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Over the years I've aquired quite some shoes, and in my current situation I don't have a whole lot of space to store them all. Hence, I came up with this cheap and simple solution for all my shoes.

The beauty of this idea is it's super cheap, super simple and can grow along with your collection of shoes! (modular!)

- Screw eyes. 3 per 2 pair of shoes (or 2 per pair). I used 16mm/ 6 mm. As long as your rope fits through the loop you're good to go!
- Paracord or elastic cord, whatever floats your boat! +- 1 meter / 3 feet per 2 pair of shoes.
- Scissors / knife to cut the cord to length.

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Step 1: Requirements & diagram

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The diagram shows how to tie the rope to the screweyes. It doesnt really matter what kind of knot you use, as long as it doesnt slip.

I've tried different approaches to tying the cord to the screweyes, this double knot approach seems to work best for holding shoes.

Step 2: Screwtime

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Screw those screweyes in! Hold a pair of shoes against the surface you are using and make sure there is enough space between the screweyes for your shoes!

Using a pen or screwdriver as leverage through the hole of the screw eye can save you some sore thumbs, but is entirely optional.

Step 3: Result!

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Here is my finished result with and without shoes.

Hope you like it!
skinnybet1 year ago

i think i could do this on the inside of closet door. great idea

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f5mando1 year ago

Excellent - simple, effective, and cheap. The perfect Instructable! Thanks so much for sharing.

AllenInks1 year ago

Doh! Of COURSE the shoes go behind both loops. I should have blown up the picture of the shoes hanging on the door, and looked at it more closely. Sorry. However, the new photo of cord tied to screweyes with "sticky" notes is very clear. Thanks!

projectbobby (author)  AllenInks1 year ago

Glad I could help!

AllenInks1 year ago

From the diagram, it looks as though the cord is tied to each of the three screweyes. As near as I can tell from the photograph, only the length of cord going between the two outside screweyes are routed over the surface of the shoes facing away from the door (the "tops" of the shoes) to keep the shoes from falling off the door. What is the purpose of the two lengths of cord that are tied to the center screweye, and which passes between the shoes and the door? The only thing I can guess is that you are trying to provide something supported by the screweyes that the sole of the shoe might grip, but maybe this will become clearer when you provide the step-by-step for the cord that you promised alexmac131.

I'm thinking about doing something like this, but using a dedicated sheet of cheap OSB in the garage. Since I don't have to worry about screwing up my wife's new cabinet doors, I was thinking maybe I could paint the wood with an non-slip surface (paint with sand, or other texturizer, like H&C® Sharkgrip® available from my Sherwin-Williams store - which I have left over from another project). If I had a non-slip surface which the soles rested against, would I need anything other than sections of cord between pairs of eyes of sufficient length to go snugly over the outside ("tops") of a particular pair shoes? Of course, elastic cord would allow a range of shoe sizes to be supported between a pair of screweyes without retying a cord to adjust length to fit, as suggested in your reply to teethlikelions...

Bottom line...I'm intrigued by your concept, but still not sure how it all works, how the components interact with the shoes.

projectbobby (author)  AllenInks1 year ago

I just added two pictures which I hope will answer your questions.

projectbobby (author)  AllenInks1 year ago

Thanks for your comment.

In response to your question about the rope being tied to all of the screweyes. Take a close look at the yellow pair of shoes (Left, center): All of the shoes go through both loops. The second (large loop) is for a bit of extra support. I will try and add some pictures explaining this very soon!

what happens when you out two drastically different sized shoed in one loop? will the smaller just fall through? if you're including kids sizes, do you think the eyes will need to be closer together?
projectbobby (author)  teethlikelions1 year ago

Hm... Good question. I don't have any kids or kids sized shoes so its kinda hard for me to try out. I think using elastic cord would be the most elegant solution in this case.

On the other hand, moving the eyes closer together should work regardless what kind of rope you use.

lindaweir1 year ago

PERFECT , elegants olution and thanks for the imaculate instructions, an educator born and bred, thanks .great.

projectbobby (author)  lindaweir1 year ago


alexmac1311 year ago
revisions should include step by step string of the cord - also depending on the door type the screws may not hold under no load and rip out causing very visible damage to the door. that said i do like the idea perhaps just design adjustments
projectbobby (author)  alexmac1311 year ago

Thank you for your comment! But... I think you have a double negative in your second sentence, and meant "may not hold under load" instead of "no load". I this correct? Otherwise I don't understand, I don't see screws falling out because there's no load on them.

Either way: load shouldn't be an issue here for the screws. Shoes are typically not very heavy, and the screws can hold a lot more weight than just a pair of shoes. I can hang a couple of dumbells between two screweyes easily, combined 9kg / 20 lbs. Second reason is that doors are usually mounted with hinges, which in place are attached with screws. Since the whole door is held up by screws, I'm sure it can hold a couple of shoes.

Unless your surface you work with is made of cardboard (just tested, really doesn't work ;) ) I'd say you're good to go.

I will add a step-by-step for the cord soon, thanks!

BuzzinBee1 year ago

Neat! simple and efficient =)

wolvmarine1 year ago