Inside: Simple Ikea shoe storage hack ideas that will help you make the most of your space.

Recently, I have finally admitted that I may have a tiny shoe problem. I am seriously running out of space even with the Ikea mudroom ideas giving me more storage.

So I went looking for simple solutions to shoe storage online. What I found was seriously life-changing!

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but honestly, when you love shoes and style as much as I do…it’s a big deal when you find a way to store your shoes that is both practical AND cute.

Photo of Ikea drones cabinet

Alright already, I will stop hyping this up. I stumbled across the Ikea shoe storage hack! I needed something simple that would give me a little more closet space.

This DIY will do the trick! So, I am going to walk you through everything you need to know to understand and benefit from this yourself.

What is the Ikea storage hack?

The IKEA shoe storage hack is a popular and practical solution for organizing and storing shoes using IKEA products creatively. It often involves repurposing items like bookshelves, cabinets, or storage benches to create efficient and visually pleasing shoe storage solutions.

By adding compartments, shelves, or hooks within these IKEA units, you can neatly arrange and display your shoe collection, making it easy to find the perfect pair while maintaining a tidy and stylish entryway or closet.

Tub of shoes in need of storage

These hacks are not only functional but also allow you to customize your shoe storage to suit your space and design preferences. Another DIY that gives you creative freedom is these IKEA pegboard ideas. 

For my DIY that I am going to walk you through today, I am going to be using the ever-affordable IKEA Trones cabinets but you can really get creative with whichever one you choose!

Can you use a Kallax for shoe storage?

Yes, you can use the iconic IKEA Kallax for shoe storage. But I prefer the Trones shoe cabinets because you can customize them a bit, and they take up much less space.

This all really depends on the amount of room you have and your goal for the project. For me, I am going for maximizing my space, and the Trones cabinets seem to be great for that.

If you do have more space, then you can add tons of little accesories to make the Kallax aboslutely perfect for shoes. Perhaps adding mini shelves within the cube spaces in order to maximize your storage.

Or even the aforementioned hooks. Screw some in, and you can hand some of your favorite lighter shoes.

Photo of someone putting shoes into Trones

Ikea Shoe Storage Hack: Your Ultimate Guide

Now that you have a good understanding of what this hack is, as well as which cabinets and furniture work best for it, I think it’s about time we got into the actual hack itself! Today, I’m excited to share my own unique IKEA shoe storage hack using the versatile TRONES cabinets.

If you’re tired of tripping over shoes or struggling to find a chic storage solution for your small space, this hack is for you. Follow along as I guide you through the process step by step. The last time I was this excited I had discovered IKEA desk ideas.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials for the Ikea Shoe Storage Hack

First things first, here is what I used to create my IKEA shoe storage hack. Make sure you get everything you need!

  • IKEA TRONES shoe cabinets (as many as you need)
  • Wall mounting hardware (screws, anchors)
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Optional: Paint, adhesive contact paper, decals, or any decorations you want to personalize your cabinets.

Step 2: Assemble the TRONES Cabinets

Secondly, you need to follow the IKEA instructions to assemble your TRONES cabinets. Trust me, the assembly is straightforward and won’t take much time.

I would walk you through this part, but I think they do a much better job…plus there are pictures to help you through!

Step 3: Plan Your Layout

Before mounting the cabinets, visualize how you want them to be arranged on your wall. You can go for a vertical stack or a horizontal row, depending on the available space and your preference.

One of my favorite ways to get a good feel for the layout of my furniture is to take a photo on my phone or tablet and then draw it in. Obviously, this doesn’t have to be very pretty. You can literally just sketch it on in blob form!

But this will help to ensure that you are choosing the display that is right for you.

Bad shoe storage with shoes on ground

Step 4: Mount the Cabinets

Here comes the fun part! Grab your level to ensure that your cabinets will be perfectly straight. Use the wall mounting hardware provided with the cabinets to securely attach them to the wall. Take your time with this step to make sure they’re stable.

The last thing you want is for them to come tumbling down in the middle of the night and scare the heck out of you. Did that happen to me? Yes. Yes, it did.

Step 5: Personalize Your Cabinets

Now, let your creativity shine! You can leave the cabinets as they are or add your personal touch. I opted for a pop of color by painting the front panels of each cabinet a vibrant teal. You can also use adhesive contact paper to achieve patterns or textures or even apply decals for a playful touch.

I even saw someone that used the 3 dollar washi tape from walmart to create a trim that looked amazing. If you are working on a budget, know that you have options!

Pile of shoes

Step 6: Organize and Enjoy

Once your cabinets are securely mounted and styled to your liking, it’s time to organize your shoes or whatever items you’re storing. The compartments are surprisingly spacious and can accommodate more than just shoes. Think accessories, keys, or even small plants for a touch of greenery.

And there you have it, your very own IKEA shoe storage hack using TRONES cabinets! Not only have you decluttered your space, but you’ve also added a stylish and personalized decor element to your home.

I got to combine three of my all time favorite things: Design, fashion and organization! I could not be happier.

Neat trones cabinet

I hope that you really loved this guide, because I had so much fun putting it together. What can I say…I am passionate about organization and shoes! There are so many other amazing IKEA hacks that I think you will LOVE if you enjoyed this article.

The best place to start, in my opinion, is these IKEA dresser makeover ideas. After changing and rearranging my house so many times, you know that I am a pro at making the most out of any space.

Because after all is said and done, the most important thing is that you are happy with the home that you created. Putting in that extra TLC is the ticket to that happiness.