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My sister is very organized and loves things neat and tidy. With four kids, having a bike and scooter each, it is sometimes hard for their stuff to be ‘put away’. To help organize the helmets, she put command hooks and vinyl names on the wall. I thought that was a great idea. The scooters are difficult, because they aren’t self standing. If you have kids, I’m sure you understand the problem!
For Christmas this year, I made her a bike and scooter rack out of wood, so the kids would have somewhere to put their bikes and scooters. This bike rack works great for big bikes and little bikes and razor scooters.
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How to Build a DIY Wood Bike and Scooter Rack
This bike rack is really easy to make, you just need a miter saw and drill.
- 5 – 2″ x 4″ x 96″ studs (actual 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
- 4 – 2″ x 2″ x 96″ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
- 2 1/2″ screws – I used deck screws
- wood glue
- Approximate lumber cost – $21
- 3 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 69″
- 7 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 25 1/2″ with 45 deg on one side
- 1 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 24″ with 45 deg cut on one side
- 2 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 26″
- 2 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 24 1/2″
- 8 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 34″ with 45 deg cut on both ends facing each other.
Pre-drill all of the holes before putting the screw in to prevent the wood splitting.
Cut all of the boards according to the cut list and diagram.
Attach a 26″ board to each end of two 69″ boards as shown, secure with wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws to create the base.
Attach a 24 1/2″ board to each end of the remaining 69″ board, secure with wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws to create the back.
Attach the back to the base, secure with wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws. Keep the back flush with the back of the base.
Determine the spacing you need for your bikes and/or scooters. 3″ seemed to work great for all of my Sister’s bikes (adult to child) and 4″ for the Razor scooters. You can adjust the following measurements accordingly.
Measure and mark the location of the bike supports on the base and back. Pre-drill holes for the bike supports and secure with wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws.
Measure and mark the location of the scooter supports on the base. Pre-drill holes for the scooter supports and secure with wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws.
Let the glue dry, then sand the bike rack until smooth. Paint or stain the bike rack as desired. For my sister’s bike rack, I painted it in their favorite team’s color – Cougar Blue. I was going to paint ‘Cougar only parking’, but ran out of time. Isn’t that always the case. 🙂
All of the bikes and scooters fit great!
I think the best thing will be that the scooters will now stay in place, and there is room to get bikes/scooters out without tipping others over.
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DIY Scooter and Bike Rack Plans-Hertoolbelt
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Cher @ Designs by Studio C says
Super-awesome idea! That is the perfect way to corral the bikes and especially the scooters… Love the color!
Jaime Costiglio says
Great build Amy! (I just need a garage first ;)) But I love how easy it is for the kids to roll in and not have to fumble with the kick stands. And very pretty paint color too!
What a great idea! Bikes and scooters take up so much room and your rack keeps them perfectly contained.
Wendi @ H2OBungalow says
Arrrrg! Why didn’t I know you and have DIY skills when my kids were little! Seeing this picture brought back so many memories of tripping over bikes and those Razor scooters too! This is brilliant and a good way to teach the kids to put things back in place too. Smart project!
Awesome tute Amy! Busy families definitely need a way to keep all those “wheels” organized!
I love the cougar blue color.
Marie, The Interior Frugalista says
Oh my gosh could we have used one of these in our shed when my kids were little! Your sister and her kids, must’ve been tickled pink when they saw their Christmas gift.
Jeanie @ create&babble says
Nice project Amy! My husband and I own several bikes and bike trailers. This sure would come in handy at our house! Pinned!
Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
You are so clever…I bet your sister loved this storage solution!! XO
Thanks, she sure is!
Amy what a difference this makes! love the clarity of your plan too! =)
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says
This is seriously on my build list for 2016 – our garage NEEDS it!
Judy Montague says
Geez, I too wish I had this plan when my kids were growing up! With 7-yes SEVEN, you can just imagine the “parking” issues! I did, however, have a solution to leaving their bikes out on the front lawn that worked wonderfully. I would wait until the “offender” was well snuggled and asleep in their warm bed for at least an hour then rouse them up, pulling their feet to the floor, urgently telling them, “you have to go get your bike ( or scooter), its going to be stolen! I will go with you but I can’t ride it to put it away, hurry! Before someone takes it! I never raised my voice but very supportively and sympathically pushed, pulled, led them outside in the cool/cold night in only their jammies -no time for a coat or to get dressed-???????????to bring in their bike, very sympathetic and lovingly urgent all the way. It usually only took one time to get woken in the middle of the night and thereafter all I had to say was,”.are your bikes put away?” Some of the youngers even learned from the olders experience!
That’s awesome, great lesson!!!
Larissa ~ Prodigal Phanks for sharing the DIY,Jaieces says
tsk. With 6 kids you know I could use this! Thanks, Amy!
I bet you can! 🙂
Sarah @ Pebbles and Peonies says
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing the plans!
Brenda Young says
Awesome tutorial and a wonderful solution for getting the garage organized! Pinning this one!
Great tutorial and plan. I am always tripping over scooters, so this would be wonderful. Pinning so I can make it.
This is the best plan I’ve seen so far as far as ease of build AND functionality- and I’ve been looking for about 3 years for a DIY bike and scooter rack that I can make AND will look good! 🙂 I AM SO GRATEFUL! Wish me luck…
had to change dimensions and design to prevent scooters and smaller bikes from falling over.
Scott K. says
Thank you for this. Just made one and can’t tell you how easy and happy I am with the outcome. The wife and kids are super happy. Would love to post a pic of it to show others.
Awesome! If you have instagram or facebook you can tag me in your picture @hertoolbelt
Ryan M. says
Amy, great plans. Just wanted to let you know of a correction in your Material List. I think you meant 2×2’s instead of 2x4s for the angled boards that hold the bike wheels.
5 – 2″ x 4″ x 96″ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) should be
5 – 2″ x 2″ x 96″ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
Thanks so much for catching that.
Michael D says
Just to ensure, from the picutres it seems, that you are not fully utilizing height and depth (for the bicycle) and that the actual size might be smaller?
Grampa Bill says
Loved your detailed plan. Built it fairly quickly but the full sized bikes would tip over if you touched them. I just added two 2×2’s at the bottom of each 45 degree stand. The bottom 2×2’s are fastened flush at the front (where bike rolls in) and placed on top of 2×4 in the back. I spaced them the the width of the tire so now the tire is snug at bottom and spokes are snug in the 3″ spacing on 45 degree 2×2’s. The bikes are more stable now.
Thanks for the improvement ideas!
horrible plans , numbers are incorrect and in the end wouldnt even work for a bike with disc brakes
Which numbers are incorrect?