Do you love surfing, but don’t have enough room to store your board? Do you want a stylish and functional way to show off your surfboard? If so, then this blog post is for you! In today’s post, we will be showing you how to make a surfboard rack using some simple materials. This project is perfect for any DIY enthusiasts out there. We’ve also surfed the web and found some interesting surfboard rack ideas, tutorials, hacks, and alternatives. I hope you know your favorite boards dimensions because there are a few you can put together today. So, let’s get started!
You will need the following materials to make your surfboard rack:
- Four pieces of wood (at least two should be longer than the other two)
- One piece of wood that is at least twice as long as the width of your surfboard
- One inch screws or nails
- Paint or a sealant (optional)
First, you will want to determine the dimensions of your rack. The four pieces of wood should be arranged in a “U” shape, with the longest pieces on the outside and the shorter pieces inside. Next, use a drill or screwdriver to attach each piece of wood together. If you are using screws, make sure they are evenly spaced apart. You can also paint or seal the wood at this point, if desired.
Now it’s time to attach the rack to the wall. The piece of wood that is twice as long as your surfboard should be attached to the wall so that it is horizontal. The “U” shaped rack should then be attached to the top of the longer piece of wood. Make sure it is level before screwing or nailing it in place. And that’s it! You now have a stylish and functional surfboard rack that doesn’t take up too much space. Happy surfing! Check out 21 other ways to make a surfboard racks below.
21 Other Ways to Make DIY Surfboard Racks
We’ve surfed the web and found some interesting surfboard rack ideas, tutorials, hacks, and alternatives. I hope you know your favorite board’s dimensions because there are a few you can put together today.
1. Ikea Pello armchair becomes a surfboard rack
The first idea comes from Ikea Hackers, one of my favorite DIY websites ever. If you already have one of these lying around, you could be done within an hour. Once you remove the legs, all you have to do is attach them to a wall with expansion bolts.
Also a great idea for recycling other chairs that look like Pello (mostly rocking chairs and old patio furniture).
2. Ikea Sigfrid brackets as a wall surfboard rack
Another Ikea hack, but this time using Sigfrid shelf brackets.
All you have to do is to attach them to a wall as if you were to put up shelves and skip the last part of that process. Instead, mount your surfboard. Though, if you don’t speak Ikeanese, it’s good that you have a tutorial that’s much clearer and comes with pictures.
3. Ikea Gorm sideways as a floor surfboard rack
Who has two thumbs and another Ikea hack for you? Me!
No assembly needed. Well, besides all assembly needed to put Gorm together. Then comes the difficult part: turn it sideways. Now you can use it to store skateboards, surfboards, scooters, umbrellas, golf clubs, and whatever else you need to stand upright.
4. Piano coatracks as surfboard racks
Whoever invented these racks should get a Nobel Peace Prize. Or a chocolate cake.
If you want to use it as a surfboard rack, you will have to mount it a bit lower on the wall. Use your judgment to pick the best place. Also, this is a great option if you were looking for a rack idea for the outside of a trailer or RV.
5. A simple pallet surfboard rack
Making things out of pallets is not only trendy but cheap and practical. If you have a couple of them hanging around, a few nails here and a few screws there, and you got yourself a nifty surfboard storage rack.
For the pegs, you can use anything, from pieces of another pellet, legs of an old chair, leftover timber, or pick up a few planks from your local DIY store.
6. An easy hack for mounting the board on a bike or scooter
If you wanted an easy solution to mounting a surfboard on a bike, check out this Instructibles tutorial. All you need are some rods and pipes, and you could be on your way in no time.
7. Hack for strapping a surfboard to your car safely
Ready to strap your board to a car and head out? This tutorial from Surfer Today will show you how to do it properly.
8. Simple wood wall surfboard rack tutorial (video)
This rack build should cost only about $10 and it’s very easy to make. It was meant for a closet, so it should be great for other small spaces as well.
The only thing is that the “tutorial” is not quite beginner-friendly. If you have never done any carpentry before, you may need some more explanation.
9. Large surfboard rack tutorial (video)
Though large this is a very simple build that will include only basic tools and equipment. In terms of materials, it’s nothing that you probably already don’t have laying around or that you can’t pick up at local hardware or even at a DIY store.
But when I say big, I mean BIG. The dimensions of this rack are suitable for a store, or someone who has a truly amazing collection of surfboards.
10. PVC pipe wall surfboard rack tutorial (video)
It’s a bit easier to work with PVC pipes and it takes a lot less heavy machinery. If all you have is a saw at home, check out this tutorial. Doesn’t look as nice as some of the others on the list, but it does the job and won’t damage your boards.
11. Outdoor PVC pipe wall surfboard rack
Another PVC pipe project, but this one you can hang over your garden wall (as long as your neighbors don’t mind). It’s also very easy and quick to put together, and it should cost you under $5.
12. Coastline’s surfboard storage rack
If your eyes can’t forgive the ugliness of PVC pipe, then what about his designer rack from Coastline? On their site, you’ll find printable instructions and the video, and they are easy to follow even for beginners.
13. BoardCovers’ wall surfboard rack
The concept is pretty similar to the one from Coastline, but this will work better for those that don’t have enough space for a floor rack. No video, but the written instructions are easy to follow.
Not that the estimated prices are in Australian dollars, so you don’t suffer from sticker shock.
14. Printable surfboard rack plans from Alan Dimo
Another awesome rack coming to us from the land down under. On this site, you’ll find the instructional video and full printable plans and instructions, as well as photos of other people’s attempts.
The only thing is that you will have to register and receive those plans by email. However, Alan doesn’t spam and when he drops something in your inbox, it’s usually pretty cool looking. Or you can unsubscribe straight away.
15. DIY bicycle surfboard rack
Ignore the site that looks like it was made in the late 90s. Once you get past the dated look, you will find detailed instructions on how to make a surfboard rack for your bicycle.
This project also uses PVC pipes, so it’s going to be a quick and easy one. You can also use this rack to mount your surfboard on a car or any vertical surface in your home.
16. Surfboard rack tutorial by Better Homes and Gardens Australia
After all, they do quite a bit of surfing down in the land of Oz.
There was no shortage of surfboard rack tutorials in Australian publications. However, I went with this one because it’s so clean and simple. And the best part is that you don’t have to own heavy machinery to complete this build.
All of the cutting is something that most DIY and hardware stores will allow you to do when you purchase the materials. You can just give all pieces a final polish and put them together when you get home.
17. COR Surf Wooden Surfboard Wall Mount
And let’s switch to the options that already exist on the market if you are not in the DIYing mood. Starting with this rack from Cor.
It’s a pretty simple wooden wall rack that can store 3 surfboards. But what’s special is that it’s suitable for storage of kayaks, skateboards, snowboards, wakeboards, etc. So, either if you switch interests or you need to store your other boards as well, or even if you plan on passing it along at some point, it will be useful.
18. StoreYourBoard Timber Surfboard Wall Rack
Compared to the previous one, this is a unitasker. However, it’s a rack that came highly recommended by anyone I know that surfs the way.
I was told that it’s easy to put up, well-made and that it doesn’t cause scratches.
19. Moved By Bikes MBB Shortboard Surfboard Bicycle Rack
We had a DIY alternative above, but if you didn’t take a fancy to it, check this bike rack out. It also packs flat when you take it off your bicycle, so it won’t take much space when it’s not in use.
20. Onefeng Sports Surfboard Ceiling Storage Rack
For those with absolutely no wall or ground space to spare, you can use this rack by Onefeng to store two surfboards on the ceiling. Suitable for a garage or any other room in the house, and the bars are lined with foam so you don’t have to worry if they will damage the boards.
21. StoreYourBoard Minimalist Timber Surfboard Display Rack
Finally, let’s also include one option from StoreYourBoard. They are known for their surfboard racks, but this one is one of their best.
This is a simple 1-board minimalist rack that you can use to proudly display your board. It has a clever little insert that will prevent slipping and other unpleasant and potentially damaging mishaps.