Sunday, November 23, 2008
Shoes piled up in the entranceway? Mudroom? Bedroom? Here's a pretty comprehensive list of the many ways of dealing with shoe storage - for those with just a few pairs, or quite a lot. In each category, I'm showing just some of the many options.
1. Shoe racks
Here are a few alternatives to give you an idea of the range of options:
- Woodlore modular shoe rack
- Walnut wooden shoe rack (shown above)
- Cedar shoe racks
- Metro shoe racks
- Skohyllor (Swedish for shoe racks) from Mio in Sweden
- Shoe rack from Side by Side in Germany
2. Shoe Cubbies
These can be built into a closet system, or they can be freestanding. The picture above comes from Cubbies Unlimited; Organize-It sells seven different cubbies.
Update on Nov. 25, 2008: You can also get acrylic shoe divider cubbies from Custom Inserts.
3. Shoe boxes on a shelf (or the closet floor)
You could use the boxes your shoes came in, or in boxes from:
- Shoe Stör [via Mighty Goods]
- KangaRoom / Great Useful Stuff
- Closet Fetish [via organizer Geralin Thomas]
- Gracienne (Cleary Glam boxes) [via OrganizingLA]
- The Container Store
NeatContainers sort of fits into this category, too.
Nov. 24 update: I should make this category shoe boxes and shoe drawers. As organizer Ilene Drexler said: "I think you missed my hands-down favorite: the men's size shoe drawers from The Container Store. They slide in & out with the greatest of ease, are crystal clear plastic & are roomy enough for all types of women's shoes. Expensive but worth every penny!"
Jan 2, 2014 update: The Closet Fetish website has disappeared.
4. Shelves, without the boxes
To see how one person used shelves for shoes, take a look at Apartment Therapy. (And here are more Apartment Therapy pictures.) Or you could use a bookcase, as shown in Domino. Charles & Marie point us to a shoe shelf from 659 Design. And shelves for shoes are a common option used in closet systems - such as the one from Econize Closets, shown above. Update on Jan. 20, 2012: 659 Design seems to have disappeared, as has Domino magazine.
5. Over-the-door shoe bags (or pocket organizers) - which could be hung other places, too.
The Container Store and Organize-It have a number of options. Room It Up has some for those who prefer patterns. In the UK, Cath Kidston has a pretty hanging shoe tidy, shown above. Update on May 23, 2011: The Cath Kidston web site is no longer showing this style of shoe tidy.
6. Over-the-door shoe racks
Organizer Ilene Drexler pointed me to the over-the-door shoe rack at Organize.com, shown above.
7. Shoe bags (or racks) that hang from a closet rod
The Container Store has a number of these, including some made from bamboo or recycled materials. Lorie Greiner has a couple options, one for just shoes and one for shoes and sweaters. Tiny Living and Room It Up have colorful options. John Lewis is one source in the U.K. And the picture above shows a product sold by Hold N Storage.
Organize-It has a shorter version that works with double-hanging closet rods. [via Real Simple]
And Perfect Curve has a shoe rack that hangs from the rod - available at Organize-It and a number of other places. [via Harriet Schechter in the San Diego Union-Tribune]
Updates on Sept. 28, 2009, May 23, 2011, Jan. 29, 2012 and Sept. 13, 2012: Room It Up has disappeared. Lorie Greiner no longer sells this type of organizer, either. And, unfortunately, Tiny Living has closed. The Perfect Curve shoe rack is no longer available at Organize-It, but it can be found other places, such as here. You can also find this style of shoe tidy at Cath Kidston.
8. Under-bed shoe storage
Get Organized sells the under-bed shoe organizer shown above, as well as an under-bed shoe trolley. Organize.com has an under-bed shoe storage bag. Update on Feb. 13, 2012: Get Organized no longer sells either of these products. However, you can find the pictured under-bed shoe organizer here.
9. Revolving shoe trees
The 4-tier revolving shoe tree above is made by Whitney Designs. Polder has 3-tier and 2-tier options. Update on Sept 29, 2009 and May 23, 2011: Products once sold by Whitney Designs are now sold by Household Essentials. Search for shoe to find these products on the Polder site.
10. Shoe cabinets, chests, cupboards and tansu
Tilt-out shoe storage cabinets like the one shown above are a space-saving option. But there are plenty of other options, including the Team7 hallway shoe cabinet, the many options from Homebase, the ottoman shoe chest, the shoe chest from Horchow, and the shoe storage tansu from Berkeley Mills.
11. Shoe benches
The lovely shoe bench above comes from NHWoodworking. Tilt-out shoe benches are another option. And other shoe benches have cubbies, like this bamboo bench. Update on Sept. 28, 2009: That bamboo bench (which was sold by Design Public) is no longer available. But I see I neglected to point to the beautiful shoe benches by Woodistry, which I've mentioned before.
If you're using an elfa system, you can include the Easy Hang shoe rack shown above, which is meant for shoes with heels. [via Apartment Therapy]
There's also the Hangmate shoe rack, which hangs on the side of any elfa drawer system.
13. Repurposed items: coat hooks, magazine racks and roll-out shelves
Apartment Therapy shows how a coat rack could be used for shoes. A wall-mounted magazine rack could also be used for shoes. And roll-out shelves like you often see in kitchens can store shoes, too.
14. Baskets and Trays
For some people (like Nancy Sabina and Mamacita), a simple basket works just fine. And for some, a tray works just fine.
15. One-of-a-kind products
And then there are the products that defy classification. I've mentioned some of these before: the Rakku shoe wheel, the Hotel Box, the shoe storage built into a staircase, the flip-flop storage (and the stilettos hanging from a picture rail), the wall-mounted shoe racks from j-me and Charlotte Tangye Design and the Brookstone cubbies.
But the shoe stacker shown above is a new one for me - thanks to John Trosko at OrganizingLA. Update on Jan. 29, 2012: I'm no longer finding this product being sold.
OK, folks - did I miss anything?
Update: For more shoe storage ideas, see these later posts:
But How Do I Store the Boots?
Stashing the Shoes: Yet More Options
Fancy-Schmancy Shoe Storage for Your Closet
Storing Shoes of All Shapes and Sizes
[shoe pile photo from Dan Dickinson]