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