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Shoe Storage Racks and Cabinets

Storing shoes might not sound like the glamorous thing in the world…so it’s rather surprising that a lot of the solutions are so incredibly stylish! We’ve searched our favourite online retailers for the best shoe storage racks and cabinets and come up with the following:Alana Copper Shoe Rack by Made.com

Alana Copper Shoe Rack – £99, Made.com

Copper is the metal when it comes to interior design at the moment and pieces made from it just seem so much warmer than their chrome counterparts – so we welcome the appearance of this Alana shoe rack by Made.com. Angled legs support two platforms onto which you can position your footwear. This fine piece is part of a wider Alana range that includes beds, mirrors and lots of other bedroom essentials – each of them with the same minimalist style credentials.

John Lewis Rubberwood Shoe Rack, 3 Tier

Rubberwood Shoe Rack, 3 Tier – £50, John Lewis

If two tiers won’t provide enough storage space for your footwear, John Lewis’s three-tier shoe rack might be the answer. It’s made from sturdy recycled rubberwood with a natural finish and the three platforms are supported by legs that meet at the top, where they curve. A fine and functional piece of furniture, it measures 49.8cm high and 63cm wide (23.2cm deep); so there’s plenty of room!

Ethnicraft Horizon Teak 2 Door 1 Drawer Shoe Rack

Horizon Teak – £869, Ethnicraft

Ethnicraft’s Horizon teak shoe rack just oozes quality. The two doors of this classy bedroom fixture – which are fastened by metal hardware open to reveal a drawer and three shelves. This rack is part of an extensive range of teak bedroom furniture that includes beds, wardrobes and tables. If you really like the look you can even extend it to the kitchen, as matching teak dining tables and sideboards are also available!

Shoe Storage Cabinet by Home Loft Concept

Shoe Storage Cabinet – £509 (was £549), Home Loft Concept

Home Loft Concept’s shoe storage cabinet looks every inch a vintage heirloom! It’s been made from solid wood that’s been varnished and distressed. The front has been painted in a diamond pattern in iridescent shades that have an almost mother of pearl feel about them. Inside you’ll find four shelves and the whole unit rests on distinctive angled black legs. It’s currently on sale so now’s a great time to invest in a quality piece!

Wilko Wooden Shoe Rack 2 Tier

Wooden Shoe Rack – £16, Wilko

If you’re looking for a practical piece of furniture for a great price, Wilko will not let you down. Easy to assemble, their two-tier wooden shoe rack is smart with a natural finish that will fit in with any home’s interior and its oak slats will house up to six pairs of your shoes. At £16, you’ll find it won’t break the bank and you’ll be able to invest in several if one isn’t enough to fulfil your storage needs.

Five of the Best: Task Lamps

This week, we turn our focus to task lamps – lights with a purpose, whether they’re lighting up a food preparation area or illuminating your work as you sew. We’ve found five great lights that prove that lighting can be elegant as well as functional – here are our top picks:

Kartell Taj Mini LED Task Lamp, Copper

Kartell Taj Mini LED Task Lamp, Copper – £246, Kartell

We start with a real beauty: the Taj mini LED task lamp from Kartell, which will look equally impressive when switched on or off. It’s 32.5cm high by 33cm wide (9cm deep) and has a simple and rather majestic shape enhanced by a metallic copper finish. It’s powered by an incorporated LED lamp which uses an estimated 85% less energy than an incandescent bulb and will last for up to 20,000 hours.

Ottlite Slimline Task Daylight Lamp

Ottlite Slimline Task Daylight Lamp – £40, Hobbycraft

Smart and functional, Ottlite’s slimline task daylight lamp has been specifically designed to provide powerful illumination to your home office, craft table or study area. It’s powered by LEDs that mimic the quality and spectrum of natural daylight: so, in addition to reducing eyestrain (and improving colour rendering for the purposes of your art work!) they can help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Linea Harry Task Light

Harry Task Light – £70, Linea

Sometimes you realise that designs become classic for a reason – they’re every bit as stylish as they are functional. Linea’s Harry task light proves this – it has the shape of a classic desk light with its sturdy base and generous shade. However, its metal-look finish gives it a contemporary feel, and the angular shape and positioning of the supporting arm gives this piece more than a hint of industrial style.

Teal Retro Desk Task Lamp

Teal Retro Desk Task Lamp – £19, Dunelm

We love the cheerful colour and retro stylings of this teal-coloured task lamp from Dunelm – and we love the price too! For less than twenty quid, you can own this petite piece of desktop style, which features a large and vibrant vintage-style shade and matching circular base, held together by a narrow and curved chrome-coloured arm which holds the shade with a matching wide band.

Otto Task 49cm Table Lamp by Pacific Lifestyle

Otto Task 49cm Table Lamp – £58.99 (was £79.99), Pacific Lifestyle

We finish our selection with another copper-coloured piece – it is the metal of the moment, after all! Here we have Pacific Lifestyle’s contemporary task lamp which has exquisite curved lines and a sweeping form guaranteed to elevate the look of your office area or bedside table. This 49cm-high lamp is also available in shiny chrome or black chrome (that’s a new finish to us!) so take your pick.