Build your own stylish indoor bicycle rack
- Cost40-70 £
- Duration3-4 h
Your bicycle is far too fashionable to be tucked away in the basement? Why not make it into the centrepiece of your room? We’ll show you how to build your own stylish wall-mounted bicycle rack in a few simple steps. Have you heard about our 18-volt system yet? It offers a very wide variety of devices for many uses. The thing that makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this project. Simply swap out the battery pack, inserting it into a different device that is part of the 18-volt system, and continue to the next step. It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool in our overview.
- corner clamps
- masking tape
- Set square
- Folding rule
- Two acrylic sheets, 45 x 30 x 0.8 cm
- Two plywood boards, 30 x 28.2 x 1.8 cm
- One plywood board, 45 x 30 x 1.8 cm
- Four 40 x 4 mm countersunk screws
- Four 50 x 4.5 mm metal screws with rubber seal
- Fourteen 35 x 4.5 mm metal screws with rubber seal
- Four 5 mm anchors
- Paint set (2.5 cm flat brush, roller, paint tray)
- Pink paint (approx. 345 ml)
Let's go - step by step
Drill the holes for the shelf boards and for attaching the unit to the wall.
Using a 4 mm Brad point drill bit, start by drilling eight holes into the larger plywood board (45 x 30 cm) for the shelf boards and for attaching the unit to the wall (see diagrams in figure 2).
Connecting the plywood boards with screws
You need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit, Multi-sander, Sanding sheet, suitable bit set, corner clamps, masking tape, pencil, Geodreieck, Folding rule, Two plywood boards, 30 x 28.2 x 1.8 cm, Four 40 x 4 mm countersunk screws, Paint set (2.5 cm flat brush, roller, paint tray), Pink paint (approx. 345 ml)
Then use the 90° corner clamps to attach both plywood boards to the plywood board you just prepared and screw the boards together using countersunk screws. Tip: Pre-drilling the holes with a 3 mm Brad point drill bit can prevent the wood splitting. Make sure you correctly place the boards here: The first plywood board is below the drill holes, which are 0.9 cm from the top edge. The second plywood board is placed under the drill holes at a distance of 28 cm from the edge. In the next step, sand the entire unit with 120-grain sandpaper and use the paint set to add some colour to it. We’ve gone for a fancy pink colour.
Preparing the acrylic sheets
Now place the two acrylic sheets (45 x 30 cm) on top of each other and use masking tape to prevent them moving around. Make sure that the masking tape covers the places where you need to drill (figure 1). This trick prevents the acrylic sheets splintering. Then mark the points indicated on the diagram (figure 2) and drill the holes using the 5 mm metal drill bit.
Sawing out the cut-outs
Now your bike needs the right hanger to make sure that the presentation is complete. To do so, use the template (figure 2) to draw identical cut-outs on each acrylic sheet and then saw them out using a jigsaw blade for plastic. To prevent splintering, you should cover the area with masking tape before you start.
Smoothing out cut edges with sander
Assembling the unit and attaching it to the wall
You need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit, suitable bit set, Hammer drill, Drill Bit Set, pocket rule, pencil, g-clamps, Four 50 x 4.5 mm metal screws with rubber seal, Fourteen 35 x 4.5 mm metal screws with rubber seal, Four 5 mm anchors
Finally, place both acrylic sheets flush (see figure) with the edges of the unit and pre-drill the holes with a 3 mm Brad point drill bit. Now just screw everything together using 35 x 4.5 mm metal screws and the stylish indoor bike rack is ready. In order to hang the rack on the wall, drill the corresponding holes for the wall mounting (see template from step 1) with a rotary hammer and a 5 mm concrete drill bit. Use 50 x 4.5 mm metal screws and 5 mm anchors to mount the bicycle rack on the wall. Once everything is securely attached, you can hang your room’s new centrepiece on the wall.