How to Hang Shoes on the Wall | DIY Shoe Storage Solution

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Inside: An affordable project tutorial for how to hang shoes on the wall to save space in a small closet. Plus other clever shoe storage ideas for your front entry and home.

Shoes – they are one of the most challenging items to organize and store. And for whatever reason, we all seem to have so many pairs! When we moved into this house, the master closet was TINY (we’ve since renovated it), but while I was dealing with that small space, this is what I did to create shoe storage. I figured out a simple way to hang shoes on the wall!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in some other small space storage solutions (I mean, who isn’t??) – have a look at how I built a pull-out pantry for the space beside the fridge, plus how I turned an old bookshelf into a custom wrapping station for the holidays. I’m a bit obsessed with storage and organizing.hang shoes organizer

Supplies to Hang Shoes on the Wall

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How to Hang Shoes on the Wall – Build a DIY Shoe Organizer

It all started with the one blank wall in the closet. Previously, I had some jewellery organizers on there and a small, thrifted, bookshelf that held belts and stuff – but very quickly that system proved inefficient with all the new stuff I was squeezing into the space.
Small Closet BEFORE organizing shoes on the wall

So everything came out/down. I found the cutest white and gold polka dot fabric. I cut it to size (in my case it was approximately 24″x57″ – but that doesn’t really matter that much) and I bought some inexpensive trim at the hardware store.

I don’t have pictures of this part, but using a basic staple gun and a level, I hung the fabric on the wall – only securing it in the corners. Then, after Dan helped me mitre the corners of my trim, I lined it up and used my Ryobi Air Striker Nail Gun to affix the trim to the wall and re-secure the fabric. Just make sure most of the wrinkles are out before you put in the final few nails!How to Build a Hanging Shoe Organizer

Now’s the fun part! Just measure where you want your shoes to hang. Cut a few dowels to size and using sharp sewing scissors make little slits in your fabric where your hooks will go. I hung three 2-foot dowels, 10″ apart, if that makes sense.

Hang Fabric on the Wall to Organize Shoes

Screw in your hooks, pop in your dowel and hang up your shoes! Voila! A clever shoe storage solution that also holds other things. You could add more dowels if you have more shoes and if you want to make the organizer larger (as in wider), you could use more heavy duty dowels and hooks so that more shoes could hang on each row. How to Hang Shoes on the Wall and Save Tons of Space

I even had space at the top to hang a mirror and some hooks to take some of my overflow jewellery. Oh, and those little square faceted push pins are for the receipts and business cards that always seem to collect in my closet after I visit a shop I want to remember.The Best Small Closet Solution for ShoesA DIY Way to Save Closet Space with Shoes on the Wall

Such a small space, but this really maximizes its use. How to Hang your Shoes on the Wall


Other Clever Shoe Storage Solutions

Our front entry way is just as small as our master closet used to be, so you might want to have a look at how I used the space there to store shoes at the front door. I used a slim shoe cabinet in the closet, added some wall paper and wall hooks.

Tiny Front Entry Tour

Lemon Thistle blog creates an INCREDIBLE shoe storage solution in her split level entry. I’m in awe of this project. You have to see what she did. Seriously – so good. built in shoe storage

Handmade Haven makes another UNBELIEVABLE DIY Shoe Storage Solution. This is lovely and I think it’d be great in any hallway or entry. The best part about this is that you can customize it for more than just shoes!!hidden shoe storage

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12 thoughts on “How to Hang Shoes on the Wall | DIY Shoe Storage Solution

  1. Just had a thought, you could use straight liquid starch to adhere the fabric to the wall. I’ve done it to furniture pieces. It stays put till you pull it off.

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