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In this post we are going to talk about storage options for your kayak.
Storing kayaks can be a task, depending on the length and the space you have available. So Let’s spend some time to find the best way to store kayaks.
Inside or Outside
Where are you planning on storing your kayak now that you have it?
I do not recommend that you just lay in the yard, out in the sun till the next time you use it.
Ideally you are going to want to store it in a secure location, out of the harsh UV rays of the sun, with easy access and where no critters are going to build their forever home in it.
There are many options for either outside or inside provided you have the space. I am going to talk about several options in this article for both places. Obviously, if you have the room to store it in your garage or shed, where you can control the climate a bit and lock them up that would be awesome.
However, not all of us have that option. I personally live in a RV, so storage of a 10′ kayak can present a challenge and generally speaking my only option is outside.
There are a ton of rack systems available on the market. I focused on several that you can easily pick up through Amazon.
There are basically three different styles.
- Wall Mounted
- Overhead Mount
Let us start with the Free-Standing style of rack. These are going to require a bit of space, but can be used inside or outside depending on what you need. There are several options for this, so let me highlight a few that I found.
This rack is the king of racks. It is going to require space or its own building. I show this to you because, if you have more than one kayak or plan on getting more than one, it can handle it. It also would provide storage for paddles as well as other stuff. You could ideally use it as a multi-functioning rack if you put it in your garage or shed.
Let’s break it down.
- It will hold 6 kayaks
- made from steel
- Easy to assemble
- Comes with wheels for easy movement
This rack measures in at: 51 x 47 x 72 inches. The product description claims it will hold up to 11′ kayaks, but the reviews state that it can handle longer boats as long as they are not over 32-34″ wide. This rack rated 4.9 stars out of five and had many great reviews.
This rack just looks sturdy. I picked it mainly because you could also adjust it for the length of your kayak. The heavy-duty steel will hold up to 100 lbs per set of hooks. They are padded nicely to protect your kayak as well.
- Sturdy tubular steel
- Space saving design
- Easy Assembly
- Good for indoor or outdoor use
This rack measures in at: 48 x 28.7 x 7.2 inches. This rack had good reviews and rated in at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
If you only need to hold up one kayak, this rack would do. They are lightweight, come in a set of two and are inexpensive. You can use them anywhere and adjust them to the length of you kayak.
- Lightweight Aluminum construction w/stainless steel hardware
- Indoor/outdoor use
- folds into compact mesh carry bag
- Weight capacity is 100 pounds
- Stands 17″ tall
- Sturdy, even on uneven ground
This inexpensive set of racks come in at 4.4 stars out of 5. People were pleased with the quality and stability of the product. There were many good reviews about this system and based on the price you cannot go wrong.
Wall Mounted Racks are another option for saving space. You can mount them on the wall either inside or out. Imagine the possibilities. You could place them in or out on the garage, shed, or tiny house.
For a Wall Mount set-up, this set came highly rated. The customer reviews gave it a 4.8 out of 5 stars. They look nice and are sturdy.
- Heavy Duty powder-coated steel
- Nylon covered foam padding
- Weight capacity 100lbs
Most of the reviews I read, the folks really liked them. Most used them inside, but one used them outside in the north. While the hooks are rated at 100lbs, if you are to purchase these make sure you mount them properly on a wall that can handle the weight, just saying.
This is the king of wall racks. If you are not worried about space and you have multiple kayaks or paddle boards. This is the rack for you. Rating 5 out of 5 stars, you cannot go wrong.
- Holds up to 4 kayaks
- Steel Construction, 100lb capacity per rack or 400lb total
- Adjustable rack levels
- Easy Assembly, easy adjustment
- Protective felt padding
Again, this is a sturdy built, adjustable, wall-mounted rack. Built tough to handle whatever you want to put on it.
The only real downfall to wall-mounted racks that I can find is the lock-up factor. You would have to get creative with locking your kayaks up, unless you are keeping them inside.
Over-head systems are great for saving space. Ideally you are using these inside or you are building something outside to mount them on.
This is a basic hoist system. You would ideally put this inside a garage or shed, mounted on the ceiling. Hoisting your kayak above everything else in the building. This particular system rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Most of the hoist systems rated in this range.
- Space Saver
- Easy Installation
- Heavy duty Straps – weight capacity only 60lbs
- Will fit any length or width kayak
The downside that I found to these systems, was strength. Most reviews on any of these systems complained about the weight factor and not feeling secure about the rope sent with the kits. Also, they said in several reviews across the board that it takes some effort to hoist the thing up. Just be prepared.
DIY Rack System
Are you handy? Have tools, build your own system. Pinterest has a ton of really cool ideas to build your own storage for kayaks and the like.
I found some great options made out of wood and PVC. You know, the white or black plastic pipe used for water and sewage. You got it, how imaginative.
Here is a fun little video to show one option found on YouTube. The possibilities are endless with some imagination.
Tiny House Options
For those of us that have opted to live tiny the options are not as vast. This is also dependent on whether you are stationary or mobile. Most of the RV dwellers I have seen store their kayaks either on their extra vehicles with vehicle racks or they have racks on the RVs. If you have a toy hauler, you have the garage option to store inside.
As I mentioned earlier, I store mine outside. I currently slide mine up underneath the RV, then I cable lock it to the camper. It is hidden, out of the sun and secure.
Stationary tiny homes can have shed options or outside kayak huts, if they are on their own property. Check out Pinterest for great ideas.
Here is an example of a kayak/bicycle rack I found on YouTube designed for those that camp or are on the road.
Stored and Secure
So, there you have it. There are a ton of options for storing and protecting your kayak. If nothing else, I hope I got your creative juices flowing and you are thinking of different ways to get your kayak out of the weather and helping it last a good long time.
Hope you found this helpful and enjoyable. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, leave them below. I would love to know what you think.
Thanks to all those that take the time to visit.
Until Next Time!