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Best Under Bed Shoe Storage Solutions

Updated on March 11, 2014

No More Wasted Space with an Under Bed Shoe Organizer

Do you feel like your shoes are just taking up too much closet space? Maybe out of season shoes or those green pairs can go somewhere else. If you get under bed shoe storage organizers you can make use of that otherwise wasted space and keep your closet free for things that you use more frequently.

Anyone with a large collection of shoes knows that they can take up a LOT of space. If you're talking about a family, that's a lot of clutter anyway. Plus, they can gather dust if they're not used often and left to just lie around. That's why you should keep them protected and out of everyone's way.


Under the bed space saving shoe storage comes in several options. Some are basic, softsided and quite cheap, while some are made of wood or come with wheels. All you have to do is take some quick measurements of the space and then take your pick from some quality underbed shoe storage solutions.

Keep in mind that though there are many types of containers for under the bed use, many don't let in air, so are not ideal for shoe storage. That's why I don't recommend using plastic stackable or rolling boxes unless they have air vents in them.

Let's take a look at what your options are.

Canvas Underbed Storage for Shoes

Natural cotton canvas allows your shoes to breathe and it is a strong and durable material, so even heavy shoes and stilettos won't tear the material. The soft sided structure means that you should not try to lift it up when full but only slide it along the floor.

Storage With Cedar Inserts

This canvas DAZZ underbed shoe storage container also comes with cedar inserts that divide the container into 12 compartments. The cedar protects your shoes against bad odors, mildew and insects. You can see your shoes through the clear vinyl top that is zipped shut. There are pull handles on all four sides to allow you to easily slide it in and out from under your bed.

It measures 24 x 30 x 6 inches. Each of the 12 compartments can fit most pairs of women's shoes except for boots or very high heels. Larger shoes or men's shoes will fit separately into each.

Storage with Flexible Dividers

The center dividers in this canvas bag have velcro attached to one end so you can adjust the size of some of the compartments to fit in different sizes of shoes. There are no cedar inserts, though.

This unit also offers a little bit more structure than the Dazz one above. It has a thin cardboard bottom and sides. This makes it a bit easier to slide it from under a bed even if it is not completely full. All the other features are the same - z clear vinyl window top with zippered closure and handles on all four sides.

The whole unit measures 24 x 30 x 6 inches.

Sixteen Cell Shoe Organizer

If you're not concerned about structure and don't plan on moving the storage container much, this Richards Homewares Gearbox Sixteen Cell Shoe Organizer will do the job. It looks flimsy but that's only because the inserts are flexible fabric.

When empty this organizer measures 1 x 15 x 10.2 inches, but can stand up to 6 inches tall when filled with shoes lying on their sides. Flats and small heels fit easily into one compartment, while you'll need two compartments to store a pair of boots.

The clear top can be zippered closed. There are two handles attached to the short sides only, so this is best used to store only seasonal shoes that you won't need access to for a while.

Clear Vinyl Shoe Storage

A softsided alternative to canvas organizers are clear vinyl ones like this one from Richards Homewares. The vinyl is thick and the seams are heat sealed. The zippers are self healing. It can hold up to 16 pairs of shoes for women or children. It is not recommended that you hand this bag up, as the dividers are not sealed to the bottom surface and will allow shoes to slide down through the cracks. However, this design allows you to place larger shoes diagonally to fit into a single compartment.

While you'll get a completely dust-free solution, I would recommend that you leave the zippered open a bit to let your shoes breathe.

Polyester Shoe Cases

If you have a high bed and prefer taller and larger storage cases, this set of two polyester ones from IKEA are a good bargain. The fabric is 100% polyester with polypropylene inserts along the sides for some structure.

Since they are not compartmentalized, you can use them to store clothes and linens as well.

They have a zippered closure that you can leave open a bit to let your shoes breathe and a handle on one side. The dimensions on each are 36 ½ " by 21 ¾ " by 7 ½".

Rolling Under Bed Shoe Storage

The problem with canvas or vinyl shoe storage units is that they aren't so easy to pull and push under the bed. If you have to do it over carpet, it's even worse. The unstructured nature is best for when you want to store out of season shoes and only pull them out after some months.

If you want to use underbed storage for more regular use, structured and solid underbed shoe storage with wheels is the best option. While you may not get containers with compartments to separate your shoes, they are a better option for frequent use.

Steel Underbed Shoe Storage with Wheels

This Whitmore cart is made of steel and coated with white epoxy. It really can be used to store anything, including large objects as long as they're not too heavy as this is a lightweight cart. You can fit two rows of three pairs of shoes if they're set side by side. If you place the shoes on their sides, you can fit more in. The fact that it is open means that your shoes will get lots of airing. It is set on four durable plastic casters and you can see all of its contents easily.

This cart can roll on low pile carpet and hard floors. It measures 23.7″ x 6.3″ x 24″ with about 2" of clearance from the floor with the wheels. The unit needs to be assembled but it can be done in about 20 minutes.

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Wooden Rolling Storage Drawers

If you're looking for the most durable and high quality solution, you'll need to shell out quite a bit more, but this unfinished poplar hardwood set of 2 rolling drawers is a long lasting solution. The bottom is slatted so your shoes get good airing and the wood prevents mildew from forming. The wood takes stain or paint well, so you can transform them to match your room's décor.

Each drawer measures 36"x20"x10", so you can't fit them under a low bed. They will, however, fit under the Charleston and Nomad beds made by the same company. You can also put in bed risers to raise your bed a few inches if needed. The wooden wheels roll forwards and backwards and you can roll them over thick shag carpets too. Assembly takes about 15 minutes.

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    • lucille12 profile image

      lucille12 2 years ago

      But when a closet is unorganized, messy, or so full of shoes, clothes and other stuff that you get a headache just looking at it, it's hard to imagine it can ever be in order.