Our ikea-hack bike rack!

In order to maintain the harmony in the family, we had to figure out a compromise between the dimension of our apartment and the fact that I have no intentions to park my bicycles outside. Although a bike rack  seemed like the most obvious solution, we couldn’t find anything that could meet our needs. So, we decided to build it by ourselves. Our two main goals were: 1) it has to stand without drilling the wall, since we’re renting and we’re not allowed to do so; 2) it has be cheap.

Here’s the instructions for building a cool bike rack, that cost less than 40€ (yes, we are extremely proud of it!)


– Bestå legs from Ikea

– Ivar wooden ladder (30×226) from Ikea

– Ekby Valter brackets (28cm – the big ones) from Ikea.

– Some screws, drill, wood glue, an old inner tube, tennis racket grip, felts


Use 2 Ekby Valter brackets as frontal feet for the structure, using the already made holes for the screws. We also put some wood glue in addition to the screws, just for being 100% sure.

Making the lateral feet is a little bit tricky. You have to cut away the jutting part and make some new holes for the screws, in order to not cross the other screws used for the frontal feet.

Use the last 2 Ekby Valter brackets as frame props. Attach the two pieces you cut off from the lateral feet, in order to prevent the risk of bike falling. Then cover it with an old inner tube and some tennis racket grip, to avoid annoying scratches on the bike frame.

For the upper part, change the Bestå legs’ normal screws, with some wood/iron ones (in Sweden, they can be easily found in Clas Ohlson)

Mount the Bestå legs, put some felts on the surfaces in contact with floor and ceiling, place the rack and regulate the length of Bestå legs. Put your bikes on and enjoy!


We used 6 Ekby Valter brackets in our project, but if you want to hang also the second bike, you will need 8 of them.

Perhaps it could be possible to use also the smaller version of Ekby Valter brackets as frame props. We went for the long ones, since we weren’t sure if the small ones would have been long enough.


~ di lafattaturchina su maggio 6, 2012.

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