How to Choose The Right Bed Skirt Shoe Organizer
If you have a lot of shoes, you need to store them somewhere. Would you rather take up valuable square footage in your living room or bedroom to display your shoe collection? Or would you rather stow away your shoes under a bed and efficiently use space that’s already being taken up by the bed? In this article we discuss how to choose a bed skirt shoe organizer and different styles of bed skirt shoe organizers.
To choose a bed skirt shoe organizer, first determine what size of organizer is needed based on the space available under the bed. Next, determine the number and type of pockets needed based on how many shoes need to be stored. Finally, determine whether an under bed shoe organizer or a hanging bed skirt shoe organizer style works best to match room decor.
Keep reading this article for more details on the above tips and to learn about different types of shoe organizers that you can buy or make.
What is a Bed Skirt?
A bed skirt is a piece of decorative fabric placed in between the mattress and the box spring to finish up the look of the bed. It’s also used to cover the box spring and the bed frame.
The most convenient feature of a bed skirt is that it allows you to use the area under the bed as a storage unit. A bed skirt shoe organizer is a great idea to store extra shoes instead of placing them on the floor where they collect dust. To learn more about bed skirts, check out this article about ten different bed skirt styles. You might also find interest in learning about the different types of bed skirt materials and their benefits as well.
Make sure to also check out our article about common bed skirt designs and their benefits too for more information and ideas. You might also find useful information in how to keep a bed skirt in place as well.
How Do I Choose the Right Bed Skirt Shoe Organizer?
To choose the right bed skirt shoe organizer, determine the right size for your bed, think about what pockets work best for you, decide the type of shoes you need to store, the style of bed skirt you want, you can purchase an under-bed shoe organizer, or you can change an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer into a bed skirt organizer.
Tip 1. Measure the Bed Skirt Drop Length and Width to Choose the Right Size for A Bed Skirt Shoe Organizer
Most bed skirt shoe organizers come in one size fits all, however, having the right size is the same as measuring for a bed skirt. The proper length should be measured from the floor to the top of the box spring, called the “drop size”. To learn more about measuring for a bed skirt, check out this Magic Linen article. The shoe organizer should be an inch or two shorter than the bed skirt itself. For the width, only measure the sides and the foot of the bed, without the headboard or the bed legs.
Tip 2. Use Zippered Pockets for Tennis Shoes and Elastic Pockets for Large Shoes like Heels
A bed skirt shoe organizer usually comes with 16 plastic pockets in which you can store your shoes. There are lots of different types of pockets:
Zippered Top Pockets
Zippered pockets are useful for completely covering a shoe. This means less dust accumulation on your shoes and any dirt from your shoes will be collected inside the pocket. However, you might not be able to store some larger shoes like heels inside these pockets. They’re also tedious to use because you have to unzip every time you want to add a shoe in or remove a shoe. Here’s an underbed shoe organizer with zippers.
Bed skirt shoe organizers with open-top pockets are usually cheaper and they fit a lot of different shoe types. They’re also easy to use since you can put shoes in and pull them out easily. They don’t look as pretty as zippered or elastic pockets because shoes will hang on the edge of the pocket. If you are interested in open-top pockets, check out this shoe organizer from Amazon.
Elastic Top Pockets
Elastic top pockets share some of the advantages of open tops and zippered tops. They keep shoes neatly organized in pockets, they can fit larger types of shoes like heels, and they prevent the majority of dust from entering the pocket (like the zippered variants). However, the elastic may wear out over time so they are a bit less durable. You can get a shoe organizer with elastic top pockets from Smart Design here.
Tip 3. Use a Gathered or Layered Bed Skirt for Heels and a Tailored Bed Skirt for Flats
Choosing your bed skirt style depends on the kind of shoes you are storing. A simple bed skirt works better with flats because they don’t affect the look of the skirt. However, if you want to store bigger shoes or low heels, a pleated or gathered bed skirt would cover the shoe organizer. The pleats can hide any bumps big shoes would create. You can find this pleated bed skirt on Amazon for ~$17.
Tip 4. For Storing Lots of Shoes, Use Several Under-Bed Shoe Organizers
If you want to store more than 16 pairs of shoes, you can take advantage of the whole space underneath the bed and purchase under-bed shoe organizers. You can have a set of 2 or 3 storage units and slide them under the bed. These can hold up to 36 pairs. A bed skirt perfectly hides the under-bed shoe organizer and allows for easy access to your shoes. You can find different types of under-bed shoe organizers for about $26 per set of 2 storages.
Tip 5. Build a DIY Bed Skirt Shoe Organized by Cutting an Over-the-door Hanging Shoe Organizer
If you already have a bed skirt matching the whole room and you don’t want to change it, you can make a bed skirt shoe organizer out of a hanging shoe organizer over the door. Cut the shoe organizer horizontally, making three sections for the two sides and the foot of the bed. Sew a cord into the edges of each section. Remove the bed skirt you already have, use the pins of a bed skirt, and place the hanging part of the cord around the pins. You need to make sure that the shoe organizer is placed first then cover it with the bed skirt. You can check this over-the-door hanging shoe organizer on Amazon for $10, and get more details on how to convert it into a bed skirt shoe organizer on motorhome.com.
What Different Bed Skirt Shoe Organizers Are Available?
Typically, bed skirt shoe organizers come with 16 open top pockets in a single size which fits any bed type. Variations of bed skirt shoe organizers can have up to 30 pockets, different styles of pockets such as zippered top or elastic top pockets, and different sizes to fit different bed sizes.
There are several different bed skirt shoe organizers available. They usually come in one size fits all, if not they would be available in different sizes that could fit Queen, King, Twin, Full beds.
The number of pockets is mostly 16, in which you can store shoes, socks, scarfs, etc. Other products have 18 pockets and up to 30 plastic pockets.
Open top pockets are the most popular since they provide easy access to shoes as well as keeping them neat and organized. The top elastic band type is good for storing bigger shoes and heels. The shoes won’t fall out since the elastic part is quite strong, but it could stretch out over time. The pockets with zippers are the best to secure your shoes and keep them from getting dusty, however, it’s not the right choice when storing heels since you need a little more room.
How to Install a Bed Skirt Shoe Organizer
To install a bed skirt shoe organizer, first remove the mattress, then pin the bed skirt shoe organizer to the top of the box spring, and finally, place your shoes in the pockets and cover the bed skirt shoe organizer with the bed skirt.
Installing a bed skirt shoe organizer is the same as installing a traditional bed skirt. The platform part of a bed skirt goes in between the box spring and the mattress. It’s pinned onto the top of the box spring to secure the bed skirt keeping it from moving or falling. You can check out this article for quick and easy hacks for installing bed skirts.
Step 1. Remove the Mattress
To be able to pin the bed skirt correctly you need to move the mattress to another place. Make sure you have someone to help you pick up the mattress as it’s heavy and awkward. Check out this article for tips on moving a mattress. Place the mattress somewhere dry and clean to prevent it from getting wet, dusty, or moldy.
Step 2. Pin the Bed Skirt Shoe Organizer to the Top of the Box Spring
Place the platform part on the top of the box spring. Adjust the bed skirt drop length to touch the floor or be slightly above the floor. Ensure the whole side is even and pin it carefully onto the box spring. Double-check that the pin is secured to keep the bed skirt from shifting or moving.
Step 3. Place your Shoes in the Pockets and Cover Them with the Bed Skirt
Avoid storing bigger shoes that could tear the bed skirt shoe organizer. You can also store books or anything you like to keep on your side of the bed. Drop the fabric part of the bed skirt over to hide the shoe organizer.
Make sure to also take a look at our article on what bed skirt hardware you need to install bed skirts to make sure they stay right in place too. Additionally, our step-by-step guide on how to use bed skirt pins might also prove to be helpful.