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.
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.
3. Look into inserts
You can also fill the drawers with specially-designed holders and separators—check the home organisation retailers for inserts.
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.
5. Minimalist shoe cabinet
Another example of a sleek, slimline barely-there shoe console that needs minimal floor space.
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.
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7. Wheeled under bed storage
Add wheels if you have wooden floors or firm carpet to make this shoe storage method even handier still.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
15. Upcycle a vintage cupboard
Repurpose an old cupboard or pick something up from a vintage shop to dedicate to your shoes.
Here’s another simple little cupboard that has been perfectly reborn exclusively for shoes.
Or you might go for something industrial-style…
16. Glass-door cabinet
A cabinet with glass doors is a nice way to display a stunning shoe collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22. Use up a corner
A bunch of wood offcuts and some adhesive, and you have a nifty little corner shoe station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
30. Towel rods
Line walls or closets with towel rods which are the perfect shape and size to store shoes.
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.
32. Baskets with chalk signs
Even more functional, designate each family member’s shoe basket with a sign with their name.
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.
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.
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.
36. Portable clothes rack
Portable and stylish, rolling clothes rack such as this gold one is even more stunning.
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.