One of the biggest difficulties of owning a bike is finding the space to store it – especially if you have more than one under your roof! Not everyone is gifted with a garage or shed to keep their trusty two-wheeled friend, so you need a way of stashing it in the house – safe from the British weather and opportunistic thieves.
However, keeping your bike inside is easier said than done and merely resting them in your hallway may won’t work. Whether you’re living in an inner-city apartment or a cosy country home, at least one of these simple and attractive bike storage ideas will be perfect for your home.
1. Finding floor space for attractive bike storage
We know, we said your hallway floor wasn’t the best idea but hear us out! There’s plenty of other resourceful ways to use your floor space for bike storage – there’s even the opportunity to incorporate it into your home’s interior design.
One option: the trusty bike rack. Granted, this doesn’t ooze creative interior design flair, but for those of us who just want a simple but effective solution, it ticks all the boxes. If this is what you’re after, the Topeak TwoUp stand is perfect.
However, a floor rack can be practical and stylish. This bike rack from Jung Dynamisch Sylt leans against the wall and is athletically pleasing. The design probably isn’t the best idea if you have small children or lively pets though!
If you’re short on room, combining bike storage with your furniture is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. Although it’s only feasible if you have one bike and makes keeping your bike clean even more of a priority, you can’t deny this bike storage sofa from Choll is very pleasing to the eye.
2. Turning your bike into wall art
Keeping your bike on the wall is a great way to free up some floor space – after all, your beautiful bike is the perfect wall ornament. Luckily for us, bike storage brands have been hard at work coming up with creative ways to create a wheel-tastic wall.
The Solo by Cycloc is drowning in cycling and design awards – a stamp of approval from two very competitive industries. The beauty of this bucket-shaped gem is that it allows you to store your bike horizontally or vertically depending on preference or the space you have to work with. Plus, there are seven colours to choose from meaning you can pick one to suit your home perfectly.
If you want your bike to have that extra layer of protection while nestled on your wall, a secure bike storage solution is your answer. Sometimes security can compromise style but Hiplock’s Airlok has set to bust this myth once and for all. With a combination of maximum gold security and sleek design, it has the power to turn your bike into the most protected two-wheeled work of art you’ve ever come across.
If you’re not one for bells and whistles, the Clug by Hornit is so painfully simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. If space really is the main concern when figuring out how to store your bike, it’d be hard to find a more unobtrusive solution.
A word of warning with wall bike mounts though: if you’re renting, make sure to check with your landlord before drilling any holes into your wall – you don’t want to lose your deposit in the name of stylish storage!
3. Tapping into your ceiling's potential
If you already have more than enough fixtures and fittings in your home, floor and wall space are not necessarily abundantly available. If you’re fortunate enough to have a garage, your garage ceiling is likely to have plenty of room that isn’t already being utilised.
A bike storage rack on the ceiling is one of the most practical storage solutions there is and is your best bet if you’re a multi-bike household. The Saris Cycle Glide is a great option (providing your bikes aren’t too heavy) – it allows you to attach up to four bikes and slide them back and forth for ease of access.