Everyone who owns a bike knows the important of having a proper storage solution for the bike as well as for everything related such as helmet, water bottle, gloves and gear in general. I’m currently struggling myself to find the best storage solution for a bike inside an apartment and the idea of a DIY bike rack is starting to sound more and more appealing. We’ve gathered 10 inspiring ideas for you to take a look at and hopefully we’ll get to each find our next DIY project idea among them.
Ideally, you should have plenty of room for your bikes, whether you’re storing them indoor or outdoor. Let’s assume for now that there’s room for them outside. You could build a bike rack out of wood which could also include some hooks for helmets. The rack could look something like this. We found this project on addicted2diy and we like how simple and straight-forward it is. Also, we enjoy the fact that it can be painted in any choice of color or colors and that it can be as small or as big as needed.
Chances are you only need a rack that can hold a single bike and it that case the design is a bit different. In fact, there are actually a lot of different design ideas to choose from. One of the simplest DIY bike racks in this sense is featured on instructables and is made of wood boards. It’s basically just a small stand which keeps the front wheel of the bike upright and stable. You should first measure the width of your bike tire before doing anything else to make sure that the stand can actually support the bike. Feel free to stain or to paint the wood once you’re done assembling the stand.
A wall-mounted bike rack is a really great idea if you only have one bike and you want to store it indoors, in a small space. The rack in this case would also allow you to turn the bike into a wall feature. Basically you’d be putting it on display and you’d free up some floor space while doing it. There’s this really cool tutorial on instructables which can show you how to put together a wall-mounted bike rack that looks a lot like a slender and simple shelf. One of the best things about it is that it has these hooks which can hold your helmet and other bike accessories.
When there’s really not much space to work with, it’s important to save as much room as possible and in that case a vertical bike rack can be super helpful. Design-wise it can be simple, without any unnecessary features or ornamentation. The project from instructables seems perfect in that case. To build one just like it you only need a few things: wood boards, a saw, glue, clamps and varnish. If you want you could paint the rack to make it match your home decor.
If multiple bikes need to be stored, you should really consider this project that we found on singletracks. This DIY bike rack is super simple in terms of design and also really easy to put together. A great thing about it is that you can add more slots if necessary once everything is done. Basically the rack grows along with your bike collection. You can create as many slots as you want and you can set them apart at any distance you prefer.
Since you can’t really use your bike all year around, not outdoor at least, you might want to build your own exercise bike stand so you can pedal even when it’s too cold or wet outside right from the comfort of your home. We found a nice tutorial for such a stand on tidybrownwren. The frame is made of wood and there’s a set of pegs which are attached to the back axles. The pegs fit into slots that are drilled into the stand.
An indoor bike rack can’t be too big and should be easy to maneuver and to use. It’s obviously up to you to decide where you want to keep your bike. It could be on the balcony, in the garage or actually inside the house if you have a spare room or if you don’t mind keeping it in your living space. In any case, we find this DIY bike rack idea from minipennyblog to be perfect for indoor spaces. It’s a small, wall-mounted rack with two hooks that keep the bike suspended. Of course, it doesn’t work for all bike types so be sure to check your bike frame before crafting anything just yet.
Another cool and at the same time space-efficient idea is to hang the bike from the ceiling. That sounds like it could be very fun and, as the tutorial from homemade-modern shows us, very easy to put together and super user-friendly. To make a ceiling-mounted bike rack like this one you need copper T fittings, a copper pipe, felt, steel wool and epoxy. You’ll also need a drill, an angle grinder, a rigid tube cutter and a blow torch.
We’d like to show you one more vertical DIY bike rack, this time featured on liv-cycling. It’s space-efficient and it keeps your walls clean. Here’s what you need if you want to craft your own rack according to this design: black iron pipe fittings (floor flange fittings, a 90 degree starter elbow fitting, two 90 degree starter elbow fittings, nipple fittings. a cap fitting, a wood board, clear vinyl tubing, screws and wood stain or paint. You can improve or modify the design if you want to.
A bike rack made out of recycled bike parts, how cool is that? Check out these amazing things that we found on behance. They’re super fun and good-looking and they look awesome. You can use them not just as hangers for your bike but also for coats, gloves, helmets, even umbrellas. It’s one of the best upcycling ideas we’ve ever seen.