How To Make a Homemade Bike Rack: Bicycle Storage Racks

Follow These Instructions for a Garage Bike Rack

Bike rack

Making a bike storage rack may sound overly complicated, but as any parent knows, it can be a necessity.  Who wants to come home to a bunch of bikes blocking the driveway, or scattered all over the yard? This homemade bike rack holds at least five bicycles. It's made from wood, and can be a family project. After you're done, feel free to paint your new rack or varnish it to really make it look nice. Your kids will be the envy of the block with a garage bike rack like this! 

You'll need:

  • 2 6-foot 2x4s
  • 4  2 -1/2 foot 2x2s
  • 8 3/4" wooden dowels, about 4' long
  • 4 3 foot 2x2s
  • Drill with numerous bits, including a 3/8" bit
  • Wood glue
  • 12 screws(2" to 4" or longer)
  • 12 suitable wing nuts
  1. Lay the 2x4s roughly 30 inches apart from each other.
  2. Place one of the 2 1/2 foot 2x2s in the center of the 2x4s, then place the other two on either side, evenly spaced (about 14 1/2 inches from the center). Each 2x2 should have at least 1 inch of wood crossing the 2x4s.
  3. Mark where the 2x2s meet the 2x4s. Drill holes in both, using the 5/8 attachment on your drill.
  4. Attach the 2x2s to the 2x4s with long screws and wing nuts. Add wood glue to ensure a secure attachment.
  5. Starting from the center of the middle 2x2, measure and mark off 1 1/2 inches. From there, measure and mark off 3 inches on either side, all the way to the 2x4s.
  6. Drill 1 inch deep holes (that are 3/4 inches wide--use the bit) at the mark points.
  7. Take the last 2 1/2 foot 2x2 and repeat steps 6 and 7.
  8. Fit the dowels into each set of holes on the newest 2x2 and the one on the base. This may take some good pushing and shoving; if the holes really aren't big enough, use the drill and make them wider. An easier way to do it is to fit the dowels into the holes on the new 2x2, then put the whole thing into the bottom 2x2, matching up holes, of course. If necessary, use wood glue to ensure a snug fit.
  9. Use a hammer or some heavy implement to tap the poles into place.
  10. Let dry, if using wood glue.
  11. Attach the 3 foot 2x2s to the 2x4 bases and the upper 2x2 with long screws and wing nuts, forming a triangle on both sides.
  12. Park that bike and enjoy!


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