If you're like most of us, you enter your house through your garage and possibly even take your shoes off and leave them next to the door on the way in. One or two pairs of shoes quickly become a pile of shoes that you're tripping over. This is a pretty common storage issue we come across when we are putting a garage organization plan together with our clients. I've pulled together some of our favorite ways to keep the shoe mess under control.
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PVC is inexpensive and easy
PVC Pipe is easy to find at your local hardware store and they're usually happy to make cuts for you making this an easy DIY project. iondecoration.com took the extra step and made this project decorative but it's not necessary for it to be functional. The only thing this system is lacking is a place for boots. Still great if you're looking for a spot to keep the shoes you use for yard work, golfing, or sports out of your way.
02 of 07
Wire shelving for open and visible storage
Maybe you like the idea of things off the floor and want to see all of your shoes, wire shelving is a great option if that's your preference. Easy to install, completely adjustable for boots, flats, kids' sizes, etc. and affordable. You can find this Rubbermaid system at Lowe's or directly through Rubbermaid.com.
03 of 07
Slatwall is versitile and diverse
04 of 07
Lockers for a refined look
Does your family have more than shoes that litter your entry way? Or maybe you're looking for something a little more refined and defined? A locker or cubby system might be the right fit for your family. You can purchase a DIY kit or have a pro come out and build a custom system for you. This system was a custom DIY project by Dixie Delights, but kits can be found at places like Pottery Barn, Organized Living, and Wayfair.com.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Hidden behind doors
Our personal favorite since it keeps bugs out of your shoes and hides them behind closed doors....a cabinet with lots of shelves dedicated to only shoes. We've customized this type of cabinet for at least 25 garages, including our own. Built deep enough so your shoes don't get pushed to the back of the cabinet and get lost, adjustable shelving for boots, heels, skates, running shoes, etc. Similar cabinets can also be purchased at retail stores like Home Depot or Lowe's.
06 of 07
Repurpose a bookshelf or crates
A great way to reuse an old bookshelf that has found it's way to the basement or garage is to turn it into something a little more functional like this IKEA Share Space Pick of the Week or blogger, Cassiefairy's Superstar Shoe Storage post. Wooden crates are another great item to repurpose. They're definitely durable enough to withstand garage climate changes, they're interchangeable, and decorative.
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Find a corner
I also realize some garages don't have much extra space and some people don't want a bunch of shoes collecting in their garage, these corner shelves are simple and they will limit the amount of shoes you will have accumulating at your door. An inexpensive option, maybe not as versatile as some of the rest, but still very functional.
So many options
While I realize there are many other (and possibly better) places to store your shoes than the garage, the garage seems to be a dropping point in most homes and it becomes frustrating for most families. We come across this issue when we're consulting a garage project more often than not. It's nice to have a place you can quickly put shoes away until they make it to their final destination so you're not tripping over them on your way into your home.