Introduction: DIY Bike Rack for $20 / Bike Storage Stand & Cabinet for Garage

Looking for a cheap and easy DIY bike rack? This rack requires nothing more than a drill and a few 2x4s, some bike hooks, and a handful of screws. For measurements and more, check the video!

Step 1: Clean Up Your Space and Measure Your Wall

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You'll need roughly 12" of space per bike, plus 12" on either side of the bikes on the ends. For example, my 5 bikes needed ~7 feet of wall space. For my area, I used two 8 foot long 2x4s and cut them each down to roughly 84".

Step 2: Mount the 2x4s on Your Wall

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These measurements are VERY important, so pay attention here. The lower 2x4 should be mounted roughly 65" from the ground. This will ensure that most bikes will hang freely from the hooks. There might be some exceptions to this rule, so consider measuring the length of your bikes first.

The upper 2x4 should be mounted roughly 14" above the lower 2x4. This will stagger your bikes so that their handlebars don't clash.

To mount the 2x4s to your wall, use 3 ½" screws and make sure to screw them into the studs. I used two screws per stud.

Step 3: Mount the Bike Hooks on Your 2x4s

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The hooks need to be mounted 24 - 26" from each other on the same row. This will allow enough room to remove the bikes on the opposite row without having to remove any other bikes. After mounting the hooks on your lower 2x4, center the hooks on the upper 2x4 between the hooks on the lower 2x4.

To mount the hooks, pre-drill the holes using a ⅜" drill bit and then thread the hooks into the hole. These are the exact hooks I used, they're extremely affordable and crazy sturdy.

Step 4: Optional: Build a Cabinet for Your Bike Accessories!

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I didn't add steps for this, as it's a bit more complex and needs more tooling. If you're interested, watch the video at the top of this Instructable to see more details on the cabinet I built.

Step 5: Mount Your Bikes and Enjoy Your Organized Bike Area!

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That was easy, right? I turned my cluttered bike area into a clean and easy to navigate storage area in an afternoon, and only spent $20 in the process! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.


NinaM75 (author)2017-12-06

Any suggestions for keeping the wall clean where the rear tires contact?

gmx43. (author)2017-04-29

Thanks for this! Just out of curiosity, could you put 3 on top and 2 on bottom? I am assuming that the 3 on bottom is for ease of hanging?? Would it be an issue to angle the screw into the joint were the 2 walls meet at either end?

jpkuenzi made it! (author)2017-01-03

Thanks! Helped make some space in the garage

craftedworkshop (author)jpkuenzi2017-01-04


Buster Blader made it! (author)2016-12-08


ihart (author)2016-11-03

Great project! One quick thing you might do to clean up your storage box front is to add some iron on edge tape. After you cut and iron on 4 pieces, use a box cutter or sharp knife to trim out your 1/4" dado slots.

If you were starting from scratch, you could put the edge tape on first and then cut the dados.

edge tape (get white birch only):

craftedworkshop (author)ihart2016-11-03

Definitely! Edge banding is awesome but, for a garage project, I really didn't want to put any more time into it. Certainly would have prettied things up though!

ihart (author)craftedworkshop2016-11-03

I totally understand! It's always a trade-off on a project as to how much effort to put into it knowing that there are a pile of other projects waiting in queue behind that one. Since you are married, that also comes into play if the spouse has something else in mind that is higher priority... Not that I would know about that.. ;-)

Jissan (author)ihart2016-11-06

I wish there was a "thumbs up" to the comments section.

craftedworkshop (author)ihart2016-11-03

Definitely know the feeling!

dbenedetto (author)2016-11-03

Does hanging the weight of the bike by its rim affect the shape of thr rim?

diramu (author)dbenedetto2016-11-06

No. A lace rim can take (the static weight of the rider and a the whole bike)/2 on a small contact spot and the dynamic forces would be much higher. This small static force is nothing in comparison.

diramu (author)2016-11-04

You can get away a single row of hooks with ~12" spacing if you are prepare to hang every other bike from the rear wheel. It is easier to lift the front wheel first, so if you have the space go for the 2 row solution.

AndrewW133 (author)2016-11-04

How much clearance is required above the upper bar? I ask because i'm trying to tuck this sort of set up underneath a basement AC header that has about 84 inches of clearance. With the lower at 65, and the upper 14 above that (79), I wonder if there will be enough space above the top hook?

loony1 (author)2016-11-03

FYI, hanging bikes with suspension forks in this manner can, and will, ruin the seals and O-rings within the fork as oil is given opportunity to part company from the internal areas it is present to lubricate and protect. While it takes much more space, all my rigs are stored either hanging in the opposite direction, or simply in riding orientation.

craftedworkshop (author)loony12016-11-03

Even if you are using them on a weekly basis?

lauramet (author)2016-11-03

Any thoughts on shocks leaking? Not sure how the new ones are, but my old mountain bike was hung this way and the shock lost it's oil...

craftedworkshop (author)lauramet2016-11-03

They definitely should not leak, the seals should be much sturdier than that!

lauramet (author)craftedworkshop2016-11-03

Okay - so I'll build it as is, then! It was an older fork, so I won't worry about it. Thanks!

phikatz (author)lauramet2016-11-03

I don't know for sure, but if you hang your bike(s) by the rear tire it may be better due to the rake angle.

lauramet (author)phikatz2016-11-03

That may work - I'll do some research.

groghunter (author)lauramet2016-11-03

If your shock leaks due to hanging, that means the seals need to be replaced anyway. If oil is getting out, dirt is getting in. Hanging this way is actually better for the seals, as it lets the lube oil in the fork lower sit at the seals, keeping them from drying out, & helping with stiction by keeping the sealing surfaces well lubed.

lauramet (author)groghunter2016-11-03

Ah - thanks, I appreciate the tip!

jfreyesrz (author)2016-11-03

Wow, so simple and efficient. Thx!

ronfunkcompany (author)2016-11-03

Very nicely done!


BillS172 (author)2016-11-01

Very cool. Do you think you might not have to stagger the heights if every other bike is hung by its rear tire instead?

craftedworkshop (author)BillS1722016-11-01

That would probably work but it would be extremely awkward to get the bike up onto the hook by lifting the rear tire. In this design, you use the handlebars to lift the bike, much simpler.

monguin (author)craftedworkshop2016-11-03

Lifting by the seatpost is a mild inconvenience. Dealing with bikes that are tangled up because they're too close is a bigger inconvenience.

craftedworkshop (author)monguin2016-11-03

Due to the spacing, mine are not tangled. Very easy to get bikes in and out.

groghunter (author)BillS1722016-11-03

I did mine this way, but I spent a little more on the hooks with a plate on them, & for the last bike of the 3, I used a velo hinge instead of a normal hook. lets me swing the last bike out of the way to easier get to the middle bike. I fit 3 bikes over a casement window, & might even be able to squeeze 4.

groghunter (author)groghunter2016-11-03

to be clear, I mean I put my hooks so that I could alternate front wheel up/back wheel up/front wheel up.

Myrian1 (author)2016-11-03

I feel so silly! I made this and couldn't get the bikes onto the hooks. I studied your instructions over and over…finally figured out you mounted your bike hooks SIDEWAYS. Gave mine a twist and poof!

Sometimes it's the little things…hehehe

craftedworkshop (author)Myrian12016-11-03

Hah, that's awesome! Glad you figured it out.

Handstanding_Harriet (author)2016-11-03

Would it work outside?

You would need to get pressure treated lumber and use exterior rated screws and hooks, but it should! That said, storing your bikes long term outside is really bad for them.

dprvu (author)2016-11-03

Very cool. Works great. I added a third row for the shorter kids bikes and the kick plate for the back tire someone suggested. My only concern is how do you keep your mountain bikes that clean ;)

Thanks for sharing.

craftedworkshop (author)dprvu2016-11-03

Awesome! And I try to hose them off after almost every ride. :)

Anirudh Ralhan (author)2016-11-01

Nice and easy to make!! I think I've got a project for the next Saturday...

Nice, have fun!

Siggamonda (author)2016-11-01

The addition of a wooden panel where the back wheels sit would be quite handy for keeping the wall protected.

That is planned for the near future. I should be getting a CNC in the next few weeks and plan to cut some chainring shaped pieces out of the left over ¼" plywood. Should look pretty sweet!

chienline (author)2016-11-01

This is nice. I need to line up my kids' bikes to free some space ^^


wilwrk4tls made it! (author)2016-11-03

Mine wasn't as fancy but it certainly worked out nicely. Made it a couple of years ago as the start of my garage overhaul (which could still use some more finishing...)

Nice man, looks great!

seamster (author)2016-11-01

Nice! Very cool to see the process and general measurements for hook placements. Thanks!

craftedworkshop (author)seamster2016-11-01

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

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