There are so many products out there for shoe storage and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know which product to choose. We often rely on trial and error to help us make a decision but that can be time consuming and frustrating. The key to finding the perfect shoe storage solution for “YOU” is to find one that compliments your shoe collection, the size of your storage space, and your budget.
Before you make a purchase, measure your closet so you have a better idea of what might fit. There are so many options for storing shoes but I am listing the most popular and easy to find.
Shoe Storage Options for Closet
For closet shelf
If you have ample shelf storage, then this option is for you. If you have more than one shelf in your closet, keep shoes used regularly on a bottom shelf and seasonal shoes on an upper shelf.
- Plastic Shoe Boxes – This is an economical option for shelf storage. I suggest clear plastic so that you can see what is inside the box. There are now options for standard size shoes, boots, and men’s shoes. Labeling each box or placing a picture of the shoes on the front of the box will make it easy to locate your shoes.
- Canvas Shoe Box Organizers – This option usually has a window in the front so you can what is inside. No labeling needed and they stack well.
For hanging on rod
If shelf space is limited, then using your closet rod for shoe storage will work just as well.
- The Hanging Shoe Organizer – This option will store up to 10 pairs of shoes. There are two options for this design. You can store 10 pairs of shoes vertically if you have vertical space or you can store 5 pairs of shoes in two columns if you have horizontal space. There is no installation, you simply hang the organizer on the rod. The only draw back is if you have a large shoe collection, you will need a lot of rod space.
- Shoe Carousels – You can also hang this unit from your hanging rod. A swivel hanger that spins 360 degrees makes is possible to access every pocket. The unit shown below holds 40 pairs of shoes and can be found at Walmart.
For closet floor
If shelf and rod space are not available, then using the floor is an option. Most closet floors are not used to their full potential. Shoe shelves hold several pairs of shoes and make choosing shoes quick and easy.
- Shoe Shelves – you can find shoe shelves in different sizes and styles. Some options are also stackable. The shelf you choose will depend if you have horizontal space to line the shelves up side-by-side or vertical space to stack the shelves. The only problem with this option is boot storage is limited to the top shelf and if you are storing men’s shoes, make sure you buy a sturdy model.
Back of the door
A small closet can make it difficult to store shoes inside the space. Unused door space is a great option. Again, not ideal for boots and other large shoes but this solution holds plenty of shoes and is easily accessible.
- Door Shoe Rack – This offers small shelf like storage to keep shoes from becoming crushed or damaged.
- Door Shoe Pockets – A good option for smaller shoes or flats. The one problem is that shoes can become smashed within the pocket if they are too big. This option is great for kids shoes and flat heeled shoes.
Shoe Storage Options for Outside the Closet
Under the bed storage
If you have a small closet then under bed storage is a good option. It is not as convenient as a shoe rack or shelving system but if space is a problem then this option is for you. Under bed storage is especially useful for seasonal shoes where you don’t need to access the shoes on a daily basis.
- Zippered Storage Bag – A zippered bag protects your shoes from dust. There are 12 compartments that will hold average size shoes. Large shoes and boots will not fit in this bag. However, under the bed storage bags without dividers will hold larger shoes and boots.
Free standing storage
If closet space and under the bed space is limited, then a free standing shoe storage unit may work. These units can be placed in a corner or small space in any room.
- Revolving Shoe Tree – This is a great option for corner storage either inside or outside the closet. It holds up to 24 pairs of shoes and can be adjusted to fit larger shoes.
- Shoe Cabinet – A cabinet hides shoes so that it appears to be a piece of furniture when the doors are closed. Some units are all shelves, while others have a combination of shelves and drawers. This is a convenient and attractive way to store your shoes.
- Shoe Rack – a shoe rack is similar to a shoe shelf in that it can also be placed on a closet floor. The shoes are out in the open so there isn’t much protection from dust but it is an affordable option. The shoe rack is a good choice for kids since the shoes are visible and easy to reach.