Stylish and practical indoor bike storage

Bike stored vertically indoors, on wooden wall by window
In the last few years the world has undergone something of a bike revolution… bikes are great!

But what to do with them when they aren’t carrying you off into the great outdoors? Storage and access are two of the biggest problems I discover when discussing lifestyle and hobbies with clients and bikes, along with watersport kit, come top of the list. Not such a problem when you have a garage and outdoor space, but with bike theft on the increase, what if you have to bring them in from the cold?

I’ve collated some stylish and practical indoor bike storage to help you solve this kit conundrum. The key is, get it off the floor! And recognise that whether vintage, or top of the range, a well loved bike can be art.

Off the wall

There are a number of these so I have selected just a few!

Cycloc

Looking something like a wonderfully coloured plant pot, the Solo from Cycloc screws to your wall and in addition to getting your bike off the floor, provides a stuff sack style interior for your gloves and accessories. It can be used vertically as well as horizontally, or all number of rakish angles to provide the exact cantilevered support your bike needs. Others models are available from Cycloc which hold your bike off the wall in different ways (perpendicular or at an incline).

Knife and Saw

The Knife and Saw Bike Shelf is a work of art, beautiful in itself, and stylishly dressed looks just as great without the bike…

Pressure mount bike rack

What?? A pressure mount rack is a rack that extends from the floor to the ceiling and uses pressure between the two to keep the rack wedged into place. It is a convenient and easy method to safely secure your bikes indoors. A major benefit is that it requires no drilling or screwing into your walls, ceilings, or floors. This makes the Gear Up OakRak floor to ceiling bike rack a great option for students, renters, or anyone who doesn’t want to damage their home.

On the ceiling

Not as crazy as it sounds, Relaxdays sell an inexpensive ceiling mount which enables you to winch your bike and store it above head height (this assumes a high ceiling of course!). It is also easy to mount onto smaller sections of planking to create an aesthetic-specific look.

Now, go ride that bike!


Happily finished pre-lockdown, my clients get to e Happily finished pre-lockdown, my clients get to enjoy their wonderful finished home a LOT now! 
Sneak peek of a recently finished home in Prinsted for hands down the #bestclientsever. This wood floor is brand new but so expertly laid by my favourite @justwoodflooring looks like it is original to the property. 
Complete trust from my clients allowed for some amazing interior details options to open up, like curved corners to the walls (SO worth the effort). All to create a modern ‘old’ home. 
Architect: @helyer_davies 
Architectural Interior Design: @ableandhardie 
Flooring: @justwoodflooring 
Paint: @benjaminmoore 
#thegrangeproject
A bit of a side step from my normal appreciation, A bit of a side step from my normal appreciation, but for architecture, and for the love of horses, I couldn’t let this pass. Designed by @matiaszegers, this stable has the maximum daylight pouring in through its cleverly envisaged roof. 
I want to come back as one of these horses...
🐎
In retrospect, thinking that lockdown would enable In retrospect, thinking that lockdown would enable me to do that great big clear out I’ve been promising to do for years, may have been a bit ambitious. Especially as all the charity shops are closed (yes, and the dump). I am pretty heartless with ‘stuff’, being a believer in the old William Morris adage that if you do not know something to be useful or believe it to be beautiful, it has no place in your home. 
And yet... Two households becoming one (over a decade ago, how long as I going to use that excuse for?!), having children, and part-modifying our dream house (pending phase2) leaves me in ‘stuff’ limbo sometimes. Do you know what I mean? The stuckness of indecision; should I, shouldn’t I keep this? 
And a niggling worry that as soon as I throw something out, I’ll need to use it 😳! When lockdown is over, I’ll be ready to release my wares for another person to benefit from. Until then, I am taking time to make peace with what I have, to remember that I once chose it.