How to make homemade outside kayak racks

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How to make homemade outside kayak racks
Outdoor kayak shelving can alleviate indoor storage problems. (kayak image by Earl Robbins from

Kayaking is a popular recreational activity taken up by thousands of people every year. One of the more annoying factors about this sport, however, is where to store the kayaks when you have finished using them. Kayaks can be long and bulky and can take up a lot of space that could be used for other storage needs, and leaving them in rental storage can end up costing a lot more than the kayak is worth. An outdoor kayak rack is a perfect answer for storing them neatly and out of the way while preserving your original storage space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 shelf brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Pipe insulation
  • Eye bolts
  • Bungee cords
  • Box cutter
  • Zip ties

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of the kayak and mark this length on the wall where you want to hang your kayak. Subtract about a foot from each end of your measurement on the wall. This will be approximately where your brackets will be placed. Mark these new measurement on the wall.

  2. 2

    Mark the screw holes where you want the brackets on the walls. Drill holes into the wall using a masonry drill bit if you are drilling into brick or stone.

  3. 3

    Screw the brackets onto the wall into the drilled holes, making sure they are level with each other. Cut two pieces of pipe insulation the same length as the part of the bracket that sticks out at a right angle from the wall. Cover that section of each bracket with the pipe insulation, making sure that the side of insulation that opens up is facing down. Fasten them onto the brackets with zip ties.

  4. 4

    Measure the width of the kayak. Add a half-foot and mark that distance from the top of the brackets.

  5. 5

    Drill a hole into that mark, straight above the brackets. Screw one eye bolt above each bracket into the pre-drilled holes.

  6. 6

    Place the kayak onto the brackets. Attach one end of the bungee cords to the bottom of the brackets and the other end to the eye bolt. This should hold the kayak onto the bracket and against the wall while allowing for easy removal.

  7. 7

    Smaller hooks may be added at the same height as the eye bolts but at a slightly wider distance than the kayak is long. This will allow a tarp to be hooked on to cover the kayaks to protect them from the elements.

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