diy: shoe closet

Let’s be honest, we aren’t all married to an architect who can custom make a dream shoe wall (this one pictured was built by Jane Keltner de Valle’s (Teen Vogue) husband). Nor can we hire our very own Dean Proffitt to custom build a cedar “shoe rack with a twist” for our yacht but why should that stop a girl from fulfilling her shoe closet dreams?

Two under $200 routes to consider: bookcases (specifically this one in the color of your liking) and/or wall shelves.

If you have the space I suggest opting for the bookcases – they are just easier. If space is limited go for the wall shelves and invest in a serious power drill (and maybe a maintenance person). I went the Ikea wall shelving route and am thrilled with the result – shoe wall dreams can come true!

Photo: The Coveted

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  1. I’ve always wanted a shoerack like this. I have one of those cheap ones from target that are collapsible, and don’t really have enough room for heels or booties. This is like my dream shoerack.

    xo Sherrie

  2. I tried the whole “clear boxes with photos on the outside” thing but just ended up getting angry when everything came crashing down in the morning rush.

    This seems like a much more stable idea!

    Thanks! : )

  3. I do so love that bookcase from Ikea. I wish I had the room for it. My room is too tiny, for the amount of stuff I have in my life. My closet is ridiculously tiny. I have to keep all my shoes in boxes up there 🙁

  4. I love this idea! so great! I have a metal one built into my closet at home and I love it. If i didn’t have it I’d so DIY it cuz, well, I DIY like everything I’m not willing to pay outrageous prices for. I’m a broke college student :p

    I just wanna say that I love your site. I just discovered it! 😀 I am following on blogger and I just added you to my RSS feed which goes directly to my desktop. I can’t wait for future posts! <3


  5. This is such a cute and wonderful photo, and i really wish i could have a shoe closet like that!!
    Great job

  6. I actually used to use bookcases as shoe closets! 😛
    But when I have my own home, I’m going to make myself an amazing shoe closet. Who needs architects?? Yay for being an Industrial Design major!!!

    Fernanda Lucila

  7. ughh, gorgeous. need to poll everybody though- do you throw out the shoeboxes? i feel guilty throwing away the boxes for expensive shoes!

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