These 25 brilliant DIY shoe storage ideas will help you organize the shoes you own in any space of the home including under the bed, shoe storage benches, racks, closets and more!
Whether you are crazy about shoe shopping or not, the sight of shoes piling up in a closet or next to the front door can easily drive you crazy.
Piles of shoes not only make it hard to find shoes but also beats them up when they get tossed around as you try to find your pair.
We have a “shoe” closet which has gotten out of control and I am looking for inspiration tackle that. So, I thought I will share some of those awesome ideas with you.
How to organize shoes
To get started with organizing your shoes, start by getting them all out.
- First, sort and donate any that you won’t be using in the future.
- Sort shoes by categories – often used shoes, rarely used shoes, and seasonal shoes. Plus sort them by style.
- Identify areas in your home where you need shoe storage. These can be 2 types –
- Everyday shoes – should be convenient to use.
- Rarely used/seasonal shoes – out of the way but easy to get.
Once you have identified the exact areas you want to store shoes, here are some shoe storage ideas you can make!
Most of them are affordable and easy to put together too.
DIY Shoe Storage Ideas
1. DIY Under Bed Shoe Organizer – Anika’s DIY Life
If you have a small home, you want to use every inch of space available. Space under the bed is very precious and often underutilized. It makes the perfect place to store shoes.
I built a DIY under-bed shoe organizer which rolls easily under the bed and has a transparent top to be able to see what’s inside while also protecting the shoes from dust (and spiders).
2. DIY Under Bed Storage Boxes – Grillo Designs
Grillo designs also shares a great tutorial to build simple drawers for the under-the-bed shoe storage option too.
They also have handles and wheels, but they also have designs on the drawer fronts to add a decorative detail to this shoe storage solution.
3. DIY Shoe Shelf Bench from Her Tool Belt
Create the perfect mudroom with a bench and shoe storage shelves with this simple beginner-friendly project.
You will be able to store lots of pairs of shoes and the bench is great for taking off and putting on your shoes as you come and go. It’s the perfect storage solution for a large family.
4. DIY Shoe Storage Bench from Jaime Costiglio
This is a simple and beginner-friendly project – all you have to do is build the frame and use pre-built crates as shoe storage!
The shelving on this shoe storage idea has room for four organizing crates. Store all your footwear here for easy access and easy organization.
5. DIY Shoe Bench from Crafting in the Rain
Another extremely simple DIY shoe bench! Make it any size you need. It’s a great shoe storage solution when you don’t have a mudroom.
It provides storage space on the shelf underneath the bench seat and you can also tuck away more shoes out of the way on the floor underneath.
6. How To Build A Shoe Cubby from By Brittany Goldwyn
Build your own shoe cubby storage shelf and you’ll solve the problem of shoes all over your entryway. It will hold eleven pairs of shoes or more depending on the size.
I love the staggered cubbies. Not only is it organized, but it also looks really beautiful. Store your boots, tennis shoes, sandals and more nice and neat.
7. Scrap Wood Shoe Storage Cabinet from Reality Daydream
This is one of my favorites! I love the pull-out shoe rack! And it was made using scrap wood! This DIY shoe storage cabinet has the tilt out drawer with three separate slots for shoes. It’s a great piece of furniture to use in your entryway, hallway, or even your bedroom.
8. Entryway Bench With A DIY Shoe Rack from Lily Ardor
No mudroom? No problem! Add shoe storage to your small entry with this DIY shoe storage idea.
This bench and shoe rack are just brilliant! I love how the shelves are adjustable. This can be done in a closet too!
9. DIY Ladder Shoe Shelf from Homemade by Carmona
All you need is a 2×6 and a 1×8 to build this shoe storage solution. It’s simple design is a great project for a beginner woodworker.
Ladder shelves are all the rage and this simple ladder shelf as shoe storage is perfect and pretty enough for any entryway.
10. Hidden Shoe Cabinet from Handmade-Haven
Any storage cabinet is great to add to your space, and you will never think this was a shoe cabinet until you open it! I love that this piece of furniture can be used anywhere in your home and the drawers slide out for easy access to your shoes.
11. DIY Shoe Tray from Farmhouse Made
A simple tray for all your boots in the winter. When not in use, you can just store it away! It’s perfect for organizing the clutter of shoes and boots in your entryway!
12. Entryway Shoe Organizer By Emily Henderson
This is the most brilliant and minimalist shoe organization solution ever and can be used in any space – in a closet or multiple of these in a mudroom. This hanging shoe organizer keeps your shoes off the floor and easily accessible.
13. Shoe Storage Cabinet With Trays from The Created Home
The pull out trays in this shoe storage cabinet make it really easy to keep all the shoes organized. Adjust the height to accommodate the shoes and boots you have to make it easy for everyone in the family to use.
14. Bushel Box Shoe Storage Cubbies from Farmhouse Made
I love clever ways to repurpose what you already have. Customize a set of apple boxes to become shoe storage in your entryway. It’s a simple and easy project to put together and easy to customize too!
15. Entryway Shoe Storage With Crates from The Merry Thought
Another idea using crates for shoe storage. Easy to customize and change as needed! Set them up in any configuration and make your shoe storage become home decor.
16. Easy DIY Cubbies From Concrete Forms from Heathered Nest
This is a great idea to add in any space of the house!! I also think it will be perfect in a child’s closet! Add as many tiers as you want to this DIY shoe storage solution.
17. DIY Built-In Shoe Shelves from Pretty Handy Girl
If you have closet space in your coat closet, you can easily turn the bottom of it into organized shoe storage with this tutorial. This easy DIY project will have your shoes organized in no time!
18. Easy DIY boot Tray by Woodshop Diaries
Another simple and easy boot tray to store all those wet boots in the winter. With just a few bucks in wood and some basic tools your can make your own. It would be great for garages, mudrooms, or even inside your back door.
19. How to Build a High Heel Shoe Rack from Centsational Style
If you have a lot of high heels, this will make a great way to store them. This rack can be integrated into any other shoe organizer in your closet space as well!
20. DIY Wall Mounted Shoe Rack from Heathered Nest
I absolutely love how Heather displays her shoes like a work of art! This hanging shoe storage is simple to make and you can do it with pre-made trim and basic tools.
21. DIY Bench with Shoe Storage from The Handyman’s Daughter
A simple and quick entryway bench project that uses metal shoe bins for frequently used shoes. It also has a cushion on top to sit on and put your shoes on or take them off. Perfect for tennis shoes, flip flops, and more!
22. DIY Shoe Storage Rack from Woodshop Diaries
Do you want shoe storage, but don’t want it to take up a lot of space? Then this DIY shoe storage rack is perfect for you! Its slim design will sit on any wall in your home and take up very little space!
23. Easy DIY Shoe Organizer from Jen Woodhouse
Made from plywood this shoe organizer can sit in your walk-in closet or reach-in closet underneath your closet rod. You can customize it the size you need to store as many shoes as you want.
24. DIY Shoe Peg Organization from Sawdust Girl
Hang all your sneakers for easy storage and organization on hooks. Your shoes will hang on the hooks for a neat and organized entryway.
25. DIY Shoe Storage Cabinet from Toolbox Divas
Make your own shoe storage cabinet that has style and is also a great piece of furniture for any room in your home. I love the woven wood veneer detail on the doors!
Aren’t all these ideas incredible?
Which one is your favorite?
They have certainly given me a lot of inspiration to tackle the shoe closet in our home so stay tuned for that!
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