New Year, New Home:
Creative Shoe Storage Ideas
Sometimes your living space doesn't always match the size of your shoe collection. If you're running low on traditional shoe storage, or simply want to clear some clutter, these 6 ideas will help you make the most of your space while accommodating almost any size collection.
For All Your Heels
You can use tension rods, molding, or towel racks and similar items to hang shoes. Hang heels from the raised edges of molding, or slip the toes of your shoes behind the towel rack. If you have a small area of space in your closet that won't fit much, hang some tension rods from wall to wall in a staggered pattern to hold heels. The heel slips over the back rod, while the toe of the shoe rests on the front rod. This helps you maximize vertical storage and reduces the overall footprint of shoe storage on floor space.
For Little Feet And Big Boots
For baby shoes, a spool rack will work wonders for storage. All the pegs are perfect for holding baby shoes, and they usually come with their own stand. You can even mount it to a wall or side of a dresser with some creativity. For larger, heavier shoes, try a wall-mounted coat rack installed near the floor, or even a wall-mounted peg coat rack. For the coat rack, insert a single hook into the shoe. For the pegs, you can hang boots between the pegs. This storage solution hangs your shoe upside down, much like a boot drying rack.
For Seasonal Pairs
If you're a vino connoisseur, you can use the sectioned wine boxes to store your flats and gym shoes. It's not the sturdiest option, so only using it for seasonal storage may be ideal. The box should have some sort of insert used to separate the wine bottles. Just slip a shoe or two in each compartment and voila! Instant shoe storage.
For Flats And Flip-Flops
Another option for hanging up shoes is to shape the arms of wire hangers to hold shoes. Each arm would be bent into a V shape and then slipped into the toes of ballet flats or flip-flops. Then you can hang them from a rod in your closet. You can even decorate the hangers or bend the arms in a decorative way to add a little style to your storage.
For Every Pair
Start keeping your shoeboxes for easy stacked storage of all of your shoes. To easily identify your shoes without opening each box, take a photo of your shoe and paste it to the front of the box. You can make the picture as artistic as you like. For a coordinated look, you can cover your shoeboxes in matching paper or paint them the same color, or you can buy sturdy shoeboxes that match.
For Hidden Storage
Hide shoes in plain sight with a bedroom storage bench or other storage furniture. If you can't find one that already has pockets, it's easy to add your own pockets to the inside walls. There also are options for storing your shoes under your bed or under your dust ruffle. If you have a couple pairs that are very special and in good condition, you can even display them on a shelf or in separate lighted cubbies.
Not only can you store your shoes in creative ways, but you can also incorporate them into your decorating ideas for the rest of your home. Shoes are a necessity, but for those of us who use them for self-expression, these ideas can help make our collections a little less overwhelming.