This DIY mudroom shoe storage solution is the absolute best way to hide your family’s shoes and give your mudroom some fabulous classic style.
I started planning for a mudroom refresh back before the kids got out of school. I keep getting caught up on some of the details. But one thing I know, without a doubt, is that I want to update the shoe storage.
My Favorite Ways to Store Shoes in a Mudroom
I like clutter to be hidden as much as humanly possible. My brain just can’t handle the chaos of clutter. However, as usual the storage needed to be both functional and easy on the eyes.
Great for spaces where you don’t need custom sizing, baskets add some lovely texture to a space while being super practical for shoe storage. I would just look for good quality baskets that are rigid and not floppy. Shoe storage gets a beating! And you want your baskets to hold up to anything your family can throw at it.
Below are some of my favorite baskets for shoe storage (click image to go to the source).
I chose DIY bins for my space because I prefer a custom fit and I’m no stranger to wood working projects. I was having a difficult time finding matching baskets for both sides of the bench. One side has smaller openings than the other.
How to Make Shoe Cubbies Without Compromising Your Style
These DIY shoe storage bins are a simple project.
Step One: Build a Box
I used wood I had on hand to build the original boxes. There is nothing fancy about the box. You’re only going to see the front. I just nailed it together with wood glue and my finish nailer. They are super sturdy.
Step Two: Add Trim to Box Front
I chose a lattice design for this refreshed and updated look. First I needed to add top and bottom trim. Then I used these wood strips, cut to length and nailed in place. I did not use any glue for this, since I was going to end up with a layered design.
Step Three: Paint to Match
I only caulked around the perimeter of the new trim, so it had a nice clean look. Then, I painted everything with the same color as the mudroom bench and all the trim in my home – Sherwin Williams Pure White. There’s no sugar coating this step, it was tedious x 4.
Step Four: Add Finishing Touches
Originally I had installed drawer pulls on the bins, but they are literally never used. So I am undecided on if I will be adding a new pull.
I added felt pads to the bottom of the bins, so they can slide across the wood floor without damaging it.
For this update, I plan to add drawer glides to the bottoms and attach them to the floor. To hopefully make it easier for everyone to CLOSE. THE. BINS. A girl can dream.
In Case You Needed Further Reasons to Tackle This Project
- These DIY wood bins have been the absolute best way to store our shoes.
- They hold so many shoes, more then we probably need to have in the mudroom at once.
- The sturdiness has held up to my family’s abuse for almost 8 years now.
- They keep the shoes out of sight and hidden away.
…well in a perfect world, where my kids don’t just leave all their shoes sitting in front of the bins…In my world, I’m constantly putting the shoes back into the bins…
- And lastly, they are now both practical and beautiful.
IF YOU WANT MORE DIY IDEAS, YOU CAN FIND MORE HERE:
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