Wooden Pallet - Bike and Scooter Rack




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Wanted to get some kid-friendly bike storage/organization for our garage. I had seen a bunch of wooden pallet bike racks here and around the web - of varying levels of effort, execution. Since I was able to get me hands on a couple of nice wooden pallets for free - I was able to complete this little project at zero expense! - And I was able to use almost all of the wood.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

I got my hands on a couple of pallets from a friend's company for free, and had a couple of fenceboards in the garage. In terms of tools and consumables - you'll need a good saw (preferably a circular saw), A drill/screw gun, and some screws. A rasp came in handy smoothing out a few rough bits and carving in a couple of spots to allow the bike tires to fit better.

So, get yourself a couple of nice-looking wooden pallets.
The ones I got my hands on were 46” x 24” Not all palletes are made the same so YMMV.

Please note: The drawings depict a build with the larger 48” x 48” sized pallet s. Both sizes will work. The 46” worked out perfectly for 3 bikes and two scooters A fenceboard as wide as your pallet will come in handy.

Step 2: Cut Down the Base

Pick the pallet you want to use for the base, and cut-off the slats flush with the middle joist (leaving a box). If you have a circular saw, you can use the fenceboard as a rip-fence for a clean line. Keep the cut-off slats.

Step 3: Assemble & Test Fit

Place the un-cut pallet on top of the half pallet, overlapping just enough to be able to screw it down from behind.

Now you'll want to test with your bikes and see what angle works best to accomodate the size bike wheels you have.

I had to make some adjustments to the angle, and trim away a little wood with my rasp from a couple of the joists to best accomodate the three different-sized bike tires we have.

Step 4: Some Optional, Finishing Touches

I wanted to make spots for the kids' Razor Scooters, so I simply took pairs of the slats I had cut-off earlier, and nailed them down with just enough space to accomodate the under-frame of each scooter, with a little play, and the top platform resting on the slats.

For added utility, screw down that fenceboard to the top - making a handy shelf.

Step 5: The Finished Product

Once I was happy that everything fit as intended, I put a wider shelf on top for helmets to sit comfortably, added a few hooks, and primed and painted with some old paint I had lying around the house.



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10 Discussions


3 years ago

so easy and so practical :D


4 years ago on Step 4

Awesome - Razor scooters have been the bane of my existence as they fall out of almost any storage solution that's easy enough for kids to use. Can't wait to try this!

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Reply 4 years ago on Step 4

Agreed! I was always tripping over my kids' scooters - so I made sure my project included them! My design parks them just like a bike - easy for my little monkeys. Good luck!


4 years ago on Step 4

I really like it. Specially the rack for the helmets. Nice job!


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Thanks - I was really happy with how efficiently (and cheaply) I solved our bike storage 'mess'!


4 years ago

Superb idea and implementation. I just happen to have 4 spare pallets and 5 bikes in the garage.

Thanks for posting!!

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Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

You're very welcome - you've already got the pallets for the rack - maybe you should do a 'double-wide' version.