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Published on July 16th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Slick & Modern Wall-Mounted Shoe Tree – from a Pot Lid Holder

Materials: RATIONELL VARIERA pot lid organizer

Description: I wanted a space-saving way to store a few of my sneakers. I was coveting one of the many modern solutions that are available, but alas, I was troubled by the high prices!

I scoured the IKEA website to find a hackable product — and lo! — I found RATIONELL VARIERA pot lid organizer. The light bulb went off in my head!

The RATIONELL VARIERA pot lid organizer is fully adjustable, so I simply made it the length I needed so it would work for my shoes. Then, I attached it to the wall with a drywall hook and VOILA! I had a modern (and very slick, if I do say so myself) shoe tree for my colourful sneakers. Easy peasy and oh-so inexpensive.

~ Raj Pabari, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Slick & Modern Wall-Mounted Shoe Tree – from a Pot Lid Holder

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Great idea, thanks! Will this work with a smaller shoe, like a girl’s ballet flat or flip flops?

  2. Could you detail exactly how you fastened this to the wall?

  3. mydecoreview says:

    I was looking for some means to store the shoes in my house especially that of my son. If I make something like this in his room at least for few days he will use it. Time to give it a try.

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Genius! I had my eye on the STÄLL cabinet…out of desperation for shoe storage. I might give this a go first! Thanks!!!

  6. Anonymous says:


    What is brand for plaid shoes? Need for same pair!

    Thank you

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very creative! Just what Ikea Hackers is all about. Love it.

  8. Zulaya says:

    I think this is brilliant. Way to think outside the box!! If one is concerned about dirt, you could add a strip of plexiglass as a backing, and you might even be able to use the same screw to mount both the potholder and the backing so there would still only be 1 or 2 screws. Did you use a hook at the bottom and top, or just at the top?

    • Raj says:

      Thanks! We’re on the same wavelength — I thought about the some sort of plastic backer, too, but so far things are neat and clean without. (I wanted to keep it as minimal as possible.) I get by with only one hook at the top. Initially, I was going put a hook on the bottom too, but after it was mounted I realized it wasn’t necessary because (a) the pot lid holder has non-slip plastic feet which keep it from moving; and (b) my shoes weren’t so heavy as to result in the holder stretching out.

  9. Thank you! Adding this to my Ikea list. Brilliant. Keep up the great work.

  10. Raj says:

    I thought of that, but fortunately, the RATIONELL VARIERA pot lid holder has plastic “feet”, so it’s a few millimeters away from the wall. Plus, the shoes never touch the wall — just the metal — so the wall stays safe (and white!).

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nice, but the wall will def get filthy.

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