6 Family Bike Storage Solutions

Six Creative Bike Storage Solutions

Believe it or not, our family doesn’t have a garage. (Gasp, right?). We live in an urban area in a home built in 1927, and when we fell in love with our house we decided to buy it despite the lack of indoor (bike) parking. As a family with a LOT of bicycles, we’ve had to get creative with how we store them.

Here are some of my favorite storage ideas from around the web. Whether you live in a walk-up apartment in the city or have a six car garage in the country, these ideas should provide some inspiration on how to get your family’s bikes organized and out of the way.

Outdoor stand-alone bike shed

A bike shed is a perfect solution for the family who has outdoor space but no garage (or a garage that has limited space).  If you have some DIY construction skills, you can build your own, or buy a slightly less attractive ready-made shed.

Bike Sheds

Photos left to right: (1) from Pinterest, (2) from Amazon.com

Garage roof bike storage

Not enough floor space in your garage? No problem. Just hang your bikes from the ceiling. Consider this pulley-operated ceiling rack, or if you’re stronger than I am you can use simple hooks drilled directly into the ceiling.

Ceiling Mounted Bike Lift

Wall hooks

Wall hooks are my personal favorite way to hang bikes, and we have several of them in our laundry room. (Yup, that’s what we’ve had to resort to). For folks like me with limited upper body strength, they are easy to use but also get bikes out of the way.

Wall mounted bike hooks

From left to right: (1) Leonardo bike hook, (2) Racor B-1R Solo Vertical Bike Rack

Bike racks

When you are out and about on the town, you use bike racks. Why not create one for use at home? It’s fairly easy to DIY yourself, or you can order a metal rack if that’s more your style.  A rack  is a relatively simple way to store bikes and can be used on a patio or in a garage. The only drawback is it takes up more space than some of the other solutions.

Bike racks for bike storage

Left to right: (1) DIY bikerack from Addicted to DIY, (2) 5 Bike Bicycle Floor Parking Rack Storage Stand from Amazon.com

Shelf and hooks

In our last house, when we had a garage, we built a shelf that extended the entire length of the garage. On the bottom side of the shelf were simple hooks for hanging bikes. A LOT of bikes. For a family with a big fleet, this is probably your best storage solution.

Shelf and bike storage

From left to right: (1) DIY rack via Tip Hero, (2) Monkey Bar Storage on Amazon.com, (3) Monkey Bar Storage on Amazon.com

Decorative bike storage

If you live in an apartment or other urban housing arrangement, you may need to store your bikes inside. These options are attractive, but might not be the best for a family with a lot of bikes.

Decorative bike storage

From left to right: (1) bike storage shelf from Etsy, (2) bike storage furniture from Chol1

More Ideas

For more creative ideas, check out my bike storage board on Pinterest.

Bike Storage Board on Pinterest

Kristen

Kristen is a project manager and writer. She spends all her free time mountain biking with her family on the trails in Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.

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3 Responses

  1. Erin says:

    Love the wall hooks and DIY racks. We have lived in a few apartments where wall hooks were not an option due to the drilling required. We resorted to the indoor double decker bike racks, which worked really well – especially for lighter road bikes. It was not the most attractive solution, but we lived in a warehouse loft so it kinda fit the vibe (or at least we convinced ourselves that it did…)

  2. Dennis says:

    We built the Shelf with Closet Rod and Hanging Bikes deal in our garage. Worked great and gave us extra storage in a place we wouldn’t otherwise have it. I liked too that the bikes can move sideways to give me about a foot extra clearance over just having them hanging off the wall by the tires in a typical fashion.