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Line Them Up in Style: Cost-Effective and Smart DIY Shoe Organizers

Now that spring is ever so slowly (at least, that’s how it feels where we live) on its way back to us, we’re finding that the spring cleaning bug is already biting us. Sure, we might be a little early on that, but it never hurts to get started a little bit in advance of the season if you’ve got the chance! That’s why we’ve been looking up some simple DIY organizational solutions for some of the things we feel have been cluttering our house. This week, we decided that our shoes will be our next project to tackle!

Just in case you need to get your shoes sorted and stored a little better just as badly as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best and most creative DIY shoe organizer concepts we’ve come across so far in our search.

1. Crown molding shoe rack


Are you the kind of person who wears a lot of high heels and doesn’t find them very simple to store on regular shelves because they’re always tipping and they can’t be stacked like flatter shoes? Well, so long as you’re handy with a drill (or at least some wall sticks), we think you might get along a little better with the way Genia Beme used crown molding with a bit of an edge to it to create ledges that heels can be hung from, all up the wall!

2. Shoe dresser


As part of your spring cleaning process, have you also been considering upcycling some of the old furniture pieces you’ve had lying around the house for a while? Then why not combine several different projects in one place and multitask a little bit with your creativity? We’re completely in love with the way Our House Now a Home turned this old dresser into a shoe organizer by taking the drawers out and adding a few extra shelves in that space.

3. PVC pipe organizer


Perhaps you’ve actually been looking for a shoe shelf idea that has a little more unique a style to it so it almost looks like decor but you’d still like to keep things decently simple as well? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Cookie Loves Milk made this awesome cylinder shaped stacked shelving out of cut sections of PVC pipes!

4. Shoe chest


If you’re going to make a DIY storage solution for all the shoes your family tends to accumulate at the front door, would you rather create one that’s a little more discreet and keeps them hidden away? Then we have a sneaking suspicion you’ll really appreciate the way Four Generations, One Roof put little shelves inside a chest to make some inner shoe storage that you can even sit on while you put your boots on.

5. Lazy Susan organizer


Are you actually convinced that your family has so many shoes that you couldn’t possibly keep them all on display and easily accessible on a straight forward shelf if you tried, since you simply don’t have the room? Then maybe you’d appreciate how space efficient this Lazy Susan style shelf outlined step by step on DIY n’ Crafts is! Their tutorial shows you precisely how to make the cubbies and put the pieces together so it turns smoothly and easily.

6. Cardboard shoe rack


Are you actually working on a really tight budget or trying to only make things from supplies and upcycled materials you already have in your house? Then we have a feeling this funny, stacked cardboard shoe shelf might be a little more up your alley! See how simply and affordably it was made on Craft With Creativity, which outlines it in just a few simple steps.

7. Wall mounted entryway organizer


What if you really loved the wall mounted molding concept that we showed you earlier on our list but you’re sure that high heels aren’t what you’ll be hanging and you need a similar alternative that works for flats? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Emily Henderson made a similar shelf but with a small space that your flat shoes will slide right into.

8. Painted pallet rack


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about upcycling things because you’re been a huge fan of the pallet repurposing trend lately? Well, we’ll admit that we’ve been on a bit of a kick in that regard too. That’s why we thought this altered and painted pallet show shelf that leans against the wall was such a neat idea. See how it’s done in more detail on Northern Feeling.

9. Bench and basket shoe storage


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about a front hall shoe storage idea that also gives you a place to sit but you’re hoping for something with a slightly more rustic style than the chest we showed you earlier? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Trey & Lucy built a wooden bench and placed labelled wicker baskets underneath to sort the family’s shoes into and tuck away.

10. Space saving triangle shoe rack


Were you actually a huge fan of the idea of making a neatly shaped stacking shoe rack but you’re also very temped by the concept of making it from supplies you’ve already got around your house because you’re on a bit of a budget? In that case, We think maybe you’ll get along a little better with something like this space efficient stacking triangles shelf from A Piece of Rainbow that’s made out of cardboard!

11. Bungee cord shoe wall


Are you actually still thinking about how much you love the idea of creating a shoe wall but you’re renting your current home and you’d prefer to put as few holes in the walls as possible? Then we think you might get along a little better with something like this leaning bungee cord shoe rack that’s like its own little wall. Get the full details for making one of your own on How To instructions.

12. Flip flop hangers


Just in case you’re looking for something that’s actually a little more suited for your closet, since that’s where the bulk of your shoes are taking up space, here’s a concept from Epbot that will help you organize them way more efficiently and free up the floor of your wardrobe! Check out how they installed a low bar and made cute wire hangers for flip flops and other shoes.

13. Bench and floating shoe baskets


Just in case you’re actually still looking for a shoe rack that also provides you with some kind of seating but you’d kind of prefer to have the storage it includes up off the ground where snow makes the floor wet, here’s an alternative for your consideration! Check out how Bob Vila made this bench that features shoe sized baskets drilled to its underside like floating shelves.

14. Vintage crate rack


A wooden bench isn’t the only rustic style show storage solution we’ve come across in our searches. Just in case you’re also still in an upcycling mood, here’s a lovely tutorial from Finding Home Farms that shows you how to turn several vintage wooden crates into a cubby style rack that even has wheels so you can move it around.

15. Industrial style wall rack


Are you caught somewhere between the ideas of making a rack with a specific aesthetic and making a rack that’s a little more hands-on so you feel really crafty, but you’re having trouble choosing between the two so far? Then we’d like to direct your attention to the way Home-Dzine created this fantastic industrial influenced wall rack using wood and pipes.