If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard me banging on recently about my search for a new shoe storage solution. I’ve had my existing shoe shelves for almost exactly a year now, and it only took me a few weeks to discover that this kind of shoe storage was definitely the best solution for me: in fact, I’m not sure I’d have managed to complete last year’s Shoe Challenge without them – being able to actually see my shoes definitely beat rummaging through a ton of boxes and forgetting what I had because they were all stuffed into awkward corners or under the bed!
As much as I loved those shelves, though, they were a little too small to hold all of my collection, and they weren’t a great fit for the space, either, so when we got back from our holiday last month, I started searching for something better. I’d almost settled on buying one of Ikea’s Billy bookcases, when Shoeperman suggested that as the shelves sit in an alcove in the room anyway, it might be simpler – and cheaper – to just buy some wood and make our own shelves, so we could make them fit the space exactly.
This was a suggestion Shoeperman was to seriously regret making, because, of course, when I say “we could make them”, I obviously mean he could make them, because I’m as useless with DIY as I am with any other kind of crafting.
Trouper that he is, though, he rose to the challenge, and I think it was worth it. We bought some wood from a local timber merchant, painted the walls white, and here’s what we ended up with:
(Excuse the wonky camera angle! It’s me that’s off-balance, not the shelves, I promise!)
(Again, the room is so small I had to take this at a really odd angle to get them all in, which makes it look like the shelves are about to fall over! They’re not, though. Or at least, I hope not.)
This isn’t quite my full collection: my winter boots are all in storage in the attic right now, and I decided to leave the tatty old flats and flip-flops where they were, but the shelves still hold more than twice the amount of shoes I had on the old ones, and, well, there’s still room for more. Not that I’ll be taking advantage of that extra space, you understand. *whistles innocently*
With these shoe storage shelves, I decided to put my suede shoes on display as well as the leather ones, at least for the time being. Because the room is our office, the blinds have to be kept closed pretty much all the time, otherwise we can’t see our computer screens. That’s bad news for us, obviously, but it’s good news for the shoes, because there’s no direct sunlight to fade them. The other risk is dust, of course, but having risked some of my cheaper suede shoes on the shelves for most of last year, I didn’t find that to be an issue, so I’ve put all of the shoes out for now, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on them, and may put some them back in the closet if I think there’s a change of them getting damaged. For now, though, I just really wanted to see them all on display at the same time!
Huge thanks to Terry for taking the time to make these, and for doing such an amazing job of it!