Think Outside the (Shoe) Box! 9 Genius Shoe Storage Solutions

Tired of mountains of sneakers, loafers and boots? See the smart DIY ways our favorite bloggers organize their shoes.

Stacked PVC Pipe

Stacked PVC Pipe

Cookie Loves Milk

Cookie Loves Milk stacked and glued PVC pipe to create a cool honeycomb-like shoe rack. To store most flats and heels, choose pipe that is 150mm in diameter. Running shoes or men’s shoes will need a larger diameter -- or just store one shoe per pipe. Ask your local hardware store cut the pipe slightly longer than your longest shoe.

Get the how-to at Cookie Loves Milk.

Towel Bar

Towel Bar

The Eisenharts

Janie at The Eisenharts discovered that shoes nestle perfectly in (and on) the Ikea Bygel Rail, which you can get for $3 a pop. Use them to make the most of an empty corner or the awkward space behind a door.

Get the how-to at The Eisenharts.

Pants Hangers

Pants Hangers

DIY Show Off

Roeshel of the DIY Show Off made the most of empty closet space by adding a second, lower rod and hanging boots from it using pants hangers. To avoid dreaded hanger marks, place felt padding inside of the clamps.

Get the how-to at DIY Show Off.

Decorative Molding

Decorative Molding

DIY Show Off

The DIY Show Off’s Roeshel also used pretty trim molding to hang pumps -- four 42-inch pieces hold a whopping 24 pairs of shoes.

Get the how-to at DIY Show Off.

Repurposed Toy Chest With Added Shelf

Repurposed Toy Chest With Added Shelf

Four Generations One Roof

Jessica of Four Generations One Roof transformed a toy chest into the perfect shoe storage box by adding a half shelf, so shoes aren’t piled on top of each other. To figure out the best height for the shelf, simply measure your tallest pair of boots.

Get the how-to at Four Generations One Roof.

Low-Profile Floating Shelves

Low-Profile Floating Shelves

Not Martha

When a pricey store-bought shoe rack wouldn’t quite fit her space, Megan of Not Martha made her own version -- and it’s awesome. A narrow shelf sits two inches above a wide one, creating the perfect space for shoes to rest. The floating, low-profile shelves won’t take up much space and keep shoes off the floor. Hint: Protect shoe tips from scuffs by adding felt strips to the underside of the top shelf.

Get the how-to at Not Martha.

X-Bin Wine Crates

X-Bin Wine Crates

White House Black Shutters

Ann Marie of White House Black Shutters scored some old wine crates at a garage sale and repurposed them into a sweet-looking shoe storage shelving system. The X-shaped cubbies keep shoes from becoming one big pile. Have a cool box without an X? Just cross two by fours in a lap joint to get the same effect.

Get the how-to at White House Black Shutters.

Paint Cans Nailed to the Wall

Paint Cans Nailed to the Wall

Waiting for Two

Joanna at Waiting for Two screwed paint cans into her closet wall to create cubbies for stashing flip flops. In the winter, the cans store gloves and scarves. 

Get the how-to at Waiting for Two.

Check out a similar DIY storage solution using trash cans

Matching Boxes With Photos

Matching Boxes With Photos

B Headed

If you’re lucky enough to have a high-ceiling closet -- and a gorgeous shoe collection -- take your cue from Lily at B Headed. She stored pumps in cardboard boxes and taped large color photos of the footwear on the front. The matching containers keep the stacks from looking messy, while the pictures make finding the perfect pair a piece of cake.

Get the how-to at B Headed.

Plus, see how you can use trash cans and a basket to help control shoe clutter at your front door.

Ellen Sturm Niz is an editor and writer working, parenting, and living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+.

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