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Finding practical solutions for storing a bicycle in a small living space can be a challenge, as keen road cyclists will only be too aware of.
With the British isles now home to over 72 million people, space is at a premium. In addition, space in urban areas is particularly scarce and in high demand. A 2020 study by the ONS found flats in the borough of the City of London had a median floor space of 47 square metres.
This can make it tricky to store any belongings of yours – let alone a bicycle. So, how do you resolve the issue of storing a bicycle at home when you lack living space?
At Now Storage, we are experienced experts in offering storage solutions to customers. Here, we share a few smart ideas for storing a bicycle in a small living space.
Storing a muddy bicycle on your floor space will mean surfaces will rapidly become sullied and damaged.
So, what could be a workable solution for storing a bicycle at home? We suggest putting your bike on fitted mounted racks or ‘docks’ on your wall space at home. You’d be amazed at how much more space you’ll have at home when you start using your walls as a space-saving storage solution.
Think outside the box when considering how you want your bike to be stored on your walls at home.
Are you going to go for horizontal or vertical storage? If you’ve got high ceilings at home but limited floor space, make the most of them by opting for vertical storage for your bicycle.
You can go for any material you fancy for the bike racks you’re mounting on your walls, whether it be wood, strong plastic, or metal. Remember to look for mounts which aren’t too heavy. You want to avoid doing any damage to your walls, especially if they’re only thin and you’re renting. Your landlord won’t be too pleased and repairing the damage will cost you!
Put it on the ceiling!
If you’ve got a small living space, putting your bike on a securely fixed rack on your ceiling is a wise idea. Solving self storage issues is all about being resourceful.
Take your bike down carefully when you use it and invest in a top-quality mount that won’t budge once in place.
If you’re a super keen cyclist with limited floor space at home, why not get wacky with your interior design? Install wooden beams in your walls specially designed to serve as built-in storage space for bicycles. That way, you can keep a good eye on your bike indoors and won’t have to worry about leaving it outside.
Want to get stylish with the interior design of your walls? You can use vintage wood for the in-built bike storage on your wall if retro designs float your boat. Alternatively, repurpose large empty shelves in cupboards and store your bike on a rack in there. These built-in solutions involve integrating your bicycle storage into your interior decor layout at home.
A freestanding bicycle rack on your floor is a sensible storage solution if wall or ceiling-based storage is not suitable for your home. There are plenty of reliable well designed freestanding bike racks on the market these days.
Getting a protective bicycle cover for your freestanding rack is a shrewd idea, we all know just how muddy and damp those wheel spokes can get. You don’t want to be dragging mud and dirt all around your home!
Are you a dab hand at a bit of DIY? Well, you could create your own DIY bike stand from wooden pallets or steel and make the most of any outside space you have by putting it out there.
Another practical solution for storing a bicycle in a small living space could be placing it behind large furniture. If there’s enough space between your sofa and the wall, you’d be surprised at just how neatly it could nestle in there.
Be careful when moving your bike around, and avoid scrapping your furniture and walls.
Do you have a considerable amount of space under the stairs? Perhaps try storing your bike there. After all, it’s vital to take advantage of any available spare space when you’re looking to store a bicycle in a small size home.
Have you got relatively limited indoor space at home but are lucky enough to have a garage space you can use as storage? You ought to make the very most of any garage space at your disposal when it comes to bicycle storage.
Looking for a long-term solution to your bicycle home storage conundrums? Hire a self storage unit from a reliable provider like Now Storage!
Do you feel like you’ve not got so much to put in a self storage unit? If so, go for one of our smaller-sized indoor storage units. On the other hand, if you’ve got lots of large items , such as furniture and bicycles, go for one of our container storage units! They are nice and spacious and go up to 320 sq ft. What’s more, you can easily access your bicycle when you feel you need it since our sites are all open seven days a week.
Maybe you’re moving house and want somewhere to store your beloved bike/s in the meantime? Moving house can be stressful, and it’s a good idea to try moving your possessions out gradually. Hiring a self storage unit is ideal for home movers, and we at Now Storage are self storage providers well-accustomed to providing people with storage solutions when they move house.
Bicycles can be awkward items to store at home, especially when you’ve got limited space. Therefore, hiring a self storage unit could well be an easy and hassle-free solution to your home storage headaches.