Published on December 15th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Francesca’s steel shoe rack

Shoe lover Francesca hacks a shoe rack that offers plenty of storage and doesn’t cost a lot.

She says, “Well, everything started with the fact that I did need a place to put myshoes in and, like every Italian girl, I’ve got plenty of shoes! This made the traditional furniture for shoes completely useless, unless I was ready to pay a fortune (and of course I wasn’t :) …thus I thought to have a look at what Ikea had to offer and, “ecco fatto”, I found exactly what I was looking for.

At Milano-Carugate Ikea I’ve bought two pieces of Hyllis, a 4-level steel shelf really cheap (not even 10,00 euros each!) and about 5 meters of Gisela fabric (about 5,00 euro per meter), the one with huge colored squares on it (but of course I’ve just tried to find a fabric which could suit the other colors of the room, there are a lot of different kind of fabric to choose from!)

I put together the shelves, and trust me it was quite an easy job. I assembled the shelves, paying attention not to screw in all the screws… I left the ones on the vertical elements (let’s say the ones on the legs of the shelf) free from any screws, and you will soon understand why.

I then took the fabric and covered 3 of the 4 sides, overstretching the fabric, aiming to have the best result. And then, to block it, I screwed in the rest of the screws and, voilà!, here you see the nice result!

After repeating the procedure a second time for the second piece of Hyllis, I decided that it was better to cover also the front of shelves, and this is what I did: I used one of the traditional curtain-holder by Ikea (Index 70x120cm) and hung what was left from the Gisela fabric, exactly like a window curtain. I like the results!”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to Francesca’s steel shoe rack

  1. Anonymous says:

    It may involve extra drilling, but why not double the storage space by assembling one shelf from two hyllis pieces (not using the vertical elements from the second one, of course)?

  2. Ashley says:

    It looks good, but there is a lot of space being wasted. You could fit double the shoes with a few FRÄN shoe racks and even rig up a pretty curtain to cover if you wanted, and be making much better use of your space.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s a great hack. Be proud.

  4. Anonymous says:

    yeah and i would have doubled up the fabric, so you wouldn’t be looking at the “back” of the fabric on the inside of her first shelf.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree. You could easily fit extra shelves in between the existing shelves. After all, regular shoes are about 5″ tall. But I give you an A for effort!! :D

  6. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s that I live in a small apartment, or that I have tons of shoes, but this seems like a really inefficient use of space. It’s a cute idea, but I think it would be better if you could get more shelves on there–for more shoes!


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