For those of us living in small homes or apartments, dealing with minimal closet and other storage space can be a daily battle. We’re often not making the best use of the wall space we have, seeing it only as, essentially, ways rooms are divided. But walls are storage spaces too, and for shoes, the sky is the limit. You can totally pull an Imelda Marcos inventory even in a small space when you do it right.
For the men and women’s shoe storage, we recommend using your walls in conjunction with DROOG elastic storage straps. You can use your YOUHANGIT Designer Kit and the included YOULEVEL to hang as many of these bad boys as you want. If you are hanging them one atop the other, leave about 15 inches between for the guys’ shoes and about 12 inches between for the ladies’ shoes, including heels and pumps. Quick note: hang those stilettos inward to avoid late-night stabbings on your way to the bathroom.
For storing the kids’ shoes, you can use about one-half to one-quarter of a repurposed pallet. This option works well because you can paint it to match your child’s room decor, level it, and hang it on the wall. Given that pallets are heavier, you’ll want to use the double keyhole approach to affix these to the wall. It’s super easy, and adds flair to the room—you can even bring the kids in on the action, allowing them to help you choose paint colors, location on the wall, and so on.
If your child is old enough to not just pull shoes off the wall to create his or her own Imelda showcase on the floor, hang the pallet low enough that he or she can reach them when getting ready for school or leaving the house, presumably to find pallets to make more cool stuff.
Start thinking about your walls as places to store things, not just places to hang decorative items and paintings. It’s all about practicality while also being cutting edge—form meets function when you use items like DROOG storage straps and get out of the box mentally. It’s always awesome to know that the space you live in may not be exactly where you want it to be, or as big as you want it to be, but it can be designed and decorated the way you want it to be—without spending truckloads of cash.