Yes, I’m a shoefanista, plain and simple, and because my collection has been in the three figures ever since I was a teen, an accessible and efficient shoe closet was a must-have, then and now. Looking around, it’s clear I’m not alone. The thing is, shoes can eat up acres of precious closet real estate so it’s always great to see how others store them. Not everyone has space for what I call a Diva Closet — essentially a walk-in room devoted to clothes and shoes — the subject of a previous post. Illinois designer and shop owner Annie Brahler showed off her shoe closet [top] which turns on a vintage armoire that was expanded and built in, uielding some wonderful curved storage spots for bags on the sides. The spacing of the shelves accommodates shoes of different heights, from stilettos to flats, but I would have been tempted to add far more shelves!
I was able to create a floor-to-ceiling shoe closet on a narrow wall in my dressing room with bins from California Closets.
The bins gives me space for 75 pairs of well-worn kitten heels, flats and sandals (I live in the country now) plus a top shelf for boots. I prefer to keep stilettos in their original boxes but CC has expanded their options since my storage was built.
A fairly modest, but very well lighted, shoe closet has storage for 24 pairs based on a rail system. Rails work well for heels though I favor shelves since even heels can go off the rails fairly easily. Still, it’s neat and the glass inserts in the handbag shelves are superb, too!
How clever is this for tight spaces? Eight-inch crown molding was angled against a piece of pine base molding of the same height, glued down and nailed in place. After painting it was screwed into the wall studs. Heels hang neatly over the angled crown plus it has a certain decorative value.
When space is at a premium, shoes also can be nested on flat shelves. It’s nice to see that most people have some of what I call the brave new styles. Mine are mostly vintage and lately I’ve been surprised how well the lightly worn designer pairs I no longer need are selling on eBay. I plan to keep going until I create enough space to go shoe shopping again.
(Source: House Beautiful, decorpad, recreatedesigncompany)
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