Friday, December 4, 2009

Hints & Tips For Condo Living: Shoe Storage

38 pairs and counting...

Are your shoes invading what is already a limited space?  Not sure what to do with all those shoes scattered all over the floor?

A practical option is to use a bookcase to customize your own shoe-shelving unit.  We like the BILLY Bookcase from IKEA - it's not only style-savvy but also budget-conscious!  And with its many different designs, it provides a world of options for custom shelving.

  • Available in a wide variety of heights, widths, and colours, the BILLY Bookcase fits into many different spaces with ease, and matches almost any decor;
  • Different styles can be mixed and matched to customize your ideal storage space;
  • An economical option for custom closet shelving, starting at only $29.99 (CAD);
  • Quick and easy to assemble;  
  • Additional shelves can be purchased separately so that your storage unit can be tailored to fit as many types and pairs of shoes needed.
  • Placement suggestions for small spaces;
  • The 41-inch bookcase can fit into the coat closet by the entrance of your home, still leaving enough room to hang your jackets above.
  • The bookcase is shallow enough to fit into the gap behind a bedroom door.
  • The shelves may not be deep enough for larger sizes (but remember, shoes can be lined up from back-to-front or side-to-side).
  • Adding a liner or shelf-protector sheet can help to reduce wear-and-tear from dirt and water.
  • You may be able to find the bookcase online at a discount (e.g. Kijiji or Craigslist).