Some but not all of the closets in my home have this ledge taking up approximately half of the floor. It's about 4 3/8" high. Does it serve a function? The house is circa 1956.enter image description here

  • 3
    shoes, little people, who knows
    – Traveler
    Jul 11, 2022 at 5:56
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    Could be covering something, like pipes.
    – MiG
    Jul 11, 2022 at 6:38
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    Try prying the "shelf" portion up to see what's under there. I have a feeling that @MiG is correct, though it could be for making a 2nd row of shoes more visible. Maybe a previous owner had lots of daughters with lots of shoes...
    – FreeMan
    Jul 11, 2022 at 11:52
  • Always nice when a covering to hide something can serve as a nice shelf for shoes.
    – crip659
    Jul 11, 2022 at 13:20

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Ledges like these could be covering pipes and conduits. Sometimes it's not possible to integrate these into the floors or walls (or they've been applied after the house was built), and this is a convenient way to both remove them from sight and provide a basic shoe rack.

If you are very curious, you could try removing the top cover. These tend to be placed without any kind of fixation (and judging from your photo, the cover is mechanically supported on at least the front and sides, very likely also the back), so you should be able to lift it immediately. If not, gently pulling the front ledge upwards (you can start on one side) may release any nails used to secure it.

You could afterwards choose to remove any nails and just place it back without fixation (which is not really needed), or alternatively just drive the existing nails back in with a hammer if you want to prevent small children and pets from hurting themselves on anything you find inside.

  • I have seen them throughout a home and only 1 room had anything under it but all the other bedrooms and the entry closet had these for shoes maybe they want them to all look the same similar age 1950’s I was after the T&G to repair some rot at a window.
    – Ed Beal
    Jul 14, 2022 at 20:29

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