Over-the-Door Shoe Racks and Organizers

Over-the-door shoe racks and organizers make use of vertical door space to creatively store shoes.



Photo courtesy Target

Photo courtesy Target

Closet doors are an often underutilized part of a closet or bedroom, especially when they're only used to hide the mess inside! Over-the-door shoe racks can be an effective way to organize and display shoes while maximizing limited space. There is a wide array of styles and materials, offering options that fit a variety of lifestyles and storage and organization needs.

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Walk-In Closet With Wall of Shoe Storage

This walk-in closet is a shoe lover's paradise. With clean white shelving dedicated solely to shoe storage, shoes are organized and displayed in style.

Designer Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design suggests maximizing storage space by adjusting the spacing of the shelves. "Most people have their shoe shelves spaced evenly. However, in order to maximize space, they should be adjusted and based on the height of your shoes."

Backlit Shoe Storage in Walk-In Closet

A wall of backlit shelving turns shoe storage into a boutique-like display in this luxury closet.

Adding custom shelving is the easiest way to keep clothes, shoes and accessories off the closet (or bedroom) floor. Arranging shoes and clothes by color also makes it easier to keep things organized and put together an outfit.

These shoe racks were designed for the man of the house. They features racks spaced closer together, not suitable for a woman's high-heels, but ideal for a man and to maximize apace.

Having a specific spot for every pair of shoes, bag and shirt makes getting dressed a breeze. A spiral shirt rack keeps button-downs and delicate tops fresh and wrinkle-free.

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For the fashionista who has more shoes than clothes, it's wise to consider how these favorite items are showcased. ClosetMaid has created the perfect system for pumps, boots and flats to take center stage.

Photo By: ClosetMaid

Photo By: ClosetMaid

With the right materials, a boy's closet can be just as mature as an adult's closet. Designed by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., this maple shelving system with a sienna stain adds a sophisticated touch to a boy's bedroom. Wooden cubbies provide an attractive way to store shoes and hats.

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Hooks that fit over the door generally provide the anchor for these racks. The base and style of racks can vary widely with options available in pockets, wire racks, metal tubing and cubby styles.

The pocket style over-the-door racks are usually large enough to accommodate a pair of shoes for ladies or children but may only fit one shoe per pocket for men's styles. They do prevent dust from accumulating and are available in styles with clear plastic so that you can see the whole shoe. They are terrific for wrangling child-sized shoes and are handy in other rooms of the house for household tools, toys and supplies. Hiding them is super easy; just close the door.

Wire and metal-tubing racks are very efficient and provide air circulation but only display the soles of shoes and can catch dust. Shoes slip and hang over the wire frame and that support helps maintain the shape of the shoe while providing a way to maximize the number of shoes stored in a system.

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