For the average apartment dweller, there simply isn't apartment storage for bikes. They're left to embrace sharing their apartment decor with the bike in full view. In all honesty, most bicycles are so fabulous in design and function that displaying them in full view is akin to displaying a beautiful art piece.
I'm a person who believes there is always room to make our apartment living fun, beautiful and classy--that goes for storing or I should say "displaying" our prized bicycles.
Below are some great ideas for small apartment bike storage.
In the image above, I absolutely love this creative solution with two bikes for bike storage in a small apartment. Discovered in on Flickr. It's a cable construction that runs from ceiling to floor. What set's this apart from so many other two-bike vertical storage is how attractively it fits in with the apartment decor. A hot-red, over-sized bike poster in a black frame is the back drop for the bikes. The poster is also part of a small art gallery.
From Mikili, this minimalistic wall bike rack is clean and simple. It's lovely play on the geometric form of a square within a square. The inside square opens out as a platform that supports the bike and also provides space for keys and other small pocket items. The following wall bike rack offers a shelf that houses a drawer where those small items can be stored. Both constructions provide storage space and reduce clutter.
Olé! Bravo is what comes to my mind with this fun, clean and just down right cool wall bike rack. The design, byAndreas Scheiger, re-purposes bike handle bars, stem and seat. It's then mounted on a oval wood plate that is mounted on the wall.
I'm not a huge fan of storing bikes over a sofa. But the reality is that may be the only space available. There are very attractive ways to do it, such as painting the wall or making the wall dramatic. Or you can invest in a sofa that makes a design statement that compliments a gorgeous bike.
For you DIY'ers, here is a project for constructing a wall mounted bike rack from a used bike handle bar and plumbing pieces. It was designed and constructed by Kyle Wilson. Try your hand with it but don't forget the decor aspects.
Here's my absolute favorite design for storing a bike in plain view in small space living. It beautifully fits in the decor schem, as well as storing bike riding accessories. The design is by Chilean Manuel Rossel. As he describes it, "It's a way to optimize space that's scarce in urban centers," he adds. "If you already store your bike inside, it's a way to avoid marking the walls."
There are of course many more types of bike racks functional yet attractive for small space living. For more ideas for bike rack storage gizmos, see BRIT ^ CO. My focus here is that whatever type you choose and is best for you, you can do it decoratively attractive. Incorporate your indoor bike rack into the larger decor scheme. I call this living big in a small space.
If you're wondering how I've handled storing my bicycle in my apartment. I haven't!! My bike sits in a storage unit about 20 minutes away. The bike weights a ton and I live two flights up on the second floor. I am in fact in search of a light weight folding bike. Fortunately, I do have a porch where I can store it.
One thing's for sure: It's never too soon to learn to protect and store treasured wheels! Learning to protect and store your wheels can start at an early age, at least it did for the owner of this tricycle! LOL!
What's your solution for indoor bike storage?
(This post has been updated and moved from www.annsliees.com.)