How to Build Surfboard Racks for Storage

What You'll Need
2 x 4 boards
Drill bit the size of the dowels
24-inch wood dowels
Screws made for wood
Glue for wood
Hook and eyes sets for each dowel
Nylon rope, about 4 feet
Pipe sleeves for each dowel
3 zip ties for each dowel

Surfboard riders want to protect their boards and store them on surfboard racks when they aren’t out riding the waves. Here are directions to build a simple and sturdy surfboard rack to keep those boards safe, but first here is a list of some things you will need.

Step 1 - Measure Boards

Measure the 2 by 4 board carefully and make a line across the center of it from one end to the other end. Then, mark it along that line in 1-foot sections with a pen or pencil. The markings are to show where to put the wooden dowels, so be sure it is spaced properly and evenly. You want your surfboards to sit evenly when you store them on the surfboard racks later on.

Step 2 - Drill Holes

Drill holes down to within 1/4-inch of the depth of the board in the middle of each place you marked. Make sure the holes are straight. You can do this by sticking one of the dowels into a hole and seeing if it looks straight. Don’t leave the dowels in at this point as you still have to put the surfboard racks on the wall.

Step 3 - Attach Board to Wall

Now, find the studs in the wall where you want to hang your surfboard racks. Screw the board to the stud with the wood screws. The height of your rack depends on how tall your smallest surfboard is that will go on it. So your next step is to measure each of your boards. For example, if you own a board that is 9 foot long and a board that is about two inches shorter than that one, you will need a rack that is 4 feet 8 inches tall. Measure your surfboards and you’re your surfboard racks to the height you need since it will vary with each person’s surfboards.

Step 4 - Put in Dowels

Put a hook and eye set on the bottom of each of the dowels. Use wood glue to glue the dowels into the holes in the rack. Make sure you put them in evenly spaced.

Step 5 - Put on Pipe Sleeves

Measure to see where to cut the pipe sleeves so they fit onto the dowels and then put it on the dowels. You may have to cut it open to do this. Attach the pipe sleeves to the dowels using 3 zip ties on each one.

Step 6 - Add Carpeting

Measure the place your surfboard tails will sit and cut some carpeting to that size. Install the piece of carpeting under your rack. Now, put in your surfboards and attach them using nylon rope strung through the hook and eye sets so they don’t fall. You have now installed your surfboard racks.