Converting a TV to Shoe Storage

Posted by on April 2, 2014

Written by Keith, handy man extraordinaire

One of the concerns of going full time in an RV was the storage. We were used to living in huge homes (3,800 square feet was our last home) and paring down to what we could fit in the RV was daunting. Every facet of our lives had to be examined and turned on it’s head to make us fit. We’re also not very willing to give in to pressure, normally making our own solutions to things when an easy option doesn’t present itself.

In one of our homes we organized the closet with ClosetMaid products including the shoe storage. Two of the shoe storage units gave us storage for 50 pairs of shoes and we had most of that filled. When we were moving into the RV there was a low cabinet that appeared to be for shoes but it was a ridiculously small at 12 inches deep by 24 inches wide and 19 inches tall. There was no separation in the space and we could fit about four pairs of shoes laying flat or more if we wanted to just pile them in.

It was obvious that we’d have to increase the capacity to store shoes and it was equally obvious that piling the shoes up wouldn’t really be an option. As we looked around we noticed the 19” television in the bedroom. We aren’t big TV watchers and we normally watch the same thing when we do watch TV so that space seemed ripe for converting.

Ready to go

Ready to go

My first thought was to make some shoe storage like the storage we had, it was a short trip to realizing I could just cut down the storage we had. For the lower cabinet, there wasn’t much space so I just cut down the inserts to fit in the space we had available. For the TV space we removed the frame and the TV and coiled the cable behind the cabinet in case someone decides to put a TV back. The space that was left wasn’t the right size to hold just the inserts but I noticed that the frame of the shoe storage was pretty simple, the sides screw into the top and bottom and the back nails on to the frame.

Ready for the second cut.

Ready for the second cut.

It was pretty easy to cut the sides down and put the whole thing back together. The whole thing slid into place very easily, one way – it didn’t fit the other way, and the frame went easily back into place.

Just Fits

Just Fits

Now we have nice storage space for 31 pairs of shoes. It works great, but shortly after we got on the road we were asked if we ever put a door over the shoe storage. We hadn’t but had never considered it either. We’re about to go into another yard period for Crush so maybe we’ll add a door, and who knows, it might even have a TV on it!



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12 Responses to Converting a TV to Shoe Storage

  1. Ronnie

    That looks awesome!!!!

  2. Merikay

    We have a total of ten pair of shoes, including slippers between us. We each have a hanging shoe bag in the closet. This is enough. Now where to put the next kitchen gagget may be a problem.

    • GeekyExplorers

      Since we left in 2011, we’ve scaled back our shoes even further. We no longer need a place for 30+ shoes (between the both of us) but it’s still nice to have the organization! And I hear you on the kitchen gadget problem – another thing we scaled back on…sorta.

  3. Veronica Klosiewski

    Seymour the genius strikes again! Very nifty idea.. but who needs that many shoes?? I have a dozen pr. of flip flops and sneakers.. LOL!

    • GeekyExplorers

      Indeed he does! When we started we both needed to still plan on working full time – and at the time our jobs didn’t support flip flops. Mine now does, but Keith still needs to look professional, hence the need to store shoes. :)

  4. Phyllis East

    Nice to have a handyman, for sure.
    Phyllis East recently posted..Not my finest moment

  5. Kelley - Sailing Chance

    I am ALL for making extra storage for shoes! Good work! On our boat we have bags from the Container store that I stuff all my shoes in. It works but your storage is so much better!

    • GeekyExplorers

      ooh the container store is an evil/awesome place! We’ve used solutions from there in other area – especially our kitchen. Just like in a boat, we have to make the most of our space!

  6. Tami

    Wonderful idea! Never would have considered getting rid of a TV in exchange for storage. With the space tube TV’s take up you could probably do this put a flat screen TV in front of this on a hinge!
    Tami recently posted..Funny RV: Taking Ultra Lite Travel Trailers to the Next Level

    • GeekyExplorers

      Tami – that is exactly what we did to the front TV actually! The TV is on a hinge and we store our office supplies and extra blankets there.

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