How to Build a Kayak Rack for the Garage

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How to Build a Kayak Rack for the Garage
Proper storage will help keep your kayak working properly for years to come. (Kayak Reflections image by Stephen VanHorn from

During the kayaking season, your kayak can be stored upside down with a tarp or kayak cover for quick access, but during the off season, more preparation must be taken. You have to thoroughly clean and dry your kayak before you store it. Proper storage of your kayak will ensure that your kayak will be safe from the elements, as well as dings and dents that may occur if left outside. You can build a kayak rack in your own garage for this purpose.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • 2 Metal shelf brackets (large enough for a 3 foot wide shelf)
  • Level
  • Drill
  • 12 screws, 3 inches long
  • 2 pieces of 2-by-4 lumber (both cut into 3 foot lengths)
  • 4 plastic zip ties
  • Foam water pipe cover or swimming noodle

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  1. 1

    Measure the length and height of your kayak with a measuring tape. Find a space in your garage that can accommodate this size.

  2. 2

    Locate the studs in the chosen area of your garage with a stud finder and mark them with a pencil. The distance between these two studs has to be at least equal to one third or half the length of your kayak to ensure safe storage. Also make sure that the location you have chosen is the height of your kayak plus a foot away from the ceiling of your garage. If your chosen area does not accommodate these specifics, find another area in the garage that will.

  3. 3

    Take one of your metal brackets, place it in your marked area and make sure the bracket is level. Use a drill to put the screws into place that will hold this bracket against the wall. Do the same with the other bracket.

  4. 4

    Screw one 2-by-4 lumber piece to the top of each bracket. Three screws per piece of lumber should do the trick.

  5. 5

    Cut the foam water pipe or swimming noodle into four 30 inch lengths. Wrap two around each bracket and the lumber from the top to the bottom side. Secure these foam pieces into place with the plastic zip ties.

  6. 6

    Place your cleaned and dried kayak with the hull touching the foam pieces. If the kayak doesn't rest securely on them, take the kayak off, reposition the foam pieces by sliding them around until they are in position and place the kayak back on your storage rack.

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