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Finding shoe storage to fit a small space

Shoe storage to fit a small space

Having shoe storage close to the front door can be really helpful, particularly if you like to remove shoes as soon as you enter the house. Finding a solution to fit in a small space can be tricky, particularly trying to find something that is low in cost.

I was looking for a cabinet to store a small number of shoes next to our front door for quite some time. We don’t have a hallway – the front door opens straight into our living room. Due to the lack of space, I had been finding it difficult to find something suitable. Most cabinets were either too wide or too deep, as well as being either very cheap-looking or too expensive.

After finding a great value bathroom cabinet at IKEA, I also found some shoe storage that would fit. Their Trones shoe cabinets cost just £30 for a pack of 3. We chose to get them in white, but you can also get them in black and yellow. I felt that white was the best colour for us, as it would help the cabinets to blend in with the white wall.

Coat rack by front door

The shoe cabinets fit really well into the small space. We chose to just use 2 of the 3, so that we can keep the coats hanging above them.

IKEA Trones shoe storage

Luckily, they fit perfectly in the space between the skirting board and the bottom of the coats.

IKEA Trones shoe storage

They’re by no means the biggest of shoe cabinets, only fitting a couple of pairs of shoes in each section. However, we needed something really small to fit into the available space. With them being so shallow, they don’t impact at all on the narrow space between the front door and the stairs.

IKEA Trones shoe cabinets

Considering most other cabinets I’ve looked at have been at least double the price, IKEA provides great value. After worrying that they might look cheap, I’m really pleasantly surprised with how they look. We’ve been wanting to move towards a more modern look for our home, so they fit in well.

After struggling to find low-cost small shoe storage, IKEA has several options, in addition to the Trones.

The Bissa shoe cabinet is ridiculously cheap at just £20, or £30 for the 3 compartments version.

IKEA Bissa shoe cabinets

Here are 2 of the smaller Bissa units pushed together. At just £40 for this look, I think it’s a bargain!

Another of their cabinets that I think provides good value is the Hemnes cabinet, which is comprised of 4 compartments and costs £69. I just love the way that the lovely blogger Forever Amber has styled it in her hallway.

IKEA Hemnes shoe cabinet

After finding so many great value pieces at IKEA, I’m looking forward to visiting again! Unfortunately, there isn’t one close to us, which is why we haven’t been for ages. However, when their items are such good value for money, I’m more than happy to travel a bit further afield.

Do you love IKEA too?

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    18th July 2017 at 12:07

    Is it crazy that I’ve never brought something from Ikea? But I guess that’s what happens when you live in South Africa…with no Ikea (to my knowledge).

    A shoe cabinet right by the door is a great idea. The one you got looks great!


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      20th July 2017 at 15:20

      Ah maybe they don’t have them in South Africa, which is such a shame! Thanks so much – it’s so useful! x

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    19th July 2017 at 14:11

    Oh, I recognise those shoe compartments from my friend’s place! IKEA produce some seriously genius storage solutions, right?!


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      20th July 2017 at 15:24

      They do, don’t they! They sell so many great space saving things, which is so helpful when you have a really small home, like we currently do x

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    19th July 2017 at 17:33

    Those look SO handy! We are moving soon and I think I’m going to have to find quite a few storage solutions like this as it’s going to be smaller than where we are now (my boyfriend and I live with someone else currently but we’re about to move so its just us) and I have a LOT of stuff haha. The cabinets you chose fit so perfectly into the space! Better get myself to Ikea 🙂 Sophie xxx


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      20th July 2017 at 15:32

      Our home is so small so we’ve got used to making any space count! Ikea is so fab for space-saving furniture and the prices are so good! We got a new bathroom cabinet for £30, and everywhere else the same size cabinet costs more like £100, it’s crazy. We struggled for space here for ages but then I did the Marie Kondo declutter and it’s made a massive difference to the amount of belongings we have, I really recommend it 🙂 xxx

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    19th July 2017 at 22:04

    These are perfect! Really need to get myself some. xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

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      20th July 2017 at 15:41

      I’m so glad I found them – I’ve been looking for so long for some that will fit xx

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    20th July 2017 at 16:31

    When I was reading this post I was half expecting at the end to find out that the product cost hundreds of pounds, what a total steal it is at £20!! I’m very impressed and will definitely be recommending this post and this product to my Mum as she’s always looking for space saving ways to declutter the look of the house!

    Abbey ? http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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      23rd July 2017 at 13:46

      I can’t believe how cheap some of their items are! Such a fab place to get great value for money x

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    20th July 2017 at 21:21

    I love IKEA. It has the best stuff. The shoe storage is so cute. I was on the lookout for one as well. I hope they sell the same one in America.
    Awesome post! 🙂


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      23rd July 2017 at 13:48

      They have such great things don’t they! I hope you can find some x

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    25th July 2017 at 00:57

    I have the shoe cabinets and I love them!! They’re such a perfect size!!

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      26th July 2017 at 13:22

      They’re so fab for small spaces aren’t they! x

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    25th July 2017 at 11:55

    What a great find! Ikea was the only place I could find a shoe rack to fit in my tiny coat cupboard too.

    Beccah xx

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      26th July 2017 at 13:28

      They do such great things for small spaces don’t they 🙂 x

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    26th August 2017 at 17:38

    I love these storage ideas! I live in a studio apartment and even when I think I am minimizing I still need so much storage! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      29th August 2017 at 15:42

      Thanks so much for commenting 🙂 Our house is really small so I can sympathise! x

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