Welcome to The Shoebox, Refinery29’s small space advice column. With the help of Homepolish interior designer Ashlie Broderic, we’ll tackle all your cramped living woes — from where to store your stuff to how to make 500 square feet feel as open and unique as you are.
Question: “I have so many extra shoes and only one closet. What are some creative ways to store shoes?”
Ashlie’s Answer: I suggest investing in a tall skinny Ikea Pax wardrobe to tuck away extra shoes and bags after the closet is maxed out. It is versatile, budget friendly, and perfect for a DIY shoe closet. Taking up less than 24” of floor space, it is possible to squeeze one into most apartments. Make sure to order the shallow 15” design and extra shoe shelves. To elevate the look, invest in custom door fronts and hardware from Reform Copenhagen or Semihandmade. Reform’s Chelsea system is dramatic and glamorous, while their Degree system is understated, architectural, and cool.
For anyone extra short on space, Yamazaki makes an excellent rolling shoe rack that slides under the bed. Three of these racks will fit under each side of a queen size bed for …read more