Make your Own Bicycle Rack with these 5 Ideas
A bicycle rack might be just what you need to stop your bike taking up so much space – especially if your home is a little on the small side. There are even some that you can make yourself.
Nowadays, more and more people are using bicycles to travel to work, go shopping or visit friends and family. Plus, this mode of transport is environmentally friendly and allows us to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time.
However, the only problem is that bikes take up quite a lot of space, and can be a pain if you live in a small house or apartment. But don’t worry! Today, we’ll give you some ideas for making your own bicycle rack, that you can hang wherever you like.
Make your own bicycle rack
If you don’t have a patio, balcony, garage or storage room where you can leave your bike, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have one at all, or that you have to miss out on its benefits. We’ll show you how to make a bicycle rack for your own home. It’s time to show off those DIY skills!
1. Pallet bicycle rack
Using light, cheap wooden pallets for interior design and DIY projects is really on-trend at the moment. They’re also great for storing bikes in your house.
In this case, you’ll need two pallets. With the first, prepare the base of your bicycle rack. It should be a maximum of three slats wide (and don’t forget to rest it on wooden blocks). Cut the second pallet in half, so that it’s the same width as the base and the same length as your bike.
Secure both parts with nails or screws. Now, all you need to do is paint them. To store your bike, you need to place it vertically, with the back wheel resting against the base, and the front on the support pallet, up against the wall. You can also lean the bike against the wall to make it more stable.
2. Horizontal wall bike rack
You can also use a pallet for this next idea, but there’s no need to cut it this time. All you need to do is fix it up a bit to make it look nice, and so that it works well with your decor. Put a couple of hooks in the center, making sure they’re thick and strong enough to support the weight of your bike.
Attach it to the wall with large screws, then hang the bike so that the hooks support the frame. You don’t need to hang it too high off the ground so that it’s easy to hang it up and take it down when you need to use it. This is an interesting option if you only use your bike occasionally.
3. Vertical wall bicycle rack
Another interesting way to hang several bikes on the wall at once is to hang them vertically. You can buy special hooks in stores, which allow you to hang them from the front wheels, leaving the rest of the bike suspended in mid-air. You can attach the hooks directly to the wall, or fix them to a wooden beam.
4. Metal bicycle rack
Wood isn’t one of the most eye-catching materials, so you might prefer something a little more “industrial” in style, perfect for modern decor. You can make a structure that you can attach to the wall, which will allow you to hang your bike vertically so that it takes up less space.
However, if you’re not good with a soldering iron or tools, you can also find racks for one, two, three or more bicycles in specialist stores.
5. Wooden plank bicycle racks
If your home is minimalist in style, you’ll love this idea. You don’t need much in the way of materials, and you can hardly even see the rack once it’s hanging on the wall. Basically, all you need to do is attach two wooden poles (or another material) to the wall, at a height which allows you to hang your bike up and take it down again easily, and far enough apart that they can take the weight.
Remember, the wooden poles need to be longer than the bike is wide. That way, the wheels won’t put dirt on your walls.
Making your own bicycle rack is easier than you might think. Best of all, they won’t take up any precious space in your home. If you live in a small apartment, there’s no need to give up cycling.
All you need to do is let your imagination run wild, and show off that spark of creativity and innovation. And you don’t even need to spend much money to have a beautiful and practical bicycle rack!It might interest you...