Tired of Clutter? Try These Clever Shoe Storage Ideas

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30 Genius Shoe Storage Ideas To Tidy Up Your HomeThe Pioneer Woman / Kevin J. Miyazaki

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No shoe is one-size-fits-all—and we're not just talking about the physical size of the shoe either! You probably have a variety of shoes for every occasion. There are shoes for work, play, exercise, and even shoes for just standing all day. And with that comes an artful smattering of stylish heels and comfy sneakers strewn across your entryway that screams 'safety hazard' more than it does 'front entrance.' Heck, you might even have gardening shoes or ranch-ready cowboy boots that require a safe place in the mud room! Add to that the shoe collections of the rest of the family, and you likely have a mess on your hands.

Whether you’re looking to polish up the front hall, the mud room, or your closet, there’s a shoe storage solution out there for just about every space in your home. And in many cases, they can even be made with your own two hands—time to test out your woodworking skills! Or, try some shoe organizers that can be up-cycled from everyday materials, like cardboard tubes. Perhaps you’d like to display your shoes like the small works of art that they are—for this, you’ll discover clever ways to showcase them on the wall. You can even take an IKEA piece and “hack” it to create a stylish shoe cabinet. So, lace up those sneakers, put a spring in your step, and get ready for 30 storage ideas that will instantly organize your shoes.

Use Cubbies and Baskets

The clever use of the IKEA Kallax shelves as cubbies allows for a mix of decor and practicality. Fill half of the cubbies with decorative baskets to hold your shoes (and keep them out of sight), then use the remaining cubbies to hold knick-knacks and books for a pleasant entryway oasis.

Get the tutorial at The Homes I Have Made.


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Hack an Ikea TV Stand

Who knew a simple TV stand would be the key to building the mudroom of your dreams? The Ikea Hemnes TV Unit has plenty of large drawers and shelves to store all your shoes. Make sure to affix a sturdy wood panel to the surrounding wall above the cabinet to ensure that the "bench" can hold your weight.

Get the DIY Mudroom Bench from House by Hoff.

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Make a Hidden Cabinet

If you're prone to shoving your clutter where you can't see it, this hidden shoe cabinet is for you. Vertical shelves are concealed within the drawers of this cabinet, and they're sure to hold your whole shoe collection. Out of sight, out of mind.

Get the tutorial at Handmade Haven with Ashley Basnight.

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DIY a Ladder Shelf

Vertical storage is the key to space-saving organization, and this ladder shelf exemplifies that. It doesn't involve drawers or baskets, so you can easily place your shoes on the shelf as soon as you walk through the door. Plus, you can add decorations, like a terrarium or a small basket for your keys, to a shelf or two to make the unit both multifunctional and cute.

Get the tutorial at Home Made by Carmona.

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Utilize Wheels

Under bed storage bins are good, but under bed storage bins with wheels are even better. Instead of letting your shoes take up precious space in your closet or entryway, store your lesser-worn shoes in an under bed drawer with wheels. That way, you can easily pull them out of the drawer, rather than a messy pile under your bed, whenever you want to wear them.


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Build a DIY Cabinet

If you have a love for shoes that knows no bounds, then an entire cabinet might be in order. With this tutorial, you can build one yourself, and paint the inside pink for a little extra pizzazz!

Get the tutorial at Handmade Haven with Ashley Basnight.

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Go Upward

Sometimes, storage solutions are oh-so simple but they make a big impact. This shoe organizer is a perfect example, providing levels of shoe storage in no-nonsense scrap wood. Plus, it can be made in 30 minutes.

Get the tutorial at Jen Woodhouse.

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Give It Style

For a shoe organizer with cool, industrial flair, look to this tutorial, which will show you how to create an organizer using wood dowels and copper pipe fittings.

Get the tutorial at Crafty Lumberjacks

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Install a Sneaky Cabinet

Whether you’re making over your home or currently building, be sure to include a built-in cabinet that’s just for shoes—it’ll be even more under-the-radar if it seamlessly pulls out from the wall.

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Make a Wall Shelf

For a shoe-storage solution that’s as handy as it is decorative, turn to this wall shelf tutorial that will transform a corner of your home into a modern, and useful, masterpiece.

Get the tutorial at Haute House Love.


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Use Pull-Out Trays

If you have a ton of shoes and have trouble seeing them all, consider pull-out trays for them. That way, you can avoid the dreaded shoe pile that tends to happen in closets and entryways.

Get the tutorial at The Created Home.

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DIY a Boot Rack

For a boot rack that will also help them dry (and act as storage for bike helmets, too), follow these steps.

Get the tutorial at Prodigal Pieces.

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Hack an IKEA Cabinet

If you have a small entry without a closet, this IKEA hack is right up your alley. Slim and stylish, this cabinet will fit into a wide variety of spaces and has lots of visual appeal.

Get the tutorial at Lavender Julep.

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Create Built-In Storage

Even if you’re not remodeling, you can absolutely craft some built-in storage for your shoes with the help of these drawers.

Get the tutorial at Lemon Thistle.

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Utilize Crates

Not feeling particularly crafty? For an easy-peasy DIY shoe-storage solution, just stack some wood crates on top of one another. They’ll nicely tuck away shoes and it’ll look fresh and modern.

Get the tutorial at The Merrythought.


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Turn to Metal Shelving

If you’d like to convert a small closet into your shoe-storage headquarters, pick up some metal shelving that you can customize so it’ll fit the space and meet your needs.

Get the tutorial at Inspired by Charm.

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Build an Entryway Cabinet

If you think that building a shoe cabinet yourself is totally impossible, you’ll find that it’s easier than you think with these steps.

Get the tutorial at House Becoming Home.

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Set Up a Drop Zone

When creating an area for shoe storage, don’t stop with the shoes. Keep things even tidier (and find things in a hurry!) with an entryway drop zone that additionally includes hooks for jackets and hats.

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Make a Wall-Mounted Rack

If you’d like to be able to grab your shoes in a flash, consider this wooden wall-mounted rack so you can see every pair you own.

Get the tutorial at Kippi at Home.

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Transform Cardboard Tubes

Don’t throw away those random cardboard tubes! Instead, transform them into convenient shoe cubbies—what a great way to reuse items that were destined for the landfill!

Get the tutorial at Heathered Nest.


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Make It Modern

Just because something serves as “storage” doesn’t mean it can’t be chic, as proven through this DIY cabinet that’s both handy and gorgeous for a front hall.

Get the tutorial at Toolbox Divas.

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Include a Tray

Need some shoe storage that also allows them to dry? Look no further than this tutorial that brings together a multi-level shoe organizer and drying tray.

Get the tutorial at Easy Peasy Creative.

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Stash with Sliding Doors

Perhaps you’d prefer your shoe storage to be a part of the room. For this, you can create built-in shelving (painted in a stylish hue, like this shade of dark gray) and pair it with sliding doors so it’s fast and easy to grab your shoes.

Get the tutorial at Duke Manor Farm.

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Head Under the Bed

That space under the bed is a treasure trove of storage possibilities! You can even turn it into a landing spot for shoes, with the help of this tutorial.

Get the tutorial at Anika’s DIY Life.

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Purchase a Shoe Rack

At the end of the day, if you’re just not in a DIY frame of mind but you dearly need some shoe storage, you can absolutely purchase a shoe rack—just be sure to measure it for the space ahead of time.


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Think Vertically

Go onward and upwards with your shoe storage, creating vertical wood shelves that can reside over a bench, making it an ideal spot to pick up your shoes, sit down, and put them on before heading out the door.

Get the tutorial at Lily Ardor.

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Make a Storage Bench

The area underneath a bench is just waiting to turn into shoe storage, as seen through this tutorial.

Get the tutorial at Ohoh Deco.

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Turn Shoes Into Wall Decor

Who knew that pieces of wall-mounted molding could act as perfect shoe storage? Make your high heels the centerpiece of a room and beautifully display them while also keeping them organized.

Get the tutorial at Heathered Nest.

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Try a Geometric Look

As it turns out, cardboard and brightly-hued duct tape can come together to make an incredibly cool shoe organizer with geometric touches.

Get the tutorial at A Piece of Rainbow.


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Go With Floor-to-Ceiling Shelving

Do you have a huge shoe collection? Then we recommend going for broke and putting a tall, floor-to-ceiling shelf in your closet, so you can store and properly display all that gorgeous footwear.

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