Tension Rod Shoe Storage

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20 Minutes

Shoe lover? I certainly am, but living in Brooklyn with limited space can sometimes cause chaos in the closet. An easy way to organize your shoes is with some tension rods! Tension rods are honestly a staple in organization these days and this hack is no exception. By simply installing some tension rods in your closet you can rest your shoes in an orderly fashion easily.

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STEP 1: Take note of how terribly disorganized your closet is so that you can marvel at it when you are done. *This before picture is such a mess. This is also only some of my shoes hehe....

STEP 2: Take a tension rod and fit it to the sides of the closet. I got these tensions rods on Amazon and they worked beautifully. If you have some tension rods lying around your home (they're quite handy), you can just use those.

STEP 3: Take the tension rod out and pull out an extra inch from the size you measured in step 2. Twist the rod into a locked position so that it is nice and sturdy.

STEP 4: Place your tension rod in the closet close to the wall. Repeat steps 2-4 with as many rods as needed.

STEP 5: Now grab some shoes and start stacking them onto the rods. *Because most of my shoes have a nice chunky heel they are able to balance on one rod. If you have more delicate shoes they may have a tendency to fall through the back. If this is the case you can buy the thinner rods and double up. Basically you would place 2 small rods next to each other almost creating a shelf for the shoes to rest on. For heels you can do them slightly offset so the heel rests on the back rod and the toe on the front. For the shoes I was storing all I needed was the standard rods, but I may have to alter it for some of my other shoes.

STEP 6: Take a step back and revel at how much simpler your life just became.

As you can see the heftiness of my shoes made them capable of staying on one rod, but two would certainly give them more stability.

Now I have all this great floor space to store other things... like more shoes :)

I can actually see my options now! Got to love getting organized!

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  • Holly Donahue-Bannon Holly Donahue-Bannon on Feb 26, 2020

    Ok so I tried this and I’m theory it does work. But it’s like a deck of cards. One little bump and they all come tumbling down. Any suggestions to make the shoes sit more stable?

  • Jane Hurl Jane Hurl on Dec 23, 2020

    My thought is: doesn't this just make it much easier for the heels of your shoes to get scuffed up as they lean against the wall? Seems to me that a regulation shoe rack would be a better option (though not quite so much fun).

  • Kim Perry Craig Kim Perry Craig on Dec 30, 2021

    The link to join the online workshop appears to be broken. Can you provide with a way to join the workshop? Also, the rod Idea would work to hold handbags (would require two rods) that were a bit structured. I could see doing this in the upper part of my closet (that is not reachable and tere for wasted space) to store off-season bags. The spring rod is a great way to make shelving storage space when you can’t install a built-in shelve.

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  • Twila Twila on Dec 30, 2021

    I’ve tried this and not works GREAT… also the rods work in the bathtub to hold shampoos and body wash

  • Twila Twila on Dec 30, 2021

    I wanted to say it works GREAT!!!!