Creative and space-friendly ways to park your bike at home

There are so many benefits to owning and using a bicycle as a mode of transport – fresh air, burning kilojoules and less pollution among them.

 

Eclectic Living Room by Daleet Spector Design

Eclectic Living Room by Daleet Spector Design

But storing it? Most people would probably view that as the biggest disadvantage. Most of the time, I park mine haphazardly in the garage between old pieces of furniture and hope I don’t bump into it when I’m reversing the car.

Bicycle storage has come a long way since the age of parking your two-wheeler, well, wherever. Especially if you live in an apartment. In fact, I think Australians need to look a little more to people like apartment-dwelling New Yorkers and take note how a pulley here or fixture there can create storage space you never knew you had. Here is my round-up of cool ideas.

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Industrial Bedroom by Ira Frazin Architect
Industrial Bedroom by Ira Frazin Architect

1. Park it vertically
This is exactly what is sounds like: parking your bike up a pillar, beam or wall. Look closely at this image and you’ll see it’s all about securing the front wheel. I love how the owner here views the bike as part of the interior. The hot pink tie-in works so well. Two words: Owning. It.

This is a little more on the discreet side and uses that otherwise vacant space behind the front door. It’s also super convenient for frequent riders. Literally hop off and hang up.

2. Install brackets
This approach involves attaching a bracket to a wall (or in this case, existing metal structures). If you can, use the height of a whole wall for a cool double effect. It works best in inner-city loft-style apartments or warehouse conversions where ceilings exceed the standard height.

This offers another take on using a bracket to great effect. In this room, it’s almost as if the bike has replaced a piece of art that would otherwise anchor the room. How good does the matching matte black of the lampshades and bike look against the intricate woodwork? Just make sure there is ample space below the bicycle so you can easily lift it up and down.

Contemporary Living Room by Tribe Studio Architects

Contemporary Living Room by Tribe Studio Architects

3. Use a pulley
Got a void somewhere in your home? Great! Why not use that otherwise static space to hoist your bike up yonder? This Sydney home shows how to implement the best kind of bicycle pulley system. If you hang your bike high enough out of the eye line of guests, they probably won’t even notice it’s there.

For those without a void, a pulley can easily be installed into your garage. This allows for much more foot room in this otherwise crowded space.

Modern Home Office by WALK INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

 

4. Suspend it
A suspension system is different to a pulley in that you hang your bike directly on a static hook or rope configuration. Again, blank walls are your best friend.

I love how this bike is suspended unexpectedly above this table and chairs. It’s a great example of an owner using the space they have to its full potential.

Hallway photographed by Chris A Dorsey
Hallway photographed by Chris A Dorsey

 

5. Slide it into a stand
What better place to store your bike than in an easy-to-access entry? These bike stands are readily available and can be also used as a small shelf. Because the bike is placed parallel to the wall, it uses minimal floor space, so you can easily move around it as you go about your at-home duties.

But you don’t necessarily have to rest your bike just on the floor, either. In this image, the bike stand/shelf is used like a bracket, so that an adult’s bike is stored high above (and out of the way) of this children’s play area.

Staircase Design by Nic Darling

 

6. Try upside-down
In this instance, hooks (or other hanging fixtures) are most effective. They allow you to hang your bike easily by attaching the wheels in one simple step. Often the space under your stairs is wasted, so this is a great example of a cool idea put into practice. The upside-down effect fits in perfectly with the home’s quirkiness, too.

If you have a few bikes in your family, this strategy allows you to hang multiple models without taking up much space.

Author: Jessica Prince-Montague, as seen on Houzz Australia