Lining your shoe shelves properly preserves shoes and furniture alike.

How to Line Shelves for Shoes

by David Lipscomb

Your shoes are an expression of your personal style and have the ability to make or break an outfit. Storing this footwear properly should therefore be a top priority. There are numerous places you can store shoes, but what's lining each shelf matters as well. Keeping mud, dirt and water from leaking onto -- and possibly damaging -- your shelves, as well as keeping them in place is important.

Rubber Shelf Lining

Evaluate your space. Plan to put shoes and boots likely to be muddy or wet on the bottom shelf, preventing gunk from dripping onto lower shelves.

Measure each shelf with your measuring tape.

Cut a piece of rubber shelf liner to fit each shelf as needed. Rubber sheets work best for wood, solid metal or melamine shelves, since they'll grip the surface without adhesive.

Lay the cut rubber sheets over the wood, metal or melamine shelves.

Place the shoes on the shelf. Organize your collection by style, color or whatever way helps you keep track of your footwear.

Plastic Shelf Lining

Measure your wire grid shelves to determine how much plastic sheeting you'll require.

Cut your shelf liner to fit each shelf.

Punch one hole at each corner of the plastic sheet.

Loop one four-inch plastic zip tie through each hole and around the corresponding wire section of the shelf.

Secure the tie by passing the zip-tie tail through the square connector at the other end. Snip off excess tail with your scissors.

Organize your shoes on top of your newly lined shelving system as you see fit.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Rubber or plastic shelf liner
  • Hole punch
  • Four-inch plastic zip ties
  • Scissors


  • Place the shoes in an enclosed cabinet to keep them dust-free.
  • Cut a small amount off each corner at 45-degree angles, should your rack feature vertical support columns.
  • Some plastic liners feature a low-tack adhesive on the back for peel-and-stick simplicity as an alternative.
  • Corrugated plastic shelf liners help trap any loose dirt or mud.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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