Shoes. Who doesn’t love them? Even though we have only two feet and can only wear one pair of shoes at a time, we have an endless number of different occasions that require different shoes, from running shoes and golf shoes to sandals for the beach, boots for winter and heels in every color and height imaginable – just because.
But where do you store all these shoes? As you know, shoes don’t like to be stored next to each other, as the various design details on a fairly inexpensive shoe can end up destroying a brand new pair of Italian leather pumps you just picked up at Zappos.
Thankfully, manufacturers have created innovative design solutions for you in the form of the shoe storage bench. These little beauties solve almost all your shoe storage problems, letting each pair of shoes have its own space.
Best of all, a shoe storage bench can fit in just about every unused and underutilized corner in your home, from the foot of your bed in the master to the entryway. Every shoe in its place and a place for every shoe.
So, what do you look for in a shoe storage bench? Well, the first thing is the number of cubbies the bench has. You want to purchase benches with as many cubbies as will fit in the space you have in mind, knowing that shoes have a way of multiplying over time.
There are two basic types of benches. First, there are those that have cubbies. Think of them as walled off storage lockers laid out in a grid. The second is a bench where the front opens out, revealing either cubbies or wire loops that slip right into the shoe, letting them hang free.
Neither version is preferable over the other. It really depends on your personal preferences and the amount of space you have available.
Space. That’s always a problem in homes. Fortunately, many of the shoe storage bench models out there can fit in nearly every room and even in hallways. They will look right at home in a large walk in closet, in a guest room by the window, in an entryway or wet room, even the living room.
If you go with a shoe storage bench in the living room, you probably want to get a model that has a door that opens outward. When the door is closed, your shoe storage area looks just like your average bench and visitors can use it for additional seating when they stop by. No one can even tell that you have your favorite pumps hidden inside.
When everyone leaves, you can pop open the door, sit down on the bench and decide which pair of fabulous open toed sandals you’re going to wear to dinner that night. Close the door up and voila! – it’s a bench again.
Perhaps that explains the popularity of the shoe storage bench these days. The price of shoes has dropped in recent years, well, at least for the masses as shoe discounters have flooded the market with shoes that are only meant to last a season or two. This has created a real storage conundrum for fashion frenzied home dwellers who have so many shoes they no longer what to do.
The good news is, there’s an answer. Shoe benches in every corner of your house, ready, willing and able to make all your fashion dreams come true while keeping your home looking orderly. They are attractively priced, available in an endless array of sizes and styles, and they keep your shoes looking spit-spot day in and day out, free of scuffs, grime, dust and dirt.