Shoe storage solution: a wall of shoes

I recently came up with a Pin-worthy shoe storage solution that I had to share.  My home doesn't really have an entryway, nor a mud-room.  It just has a laundry room connected directly to the garage, making it so there is no great place to put your shoes.  We tried boot mats on the floor, but they took up way too much space and always left us with a messy pile of shoes.

My mother-in-law shared a facebook post with me, showing coat hooks mounted near the floor for shoe storage:

Coat hooks

I think that's a nice idea if you only have three or four pairs of shoes, but I need room to store a whole lot more, so I made a shoe storage wall instead.  Check it out:

Shoe storage wall

I did this nearly two months ago, and it has worked out great.  I simply measured the height and width of the space where I wanted my wall of shoes, and purchased a sheet of 1/2" OSB as well as a sheet of white paneling.  The OSB gives it strength and thickness, and the paneling makes it look clean / finished.  I could have just purchased a single piece of 3/4" white melamine too.  The guys in the lumber department at Home Depot cut both sheets to size for me right at the store, so all I had to do when I got home was to lay out the hooks and attach them using my favorite tool.

Don't go thinner with the paneling.  It will allow the screws for the hooks to stick out through the back side of the paneling, damaging the wall behind it.  You don't want that.

Home Depot didn't have any really cheap hooks, so I went to Menards.  They had white hooks for $1/each, which was what I wanted to spend.  Once I had all of the hooks fastened to the boards, I mounted my shoe storage wall to the wall behind my door using a few Spax screws, making sure to hit the walls studs.  Whenever I take it down, I won't have a wall filled with holes.  My setup hold 18 pairs of shoes, but I could have definitely squeezed more shoes in there if I had been a little stingier with my spacing.

I originally meant to have the shoes pointing down, as shown in the original facebook photo, but I found that the shoes stayed on the hooks much better pointing up.

Another option for shoe storage behind a door is plastic sleeves, but I'm not a big fan of those.

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections


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Reuben is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Sharlene has worked with Structure Tech since 2000 and Reuben has been contributing to her blog since 2008.

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