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Shoe Closet Ikea Style

This was the state of our shoe closet as of a couple days ago. Messy, unorganized, and dare I say it had a bit of a stinky foot smell from some of our more “loved” shoes that get worn for things like lawn work and hiking.

I took some time off work this week, and since organizing stuff is my idea of a good time, what better way to spend some vacation time than organizing a shoe closet? We have two closets in our master bedroom. One walk in that holds all of our clothes, and then this little guy. At first glance in our bedroom, you might think, wow two walk ins, since you can technically walk in, but it isn’t very wide, so not conducive to storing clothes. But it is perfect for storing shoes. Lots and lots of shoes. I had no idea how many pairs of shoes we had until we started counting them, and if you add up flip flops, well, it’s a lot. I say “we”, but really it’s “me” who has most of the shoes.

We came across some handy shoe cabinets from Ikea and decided they would be the perfect storage solution for this space. Since they are not deep, they work really well in a narrow space. We ended up going with the Skar and Stall since they fit the space well, and the Stall stored the most shoes out of all the shoe cabinets offered.

Here it is after we installed the cabinets.

Ikea Shoe Cabinets. Super efficient shoe storage. Love these!

It’s our little version of the shoe closet Carrie got in SATC 2, except just a tad smaller.

Ikea shoe cabinets. Super efficient shoe storage. Love these!

I had mentioned in my previous Ikea post how quick and easy the Ektorp sofa and Jennylund chair were to assemble. That wasn’t exactly how it went with these guys. They weren’t difficult, but a little more typical of assemble yourself furniture with about a bajillion different screws, but the handy heiroglypic instructions from Ikea were very easy to follow.

Ikea said the Stall holds a minimum of 18 pairs of shoes. We ended up fitting 28 pairs in there comfortably because my heels and strappy shoes take up much less space.

Ikea shoe cabinet. Super efficient storage. Love this!

Ikea said the Skar holds a minimum of 6 pairs of shoes, and we ended up with 7 in there. This is where our more “loved” shoes live since it’s closed off, so it contains the “perfume de shoe” nicely.

Ikea shoe cabinet. Super efficient storage. Love this!

There is a little cubby area on the right side of the closet. Check out the little glimpse of the former dark hunter green wall color. The bottom of the cubby was previously covered in carpet. If you’re thinking a carpeted shelf is a bit odd, so did we. It was dingy, dirty, and well, carpet, so we ripped it off to reveal particleboard. The current plan is to remove the particleboard and make some built in shelving and organize it with some cute storage baskets for my flip flops and flats that didn’t fit in the cabinets, plus storage for other non-shoe odds and ends.

I’m also thinking we should replace the light fixture with something that doesn’t have a string pull.

The wall color is the same as our master bedroom – Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble. It’s a very soothing light gray-green.

Ikea shoe cabinets. Super efficient storage. Love these! Walls are painted Sherwin Williams Iced Marble

All in all, we’re really happy with how the shoe cabinets panned out. It was a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive way to freshen up the space and make it much more functional.

Update: I am posting all of my new home posts on my other blog, Involving Home now. Check it out here!


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  1. kristin says:

    This is fabulous and I love the door! SO pretty!
    Thanks for linking!

  2. Design Love says:

    Love this! I need this so badly, thanks for showing us this! My shoes are in need of some organization…maybe it would fit under my stairs?


  3. Stephanie says:

    You have melted my heart with this!

  4. Megan says:

    I am so jealous that you have a shoe closet and that it looks so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  5. your renovations turned out beautiful.. thanks for being a follower and im following you back.

  6. Amazing difference! I remember seeing those shoe shelves in Ikea and thought it was brilliant! And here you went and proved me right! :)


  7. Sue says:


    What a fantastic space. Deffinately something my daughter could use for her 173 pairs of shoes, sandals and boots…..wonder if she’d share it with her hubby and 2 kids ;-)

    I am a new follower as well as a new blogger. Looking forward to seeing more!


  8. Georgette says:

    good job! i heart ikea too! you made great choices and everything looks so tidy and clean!

  9. Kim says:

    That storage is great. I sure could use some of those. Thanks for linking up this week.

  10. Melanie J says:

    Love those shoe cabinets….I want to get them when I do the bedroom makeover

  11. Bonnie says:

    Love your new and improved shoe closet! No one can have enough shoes!!

  12. Rene says:

    Wow! I’m pretty sure that I have closet envy. This doens’t compare to my “walk by” closet. Very nice.


  13. Those look great. I found you from Domestically Speaking. I just saw those when I was ikea a few weeks ago. I wondered how well the shoes really fit in them. So often the shoe organizers look better than they really function. It is nice to see them really put into action. Thanks!
    I would love for you to submit this to my Organizing Mission Monday link party. I keep it open until Sat. night. Hope to see you there!

  14. Carrie says:

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  15. mary says:

    Hi Pammy, I love your shoe cabinets, what a great idea! Thank you for linking up to Masterpiece Monday! Mary :O)

  16. mary says:

    Originally Posted By maryHi, I love your shoe cabinets, what a great idea! Thank you for linking up to Masterpiece Monday! Mary :O)

  17. Donnie says:

    That really came out nicely.

  18. Kristen says:

    That’s fantastic! Could you tell me– what’s the largest sized shoe you put in there? And was it tight or have extra room? My husband wears size 13s!! And I want a good system for shoes, but his don’t seem to fit in most systems.

  19. Jena says:

    Kristen – the largest we have in the cabinets is a men’s 9. Both cabinets have extra clearance past his shoes, but the Stall (larger cabinet) had more clearance than the Skar, so I’d recommend trying that Stall. Good luck!

  20. Jacqueline says:

    I bought a shoe cabinet from Ikea. It makes it look so much neater!

  21. Telis says:

    Hello there,

    Very neat and convenient shoe storage furnitures. I am interested in buying the STALL one with the 3 shelves. But in the ikea website presented it with 2 legs only. I a little wary and curious about this matter and I would like to know, how did you manage to assemble your shoe storages. Did you meet any troubles with these 2-leg furnitures? Because both STALL and SKAR have only 2 legs at the bottom.

    Thank you in advance and I am looking forward to your answer.

  22. Ange says:

    Oh I want some of those cute shoe cabinets from IKEA. That looks so much better! And I’m guessing it smells better too. ;) Great work and I like the paint color, might need to check that one out. Thanks for doing Roomspiration with me, I’m so glad you joined me!

  23. Jason Adans says:

    This is a wonderful blog, me and my wife have been searching for a blog like

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