Introduction: PVC Basement Kayak Rack

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I currently have the problem in my basement where I am running out of space. I need to store my kayaks down there but find a better way to store them. So came this project.

Step 1: Materials

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I will be using the parts I previously used for a soccer skills net. They consist of 3/4 inch pipe and 1/2 in pipe. Along with four, 3/4'" 3 way elbows with one threaded slot, for this slot I have four threaded end caps for the 1/2 inch pipe.


4- 3/4" 3-Way Elbow with threads

4-1/2" threaded end cap

5'-1/2" PVC pipe

15'-3/4" PVC pipe

Step 2: Tools

You will need these tools:


Channel Wrench

Safety Glasses

Tape Measure


Step 3: Measurement

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I first get a rough estimation of the Kayaks, the width is about 2.5 feet, while the height of the stacked kayaks was also around 2.5 feet. Your kayaks may measure differently, if so modify my pipe lengths for your own.

Step 4: Cutting Pipe

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Next cut 2 1/2"pipes to 2.5 feet, after this cut 6, 3/4" pipes also to 2.5 feet.

Step 5: Adding Endcaps

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Next add the end caps with the threads to the 1/2" pipes on both ends.

Step 6: Add 3-way Elbows

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Next add the 3-way elbows, if you need help getting them on tightly you can use the channel locks.

Step 7: Put It Together

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Finally, take the 3/4"pipes and put them into the slots. You can use a mallet to tap the ends and, make sure they are in for a snug fit.


pmd25910 (author)2015-12-30

I did the same kind of design from wood, but it wasn't stable enough. I ended up getting hooks and mounting our 3 kayaks on a wall. This includes a tandem kayak. Works great!

Just4Fun Media (author)2015-12-15

Looks nice and simple! How stable is it?

Have a great day! :-)

Zach24 (author)Just4Fun Media2015-12-15

It's stable pretty stable although a couple more elbows and pipe would help. I think I may make modifications to it to raise it off the ground so they don't scrape on the concrete.

tomatoskins (author)2015-12-14

This is so simple! A few months back I made a pulley system for my aunt to be able to lift her kayak to the rafters of her garage. It actually worked really well. Very simple to lower onto her car when needed. Great Instructable!

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