Space Saving Shoe Storage

by Kelly-n-Tony
5 Materials
2 Hours

We have a problem with excess shoes and boots at the backdoor. They are all over the place and no real spot for them. I hate tripping over shoes. So I decided to do something about it!


We have this cut out with an extra half door that goes to our basement. Once in awhile we will open it to drop a storage tub down in there or bring one up so I didn't want to completely loose the ability to access it. Occasionally I would line up some shoes there but it only fit a few pair.

Tools and Materials

  • wood boards
  • drill
  • nails
  • paint

Wood and Nails
Cut Wood to Size

We bought one board the right depth to fit in that space and cut it into two pieces. We had some scrap wood blocks left from another project and drilled holes for the screws.


We had leftover white paint for the boards. It was quick and easy to put this space saving project together!


The blocks were screwed into the wall on both sides and the wood shelves laid on them. Eight pairs of shoes fit on the two shelves and four boots or shoes sit neatly underneath!

Removable Shelves

Even better we still have the ability to lift the shelves off and push open the door in toward the basement if we need to! But as an answer to those who are curious yes there is a full size door down to the basement elsewhere in the house.

DIY Entryway Shoe Storage

Getting the shoes and boots out of the way allowed me to put a bench there! I'm very happy with this space saving project. icon

I realize not everyone has a space cut into their wall already BUT you can create one by cutting between the studs.

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  • Ellis Ellis on Feb 24, 2019

    How about a boot tray on the floor, to catch drips off boots?

  • Camilledrinan Camilledrinan on Feb 24, 2019

    Why didn't you put shelf with a padded top as a bench, and a place to the side for boots? That way you don't have to remove the shoes and shelves to push the 1/2 door.

  • MJ MJ on Dec 02, 2022

    What is that gorgeous paint color on the wall?

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  • Diane Meland Diane Meland on Feb 23, 2019

    That is a great idea! Thank you for sharing with everyone. I would have never thought of something like that. Once again thank you for sharing.

  • Kathy Kathy on Feb 23, 2019

    I don’t have a need since I live in a concrete environment but I love the idea. I’ve seen medicine cabinets and storage done this way. Thank you for sharing.