So the dream is to one day have a whole room dedicated to shoes – a bit like Mariah Carey’s shoe storage below. Failing that, a walk in wardrobe would do just fine. Unfortunately small space living means I can’t quite justify that use of space just yet and finding the perfect solution to my never ending collection is proving a constant battle.
I love the idea of having my shoes on display, but finding a way to do this without making the room seem cluttered always seems to be my main challenge. I also need them to be accessible – a bad habit of mine is leaving an ever-growing pile of flats by the front door. I automatically take my shoes off as soon as I get in, but then the effort of taking an extra trip upstairs to put them in their place just doesn’t happen as much as it should. I therefore need something small and practical by the front door and something a bit more substantial to house the rest of the family upstairs. Here are a few of my favourites below, ranging from mini DIY projects to ready made bits of practical furniture.
1. Subtle and simple DIY entryway shoe organiser by Emily Henderson
2. Contemporary shoe storage found on Houzz.
3. DIY shoe storage from not martha. Almost like a full blown shelf but saves a bit of space and is a little bit clever.
4. Why not combine a bench with some storage? It’s a great way to keep your shoes accessible but hidden and out of the way. Find this at Skymail.
5. Ikea have a great few nifty shoe storage solutions for small spaces. Although they’re actual bits of furniture, they’re still narrow so wouldn’t be too imposing and could also be used as great console/entrance tables. Check out the STÄLL and TRONES ranges from Ikea.
6. I found this image on Houzz. If you’ve got spare drawer then it’s a fab way to keep them out of the way.
7. Another space saving trick is to use the back of your doors. There’s a million different varieties of this classic hanging shoe storage, but you can find this one at Ikea.
8. If space is really tight, then make sure you incorporate essential storage into every piece of storage you have. Take this hanging rail from Habitat for example – the shelves are a great way to use otherwise empty space and keep your essentials off the ground.
9. Again, if you do already have the hanging space then these widely available fabric hanging shoe storage are a fab way to make the most of it.
10. Lastly, make use of the space underneath your bed. When I first went bed shopping, I found it infuriating how hard it was to find a decently priced bed with adequate space to put my own drawers underneath. I find this my most useful storage – whilst it may have become my go-to home for anything that doesn’t really have it’s own place, it’s great because it all remains hidden. I like to keep as much of my wardrobe hanging as possible, as choosing an outfit is way easier when it’s all in front of me (and I hate folding). The drawers under the bed therefore remain free for my shoes – until I have that dream dressing room that is!