Hopefully, if you've made it here then you’ve already accepted that leaving your shoes scattered around the bedroom or in mounds at the door is no longer going to work for you. Luckily, some whizz created shoe racks! These nifty inventions will organise and preserve your shoes, save space in your house, and act as a way to display your fanciest pairs in all their glory.
There are many different shoe racks, boxes, and shelving units out there, and with such an array of choice it can be troublesome identifying which to go for. So we thought we’d give you a hand with a straightforward buying guide, as well as a recommendation list of our favourites from trusted sites like Amazon, Argos and John Lewis.
We’ve spent our time rummaging through the internet to find out exactly what you should consider when picking up a shoe rack, and in this part, we’ll be looking at these specifications. We’ll get into capacity and size, as well as the different styles and what to expect from the various materials.
The first factor to consider is the capacity of the shoe rack. Reports suggest that the average adult owns around 19 pairs of shoes, which is quite a lot! Unfortunately, most shoe racks do not cover this large capacity, though it’s unlikely that most people are chopping and changing between 19 pairs regularly.
Whilst considering how many pairs each rack holds, remember that the likelihood is many of the shoes in our collections aren't those we need access to every day – think sports trainers, fancy ‘going out’ footwear, or what our mums liked to call ‘garden shoes’.
If this sounds like your situation, then a rack that holds around 8–12 pairs should be more than enough. Couples or small families could even share a unit this size for their everyday footwear.
Another factor to consider when talking about capacity is the size of the shoe rack itself. Of course, larger dimensions demand more space, which is worth thinking about if you regularly wear more cumbersome footwear such as boots.
Next, you’ll want to consider the style. The perfect choice will depend on the space you plan on putting it, and also whether you'll be sharing it with other people in the household. While different designs are abundant, we believe they can be categorised into the following three categories.
These are the classic shoe rack. They're often found in hallways or bedrooms and usually have between two and five tiers. This style of rack is best for holding a mixture of footwear types, as the lower slats allow for trainers and flats while the top shelf can house taller shoes.
The furniture rack can come as an open display where you can see your shoes, or if you prefer, a closed design that will look just like a regular cabinet. However, if you’re purchasing a closed option, then you’ll want to check the dimensions as this will determine which footwear styles will fit inside the rack.
If floor space is at a premium in your household, then picking up a hanging rack could help organise your kicks without eating up any precious territory. Hanging shoe racks can attach to any inside door or wardrobe, and they come with a certain number of pockets or compartments that store your shoes.
These are usually made from plastic, fabric or a combination of both, which often makes them the most economical choice out of the different styles.
You will want to note the size of each compartment if you have bigger feet, though, as sometimes they won’t fit larger shoes. Also, if they’re made from fabric then you’ll want to check how they are washed because over time they can absorb and retain odours.
Closet racks are ideal for those who've built up a decent collection of footwear and need a way to organise it. They are generally for one person and can come as either hanging or interlocking shoe boxes.
The interlocking box-style racks are actually rather clever as they can grow with your collection, so long as you have the room. That said, they will be able to adapt to whatever space you do have, as they can be stacked both vertically and horizontally. More often than not, closet shoe racks are pretty affordable.
The final thing you’ll want to consider is the material that the rack is made from. Generally, there are four options – wood, plastic, metal or fabric.
Wood and metal materials are often used for furniture-style racks. These will be long-lasting and robust, and the only real difference is their aesthetic, so consider the style of the room that you are planning to put the shoe rack in.
As we know, plastic and fabric are used for hanging or closet racks. This is because they’re more flexible and versatile, which is what you need if you’re working with a smaller space. The downside is that these materials aren’t as durable and will therefore wear down more quickly. They'll also need cleaning more often.
Now that you’re in the know about what to look for, let’s look at finding you a lasting solution. With options for casual, everyday wearers to those for true shoe fanatics, we have products for every household and every budget.
|Capacity||Up to 50 pairs|
|Dimensions||175 x 100 x 27 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 8 pairs|
|Dimensions||81 x 42 x 37.5 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 10 pairs (per rack)|
|Dimensions||15.2 x 127 x 29.9 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 10 pairs|
|Dimensions||87 x 66.8 x 24.4 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 8 pairs|
|Dimensions||40.5 x 69 x 27 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 10 pairs|
|Dimensions||63 x 20 x 5 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 12 pairs|
|Dimensions||26.3 x 20.7 x 3.7 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 16 pairs|
|Dimensions||80 x 80 x 36 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 18 pairs|
|Dimensions||60 x 118 x 24 cm|
|Capacity||Up to 20 pairs|
|Dimensions||76.6 x 20 x 5 cm|
5 Tier Shoe Rack Organiser
3 Drawer Shoe Cabinet
Multi-Purpose 16 Section Interlocking Cube Shoe Rack
Over the Door Shoe Organiser
Extending Steel Shoe Rack
2 Tier Stackable Walnut Wood Shoe Rack
2 Tier Shoe Cabinet
2 Hanging Shoe Racks
Interlocking Shoe Storage Boxes
10-Tier Shoe Rack
Great Price, Great Design and Great Functionality
A Simple and Sophisticated Shoe Cabinet
A Sturdy and Rigid Interlocking System
Hang Your Shoes Like a Piece of Art
A Truly Versatile Shoe Rack
Simple, Neat and Solid
A Modern Contraption That Keeps Hallways Tidy
Neutral Hanging Organisers With a Surprising Capacity
Perfect for Many Different Spaces Around the House
One for Those Who Just Can't Have Enough Pairs of Shoes
|Capacity||Up to 20 pairs||Up to 18 pairs||Up to 16 pairs||Up to 12 pairs||Up to 10 pairs||Up to 8 pairs||Up to 10 pairs||Up to 10 pairs (per rack)||Up to 8 pairs||Up to 50 pairs|
|Dimensions||76.6 x 20 x 5 cm||60 x 118 x 24 cm||80 x 80 x 36 cm||26.3 x 20.7 x 3.7 cm||63 x 20 x 5 cm||40.5 x 69 x 27 cm||87 x 66.8 x 24.4 cm||15.2 x 127 x 29.9 cm||81 x 42 x 37.5 cm||175 x 100 x 27 cm|
|Style||Furniture||Furniture||Furniture, closet||Hanging, closet||Furniture||Furniture||Furniture||Hanging, closet||Closet||Furniture|
|Material||Metal||Wood||Plastic, metal||Fabric, plastic||Metal||Wood||Wood||Plastic||Plastic||Fabric, metal|
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There are shoe racks for every type of shoe, from chunky hiking boots to delicate heels – you just need to correctly analyse your needs before you commit to buying one. We're confident that if you follow the advice in our guide, you'll find the perfect purchase. And if it's a bit big, you'll just have to buy more shoes!
Author: Lewis Clark
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