Storing shoes at the front door aids in keeping the floors of the rest of your home clean, but you should also consider keeping the floors near your front door clean. A front entryway is the first space your guests see upon entering your home, so keeping the floor clean sets a good example for the cleanliness of the rest of your home. If you have the space near your front door, consider storing shoes out of sight to create a more formal entryway.
Create a Closet
Creating a closet near the front door serves a variety of purposes, including shoe storage. You need ample room for this project so it does not limit space in your front entryway. Construct a closet from scratch by using an existing wall of your home as the closet back and adding sides as well as a front entry door. Use new slats of wood painted or stained to your liking, or salvage old barn wood to create vintage appeal. Suspend the closet system off the floor or use the floor as the bottom of the closet. Install shelving near the bottom to hold shoes, and place a rubber mat on the surface of the shelves and the floor so grime from the bottom of shoes does not saturate the shelving and floor. The benefit of this shoe storage idea is that the closet looks like a standard piece of room furniture, but allows you to house your shoes out of a guest's view.
Add Freestanding Furniture
Freestanding furniture works well in small front entry spaces for shoe storage. Search for a medium to tall, short-depth console table that has shelving or storage throughout most of the midsection and bottom. A console table with the storage sections covered is ideal, but open-shelf concepts are just as suitable. In the instance of an open-shelf console, attach fabric that is similar to the fabric used throughout your home to the underside of the console so it hangs over the open shelves. Consider using fabric hook-and-loop fasteners to attach the fabric to the table, so it is easy to open and reach your shoes, and then close back to the original position.
Use a Drip Pan
Use a drip pan to hold shoes temporarily in a small front entryway. Place a cookie sheet near or behind the front door and set a cooling rack on it. When your children or guests enter the house, have them place their shoes on the rack until mud and water dry or until they leave to go home. This storage solution prevents mud and water from soaking through front door mats. When the drip pan is not in use, store it in a nearby closet.
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