Bike Storage Solutions For Apartments: No More Clutter!

Tiny apartment? No problem! Explore space-saving bike storage solutions that’ll transform your living space. Say goodbye to clutter!

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Wall mount road bike in lounge room

I once lived in a tiny apartment with three bikes. The clutter was undeniable.

Let me tell you, bike storage solutions for apartments can be a challenge. It’s something I’ve faced, and over time, I’ve found different solutions depending on where I was living.

Want to know my secrets?

These are the best bike storage solutions for apartments. Wall-mounted hooks, bike stands, and ceiling pulleys are all space-saving tools you can use to reclaim your apartment, but it doesn’t stop there!

Whatever your needs or space restrictions, there is something out there for you. 

Don’t believe me? Keep on reading 😁

How Do I Store My Bike In My Apartment?

Apparently, some people don’t like having their bikes on show in their living room 😱, something I may not be able to relate to, but I do understand!

So, I’m here to show you plenty of options if you live in an apartment and don’t wish to turn it into a garage.

You may also be challenged that your Landlord may not be too happy about you mounting a bicycle to the wall/ceiling, but we have solutions for that, too! 

Horizontal Wall-Mounted Ideas

Firstly, we’ll look at horizontal wall-mounted options. If you’re looking to maximize your wall space, then mounting your bike horizontally can be the best way. 

These work as a great space saver and are relatively simple to install. I find that they can look a little more attractive than the vertical options out there, but then I do like to look at my bike!

Bicycle Storage Hanger

I’m personally a fan of the Hiplok AIRLOK secure hangers (I have three!), as they add an extra layer of security. 

By that, I mean that the Hiplok AIRLOK is the first wall-mounted bike storage hanger with an integrated hardened steel lock.

This lock is rated gold standard, so if you’re looking for a storage solution that meets the needs of bike insurance providers, it’s a bit of a 2-in-1 job.

Hiplok AIRLOK wall mount with Trek bike

Want to know more? Here’s a quick video from Hiplok:

Of course, you may not be after something quite as heavy-duty as this, and if that’s the case, you can go for a simple but effective bike wall mount. 

Something like the DIRZA Bike Wall Mount will do the job nicely.

You should look for something constructed from a strong material. The DIRZA uses steel, which means it has a load capacity of up to 66lbs/30kgs, so it can almost certainly store increasingly popular e-bikes, which are, of course, heavier than most bikes.

Space Is Tight

If you’re looking at bike storage options, I’m going to guess you’re looking to save space. These wall-mounted storage solutions work well as the bike sits parallel to your wall. When you’re not using the mount, you can simply fold it in!

Protecting your bike is vital, too, so you want to ensure your hanger offers some form of protection. 

Look for things like scratch-resistant rubber hangers, as this will prevent damage to the paintwork. 

Vertical Wall-Mounted Ideas

Wall Mounted Hooks

Wall-mounted hooks are going to be your easiest option when it comes to bike storage. 
They free up floor space, and they help to keep your walls clean, too (yes, I have been told off for leaving muddy tire prints on the walls before!).

Wall mounted hooks with 2 road bikes

Most manufacturers of these wall mounts will ensure that there is rubber padding so you won’t be at risk of damaging your bike.

They also have a high weight load capacity, so for those mountain bikers out there – you should be all good, too!

For example, the DIRZA Vertical Bike Storage Rack has a load capacity of 65 lbs/29 kg and includes a rear tire tray, so there won’t be any tire marks on the wall. It also keeps it looking sharper, as the bike will always be straight.

How Do You Choose The Appropriate Bike Storage Solution?

So, by now, you should know that just because you don’t have a garage doesn’t mean you can’t store your bike in a space-saving way.

Your wall, ceiling, door, or floor can double as a place to store your bike. 

I recommend keeping your bike off the floor, whatever type of solution you’re looking at, and that’s easy to achieve.

Consider whether or not you want to display your bike. I like my bike on display, but I like it to look sharp. There are definitely solutions out there to achieve exactly that. 

If you don’t want to make your bike a showpiece, there are also storage options out there for that, too. 

If you rent your apartment, then you may not be able to drill into the walls. If that’s the case, look at options like the Bike Nook –  still a great way to save a huge amount of space but something you can take with you and won’t upset your Landlord!

So, spend some time thinking about what options are available to you and what will give you the best outcome.

What Are My Bike Storage Options When I Can’t Drill Anything On The Walls?

There can be many reasons why you are unable to drill holes in the wall, and if that’s the case, then you’re going to need another solution to save space or store your bike safely. 

Before moving house, I was in this position and found a few options! 

Bike Stands

This is one of the easiest solutions out there. Get the right stand, and you’re onto a winner. 

I opted for the Bike Nook.

These bike stands allow you to free up around three and a half feet of space and are simple, so it was a no-brainer for me. 

All you have to do is roll the back wheel onto the ramp and place the front wheel up. Bike Nook gives you a velcro brace to secure the front wheel in place – this provides you with a bit of extra stability.

Most of these types of bike stands will give you some adjustability, so they will be able to take different types of bikes.

Nook Stand holding a teal bike

Speaking from experience, I found these to be very sturdy, and it would take a decent push for the bike to fall over – mine never did.

Though the velcro strap is necessary, I did end up with the front wheel in my face once a few times before I learned the error of my ways!

Vertical Bike Hanger

This one is more appropriate if you have two bikes that require storage in your house. 

Finding storage space for both can be challenging, especially if you can’t mount them to a wall. 

Consider a two-bike hanger, like Bikehand 2 Bike Vertical Hanger.

There are a few different types of these hangers, but this one ensures stability by using a tripod system at the base. It has rubber holders, so even if your flooring isn’t level, it will still be stable. 

For those not keen on assembling things, you’re in luck! There are three pieces, and it arrives almost assembled anyway, so you’re in for an easy job.

Two bike Stand stacked on top of each other

The one caveat is that if you have young, energetic children, then this might not be the best option. Otherwise, it will save you loads of space and keep your bikes safe!

Bike Tent

If you cannot store your bike inside your apartment, then ideally, you want to be in a position where you can still store and protect your bike from Mother Nature

So I’d recommend a bike tent. Pop it in your garden/courtyard, and away you go.

The great thing about bike tents is that they’re portable, so that you can use them anywhere. 

If you can find the right one, a bike tent won’t be too intrusive to take over your outdoor space, and you’ll still be able to store your extra cycling gear there, too.

Tents like Maizoa are waterproof, weatherproof, and provide UV protection, giving you everything you want.

Alternatively, you can look for a simple bike cover to help store your bike outside.

Unique Bike Storage Ideas

Still trying to settle on the right storage option? Here are a few more!

Bike Pulley

If you have loads of vertical space, then consider a bike pulley. Personally, I think these are super cool.

Systems like the Racor Bike Pulley Lift are mounted to your ceiling and use a rope and pulley system. Bike pulleys tend to have a weight limit of 50 lbs/22.5 kgs, so you may need to factor that in if your bike is heavier.

The Racor system will raise your bike to 12 feet, so this option is all about reclaiming your space, as your bike will be out of the way completely! There are latches that attach to the seat and handlebars. You pull the rope, and up your bike goes. 

You don’t need a ladder to get your bike down. It operates a unique locking mechanism so you can easily and safely lower your bike down. This locking mechanism also prevents any accidental releases, making it a safe option, too.

Bike Pulley system with bicycle loaded

Are you looking for something a bit sleeker?

The Stasdock Bike Wall Mount can store all of your bike accessories with your bike.

It comes in various colors and can be a way to keep everything in one place, again giving you that extra space.

Wall mount system with Trek bike and cycling gear

Door Mount

Another option is a door mount. If you haven’t got any wall space, or you’re not allowed to mount anything to your walls, this can be a space to consider. 

In theory, you can hang your bike on the back of almost any door in your home.

Bike loaded into a door mount system

These mounts will work by hanging it over the top or bolting it onto the door.

Given that you can just hang the mount over the door, these types of bike storage solutions are some of the easiest around. However, they aren’t without problems.

Bikes are big, and if you want to open your door fully, you’ll probably have to take your bike off, so my advice would be to find a door that doesn’t require this!

Stair Storage

This one will depend on your type of apartment, but if you have a duplex apartment, then this could be the one for you!

Understairs bike storage works by attaching to the underside of the stairs and is spaced sufficiently far apart that your tires fit and are locked in place. 

What is great about this option is that if you have a fair bit of space under there, you could get more than one bike stored this way!

Two bicycles loaded onto a stair mount system

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hanging a bike by the wheel damage it?

Some cyclists have hung their bikes by the wheel for years and never had any issues. Others seem less in favor, fearing it may damage the wheel’s rim.

I tend to sit on the side of caution for this one. The good news is, if you’re like me and don’t like the idea of hanging your bike by its wheel, there are plenty of alternative options above!

Is hanging a bike upside down bad for it?

There are some storage options out there that require you to store your bicycle upside down (under the stairs, for example); however, depending on the type of bike you have, this can be a bad thing to do.

Bikes that are affected are those that have hydraulic brakes. By hanging your bike upside down, you risk air bubbles forming in the reservoir tank or the cables. 

The impact of this is that the performance of the brakes can be affected until the air has returned to the top of the reservoir.

What are the best bike storage solutions for small apartments?

For those of you living in small apartments, space is a premium!

I recommend using bike wall mounts (horizontal or vertical) and potentially ceiling-mounted pulley systems, depending on your situation.

These options help utilize vertical space, keeping the floor clear and making the most of limited room.

Are bike wall mounts safe for apartment walls?

Yes, when properly installed, bike wall mounts are safe and can securely hold the weight of a bike without damaging apartment walls.

It’s essential to choose a quality wall mount and ensure it’s anchored into a stud, not just the drywall.

Always check the weight limit of the mount and follow installation guidelines.

Bike storage solutions for your bedroom
Storing your bike in your bedroom….?

Final Thoughts

So that’s it! A few different ways to store your bike when you’re living in an apartment. 

I did say at the beginning that there will be something for everyone, and I don’t think I’ve let you down! 😆

Have you found any unique ways to store your bike that you’d like to share?

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