If you have bikes, and you live in a small home, you have a storage problem. Bikes can be awkward in size and shape, but fortunately they aren’t very heavy, leaving us lots of storage options. You just need to get a little resourceful when figuring out how to store bikes so they don’t end up on the back porch in the rain. (Or worse, laying all over the front lawn!) Whether you need to find space in a small apartment, or you have to fit your family bikes into an already crowded garage, we have creative DIY bike storage racks & projects as a solution.

 

 

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

From ‘Liv Cycling‘ , this DIY bike storage unit stores more than just the bikes! It has cubbies for all those bike helmets and other accessories too. No more searching the back yard for all the kids helmets, when all you wanted to do was take a family bike ride!

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Also from ‘Liv Cycling‘, this tutorial teaches us how to hang your bike using inexpensive pipe fittings. This particular project has a rustic, but finished feel to it, so it would work indoors.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Ok, we must love their stuff, ’cause here is one last tutorial from ‘Liv Cycling‘! This DIY hanging bike rack and shelf is perfect for the garage wall, and leaves enough space to walk past or park a car. Don’t forget to make sure you mount these DIY bike racks to a stud in the wall!

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Bunnings‘ has a video tutorial for their DIY multiple bike rack. This is a great choice for creating a space for the whole family to keep their bikes. And if you have a big family, this is essential!

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

This ceiling mounted DIY copper bike rack from ‘Homemade Modern‘ has a really cool look to it. Makes your bike storage look high end! (Perfect if you live in a small urban home!) Full tutorial with lots of photos and instructions on how to cut the pipe and add the fittings.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Rob from ‘Bike Forums’ talks about how he made this DIY bike rack from a shelf, a pole, and some straps and hooks. Read down to the bottom of the page to see all the comments, he answers a lot of questions there.

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This homemade bike rack from ‘Heathered Nest‘ is made from inexpensive 2×4’s. Perfect for getting your bikes organized in the garage or a shed.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

From ‘Her Tool Belt‘, this DIY bike rack storage idea is pure genius, because it has spaces for scooter storage too! Detailed tutorial with supply list and construction drawings.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Home Depot‘ shows us how to DIY a bike rack using PVC pipe, a hand saw and some pipe cement. That’s it!

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Want something thats looks pretty? Try a DIY wooden bike rack from ‘Buzzfeed‘. There is even a video how-to with this tutorial. And the center of the rack can store your water bottle. Clever project!

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

Make this wall mounted bike rack from ‘Instructables‘ for just $20. Step by step instructions, inexpensive DIY bike storage solution.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

This next one uses parts for the Stolmen closet system from Ikea. Unfortunately I think the tutorial is gone now. There are a bunch of different versions of this all over Pinterest. It is pretty logical – use 2 of the adjustable uprights and a couple of the brackets from Ikea. This version is courtesy of  ‘Ikea Hackers‘.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

 

These industrial bike hooks could be ordered from this Etsy Store, or you could DIY these. Take the photo to Home Depot, and let them help you choose the right pipe fittings. Then spray with a liquid rubber product, like “Flexseal”. Be sure to screw into a stud or wall anchor.

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From the book, “ReadyMade How To Make (Almost) Everything“, these pallet bike racks are simply held up by simple “L” brackets from the hardware store on each side. See photo.

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Another pallet bike rack, this one is a simple DIY. I would add some simple brackets to keep the top section secured to the bottom.

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While this bike rack might look like its made from a pallet on first glance, its actually much better. ‘DIY Network‘ built this out of sturdy pressurized lumber, so it should last. Simple to follow tutorial.

Creative DIY Bike Storage Racks

When you are done reading about DIY bike storage, then hop on over to our posts on 10 Ways to Organize Your Pantry or DIY Workbenches!

Image Credits: Liv Cycling, Liv Cycling, Liv Cycling, Bunnings, Homemade Modern, Heathered Nest, Her Tool Belt, Home Depot, Buzzfeed, Instructables, Ikea Hackers, Etsy, Clarkson Potter, Bike Hacks, DIY Network



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15 Comments

  1. Jack S August 2, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I have very little space in my garage and there are a lot of outdoor gear that I want to mount as it is just standing all over the place. What type of racks can I use for my kayak and ski gear?

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  2. ELLD August 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Hi!

    I was just wondering; All of these ideas were made to perfectly fit bikes with a male frame. The female ones have the kind of dip in them. How could you convert those ideas and use them on bikes for women? Just hanging my bike by a wheel is a no go for me.

    Thanks!

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    1. Susan October 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      You can get a bike rack adapter. It is an expandable rod that hooks onto the seat post and the stem or handle bar. They are used to transport women’s bikes on car racks. They start around $25. Might have to go to a bike shop.

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    2. Warren May 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I use 2 l hooks on the wall to hold the bike by the handle bars. Works for any shape frame and the seat rests against the wall which steadies the bike. My bike and my daughter’s bike hang side by side

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  3. sophia brown March 1, 2015 at 2:38 am

    nice article.. I will try to utilize the space available, to save my beloved bike

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  4. Bernard March 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Some very nice ideas especially repurposing the handle bars as a bike rack. The only racks that should NOT be used are the ones where the bike is hung by the wheels as that can deform the wheels over time.

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    1. Ronda Seward January 12, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      It’s also very difficult to get the bikes hung. We built this in our garage and it works if you want to hang and leave your bikes (i.e.winter) but isn’t practical for taking down and putting back up. The bikes are too heavy and unweildy for me. The velcro straps eventually quit working. I hadn’t even considered the impact to the wheel but that makes sense.

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  5. Carrie Lewis August 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Hi,

    I was wondering are you mounting into studs? the prob in my house would be even though we are mounting light racing bikes we have plaster walls. How do you recommend mounting. And before you say wall sinks for dry wall, I have had them up for years for shelving and just the other week they smashed down for NO REASON, with 8 75lb dry wall sinks per mount (3) mounts and shelves that didn’t exceed those weights and had no reason to fall. The only thing we can come up with is the plaster just gave, the house is NOT well built. Let me know want to mount these bad boys :)

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      We would recommend studs, yes!

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  6. Terry October 23, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I like the way the you store your own bicycle. I love it. Glad to look these pictures!

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  7. Elle November 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

    The ideas look nice, but I certainly can’t lift my bike 6 ft or to the ceiling or over furniture.

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  8. Kids on Bikes January 9, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Cool! I’m planning to build one for my son’s room. Glad to have found your write up on this. :)

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  9. lucie January 17, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I would use almost none of these racks. The worst ones are those who hold the bike only by the tire. A good bike rack protect the bike while we don’t use it. So I don’t want any that may scratch my frame or worse that may twist my rim.

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  10. Hornibrooks Tools and Fasteners April 24, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    We like your idea, unique and simple. Great job!

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  11. Mani May 17, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Amazing! I am in love to your site you have shared many useful ideas. This is best. All the arrangements are perfect.

    Reply

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