Even the least shoe crazy among us usually has at least six pairs of shoes for different occasions and uses. When shoes include a combination of sandals, tall boots, pumps, sneakers, and loafers, it can be difficult to figure out how and where to store the shoes to keep the room organized and attractive. The following are a few different ideas for keeping your shoe chaos to a minimum.
1. Keep Your Shoe Boxes on a Shelf
Shoe boxes keep shoes in good condition and can give the area of the room a consistency of appearance when the shoes are stored inside of them. To add a decorous touch, you can paint the outsides of the shoe boxes in the same color and place a photograph of each pair of shoes on the front of each box. The only down side to storing shoes this way is that they will take up much more space and require large shelves, especially if you have many pairs.
2. Store Hanging Shoes under a Bed Skirt
Bed skirts are the perfect height to conceal hanging shoes. There are hanging shoe racks that are designed specifically for this purpose, or you can cut apart a hanging shoe rack that would normally fit behind a closet door and repurpose it. Keeping your shoes like this can save tons of closet space and make it very easy to find specific pairs of shoes when you need them.
3. Add Pockets to Your Ottoman
An ottoman with storage is a perfect place to store a few pairs of shoes. By stapling fabric to the sides, you can create perfect little pockets to store your shoes. Boots or oddly shaped shoes can go in the middle. This keeps the shoes out of sight, but easy to get to when you need them.
4. Strategically Place Pegged Coat Racks
Placing pegged coat racks by an entryway or in the garage can give everyone a place to put their shoes after removing them. This can really come in handy when the weather is unfavorable, as it will allow the shoes to dry faster and will keep the mess out of the rest of the house. Place the rack low enough so that its purpose is obvious, but high enough to accommodate tall winter boots.
5. Use a Shelf or Old Dresser
If you have a shelf or tall dresser that is not being used, it may be the perfect place to store your shoes. If your shoes are stylish, the shelving can help to show off your collection. If your shoes are utilitarian, a dresser may be better, as it will conceal your unsightly sneakers. To save space in the room, you can store either of these in a large closet.