Stylish Ways to Store Bikes When You're Short on Space
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a small rental apartment or a multi-bedroom home, finding an adequate amount of storage space always seems to be a struggle. While squeezing some extra sweaters into a drawer or hiding a few pairs of boots under your bed is manageable, the same can’t be said about storing a bicycle. Rather than trying to discreetly conceal a full size bike in the corner of a room, let it become a stylish statement instead with one of these playful ideas.
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Keeping your bikes on your precious floors can feel overwhelming for a variety of reasons. If the thought of an untidy space makes you uneasy, try using blank wall space to mount a bike of any size. From simple hooks to clever wall mounts made solely for bicycles, the choice is up to you. If your ceiling height allows for it, go ahead and put more than one up to do a complete wall takeover. You can even accessorize your space with pops of color that match the frames to really complete the look. A little accent paint, some additional decor or hung art work will do wonders when paired with these two-wheelers.
If you’re looking for a more traditional option and aren’t sold on the idea of a statement wall starring your outdoor bikes, this vertical storage choice may be the one for you. Avoid the issue of multiple bikes eating away at your square footage by opting for an industrial pole that will allow you to keep things looking extra sleek. Whether this is in a garage or in an unused area of your living space, the new addition will help keep your home neat, organized and decidedly stylish.
While mounting a bike flush against the wall is one way to go, you can also play around with and make your storage a bit more unique. Mount the wheels to a wall and let the frame of the bike stick out to create the ultimate three dimensional statement within your home. While this trick lets you keep your favorite mode of transportation safely indoors, it also doubles as a bold decoration that will definitely turn some heads.
Give any room a stylish upgrade by incorporating a bike into the design. If you have wall space or awkward corners that you're not sure how to decorate, you’re not alone. Check two things off the list at once by finding a spot for that bike while also sprucing up a lackluster area in your home. Take advantage of the space leading up to your ceilings by hanging your bike from the highest point possible (that's still accessible, of course). This often underutilized area is the perfect spot for some supplemental storage and a brand new focal point.
The idea of styling pairing your bike with empty wallspace doesn’t only apply to living rooms and utility spaces. You can bring this style to your bedroom as well. Whether you’re in need of a headboard or are searching for a piece of art to hang above your bed, look no further than your very own bicycle. Any empty space will quickly go from incomplete to full of personality with the help of this easy installation. Don’t stop there though. Matching other elements of the room to the colors in your bike will ensure it doesn't look like an afterthought.
Utilize Your Yard
Outdoor space should be dedicated for days of relaxing and enjoying fresh air, not organizing your unwanted clutter. Every inch of your backyard is essential, so giving up space for piles of haphazardly placed bikes is definitely not desirable. Any fence, patio wall or shed can and should be used to store bikes in the most efficient of ways. Not only will your yard be the most organized on the block, it’ll also be overflowing with stylish summery vibes.
Disguise it as Decor
If all else fails, fake it till you make it. Even if you don’t have a designated spot within your interior to store a bulky bike, you can still make it work. Just like a bold piece of art, it may not be expected, but it’ll certainly make an impact. Skip displaying it on the wall and simply put that kickstand to use. If this is the way you choose to go, try your best to keep your bike looking spotless at all times. A fresh, glossy paintjob and fresh wheels will be your best bet for making your ride ready for all eyes to see.