DIY bike rack for the garden: ideas for cheap bike racks made from upcycled materials
A simple and sturdy DIY bike rack can help you declutter your garden and store your bike in a sustainable way. Anyone who owns a bike knows how important proper bike storage can be. This also applies to everything related to it, such as helmet, water bottle, gloves and equipment in general. Additionally, there are many ways to achieve this in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way by upcycling old items. Here are some examples of creative bike racks that you can try for yourself.
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Find Inspiration for Functional DIY Bike Racks
While most contemporary home designs accommodate an owner’s car, similar accommodations for two-wheelers are less common. However, you can come up with your own storage solution. Check out the following projects for inspiration. No matter what area of your garden or patio it is, you need to make sure your bikes are safely stored and not cluttering up your home.
You can build a bike rack yourself that stores any bike, including children’s bikes, scooters and various accessories. Of course, the whole thing should also look good so that it fits in with the outdoor space. In addition, it is recommended to take up as little space as possible and, of course, make the rack stable.
How to make a bike rack from pallets or scrap wood
To pull off a project like this, you need look no further than your basement, shed, or garage if you have a stash of scrap wood or wooden pallets. At least in the examples shown, only straight cuts are required, so no woodworking expertise is required. If you wish, you can paint, stain or just leave your creation unfinished after completion. You could build a wooden bike rack that could also include some hooks for helmets. The shelf could look something like this. Another benefit is that you can paint wood in any color that you want and it can be as small or as large as needed.
Additionally, you don’t necessarily have to modify a pallet to have it function as a DIY bike rack. The slats are spaced far enough, but not too far, to support a bicycle wheel. Just lean the pallet against a wall in the garden area and you have an easy solution. The best part is that palettes are readily available, if not for free then for very little money. Another option is to repurpose the palette with a little crafting skill like in the video above.
How you can use a crib for a DIY bike rack
If your little kids have already grown, chances are you have an old crib lying around. Did you know that the width between the rails fits a bicycle wheel perfectly? Everything you need for such a DIY project can be found in your garage. You can repurpose your old crib by turning only a part of it into a bike mount. Here are the materials you will need for this:
- Fall protection of the crib
- cord or rope
- 4 eye hooks
- 3 pieces of wood – two short pieces and one long piece that depends on the length of the fall protection
- First, screw the smaller pieces of wood to the crib’s fall protection. When doing this, make sure to drill a pilot hole first and attach a piece of wood to each end.
- Next, screw the longer pieces of wood to the shorter pieces.
- Then screw an eye hook into the base and one into the wooden frame. Do the same on the other end of the bike rack.
- Thread the cord through the eye hooks and secure with a knot.
- If you feel the need to paint the bike rack, you can paint it to your liking.
DIY bike rack from old tree trunk
All you need to make this is a saw cut. Additionally, this can be an innovative and eco-friendly way to turn a fallen tree into something useful. To do this, simply measure the width of your wheels and saw cut the appropriate spaces in the wood. With little effort, you can add another piece of nature to your garden area while providing functional bike storage.
Bicycle rack for the garden made from old car tires
Here’s another easy and eco-friendly way to turn old car tires into a useful and weatherproof DIY bike rack. You can use your garden soil for this, whereby you can save the top layer of soil with grass by carefully cutting it off. Then dig a U shaped hole with the size of the tire. After that, put the tire in, fill it with soil and put back the top layer of soil with grass. The distance between two tires should be at least 5 cm.