[ecis2016.org] Here are the best shoe rack design ideas to choose from for your home
A shoe rack keeps your shoes organised and makes your home neat and visually appealing. A well-designed shoe rack helps to enhance the use of confined spaces.
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A designated shoe rack makes it easy to find shoes to wear. A well-selected shoe rack ensures that shoes remain in good condition. It also encourages positive habits about keeping the home organised and tidy.
Shoe rack material and types
Shoe racks are available in different designs and sizes and are made of various materials such as wood, metal, plastic or bamboo. Wood is the most common option as it easily blends with every décor.
Depending on the space, you can consider a shoe rack with a door, without a door or a sliding door. There are various designs and types of shoe racks such as hanging shoe racks, vertical or horizontal multi-tier shoe shelves and bench seat shoe racks.
Open shoe rack design
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The most popular design of a shoe rack is an open one with shelves of wood or metal. Open shoe racks can have grills for shelves and maybe open from the front and the back. The open shoe rack, depending on the space, can be placed on the floor or hung on the wall. In an open shoe rack, the shoes are visible and it is easy to pick and wear them. The only disadvantage is since the shoes are visible, the shoe rack has to be neatly arranged at all times and cleaned regularly.
Shoe rack design with cubes
With designated space for each pair, cube storage or cubby system makes it easy to keep shoes organised. A typical shoe rack is a cube made of wood with small compartments. The cube shoe organisers are apt for storing heels, flats or sneakers. They can easily be stacked together and are easy to put together. You can opt for a closed or open shoe rack with cubes.
Shoe rack design with a bench
Multipurpose furniture units save space in style. Combining a shoe rack with a bench gives the wearer a space to sit comfortably, especially if you have shoes with lace or buckles. Shoe racks come with wooden benches with a rack underneath. Add cushions to make it comfortable. You can also opt for a folding bench or keep a separate bench beside the shoe rack.
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Hanging shoe rack design for small spaces
A hanging shoe rack can be easily hung on any door or even the inside of the closet. A vertical fabric hanging shoe rack with cubbies is one option for utilising limited space in a closet. Attach it to a rod on one side for a designated shoe rack. These lightweight shoe storages are made of sturdy plastic sheets and contain multiple slots to organise the shoes.
Tilt-out/pull-out modern shoe rack design
Today most homeowners prefer wall-mounted tilt out/pull-out sliding shoe racks. Tilt-out shoe racks are suitable for contemporary and modern décor. The racks open in the form of pull-out or tilt-out drawers, providing racks for different footwear. They are ideal for organising a lot of shoes and keeping them off the floor. Shoes are tilted within the shelves for visibility and better display. These racks hold more shoes than the regular shoe cabinet of the same size. A tilt-out metal shoe rack (or custom made in wood) is slimmer than regular shoe cabinets, making it a great option for narrow spaces.
Wall-mounted shoe rack design
The wall-mounted shoe rack keeps the floor free and can be designed with metal, wood or plywood. The most important thing to consider for wall-mounted shelves is their depth. Ensure they are deep enough so that the shoes fit perfectly without hanging off the shelf. Depending on their location in the house, you can opt for a sliding door, a closed-door or even an open unit. You can have as many shelves as you require.
Revolving shoe rack design
Revolving or rotating shoe racks come in various tiers to display shoes in an orderly manner and are designed in metal, fabric, wood and acrylic. Revolving the shoe rack makes it easy to pick and keep the shoes back. When selecting a rotating shoe rack ensure that it can hold heavy shoes too. There are various sizes available for revolving shoe racks. Either opt for a six to eight tiers rack and keep it on the floor or a small one for the closet for just 4 to 6 pairs of shoes.
Shoe cabinet design
Shoe cabinets help to store shoes without it being visible as they have doors and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the décor. Not only are they sleek and stylish, but cabinets also give the space to hold socks and other accessories too. A closed shoe cabinet can have cubbies or sections for each pair. Design the cabinet as per the shoe sizes and décor of the room. One can design a cabinet in wood or plywood and select Sunmica, glossy laminates and colours that match the room theme. Shoe cabinets with louvred doors are especially helpful for air circulation.
Shoe storage box
Shoe storage boxes can be kept in the wardrobe or a shoe rack. You can choose a see-through linen shoebox or plastic boxes to keep shoes safe from dust, sunlight and temperature extremes that can sap leather shoes of their flexibility. With multiple boxes, it is easy to access any pair. To organise the shoes in the closet, opt for individual shoe boxes. Choose clear ones so you can see the shoes inside.
Shoe rack design with glass
While open cabinets are nice, a shoe rack with glass front doors appears classy, systematic and stylish. Glass cabinets enable you to see all the shoes at one glance, without exposing them to air. A glass shoe rack looks trendy and there are a lot of plain, see-through glass options to flaunt the shoe collection. This will make the shoe closet look lighter and allow you to use fewer lights to brighten up the shelves. If you are not keen on flaunting the shoes, opt for digitally printed or frosted glass shutters.
Vertical ladder shoe rack design
Ladders of all sizes, shapes and colours are trending in home décor for storage. With their several tiers and shelf-like base, they can be used to store and display many things, including shoes. A short and narrow ladder is perfect for an entryway as it is compact and offers extra space for accessories too. The ladder can be used to arrange shoes vertically. You can buy a new ladder or upcycle an old ladder to make your shoe rack. Paint the ladder to match the colour of the furniture and store shoes in style.
Shoe rack under the bed
There are many ways to use the space under the bed for shoes. From plastic and metal fabric bins to rolling shoe racks and canvas units with dividers, zippered fabric, meshed shoe racks and bags, the under-bed shoe storage options are plenty. You can also select in-built racks or storage boxes. For a well-organised look, go for wooden crates with knobs and metal accents that match the bedroom’s aesthetics. Shoe racks under the bed are ideal for shoes that are not for daily wear.
Shoe rack design on the door
The back of the door works well for a shoe rack. If you have a walk-in closet, you can use the back of the door to hang shoes. Go for a stiff plastic cubby, lightweight metal or fibre-backing plastic pocket rack. You can also go for eco-friendly cotton or a jute shoe rack to hang on the door.
Walk-in shoe closet design
Walk-in wardrobes are synonymous with luxury. Whether you have a whole room or a small space, it is possible to have a walk-in closet for shoes along with clothes and purses. Separate shoe closets are trending among shoe lovers who wish to display boots, heels, sneakers and everything else. Add an ottoman, chair or sofa to make the walk-in closet grand. Enhance it with features like tilted racks and backlit glass panels. Bevelled mirrors can add a touch of class and give a contemporary look to the entire closet area.
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Vastu tips for shoe rack
Vastu Shastra states that shoe racks should not be kept at the entrance of the house as it restricts the entry of good energy and prosperity. If you plan to keep the shoe rack outside the house, ensure it is a closed one and keep it on the side of the entrance that does not block the main door.
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Avoid keeping a shoe rack in the north, south-east or east of the house. If the entrance of the house is in the north, avoid placing the shoe rack in that direction. Ideal directions for placing a shoe rack are west and south-west. Do not keep shoes in the bedroom, kitchen or prayer room. The negativity that results from the shoes can impact relationships between family members and their health. Ensure that you do not leave shoes lying around the house as this can lead to disagreements in the family. Closed shoe racks are better than open shoe shelves as they restrict negativity from spreading.
Tips for buying a shoe rack
- Select a material depending on the placement of the shoe rack.
- Always select a sturdy shoe rack of good quality.
- Consider the number of shoes that you own. Check for the available space and accordingly select a slim design or a wide one. A wall-mounted shoe rack saves floor space. Make use of corners for a sleek shoe rack.
- A shoe rack, depending on the material, can be placed in either a wardrobe or in an entryway. If it is a larger tiered rack, you can place other personal items or decorative elements on the top of the rack.
- Opt for a closed cabinet design to keep the shoes dust-free and out of sight. If you want to store daily footwear, an open-shelf design would be appropriate.
- The rack must be designed with gaps and grooves to allow cross ventilation. Leaving your shoes in the open would help to eliminate stale odours. If designing a closed shoe cabinet, go for ventilation holes that will help circulate the air inside the cabinet.
Shoe care and storage tips
- Never store shoes in closed cabinets while they are moist or wet. This will cause fungus and mildew to grow.
- Muck should be cleaned as soon as possible and never be allowed to dry on the shoes. Opt for closets with dehumidifiers.
- Leather shoes should be left out in a well-aerated place for an adequate amount of time for the shoes to dry. Never keep it in direct sunlight. If need be, wipe the shoes with a soft cloth to soak excess moisture.
- While in storage, use shoe trees to restore the shape and reduce wrinkles in the shoes.
- High-end shoes come with silica gel pouches. These should be left on the shoes while in storage as silica gel absorbs and holds water vapour. Flannel and cotton shoe bags are better for shoe storage as they breathe and don’t trap humidity like plastic.
- Clean the entire shoe rack or cabinet regularly, especially if they are made of wood. Use natural disinfectants like vinegar and wipe down the racks every few months to avoid the concentration of germs. Regularly deodorise the rack and keep mothballs.
How deep should shoe racks be?
A shoe rack must have a depth of at least 13 inches, suitable for most types of shoes. Typically, most shoes can fit in spaces with a dimension of 18, 24 and 30 inches. Height will vary based on how many shelves you want to stack.
How can I decorate the shoe rack?
If you have a small shoe rack, decorate it by keeping a few potted plants and artefacts on it. You can have a custom-made shoe rack with features like scent holders, which will keep the closet smelling good. You also can have motion sensor lights.
How should I organise my shoes at the entrance door?
Keep the main entrance tidy and clutter-free. Place a shoe rack or a storage bench near the door. Ensure that it does not block the door. Keep the top bare if you need to open it to access your shoes but use bins or boxes to organise the shoes inside. A storage bench with shelves or drawers for shoes underneath provides storage and a place to sit to put your shoes on or take them off.
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