this may be the way to go for minimal impact.

wall grid
Source: Domino

29. Closet shoe hooks

Hooks offer up a uniform way to store shoes and a perfect addition to existing wardrobe space. It’s a fast hack

shoe hooks
Source: House Beautiful

30.  Towel rods

Line walls or closets with towel rods which are the perfect shape and size to store shoes.

towel rods
Source: Domino

31. Baskets

Baskets are always a useful and harmonious storage element. Even if you just unceremoniously chuck your shoes in them every day, baskets of clutter oddly never appear cluttered.

Source: Becki Owens

32. Baskets with chalk signs

Even more functional, designate each family member’s shoe basket with a sign with their name.

baskets with chalkboard signs
Source: Homebnc

33. Baskets up a wall

Again, using up that valuable wall real estate to remove the mess from the floor and into a functional storage solution, perfect for any busy family.

wall baskets
Source: One Kin Design

34. Curtains

If you keep all your shoes in an open cupboard or cabinet, you might like to install a curtain rod above and conceal your shoes behind a curtain.

Source: Domino

35. Add a freestanding rack

If you don’t have built-ins or masses of storage space, you could add freestanding clothes rack to display a selection of your favourite clothing and footwear. This is great when organising for your week ahead and allows you to get organised for the morning rush.

freestanding rack
Source: Domino

36. Portable clothes rack

Portable and stylish, rolling clothes rack such as this gold one is even more stunning.

gold rolling rack
Source: Etsy

37. Individual boxes

As organisation becomes a key theme within the cupboards, you’ll see people invest in individual storage containers for each pair of shoes. It won’t be the most practical for space, but with labels on the front, you’ll find it easy to locate the pair you’re looking for.

And there you have it, 37 different shoe storage ideas to make sure you can never not locate the matching pair again! If you have any other ideas, please let us know in the comments below.



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