How to Build a Free Standing Kayak Storage Rack

Updated April 17, 2017

Kayaks are not only great for recreation but have many uses from camping to fishing. But where do you store one? Where would you store more than one? The solution lies in this storage rack that's easy to build.

Determine the length of your stand by measuring your kayak or kayaks and subtracting 2 feet. Most kayaks are at least 10 feet, so a normal 8-foot 2-by-4 inch board will work.

Measure the width of your kayak to determine the width of the cross member pieces.

Decide on a height for your stand. For 2 kayaks a height of 4 feet is adequate.

Cut two boards in half with the saw.

Screw the four 4-foot sections to the four 8-foot sections on each end to create legs. Use four screws per leg to ensure that the legs do not move.

Attach cross members to the legged sections on the opposite side of the leg as depicted in the image. This will complete the form of the stand, which should resemble a large rectangle.

Store one kayak on the bottom section and one on the top. There will also be adequate room for paddles to be stored as well.


You can make this shorter than 4 feet as long as there is enough room to store the bottom kayak.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Treated 2-by-4 inch lumber
  • Saw
  • Drill with a screw tip bit
  • Deck screws
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.