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Entryway Shoe Storage Hacks That Really Work

These entryway shoe storage ideas will keep clutter at bay while ensuring your most-worn footwear is always easy to find.

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Build a Shoe Organizer

Keep shoes organized and off the floor with this DIY project. The simple storage rack can handle shoes as small and light as sandals or as bulky and heavy as winter boots.

Here’s the complete how-to guide for building this shoe organizer project.

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Entryway Shoe Cabinet Bench

A stylish solution for keeping your entryway tidy, this shoe storage cabinet bench allows you to stash shoes out of sight while also giving you a place to sit to take your shoes on and off.

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Modern Stainless Steel Shoe Rack

This mounted-on-the-wall shoe rack is an ideal solution for keeping shoes away from dogs who like to chew them. Plus the rack’s design doubles as a contemporary piece of wall art! It can hold your sneakers, sandals, pumps and boots in a way that makes them appear to be floating off the floor.

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Use Apple Boxes or Crates

Use apple boxes or other wooden crates to store your shoes. You can paint them a fun or muted color, stack them side by side and use the tops to sit on while you put your shoes on, as long as the boxes are sturdy enough!

Here’s how to use toothpaste to clean sneakers.

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Upcycled Plastic Bottles

Cut off the top of large plastic bottles and stack them on the floor of your entryway closet or out in the open by the door to create an easy way to keep your shoes organized. Each of the bottles can hold a pair of sandals and other flat shoes.

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Stick-On Shoe Holders

These stick-on shoe racks are great for gripping your shoes in place, while ensuring your entryway looks tidy and clean. Made of high-quality, non-slip plastic, they’re waterproof, light weight and are sold in a four-pack. Need more room for your stuff? Learn 12 new DIY storage shelf solutions.

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Industrial Pipe

This shelving unit is both industrial and totally functional, taking a more abstract approach to organizing your shoes. The winding flow of the pipes makes for a convenient shelving unit you can place in your entryway to store shoes without taking up too much space. It’s surely a conversation starter! With one afternoon and a few of these storage ideas, you can turn an over-stuffed mess into an organized, functional closet—here’s how.

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Try a Shoe Carousel

A shoe carousel is another innovative way to display and store shoes in the entryway. Acting like a lazy Susan, this unit can hold 30 pairs of shoes, and is large enough to hold most men’s and women’s sizes.

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Install Hooks Near the Bottom of the Wall

“From our reader, Jimmy Keen: If you have a strict policy at your house about removing shoes before entering, you have to effectively deal with the clutter of shoes blocking the door. While I was looking at the coat rack in the entry, it dawned on me that I could do the same for shoes, so I built another one and hung it close to the floor.”- Family Handyman reader Jimmy Keen

Keep things simple by installing a rack with perfectly spaced hooks for your shoes. Buy another one to mount up high for your hats for even more barely there organization!

Alexa Erickson
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