Shoe Shelves for Closets

Got a hopelessly disorganized closet? Cure clutter with shoe shelves, instantly.

A Woman's Dressing Space

A Woman's Dressing Space

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Photo courtesy ClosetMaid.

Shoe shelves can organize up to a dozen pairs of shoes and provide affordable and space-saving options in closets. For a larger space, such as a walk-in closet, tiered and stackable shelves are available in wood, resin, metal, clear plastic and metal rods. Canvas options are available in freestanding and hanging varieties for use in both large and small spaces.

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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.

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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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Stackable shelves are durable enough to last for several seasons but reasonably priced so that replacing them won't break your budget. The mesh and wire versions allow for air circulation and adjustable heights but the shoes can accumulate dust.

Look for shelves that are easy to assemble and beware of inferior quality products, which can bend easily under the weight of the shoes, and not stay together as well as sturdier models. Consider models with rubber capped feet to prevent shelves from scratching floors. Shelves with rod bases are not well suited for stiletto shoes and make sure yours are deep enough to fit men's shoes.

Melamine, resin, clear plastic boxes and pasteboard systems can be sturdy and are easy to assemble. Their quality varies greatly and the size and style of shoes may impact the number of shoes that they can hold. These modular systems can be effective ways to use under-utilized spaces, such as under hanging clothes and on shelves above closet rods.

Also consider going vertical, with shelves affixed to the walls, freestanding, hanging or even suspended from floor-to-ceiling tension rods.

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