13 storage ideas for shoes: cabinets, racks, benches, boxes and more

Be inspired to store shoes and boots in style with these handy solutions

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Do you find that you are tripping over boots when you get in through the front door? Are you tired of having to rummage at the back of the wardrobe to find those heels for a night out? Storage is absolutely key to creating a clutter-free home and eliminating the stress of not being able to find certain things when you need them. 

Busy households with children equal many pairs of shoes floating around that can make a home feel messy or unorganised. It’s important to get a shoe storage solution that means footwear can be easily accessed so you can pop them on and walk out of the door quickly if you're in a hurry. 

Whether you’re looking for a permanent home for them or a temporary place to store there will be a storage option for you, from built-in shelving to boxes that can work for hallways, bedrooms, dressing rooms and even utility rooms. Here are 13 ideas to get you started…

1. Enter in style

Step into your home and immediately have plenty of space for bundling the whole family’s shoes, coats and bags out of the way with a nifty shoe storage entryway solution. 

This Pinnig coat rack with shoe storage bench, £69 Ikea, uses a combination of storage types to accommodate everything you need to hand as you shoot out of the door. 

Ikea shoe racks, benches and coat hooks in a hallway

(Image: © Ikea)

2. Please be seated

Multi-purpose furniture is always a winner, which is why this shoe bench is a great option to have by the door, so you can sit down, pop your shoes on and head out. The Clockhouse hallway bench (£260 from Garden Trading) has enough room underneath for those everyday pairs. 

Shoe bench and hooks in a hall

(Image: © Garden Trading)

3. Best for boots

There’s nothing worse than traipsing mud all over the floor after a walk with the dog, which is why a boot rack just for wellies is ideal. Pop dirty pairs upside down on the spokes and keep by the back or front door for easy access.

The Cox & Cox six pair metal boot rack costs £85. 

Boot rack in a doorway

(Image: © Cox & Cox)

4. Fit for purpose

If you need some serious organisation then fitted storage is your best bet. Perfect for a utility or laundry room, floor-to-ceiling shelves can hold an abundance of shoes, as well as other household bits and bobs. The Pembroke shelving from Neptune starts at £840. 

Fitted shoe and accessory storage in a bootroom or hallway

(Image: © Neptune)

5. Clutter-free living

If industrial-style shelving is more your bag, then check out this flexible unit from Loaf, which is perfect for storing those shoes that you want to be on display. You could also style up some books and accessories for a shelf to be proud of.

The Mish-Mesh shelves are £365. 

Wire shoe storage cage

(Image: © Loaf)

6. Box clever

A stylish and practical shoe storage box is a great way to keep the clutter at bay. You can pop boots, shoes, bags and even throws in there, and no-one would be any wiser! This Rustic wooden bench box from Cox&Cox is £325. 

Shoe storage bench and shelf in a hall from Co & Cox

(Image: © Cox & Cox)

7. Stylish storage

Add a bit of Mid-century style to your space with this on-trend shoe storage cabinet. All your favourite pairs will be kept tucked away in the three divided drawers. The Jenson shoe storage cabinet is £349 from Made.com and a matching telephone bench and storage mirror are available too. 

Telephone table, shoe cabinet and storage mirror in a hall

(Image: © Made.com)

8. Down under

Running out of cupboard space? Extra room can be found under the bed and we love these classic-look wooden drawers. Indigo Furniture’s under bed oak shoe drawer is from £219. 

Under bed shoe storage from Indigo Furniture

(Image: © Indigo Furniture)

9. Practical design

Keep it simple but effective with a shoe storage cabinet that can house pairs not only in drawers but also has baskets – ideal for slipping in a few lightweight flats or sandals. The Cottage shoe cabinet is £229 from Maisons du Monde.

Shoe rack carousel and shoe cabinet with baskets

(Image: © Maisons du Monde)

10. Space-saver

If you don't have space for bulky furniture in bedrooms, then consider a fabric storage unit. This one can hold up to 27 pairs, and there’s a fabric front that can roll down when you want to keep the contents out of sight. 

This shoerack wardrobe is £26.95 from House of Bath. 

Shoerack wardrobe with fabric cover

(Image: © House of Bath)

11. Store & order

A tall design is great if you want to keep as much floor space free as possible, and can work well in a hallway, bedroom or any under-used nook.

The Daxton white metal shoe storage cabinet comes with five shelves for £95 or three shelves for £70, from Habitat. 

Habitat white shoe rack and cabinet

(Image: © Habitat)

12. On the rack

This modern storage table is a multi-functional piece of furniture as it can not only store shoes on the wooden racks but the top could also be used like a console table for keeping things like keys or an everyday handbag. It would also make a neat addition to a bedroom for holding makeup or jewellery boxes on top and shoes beneath. 

The Wireworks Hello storage table is £260 from Lagoon. 

Lagoon shoe rack console table

(Image: © Lagoon)

13. Hang it up

Keep shoes from cluttering up children’s bedroom floors with this super handy shoe storage hanger that can be hung behind the door or in a wardrobe for the ultimate in secret storage. 

The neatfreak! Twill over the door shoe organiser is £27.99 at John Lewis. 

Shoe hanger from John Lewis

(Image: © John Lewis)

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