A shoe rack is a storage unit designed for holding shoes. Shoe racks may be free-standing to place inside a closet or may be built into a closet organizer system. The right type of rack for you depends on the number of shoes you have to store and where in your home you want to store shoes.
Many people who have a large shoe collection have built-in racks in their bedroom closets. Each rack may hold several pairs of shoes. Some shoe racks are slanted wooden boards that have a strip running across the back to rest the heels of the shoes on so that the shoes are displayed for easy selection.
Other types of shoe holders are white metal stackable shelves that are either part of a closet shelving system or are a part of a free-standing rack. With the shelf type, you can just place pairs of shoes on the shelves side by side. Some kinds of shoe racks have curved wire loops that you place the shoes over.
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A shoe rack is an alternative to shoe boxes. Clear acrylic shoe boxes that each hold one pair of shoes can be stacked anywhere and some people prefer to use these for shoes not worn too often. Shoe boxes may be stored up high in a closet, while the racks are usually on the floor or at eye level to allow easy access to the shoes.
Shoe racks can be added to entryway closets to avoid the clutter of shoes in the hallway near the front or back door of a home. Some people like to keep a small shoe rack near doors to hold shoes worn daily and/or guest's shoes. While the looped type can typically be only used to hold shoes, shoe shelves can be used to store practically anything from rolls of gift wrap to children's toys to extra pantry supplies. Free-standing racks usually fit into any type of closet and keep items organized and out of sight.