Presenting: The 3-tier stacked and hacked IKEA bicycle rack! Originally inspired by an IKEA hackers post, I created my own bike storage rack using the below simple (and very inexpensive) parts from the IKEA “Stoleman” modular series:
- two telescoping posts
- two clothes rails
- ten end fixtures
- six hooks
- six padded strips with adhesive backing
In the photo above, the bottom bike is leaning against the poles, but when mounted it sits about 8″ off the ground. Total cost is about $120. All tools are included with components and you can follow and tweak the IKEA instructions for basic assembly. After you build it, I suggest applying padded tape, adhesive or foam strips to the inside of the hooks, to prevent scratching.
Like: No drilling is required! The posts adjust from 6′ to 10-3/4′ in height, so they’re quite versatile. All components are a clean matte white, which looks good against almost any interior. The weight limit is about 130 pounds; with this being a modular system, you can add or subtract hooks and mounts from the same model family to best suit your type of bike(s). Or, put some plants on it, or a mirror, maybe a cat bed? And lastly, 3 stacked bikes! Who has that? Watch friends marvel at your mad hacking and engineering skills.
No Like: Since the poles are tall, getting at that top bike can be difficult for shorter folks. Obviously, having the lightest bike on the top helps.
A few more gratuitous close-ups: Note again that this is a modular system, so for my rack, some hooks are attached to the clothes rails, and some are not. You can decide which layout works best for your needs.
Tony Baldick (blog: http://themashiratechnique.blogspot.com/)