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DIY shoe rack ideas for an organised home

By Ela Das

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Shoe storage is a problem that always vexes us, and, in most Indian homes, our footwear is found strewn across the space next to the front door. To create a more inviting (and aesthetic) look, a shoe rack or cabinet not only serves as a concealing piece of furniture that clears the entryway, but also doubles as a mantle piece to place a mirror, flowers or candles to freshen up the entrance of your home. In the bedroom, too, a simple shoe stand can make the space look less cluttered and neat

The right storage systems in a home can never fail to maximise its floorpan, leaving each room tidy and put together. If you’re looking to build well-planned storage in your spaces, the Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints offers a fuss-free solution for all your home décor and renovation needs. With a panel of expert designers (and a dedicated project manager on board), you can recreate every facet of your dream home without having to manage all the grunt work, coordination and heavy lifting on your own.

For a more simple DIY shoe rack solution which you can create at home, here are a few ideas that are sparking our interest.

 

A SIMPLE SHOE STAND TO KEEP EVERYTHING TOGETHER
Often overlooked, pairs of shoes strewn around a room can unknowingly make the entire space look messy. By creating a shoe stand from a simple ledge or shelf, you can create a sense of neatness and organisation. The beauty of this trick is that it can be fitted in any nook or corner in a home with a few inches of wall space.

EXPERT TIP: Storing your shoes together and away from the floor reduces dust collection which can accumulate over time. With this DIY shoe rack, the open space created below makes daily mop ups easy.

DIY shoe rack made with simple ledge or shelf for your home décor - Beautiful Homes

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Use an empty wall in your home interior as a DIY shoe rack - Beautiful Homes

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USE THE EMPTY SPACE ON YOUR WALLS TO CREATE A SHOE RACK
When planning around maximising space in a compact floor plan, we often tend to overlook the barren area on our walls. While the lower half might have movable or immovable pieces of furniture, the wall above usually lies bare. From a tiny corner between a beam or cupboard to an empty wall in a room—you can use this space to display your collection of shoes. If you’ve always wanted to own a dream closet that displays your footwear, but don’t have the space for it, this is the perfect DIY shoe rack.

DIY TIP: Any ready-made boxes glued together work well for creating this shoe rack—from sturdy wood to light cardboard boxes painted in your favourite colour.

OBJECTS AROUND THE HOUSE CAN BE REPURPOSED TO CREATE A SHOE RACK
We all have a responsibility to live sustainably. The simplest way to start is by reusing or repurposing items around the house to avoid over consumption and wastage. The cartons or boxes we receive our produce, groceries and home supplies in are usually discarded in the trash. If it’s received in good condition, these can be cleaned, restored and repainted to store objects around the house. In this room, simple wood cartons have been painted white to match the walls, and placed sideways to form a shoe stand.

DIY TIP: A solid coat of paint still isn’t doing the trick? Try covering your DIY shoe rack in wallpaper for a sleeker finish and to conceal 

Make unused boxes or cartons in your home as a diy solution for shoe rack - Beautiful Homes

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its original form. For a range of vibrant designer prints, we’re partial to Asian Paint’s Nilaya range of wallpapers.
 

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Creative shoe rack made from a ladder for the perfect home décor - Beautiful Homes

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A SIMPLE LADDER CAN TRANSFORM INTO A SHOE RACK
As another example of using objects around the house, a ladder can double as a shoe stand in a compact room. By placing it at an angle and screwing it to the top of a wall, you can use each step as a space for a pair of shoes. While this idea might not work for your entire shoe collection, as it could gather dust over time, it’s a nifty solution for the couple of pairs you wear every day.

STYLE TIP: To avoid over clutter, and also create an aesthetic, intersperse each shelf with a potted plant or décor accessories.

A STORAGE SPACE FOR SHOES THAT DOUBLES AS A COUNTERTOP FOR ACCESSORIES 
While a shoe rack or shoe closet on the floor stores all your footwear, the surface above can serve as a mantelpiece for placing decorative items. This sort of shoe rack works well in a home’s entrance to avoid greeting guests with a cluttered pile of shoes. On the surface above, you could place a fresh bowl of flowers, potpourri, scented candles or even a large mirror to check yourself before walking out the door.

DIY shoe rack design with a countertop to keep home décor items - Beautiful Homes

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An open shoe space made with simple wired rack to avoid musty odours - Beautiful Homes

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AN OPEN SHOE STAND TO AVOID MUSTY ODOURS
If you live in the city that faces ample rain and humidity, chances are you have to find a solution for soggy shoes often. If you store them away in closed cupboards or drawers, you’re likely to have stale foul odours building up over time. A simpler solution is a basic wire rack placed at the entrance or in a corridor to hold your shoes. With its breathable shelves, an open shoe rack will allow your shoes to dry quickly while airing them at the same time. This is also a clever solution to incorporate if your home has a mud room. 

USE DISCARDED WOOD TO CREATE A SHOE STAND
When building DIY shoe racks, your best starting point will be reusing scrap material that has accumulated while making other furniture. During any carpentry work around the home, you’ll usually find pieces of wood leftover. These can be mixed and matched to create a geometrically abstract shoe rack. In this unique shoe stand, the taller slots can be used for holding boots, while the shorted spaces for the rest of your footwear.

Use discarded wood at your home as a shoe rack for classic home interiors - Beautiful Homes

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An old wooden frame that has been repurposed as a shoe rack - Beautiful Homes

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THE ART OF GETTING CREATIVE WHEN MAKING A DIY SHOE RACK
When building or creating something yourself, inspiration can spark from anywhere. And, sometimes, necessity is the mother of invention. If you’re looking for a DIY solution for shoe racks in your home, start looking at the furniture around you and the pieces you can reuse or work around to create it. In this room, an old frame with wooden slats has been used to hang shoes by their heels. Not only is this a utilitarian choice but also adds a geometric focal point to the space—a true example of form meeting function.  

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