If the area around your front door is always littered with discarded shoes and boots, these shoe storage solutions will inspire you
Do you step into a puddle of shoes, boots and bags, perhaps snaked by the dog's lead, every time you step through your front door into your home? You are not alone. This scenario greets many of us on arrival on our door mats. And, when you live in a small space, it's particularly challenging to get the owners of these shoes to tidy them away if there is nowhere for them to go.
The answer to this problem is to invest in a neat, compact shoe storage solution that can sit right by the front door, making it super easy to put shoes away as soon as they've been kicked off.
This Ash wood shoe rack from Dunelm, shown above, is 70cm wide and doubles up as a bench too; so you can sit on it to take off and put on your footwear. It easily takes three pairs of adult shoes and several pairs of kids' ones, and maybe a school bag underneath.
Welly boot storage ideas
If taller boots and bulky wellies are regularly in use in your home, you want a shoe storage unit that will enable them to be stored up right without bending. This old-school-locker style Cox & Cox shoe storage bench, shown above, doubles up as a bench and has space for taller boots at either end.
Hidden shoe storage
If your front door opens straight into your living space, you don't want to be reminded that your living room is doubling up as a hallway. Hidden shoe storage is ideal for this scenario.
This slim Marcell hidden shoe storage unit from Made, fits several pairs of shoes, is easy to access and it doesn't take up too much floor space either. The only challenge is to ensure everyone makes use of it and closes the doors after use.
For a more rustic look, this hidden shoe storage unit from Greenway Furniture is made from reclaimed Indian boat wood from Southern India. You can get 16 pairs of shoes in here, and the drawer above is ideal for hats, gloves and dog leads. Plus, it's raised up on legs, which means you can see the floor underneath it and this will help your entrance way feel larger too.
Bespoke hallway shoe storage
If you have the budget, you may find that the best and most stylish way to store your shoes in a way that makes the most of the minimal space by your front door is to go bespoke. This custom bench with integrated shoe storage cubby holes, coat-hanging space and painted drawers by Brandt Design, cleverly uses the otherwise redundant awkward space under the stairs.