Published on March 30th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Roomy shoe storage

Materials: Expedit, Enje

Description: 2 girls sharing a flat = many shoes

So many that finding a cheap, good looking and roomy storage solution was difficult.

I then came up with this very simple hack:

- get an EXPEDIT shelf (4×4 in our case)
- build it
- get an ENJE roller blind (140cm)
- fix the ENJE blind on the top of the EXPEDIT
- put all your shoes inside
- close the blind

~ Gabrielle, Switzerland

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to Roomy shoe storage

  1. Jolanthe says:

    I’m just wondering where you got that awesome clock with the spiral stand from? =)))

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Gaby:

    I am glad that you saw my comment and that I was correct in what you were trying to get across to those who would view your wonderful IKEA hack idea.

    I am not one to make comments on what I see on various blogs (maybe 3 times in the last 3-4 years) but some of the comments here really bothered me that I just had to make a comment.

    Yes, I am planning on using your hack within the next few months but first I have to clear out the room!

    Thank you again for your great idea!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Commenter number 8, thank you very much for your appreciative comments. Indeed, I did not want to provide a super tidy photo for the hack as it is meant to reflect the reality of shoe storage (which we all know can be a very messy business ;)

    I hope you will use this hack to hide whatever needs to be hidden for the public eye in your new guest room!

    All the best, gaby

  4. Anonymous says:

    After reading the comments last night, I just had to comment today.

    First of all, I think the purpose of this hack is to show how “un-tidy” items can be “hidden” from view. Therefore, tidying up the shoes stored in the expedit prior to taking a photo defeats the purpose of their hack – which is wonderful.

    Second, thank you for such a great idea and also the idea of mounting the blind on the bottom instead of the top.

    All in all, this is a great idea that I will consider when re-doing my craft/guest room.

    And, to those who think the storage should have been straightened up prior to taking the photo might want to slow down and consider what ” 2 girls sharing a flat” are trying to show all of us – a way that they found for hiding their shoes from public viewing in an inexpensive way.

  5. Your next challenge is to decorate the blind! excellent solution to your little (ahem) problem.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Practical yes, good looking…not so much.

  7. Looks nice. What would be even more practical would be to mount the roller blind upside down. Iow have the roll at the lower edge and have two hooks at the top to hold the blind up when closed. Reason – it’s much more hassle to pull a blind down to the floor to close it than to pull it up from the floor and hook it at the top. Same goes for opening – when mounted normally, you have to first pull down a little bit more to start the roll-up mechanism. Which is hard to do when the blind already almost touches the floor. Much easier when the end of the blind is on top.

    • Jen says:

      LOVE this hack. And great, great tip about mounting it from the bottom!! We have these blinds on our windows and they do need a great deal of pulling-down room to get them to go back up.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I agree for tidying up and it could be easily solved by some divider of expedit for the shorter shoes:

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please, curate the photography… a little bit of order!!! :P

  10. jennifer says:

    From one shoe lover to another…bravo! :D I throw (a few of) my shoes into a seagrass basket in my 2×2 expedit cubby.

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