Up in the air!

This month’s Dwell magazine includes an article titled “Mission Statement” that discusses a rehabilitated home by architecture firm David Baker + Partners. One of the home’s interesting features is a custom rope-and-pulley system Baker installed in the main room to hold bicycles up off of the floor:

We’ve discussed in the past using vertical space for storing bicycles, but never had pictures of how one might live in a room with this solution. The bicycles, at least in this example, become suspended artwork and compliment the modern and industrial details of the room. The home is small, and the floating bicycles are an imaginative storage solution for a cumbersome problem.

If you’re looking for a way to store your bicycles off the floor in your small home, you might consider using a packaged solution or building your own like Baker did in this home. You can view more pictures of the space by clicking on the link to View a Slideshow of the upShift House in the article. Photographs 3, 15, and 16 show the suspended bicycles.

Have you tried using vertical space for bicycle storage? How has it worked? Let us know about your experiences by leaving reviews and links to images in the comments.

22 Comments for “Up in the air!”

  1. posted by Luke Perkins on

    Funny, I just picked up the hardware to hang my (well one of my bikes) in my loft. It has 15′ ceilings and seems like the perfect place to store my bikes.

    I am using an eye bolt to go into the beam in the ceiling, a carabiner, to connect the eye bolt to some rope that I will thread through the carabiner to the bike. I’ll secure it all to a tie off point in my 2nd floor sleeping loft.

    Well that is when I can find a friend to loan me a 12′ ladder.

  2. posted by Springpeeper on

    Artwork indeed. I have a kayak in my family room. 😉

  3. posted by lana on

    I like the idea of storing bikes off the floor, but this just doesn’t look or feel right to me.

  4. posted by Brian on

    Artwork? Sure, okay. As long as they’re clean. Sorry, but I don’t see art. But I do see a utilitarian system for hanging stuff from the ceiling. I’m not sure it needs to be more than that, but whatever blows your dress up. So to speak.

  5. posted by ClickerTrainer on

    I modified the standard bike pulley storage system to hoist my kayak up into the garage rafters for storage. You just need to mount it on some fir strips so the pulleys can be spread further apart.

  6. posted by Some Dude on

    Art? What do these people take us for? It’s not art just because you say it is, and it’s not edgy, chic, or cute either. Bikes don’t belong on the ceiling of your living room. This flies in the face of everything unclutterer stands for – just because it’s not on the floor doesn’t mean it isn’t clutter.

    A clever way to get rid of your “cluttering” bike would be to find a way to store it in a closet or to buy one of those folding bikes for people with small spaces. Hanging it from the ceiling is just tacky and reeks of college.

  7. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Some Dude — As we’ve said in the past, just because something isn’t your style doesn’t mean that you can’t get ideas from it.


    Maybe this is something that would work in your garage, if you’re not into the industrial look of it being in your living room.

  8. posted by hak on

    Now, now. One man’s art is another man’s junk.

    There are some gorgeous bikes out there, particularly time trial or triathlon bikes that are simply works of art. Just check out the Orbea Orca as one example: http://www.orbea-usa.com/fly.a.....;taxid=512

    I would love to hang my triathlon bike (also an Orbea, but alas, nowhere near the beauty or price tag of the Orca)in the ceiling in the house or even put is square in the middle of the wall like a fine painting. It says more about my lifestyle and philosophies than any painting would.

    My wife, on the other hand, would agree with the previous comments that bikes are not art.

    There are lots of “toys” (in my case, guitars, long bows, recurve bows and bikes) that would be adorning my walls if I were a single man. Since I like being married, I will just have to wait until I can get my own play room!

  9. posted by Carolina on

    We’re actually looking to hang our bikes from the ceiling or walls to save space since we don’t have a garage or the room for it. And no, we will NOT sell our extra bikes, they are our commuting vehicles.

  10. posted by Jen (SLC) on

    I’m in the same boat as Carolina. We have two bikes for commuting that we keep on a gravity rack right by our front door. I’d love to free up that space with a solution like this. Unfortunately, our ceilings are pretty low.

    Folding bikes are great for storage (I have one tucked away), but they don’t always have the best ride. They also don’t always work for long or hilly commutes.

  11. posted by erin on

    My first thought when seeing the picture was discomfort – I would be worried about the bike randomly falling down! I think that is because they are hanging free – if they were secured against that bit of wall above the opening to the next room, it would make me feel more secure. However, I don’t have a bike so I don’t have to worry about storage!

  12. posted by Sue on

    With the price of some racing bikes, I can see how you’d want them where you could keep your eye on them.

  13. posted by Catherine on

    We store our bikes off the floor using a pulley – but it’s in our garage. I wouldn’t want to see this inside the house.

    Less than $20 from Amazon. Here

  14. posted by Megan on

    I don’t like the idea of a bike hanging above my head in the living room either – only because I live in earthquake country. That, and the look isn’t for me. I would, however, consider hanging them from the ceiling in the garage. I know some people that did that at their old house, and it worked very well.

  15. posted by Elaine on

    Yeah, this looks pretty nice to me… but I actually RIDE my bikes. My mountain bike gets muddy. My commuter is FILTHY. Even my nice-weather-only bike gets kinda dirty, especially on the underside. They’d drip dirty water everywhere, and all my houseguests could get a nice view of my gunky bottom brackets. No thanks.

  16. posted by Linus on

    My wife and I lived in a small (under 400 sq. ft.) cabin for a year and a half before getting married. I refused to leave me road bike out in the elements, and it was constantly getting in the way, so we came up with this arrangement: http://home.cwru.edu/~pml3/ima.....inside.jpg

    The rack is a Saris Bones (http://www.saris.com/p-300-bones-2-bike.aspx), and all it took was two bolts and a little adjustment to mount it on the wall.

    This may offend some folks’ aesthetic taste, but when you have so little space to work with, getting things that are not in use out of the way is, in itself, beautiful.

  17. posted by Kimberly on

    Here in LA there is no way I’d have that hanging over my head when the next earthquake hits!

  18. posted by Bex! on

    I like the hooks (e.g. http://www.rei.com/product/743901) that allow vertical bike storage, similar to hanging a bike on a commuter train. I’ve just moved into a new place and will be getting something similar up and going once things are put away enough for a home improvement project. I will likely run a 2×4 across so that the whole system is more secure and each hook doesn’t have to go on a stud. This vertical storage is better than the horizontal racks if you are really space challenged.

    Many folks have suggested the folding bikes, but they aren’t really the best for extensive usage. Perhaps if you ride infrequently, renting a bike would be a better clutter buster.

  19. posted by Seth Werkheiser on

    My father in law built this:

    Tiny brooklyn apartment, so it’s not quite as elegant as bikes hanging from the ceiling, but it works ; )

  20. posted by Talii on

    At my parent’s lakehouse, they recently got kayaks for Christmas. They cluttered up the dock, causing stubbed toes and lost paddles, until we did a similar thing and hoisted them to the eaves right above the water. Just let down the pulley, splunk, and you’re off. 😀

  21. posted by CrimsonCrow on

    Garage. Garage. Garage. Some of us don’t have a garage!

  22. posted by Muki on

    More current link: http://www.dwell.com/articles/.....ement.html

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