Your garage could be the most ideal place to store shoes, and consequently, avoid cluttering the rest of the house. Considering all the items that are stored in the garage, you may want to be a little bit more creative with space so that the shoes can fit in and still maintain the garage looking all neat.
The best part of this project is that you can be creative around it. No ground-rule dictates how a shoe storage unit should look like in the garage. Several factors, however, can dictate the type of shoe storage that you can put up in your garage. These include:
- The size of the garage
- The number of shoes to be accommodated
- The materials available
DIY Garage Shoe Storage Ideas
Here are a few ideas that you can implement when building shoe storage in the garage.
A shoebox is a practical and simple way of storing shoes in the garage using either plastic or wooden boxes. The plastic boxes are bought while the wooden ones can be assembled from waste wooden boards in the home.
The plastic shoe boxes are more popular because they have a flap hence besides storing the shoes in an orderly way they also protect them from dust. They are also easier to fix because all you need to do is to screw them on the wall. They come as single but stackable boxes and this means you can buy as much as you need.
The other option, the wooden shoe boxes are also quite simple to construct. All you need is wooden boards (preferably ply boards) and wood glue.
The first step is to cut the boards into the desired sizes then assemble them into cubes by sticking the pieces together. Ensure that the pieces join at right angles so that you can have a well-balanced shoe rack.
Just like for the plastic shoebox, you also have the freedom to decide the size of your wooden shoe storage box.
You can decide to be a little bit more creative with this project and make triangle boxes instead of square.
2. Milk Crates Shoe Storage
The use of milk crates is the other cost-effective way of customizing the shoe storage area in the garage. You can get the milk crates from any store that sells milk. The other items that you will need for this project include a zip ties drill cum screwdriver with drilling bits and screws.
The milk crates are plastic and they mostly come in black. You are free to spray paint them any color that appeals to you.
To come up with the shoe rack, you tie the crates together using zip ties. The number of crates to be assembled depends on the availability of space and the number of shoes to be stored in there.
After joining crates together, you have the option of placing them on the floor, leaning against a wall, or mounting them on the wall.
Hooks have several advantages, one of them being that they have multiple uses. Besides being used to store shoes, they can also be used to hang coats, bags, and any other item that might need to be hanged in the garage.
Installing the hooks is a simple DIY process that can be done within a few minutes. All you will need is a drill and drilling bits, screws, and hooks. The hooks are available in different shapes from the stores.
After getting all the required items, you should then find an appropriate place to screw in the hooks. You should consider fixing a board on the wall such that you won’t need to fix individual hooks on the concrete wall.
The next step is to fix the hooks. You should leave enough space both after and below each hook to accommodate the shoes.
In case you are working on a very tight budget, the alternative to buying hooks is to use bigger and stronger nails. You will just drive in the nails on the board, ensuring they are facing slightly up.
4. PVC Pipe Shoe Rack
PVC pipe storage rack is a simple DIY shoe rack that is made by cutting PVC pipes to smaller sizes that can accommodate the shoes, and fixing them together using glue. You can use hardboard as the base so that you can just leave it free-standing as opposed to mounting it on the wall.
The PVC pipes are readily available in the hardware. Once you buy them, you should cut them to the length of a standard shoe or the biggest shoes in the house. You can choose to paint them or just leave them as they are.
5. Ladder Shoes Organizer
You might be having a ladder that is too old and weak to be used for its intended purpose. This ladder can be upcycled into a shoe rack.
The first step is to cut the ladder into smaller sizes. This will be determined by the length of the shoe rack you envision. This project can be successful if you have a long ladder or maybe two or three ladders.
After cutting, you should get a plank of wood that will stand horizontally and support the pieces that you have cut from the ladder. From here you will just need to nail the plank of wood on the ladder pieces and voila, you have the shoe rack that you can place in the appropriate location in the garage.
6. Boots Storage Rack
You might want to think about how you will store your boots because all the other shoe storage ideas that we have discussed above have not factored in this. The boots storage rack can come in different forms, the most common one being longer hooks on the garage wall.
To achieve the longer hooks, you can opt to use steel bars with a flattened end, which will give you the base for inserting the screws. You can have these bars customized at any locksmith workshop in your location.
Instead of hanging on the wall to form the hooks, you can opt to weld the steel rods on a flat metallic surface and there you have a place to hang your boots. You can position this at the most appropriate location in the garage.
7. Over the Door Shoes Organizer
You might be having very limited space in your garage and you still need a place to store your shoes. If this is your situation, you should consider over the door shoe organizers.
The best thing about these organizers is that they are portable. You can also hang them over the entrance door or the cabinet doors if there are any in the garage.
This type of shoe organizers can be bought ready-made from the stores, or made as a DIY project.
The best material to use for this project is non-woven fabric or if it is not available, you can use old clothes in the house. You will need a sewing set, and all you have to do is sew pockets that are big enough to hold a shoe each on a bigger sheet of cloth.
At one end of the sheet, you should sew straps. You should them drive nails or hooks on the door where you will tie the straps.
With all these ideas, you do not have any excuse of having your shoes lying all over the place in the garage or on the entryway.