If you’re like me, you dream that someday your beloved shoe collection will reside in a walk-in closet as opulent and sprawling as the Taj Mahal. Until then, some creative types have come up with five ideas for keeping our shoe candy within sight and reach, while conserving space. So, stop littering the floor of your closet with your favorite pumps and wedges, and put in one of these fabulous organizers.
Install Some Crown Molding
Crown molding, you say? Yes indeed. Blogger, author, TV producer and small-space expert Janet Lee came up with the idea of installing crown molding (or a chair rail) as a decorative way to “hang” your heels. Splash on some colorful paint, and you have a space-saving solution that is downright artistic.
Janet Lee’s blog, Living in a Nut Shell, is full of amazing spacing-saving ideas. Drop by for a visit. While you’re there, tell her you would love to see her shoe collection featured on The Shoe Maven!
Call a Plumber
A service call from the plumber would certainly cut into your shoe budget for the month! The good news – no plumber’s license is required to install this next DIY project – just follow the instructions from the good folks over at Instructables.com.
The installation of the plumbing pipe looks easier than you might think, and it will certainly make a statement – inside or outside of your closet.
I stumbled across this idea at ApartmentTherapy.com. They added to the concept with the excellent suggestion that you spray paint the pipes black for a more finished look.
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Just Hang it Up
Savannah over at Hey Wanderer came up with the fantastic (not to mention economical) idea of making shoe hangers out of…well…hangers. Savannah’s hangers are best suited for sandals, flip flops or flats. All you need is a bunch of wire hangers, a pair of wire cutters, wall hooks and some yarn. And, of course, you need to make a trip over to HeyWanderer.com for the instructions.
I love that this project recycles hangers from the dry cleaners that might otherwise end up in the trash. There are probably all kinds of variations on this concept – so get creative!
Climb the Ladder
Another eco-friendly idea is to repurpose an old ladder. I found these great images of vintage ladders turned into shoe storage racks at Ariannabelle.com.
Half the fun would be hunting for an old ladder at antique stores, flea markets or salvage yards. Alternatively, you could build a shoe ladder fairly easily and paint it with a unique finish.
IKEA (of course)
I suppose no space-saving article would be complete without some reference to IKEA. However, this particular IKEA solution includes a “hack” from IKEAHackers.net. Jules at IKEA Hacker came up with the idea of taking IKEA’s BYGEL kitchen hanger and using it for a shoe hanger for his girlfriend’s high heels (good boyfriend).
The beauty of this idea is you can probably find similar hangers/racks at Bed Bath & Beyond or other retailers.
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