The Better Way to Use an Over-the-Door Shoe Rack (Hint: Not on a Door at All)


Photography by Andie Diemer; Styling by Elaina Sullivan.

For most of us, “shoe storage” consists of a pile (or, at best, a semi-neat row) on the floor of our bedroom closet. At first glance, it seemed designer Anne Sage had no other option anyway—her closet, already on the small side, has sliding doors, making an over-the-door hanger a no-go. The content creator would have opted for under-the-bed bins, but dragging them out day after day would be too much of a hassle—plus where would her coats and boots live? So she purchased a metal shoe hanger with no intention of actually hanging it.

By removing the over-the-door hardware, Sage was able to screw the frame (using the holes created by removing the hooks) into the side wall of her wardrobe, making use of valuable, and often neglected, vertical storage space. (Not to mention, the doors will always be able to fully close with ease.) “I love the sense of order that an over-the-door rack provides but hate how it looks installed on the door,” she explains. Sage’s shoe collection now lives safely on display next to her shirts, and her floors are free of tripping hazards—well, at least ones that aren’t her daughter’s toys.

amazon over the door shoe rack
Honey-Can-Do 18 Pair Over The Door Shoe Rack, Amazon ($19.2, was $23.99)

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