This simple IKEA shoe cabinet hack was born out of necessity.
The wall in the mudroom was a few inches too narrow for the shoe cabinet. And that shoe cabinet needed to be installed in the mudroom, like, yesterday. Because the shoes were already out of control.
So, we hacked the top with a new barn wood top. And, just like that, we have the shoes mostly under control.
This IKEA Hemnes shoe cabinet (here) was initially assembled and installed in our last house, and then moved to the barn. At this point, it’s more form than function. But I think the barn wood top helps.
It gives it a little rustic charm, and makes a great drop-zone.
The top drawer holds quite a bit, as well – perfect for keys, pens, and other junk you need to store. (Don’t look at me like that. We all have junk to store.)
It also gives me a little display space and helps perk up the entire mudroom.
I think it was worth the small amount of work to get this to work in the new house – because it is currently housing 26 pairs of shoes, sandals and boots. Those 26 pairs were previously in piles in the garage. So. Upgrade.
(It looks like it’s advertised to store a minimum of 12. But I’m here to tell you that it can do more. Esp. with kid shoes and flip flops.)
Ryan also made a small little “foot” at the bottom to raise the entire piece up an inch. (It wasn’t clearing the trim in the back.)
So, that’s a simple little hack that made the shoe cabinet work in our new home.
Easy. Peasy. Barnwood. Squeezy.