How to Store a Kayak in a Garage

Learning how to properly store your kayak is something that no kayaker can keep running from, especially during rainy winter days when you can’t leave it outside. 

Because kayaks are too large to store in your bedroom, it only makes sense to keep them in your garage. Are you wondering how to store it the right way? I’ve been a kayaker for over seven years now; thus, I know every possible way to do it. Let me walk you through it step by step and help get it right from the first trial.

How to Store a Kayak in a Garage

In this part of the article, we’ll discuss five different ways to store your kayak, but before we dig deeper, it’s worth mentioning that none of these methods is considered the ultimate best way to go; each has its pros and cons. Thus, feel free to choose the method you’re most comfortable with.

1. Portable Stands

This is the easiest way to store your kayak as you don’t need to go through any technicalities or preparations to store the kayak. All you have to do is buy stands of the right size and strength to carry the weight of the kayak, and you’ll be good to go.

The best thing about this method is that you can change the spot where you’re keeping your kayak. This means that you can reorganize your garage whenever you want to, and if you’re looking for an old box or so, you can temporarily keep your kayak outside on the stand with no fears whatsoever.

On the downside, this method takes up more space than the other methods we’ll discuss next.

Pros: 

  • No need to drill any holes in your wall or ceiling 
  • You can rearrange your garage without any hassle

Cons: 

  • Takes up more space than other methods

2. Sling Sets

This method entails using a system to mount your kayak on the wall. This will save you much space because the kayak will be off the ground, so you can store boxes or other equipment below it. Additionally, you can find sets that can carry two kayaks at the same time.

However, it’s best to use this method with kayaks that weigh less than a hundred pounds. This is mainly because larger kayaks are at higher risk of falling, and thus, breakage, especially if you try to take them down on your own.

Tools You Need:

  • Sling sets
  • A measuring tape
  • Screws
  • A drill
  • A screwdriver 
  • A pencil

Instructions:

  1. Use the measuring tape to decide the distance you want to mount your kayak at.
  1. Mark where the spots where you’ll insert the brackets of the sling set using the pencil.
  1. Drill the holes over the marks you put on the wall.
  1. Screw the brackets into the holes using the screwdriver.
  1. Open one loop of the brackets, then place your kayak inside the closed strap.
  1. Do the same thing on the other side and secure your kayak inside the brackets, then, buckle the loop around it.
  1. Make sure it’s well-balanced.

Pros: 

  • Saves up space
  • Can store more than one kayak in the same spot

Cons: 

  • Not suitable for heavy kayaks

3. Suspension Systems

These systems are also called “hoist systems,” and help you mount the kayak to the ceiling rather than mounting it on a wall.

They’re perfect for storing kayaks in small garages that don’t offer you enough space to work with. It’s essential to make sure to purchase stud systems that can handle the weight of the kayak, and to secure such systems to avoid accidents.

Usually, such systems come with an instruction manual to guide you through the installation process, but with the exception of some subtle details, the instructions follow the same pattern. 

Tools You Need: 

  • A measuring tape
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Threaded eyebolts
  • Tie-down straps
  • A pencil

Instructions:

  1. Measure the dimensions of your kayak.
  1. Mark the spots where you’ll insert the eyebolts, corresponding to the length and width of the kayak.
  1. Use the screwdriver to fix the eyebolts in the corners.
  1. Hook the straps and wrap them around the kayak.

Pros: 

  • Excellent for storing kayaks in narrow garages

Cons:

  • Complicated and time-consuming installation

4. Mounting Racks 

Using mounting racks is the best way to store several kayaks on the same wall. Although you can find some ready-made racks in stores or even online, building one is quite easy, and you’ll save some money.

Tools You Need: 

  • A measuring tape
  • PVC pipe of the suitable length
  • PVC joints
  • A saw
  • Mounting brackets

Instructions:

  1. Start by measuring the dimensions of the kayaks you want to store.
  1. Cut the PVC pipe according to the lengths you measured.
  1. Use the PVC joints to connect the sides of the frame.
  1. Fix the frame to the wall using the mounting brackets.
  1. Place the bow of the kayak inside the rack and the stern on the bottom of the frame.

Pros:

  • Suitable for storing multiple kayaks
  • Easy to construct

Cons:

  • Needs a large space

5. Upright Storage

If you have limited wall space when it comes to width, then this method is certainly the best to go with. It’s a little time consuming, but it’s easy to build. However, it’s only suitable if your garage has a high ceiling.

Tools You Need: 

  • A saw
  • Screws and a screwdriver
  • A treated lumber
  • Galvanized pipes
  • 18-inch threaded pipes
  • A pool noodle
  • Rubber caps
  • Rubber kayak rooftops
  • Eyebolts
  • Suspension cords

Instructions:

  1. Use the saw to cut down two pieces of treated lumber so that they’re wider than the width of the kayak.
  1. Fix the galvanized pipes onto the lumber pieces, then screw the threaded pipes as well.
  1. Cut the pool noodle down, then fix it on top of the threaded pipes and add the caps.
  1. Fix the eyebolts on the wall.
  1. Put the kayak into place and use the suspension cords to secure it.

Pros:

  • Suitable for small garages with high ceilings
  • A cheap method

Cons: 

  • Relatively time-consuming

Final Thoughts

As you can tell, these methods are easy to implement and also cost-effective. Whether you decide to buy a mounting rack or make ones yourself, it can be all sorted out in one day. Regardless, if you decide to build your own frame, make sure not to skip or miss any of the instructions to avoid damaging your kayak.

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