13 Great Shoe Rack Ideas to help organize your front entryway

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Is your front entryway a cluttered mess? Does it look like a dumping ground for jackets, hats, umbrellas and worst of all: shoes. Shoes, shoes, everywhere! Shoes tossed everywhere not only looks bad but they’re a tripping hazard. That’s why some smart person invented shoe racks!

This article explores some inspiring shoe storage ideas and other ways to tidy up your front entrance.


13 awesome shoe rack ideas and ways to organize your front entryway
13 awesome shoe rack ideas


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In our 1970’s split-level house there is not a lot of room at the front door: just a small landing and then the stairs up and the stairs down. This is why we’re particularly concerned with the size of shoe rack. We can’t have one that sticks out too far.

We have to use two storage areas for shoes. A wire rack in the upstairs coat closet, and then another smaller shoe rack right at the front door. What we’re doing by the front door really isn’t working very well for us.

So that is my inspiration for writing this post, and I hope you find some inspiring shoe rack ideas too.


List of Inspiring Shoe Rack Ideas

Shoe Rack Organizer with Wood Seat Top

shoe storage organizer

This shoe rack is cool because the wooden top doubles as a bench. It says it can support 198 pounds. (Seems like a very specific number doesn’t it?)

It has an industrial-looking metal frame but topped with the nicely stained wooden top.

CLICK here to see more details about this shoe rack on Amazon.



Shoe Rack with resin slats

They claim you can store up to 9 pairs of shoes per unit (so 3 per shelf), and you can actually stack the units. So you can buy a couple of them, stack them up, and you’ll be able to stack all the family’s shoes in one place.

The rack is just under 13 inches deep, so that gives you an idea how far out from the wall it will stick out.




Shoe Cubby Organizer with Bench Top

This shoe organizer has 24 cubby holes to stash away your shoes. And you can sit on the top of it to help slip your shoes on and off.

From what I can gather from the product description it is made of laminated wood. And it is 15.5″ deep so that is how far it’d stick out from the wall.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I think a shoe organizer made from wood laminate would be better suited to a dry climate…I don’t like the idea of putting wet, muddy shoes in a cubby like this. (But if you’ve done it please let me know how it works.)

The white wall shelf shown in the picture above is sold separately (but it would help complete the organization of your front entryway).

CLICK here to see more details of this shoe rack on Amazon.




Metal Shoe Rack with Adjustable Shelves

The cool thing about this shoe rack is that the shelves can either lay flat, or be slanted. In the picture above it shoes them in the slanted position. But if you look closely you can see the holes in the frame along the back if you wanted your shoes to sit flat.




Modular Cubes Shoe Rack

cool modular shoe rack

A cube system like this provides a variety of storage configurations. If you need a narrow but tall tower to store you shoes you can do it. If you need a low, but wide shoe rack, you can do it.

It gives you options, and people love options. Click here to see this shoe rack on Amazon.




Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

Hanging shoe organizer

These over-the-door hanging shoe organizers allow you to take advantage of “dead space”: the space behind the door.

I personally wouldn’t want to use this on the back of an exterior door of my house. I think the hangers would impair the weatherstripping on my door and allow wintery winds to whip in.

But if I lived in an apartment I would consider this. Or…if I did use it in my house I’d screw hooks into a wooden door instead of using the provided hangers. Or I’d get some quality Command Hooks to adhere to a metal door and hang the shoe rack from that.

Have you used one of these?? If so, what did you think?





Narrow Shoe Rack Tower

Narrow shoe rack tower

Do you only have a small narrow space for a shoe organizer?

If so, then a narrow tower like this may suit your needs. I like the look of this one. Looks good, and functional too.

CLICK here to see more details on Amazon.



Bamboo Shoe Rack

Shoe Rack bamboo shoe organizer
Bamboo shoe rack

This one may be just another shoe rack, but I love the look of it. It’d go well in a light, eco-friendly natural home.

And I like the hooks on the side. You could hang bags, purses, or even wet mitts on them.

It is too wide for our space, but its cool-looking none the less.




Entryway Organizer (shoe rack & coat rack in one stand)

Shoe Rack and Coat stand in one
Shoe rack and coat rack in one unit

This metal rack provides the convenience of having a shoe rack and coat rack in one unit. It has 18 hooks, one rail along the top, and 3 shelves for shoes at the bottom.

If you are looking for a multipurpose entryway organizer you can click here to view this one on Amazon.




Industrial / Rustic Style Shoe Rack (Etsy)

Shoe Rack Industrial style shoe rack bench
Click to view on Etsy

I love the Industrial look of this shoe rack that I came across on Etsy. It looks like it should hold up to work boots, snow boots or anything else a hard-working family can throw at it.

The seller, ColdSteelCreations, is fairly new to Etsy (as of July 2019 anyway), but the products look amazing.




Rustic Wooden Shoe Rack (Etsy)

Yes, this is another standard shoe rack, but I think it’s far from ordinary. I love doing woodwork projects like this, but my problem is I don’t finish them! I came across this one on Etsy.

It is available in a variety of stains. The stain bove is dark walnut.



Wall-mounted Shoe Rail

Shoe rack wall-mounted shoe rail

I had never seen something like this before. It looks so clever.

I’m by no means a style expert, but I think a simple design like this would go well in a variety of decorating styles. This shoe rail is available on Etsy.




Homemade Shoe Rack

I made this shoe rack many years ago. Over time it has doubled as a stepping stool, toy display and overall staple of my home. With our growing family, it doesn’t fit our needs anymore.

Homemade Shoe Rack with engraved flowers and vines
Homemade wooden Shoe Rack

It was easy to make, and wasn’t too time consuming. Because if a woodwork project takes too long, I’ll often stall out and not work on it anymore.

The engraving shown in the picture below did take longer, but even it is a fairly quick process. I am not an artist as you can tell by my flowers, but it adds some personality to it.

Homemade Shoe Rack with engraved flowers and vines
Homemade Shoe Rack with engraved flowers and vines

Here is what it looks like without shoes on it.

Homemade Shoe Rack with engraved flowers and vines
My handmade shoe rack





I hope you’ve found these shoe rack ideas inspiring. And hopefully one of these options will fit your front entryway.

If you have a DIY solution that others readers would appreciate, please comment below.

Thank you.

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