DIY Garage Bike Rack

Updated on January 4, 2017

Do You Have a Mess of Bikes in the Garage?

A mess of bikes in the garage
A mess of bikes in the garage | Source

Supplies for a Do It Yourself Bike Rack

  • (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: Radial arm saw)


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 kick stands, 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 kick stands
  • I wanted it simple and taking 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.

The Bike Rack Structure

The structure for our Do it Yourself Garage Bike Rack
The structure for our Do it Yourself Garage Bike Rack | Source

Bike Organization

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How to Make a Garage Bike Rack

1. Determine how many bikes your rack will hold

  • We needed to accommodate five children's sized bikes
  • We chose to make the bike rack six feet long and nineteen inches wide

2. Cut two pieces of 2x4 wood to be 6 feet long (Label A and B)
3. Cut ten pieces of 2x4 wood to be 19 inches long (Label 1 through 10)
4. Nail the wood following the description below (picture above)

dimensions: 6 feet long x 19 inches wide

  • Place beams A and B 19 inches apart
  • Connect the 2, 6 feet beams using the beams 1 through 10
  • Beam 1 and 2 have a 3 inch gap
  • Beam 2 and 3 have an 11.5 inch gap
  • Beam 3 and 4 have a 3 inch gap
  • Beam 4 and 5 have an 11.5 inch gap
  • Beam 5 and 6 have a 3 inch gap
  • Beam 6 and 7 have an 11.5 inch gap
  • Beam 7 and 8 have a 3 inch gap
  • Beam 8 and 9 have an 11.5 inch gap
  • Beam 9 and 10 have a 3 inch gap


5. Place bikes in bike rack

Our Garage Bike Rack

Our new garage bike rack
Our new garage bike rack | Source

Building Your Own Bike Rack

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 house hold clutter!

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        Cracklins 

        2 years ago

        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!

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        FTrap 

        2 years ago

        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!

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        Karen Lackey 

        5 years ago from Ohio

        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!

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        breathe2travel 

        5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

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

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        Karen Lackey 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        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!

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        Kristin Trapp 

        6 years ago from Illinois

        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!

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        Karen Lackey 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        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!

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        Thomas Silvia 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

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

        Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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