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How to Build a DIY Garage Bike Rack Out of 2x4s

Karen lives in a suburb of Columbus, OH, and is a stay-at-home mom with five kids.

A mess of bikes in the garage

A mess of bikes in the garage

Building Your Own Garage Bike Rack

My husband likes to keep me happy as much as he despises a mess. The other day I got out of my car in the garage and stumbled over five bikes. Two were standing correctly on the kickstands, but the others appear to have been discards quickly.

Maybe some of my children had been chased into the garage and had to quickly ditch their bikes? I doubt it. Regardless, this bike mess was crazy, and I said to my husband, “What we need is a bike rack!” He stopped what he was doing and just looked at me.

I think in his mind he said, “Seriously! Another project?”

However, what he said aloud was, “What did you have in mind?”

I had a few thoughts.

  • I did not want the metal ones that we had in grade school.
  • The kids needed to be able to get the bikes in and out on their own.
  • Only two of the five bikes had kickstands.
  • I wanted it to be simple and take up as little space as possible.

He said, ”We will see,” and I figured our bike mess saga would continue.

Yesterday, I arrived to find a bike rack in the garage. It was genius, and I gave my husband a hug.

I was impressed with how simple yet effective this bike rack appeared to be.

So I asked Mr. Do-It-Yourself, “How did you make that so quickly?”

My husband explained how to make a simple, DIY bike rack using some wood and a few nails.

Supplies Needed

  • (2) 6-foot 2x4 pieces of wood
  • (10) 20-inch 2x4 pieces of wood
  • Nails (we used 8D 2 3/8 inch) or wood screws
  • Saw (we used a radial arm saw)
The structure for our DIY garage bike rack

The structure for our DIY garage bike rack

Easy Instructions

  1. Determine how many bikes your rack will hold. (We needed to accommodate five child-sized bikes. We chose to make the bike rack 6 feet long and 19 inches wide.)
  2. Cut 2 pieces of 2x4 wood to be 6 feet long (label A and B).
  3. Cut 10 pieces of 2x4 wood to be 19 inches long (label 1–10).
  4. Nail the wood following the pattern below (picture above).

Our Bike Rack: 6 feet x 19 inches

  1. Place beams A and B 19 inches apart.
  2. Connect the two 6-foot beams using beams 1 through 10.
  3. Beam 1 and 2 should have a 3-inch gap.
  4. Beam 2 and 3 should have an 11.5-inch gap.
  5. Beam 3 and 4 should have a 3-inch gap.
  6. Beam 4 and 5 should have an 11.5-inch gap.
  7. Beam 5 and 6 should have a 3-inch gap.
  8. Beam 6 and 7 should have an 11.5-inch gap.
  9. Beam 7 and 8 should have a 3-inch gap.
  10. Beam 8 and 9 should have an 11.5-inch gap.
  11. Beam 9 and 10 should have a 3-inch gap.
Our new garage bike rack

Our new garage bike rack

Avoid Garage Clutter!

I was thrilled to find that all five bikes easily stood in the bike rack. I was pleased that the kids were able to remove them easily. I was surprised to find that there was room between each bike for some smaller toys, including balls and helmets. Overall, I love that the bike rack takes up only six feet by three feet (with the bikes in place) and keeps our garage a bit more organized.

Do you have bikes all over your garage?

Hanging them from the ceiling is an option, but what if your kids need to be able to get to them without your help?

Consider this simple and inexpensive bike rack. I am thrilled that my do-it-yourself husband was able to easily clean up some household clutter!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Cracklins on October 03, 2016:

This is a great project. I have very little carpentry experience and was able to build it yesterday in just a couple hours (including going to the store and buying the parts). Overall, I am very happy with it. Just like the pictures, it has organized my 6 bikes in my garage and they're no longer all over the place! Love it!

FTrap on September 29, 2016:

Wow I've got 6 kids and the bikes are all in one place, but if one falls over it knocks em all over and what a mess...this is a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on August 19, 2013:

Thanks, Breathe2travel. Every time I walk by the bike rack I consider myself fortunate that I do NOT have bike all over the place like before. Thanks for reading!

Heidi from Gulf Coast, USA on August 18, 2013:

Brilliant. Absolutely. Up, Useful, Interesting. Would be fun to do with the kids! Bravo.

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on November 21, 2012:

Ktrapp, I was pleased at just how simple my husband's innovation was. We had bikes leaning against the wall, too, as a kid and I recall it being a tight squeeze to get into the house. I just walked by the bike rack again (moments ago) on my way into the house. I am still thrilled with the bike organization! Thanks for commenting and reading!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on November 21, 2012:

This is incredibly innovative. When my kids were younger we always had bikes leaned up against the garage wall which always fell over from time-to-time. What a great solution!

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on November 21, 2012:

Thanks, Kashmir! I was so pleased that he built the rack so easily. I was shocked at just how simple the design was. I am loving my 'lack of mess'! I appreciate the vote up and sharing!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 21, 2012:

Great hub and great easy to follow instruction on how to build your own bike rack. Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !