Make Your Own Bike Storage Rack

What You'll Need
2x4 lumber (how much depends on how big you want the bike rack to be)
Tape measure
Long screws
Light sandpaper
Paint or stain (if desired)

A bike storage rack is a handy storage device to keep your bikes secure from damage that can occur when they lie around loose, and also to make a more efficient use of space. Many manufacturers make different styles and varieties with different capacities that can run into the hundreds of dollars. If you want to avoid spending an excess amount of money, it is quite easy to make your own bike rack to your own specifications.

Step 1 - Prepare the Boards

The final product you are going to end up with will look like a ladder lying on its side along the ground. Keep that in mind as you are measuring and cutting. You will need widths of 18 inches for adult bikes and 14 inches for children's. Multiply that number by the amount of bikes you will be storing on the rack, and measure that length on two of the 2x4s. Then, measure two 18-inches pieces of 2x4 for each bike. These shorter pieces are the support boards that will go in between the two longer boards and will be the ones serving to actually hold your bikes upright. Once you have all the measurements marked out, you can cut the boards to their specified lengths.

Step 2 - Attach the Boards

Once you have all the various pieces of board cut and laid out, you can connect them into the rack. Lay out the longest two pieces of 2x4 on their sides and arrange the remaining 18-inch pieces also on their sides evenly spaced out down the length of the two long boards. Screw in the screws on each side into the ends of the short pieces. You want to place one screw towards the bottom and one towards the top to ensure your bike rack maintains stability and does not weaken over time. Do this on either side of each support board until they are all attached securely.

Step 3 - Finishing Up

Once all the boards are firmly connected, use the sandpaper to smooth the surface of any rough spots you might find. When that is done, if you want, apply a couple of coats of paint or stain. This will extend the life of your bike rack and protect it from the elements.