If most people had only a few pairs of shoes then there would be no sense in writing an article on how to design and organize a shoes closet. If that last sentence makes you nod your head up and down then I have a very good idea that you probably have somewhere between twenty and two hundred pairs of shoes. But that is fine because I am going to explain the proper way how to design and organize a shoes closet. It might mean having to part with some old friends but that is the price to pay for being the fashion statement that you are.
There are two things that are top priority. How much space are you willing to devote to a shoe collection and how many pairs of shoes are really needed? These are some tough questions to answer. If you live in an apartment or older home where closets were small areas left over after the main floor plan was laid out then you might have to get creative. People lucky enough to have a walk-in closet or a whole closet delegated for shoes only can smile all the way to their favorite shoe store.
First I will try to help out those with limited space. Start by pulling out all of your shoes and laying them out on the floor. Yes, check under the bed, behind the door, ones that are hiding in back of a dresser, kicked under a couch, in the dog's toy basket, and long forgotten pairs in the back of a closet. If you can only find one out of two shoes then these are your first victims for the waste basket. Anything ripped, torn, or two sizes too small say bye-bye and move on. Once the keepers are selected organize them into groups such as sports, evening, beach, and work. That way when you are in a hurry it will be a snap to locate the pair you want.
Depending on your space it is a good idea to design and organize a shoes closet by either keeping the shoe box itself or go to a store that has a shoe organizer department and checking out some of their selections. There are some real nice plastic containers that are stackable. This can save you a lot of space as they are all the same size. Write what each pair is on the outside so you will quickly be able to find what you are looking for. Delegate a certain area for shoes only. This will help you stay organized and not get out of control. It might be hard at first but with some practice you will quickly adapt to your new organized system.
There are also many great products that can be placed on the back of a door or hung on a closet rod that can accommodate many pairs of shoes in a small area. Shoes such as flip flops or flats can sometimes even fit into one opening saving even more space. These types of products usually come in two types. One has open sections or you can choose to buy ones that have zippers for every section to protect the shoes from dust or rubbing on other clothes in the closet.
Secondly if you have a large walk-in or delegated shoe only closet there can still be some challenges even with what seems to be a lot more space. To design and organize a shoes closet of these types creativity still plays an important part. If the wall returns to the left and the right of the closet doorway in a walk-in closet are not that deep design the closet so that the shoes shelf sections are near the doorway. Since clothes usually stick out about twenty two or so inches off the wall, shoe shelves require only the length of your shoes which on an average is around twelve inches. This design prevents you from having a conflict with hanging clothes as you enter the closet.
A great product for a walk-in closet are called "shoe cubbies." These are sectioned spaces designed specifically for one pair of shoes in horizontal and vertical sections. Ask a closet design specialist to see if they can be incorporated into your custom closet design. You will be happy to quickly find the pair of shoes you want right where they should be. Shoe shelves in a walk-in closet can really save a ton of space. A pair of shoes on an average takes up about eight inches of space if the shoes are placed side by side. With shelves placed on top of each other around seven inches apart you can easily see that many pairs will fit nicely into a small area.
A delegated shoes only closet can be a fun project. Since you only have to design and organize the closet for shoes there are some possibilities that can prove to be very interesting. Have you ever thought about having your shoe shelves on a slant? You will need some type of ledge on the front edge or small strip to catch the heel but this can have a real nice affect and show your prize possessions off to all your friends. Having all slanted shelves might cost you some space but if this is not an issue consider designing some slanted shoe shelves. Add an electric motor for revolving shelves to give the full effect and make all the neighbors jealous.
Take some of these ideas and maybe come up with a few of your own to quickly see how you can not only get the "shoe monster" under control but also become more organized. To design and organize a shoes closet is not that hard once you know exactly how many shoes you really need and how much space is required for that amount of shoes. With careful planning and common sense you can still have plenty of shoes to wear for all occasions.
These are few selected pictorial types shoe closets and racks.