7 Brilliant Bike Storage Solutions For Any Home
Making room for bikes in your home can prove difficult. Due to their size and weight, they often disrupt the flow of a room, clashing with furniture, materials, textures and more. Besides all that, it's not easy coordinating colours between a bicycle and your decor.
That's why you don't see too many of these wheeled-machines in a Victorian interior.
But the biggest problem is that bikes are almost purely functional, meant for recreation and exercise. So the question becomes: how do you bring them into your home without upsetting the aesthetic balance and integrity of your living space?
Let's look at some of the best solutions to this problem.
1. Out Of Sight, Out of Mind
The most obvious solution would be to store your bikes outside.
Here, this interior maintains its clean and uncluttered look by placing its athletic equipment on the balcony, while the bench and green carpeting adds an imaginative touch which reminds us of the park.
This clever mix of the functional and creative transforms a boring space into something far more appealing.
2. Tucked Away
If your apartment lacks a balcony, you could always place your bikes in some obscure corner.
A vertical rack is a great space-spacing measure, and in this case the red, yellow and black colours provide a welcome contrast to the abundant whites.
3. Centerpiece Cycles:
Not every home-owner wants to conceal their bikes. Some prefer to display them proudly, as in this instance.
Here, these bicycles are easily the most conspicuous part of the home and are meant to stand out. This becomes apparent when you consider the air-pump on the floor, the thicker frames and tires of these two models, and the fact that when the light hits them they cast deep, dark shadows on the wall behind them.
If you love your bikes why hide them? Make them the centerpiece of your home.
4. For Display Only
The main purpose of these bikes seems to be display rather than use. They hang there neatly alongside the soccer figurines and children's toys, with matching helmets perched on racks.
When you add up the different decor elements—the cases of alcohol, the white-brick wall, and the bicycles—what you get is the classic loft look.
So while these wheeled machines are mostly functional, they can also be used purely for aesthetics.
5. Eclectic Appeal
Like in the previous example, these bicycles are intended more for decoration than utilization.
The yellow colouring and unusual shape of the bike closest to us fits right in with the rest of the bizarre furnishings, such as the orange dog, blue chair and brown rug.
Furthermore, the peculiar vertical-mounting of these bikes along with having the ceiling-lights focus their glare on the wall makes them the center of attention.
All of these unique decor choices create a youthful, eclectic and energetic interior.
6. Indoor Park
If you can't go to the park, bring the park to you.
This creative take on wall-mounts has the bicycle hanging from a verdant green frame, which together with the grass rug on the floor, stirs up images of playing at the park.
The bike is no longer an eye-sore; it's a vital part of the home, lending it originality and a sense of style.
When creativity and functionality merge, great things happen....
7. Boys & Their Toys
Bizarre—that seems the appropriate word to describe this interior.
Part warehouse, part garden, this incredibly audacious home makes generous use of vintage decor, from the rocking chair and toy cars right down to the old-fashioned tricycle.
Sometimes the best place to put a bike (or in this case a trike) would be on the floor. But it's important that the bike blends into its surroundings, as it clearly does here.
Whether you prefer the “out of sight and out of mind” approach or choose to display your bike proudly, there's a solution out there that fits your storage needs perfectly