Built-in Shoe Storage

Here is a flash from the past on a project that we did a few months ago.  As you can imagine an older house is seriously lacking some storage space.  As a lady with a great love for shoes the lack of storage creates a whole new problem and literally turns my world into complete and utter chaos.  I needed a solution and fast! Enter the fabulous world of IKEA HACKS!

I had a long wall next to my small closet in my bedroom that was screaming to be used for a built-in.  A built-in would solve my shoe storage issue, allow me to start organizing my life, help control some of the morning chaos that erupts in my house and hopefully add an eye pleasing aesthetic to my master bedroom…but how?

Pinterest seems to be my necessary evil. It’s how all my projects start. While scrolling through built-in storage ideas I came across some very useful Ikea Hacks. Bingo! Dilemma solved…sort of. We just needed to figure out how to build the darn thing.


master bedroom built in
master bedroom built in the vibrant pad

We started off by making a trip to our Ikea store and purchasing a White Hemnes 6-drawer chest for $199.  I selected the Hemnes because it had the right measurements I was looking for and it was already painted, which meant less finishing work for me. YEAH!!!! The height of this dresser played a big role as to why I selected it. I plan on mounting our flat screen tv above the dresser so it couldn’t sit to low. I didn’t want a lot of extra space around the tv.

ikea hemnes hack the vibrant pad

simple arrow graphic the vibrant pad

white melamine shelving the vibrant pad

We centered the Hemnes dresser on the wall next to the existing closet, making sure to leave equal space on each side of the dresser for the built-in shoe closets made from the white melamine shelving. For aesthetics reasons it was important that the closets were the same size. The top of the Hemnes dresser is wider then the dresser base so you will need 1×3 filler pieces along each side to fill the gaps between the dresser and closets.  No project is never complete without a little trim work.

built in closet detail the vibrant pad

french doors on built in closet the vibrant pad

After both built-in frames where up, it was time to add the doors.  A single door would have been much to large and really wouldn’t have been the right look so I decided on slim french doors in a simple 2-panel design. It turned out the exact way I had imagined.

built in closet with doors the vibrant pad

Almost complete!! Just need to add the bottom trim pieces and the trim around the tv. Plus, I need to figure some sort of doors for the existing closet. The good news is… the tv is now the prefect height to watch all the Dave Matthews Band shows I want from the comfort of my own bed.  Talk about bliss!!

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