The entryway of any home is the first impression that guests have when they visit. It’s also the place where we kick off our shoes after a long day at work, making it the perfect spot for shoe clutter to accumulate. To keep your entryway organized and functional, consider trying out some of these creative shoe storage solutions. From IKEA hacks and built-in solutions to our favorite baskets and benches, we have you covered!
Hooks, dowels, benches, and baskets maximize storage in this entryway. Image from House 1924.
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Why you should leave your shoes at the doorPlan your spaceShoe racksWall-mounted shoe racksOver-the-door shoe organizersBenchesBaskets & BinsFavorite storage baskets from TargetFavorite storage baskets from AmazonShoe cabinetsBuilt-in shoe storageShoe trays
Why you should leave your shoes at the door
For starters, shoes can track in dirt, mud, and other outdoor debris, which can create a mess and lead to the buildup of bacteria and allergens. This is especially problematic if you have young children who spend a lot of time crawling on the floor or if you have pets who may lick their paws. Not only does leaving your shoes at the door help keep your floors clean, but it can also promote a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in your home.
Plan your space
Many of us are living without a proper mudroom or entryway closet and need to make the most of a small entryway. Before you decide on the best storage options for your entryway, ask yourself a few questions:
How many shoes do you need to store?
Is there anywhere else you can store shoes? Consider leaving shoes on a covered porch and having an additional dedicated place for shoe storage in bedrooms.
What kind of shoes do you need to store? If you have a lot of boots, keep that in mind! Boots and winter weather shoes require more space.
Do you need a place to sit? If so, consider adding a bench or chair to make it easier to take off your shoes.
Do you need space for guests to leave their shoes? Guest slippers are a nice addition for any entryway.
A shoe rack (or shoe shelf) can also help you organize your entryway and create a more welcoming atmosphere in your home. By keeping shoes off the floor and neatly arranged on a rack, you can make your entryway feel more spacious and inviting. This can be especially helpful if you have a small entryway or live in a crowded household, leaving plenty of room above the shelf for backpacks and coat hooks.
Versatile and affordable IKEA Hemnes shoe rack. If you have the space, get two!
This leaning shoe rack provides multiple tiers and is a good option for smaller entryways. From Cozymatic.
Wall-mounted shoe racks
Wall-mounted shoe racks are an excellent way to save floor space while also keeping your shoes easily accessible. These racks come in various sizes and can hold anywhere from a few to a dozen pairs of shoes. They are easy to install, and you can choose to mount them at any height to fit your space’s specific needs. Wall-mounted shoe racks are also great for small entryways where floor space is limited.
Check out the easy to follow DIY wooden shoe rack project over at Kippi at Home. A perfect solution for a home with loads of kids shoes!
Over-the-door shoe organizers
Over-the-door shoe organizers are another fantastic option for those with limited floor space. These organizers hang over the door, and each pocket can hold a pair of shoes. They come in various materials such as fabric or clear plastic, and some even have added features like hooks or mesh pockets for extra storage. Door shoe racks are also easy to install, and they make it easy to see all of your shoes at a glance.
Shoe benches are a great way to add extra seating to your entryway while also providing shoe storage. These benches come in various styles and sizes, and some even have added features like hooks or shelves. They are perfect for larger entryways where floor space isn’t an issue. You can place a few baskets or shoe trays underneath the bench to keep your shoes organized and out of sight.
Baskets & Bins
Using baskets and bins in your entryway to store shoes and accessories can be a practical and stylish solution for keeping your shoes organized and off the floor. Baskets and bins (or even old crates!) can be placed on shelves or under a bench, making them a space-saving option for small entryways.
Baskets under a bench are a stylish way to conceal your shoe storage. Image from A Beautiful Mess.
Another great entry bench and basket combo for storing shoes in your entryway. Image from the Blesser House.
These beautiful vintage shoe cubby baskets maximize storage space. Image from Jenny Komenda.
Favorite storage baskets from Target
Favorite storage baskets from Amazon
If you prefer to keep your shoes hidden from view (yes, please!), a shoe storage cabinet is an excellent option. These cabinets come in various sizes and styles and can hold anywhere from a few to dozens of pairs of shoes. They are usually made of wood or metal and can be closed off with doors to keep your shoes out of sight. Shoe cabinets are perfect for those with larger shoe collections or for those who want a more polished look in their entryway.
The perfect low profile shoe cabinet with a little drawer for your entryway. Image from Apartment Therapy.
Check out this entryway storage project from The DIY Mommy, using the IKEA STÄLL cabinets. I think I could store 100 pairs of shoes here!
Built-in shoe storage
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, consider building in shoe storage in your entryway. This option will require a bit more effort and planning, but it can be customized to fit your specific needs. You can create a built-in shoe rack, install a shoe cabinet, or build a custom bench with storage underneath. Built-in shoe storage is perfect for those who want a more cohesive look in their entryway and for those who have specific storage needs.
Shoe or boot trays are a simple yet effective way to keep your shoes in one spot and prevent dirt and debris from getting on your floors. These trays come in various sizes and materials such as rubber or plastic. You can place them right by your door or in a designated area in your entryway to keep your shoes organized. Shoe trays are also easy to clean, making them a low-maintenance option for those who want a simple storage solution.
Add shoe trays under a bench to keep floor clean and your shoes organized. Image from Real Simple.
There are many entryway shoe storage solutions to fit your specific needs and style. Whether you prefer a more polished look or a simple solution, there is an option for you. By implementing some of these shoe storage solutions, you can keep your entryway organized and functional, making a great first impression on your guests.