Over time, every skateboarder collects a couple of skateboards. Most of those boards are to be trashed, but there’s one or two that are too good to be abused. In the end, you have a bunch of skateboards, and the question of where to store these skateboards arises.
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You want to keep them out of the way so others won’t trip on them. If you’re creative enough and willing to spend a little money and time, there’s several attractive and convenient ways to store your skateboards.
Below are 9 ways to store your kids’ skateboards (yours too) at home so you and everyone else you live with can enjoy, or at least tolerate, having the boards around.
9 Skateboard Storage Ideas (Some Cost Nothing)
- Keep your skateboard under the bed.
- Hang the skateboard on the wall using a fishing line or a rope.
- If your school allows skateboarding around campus and provides a skateboard rack, keep your board there (*not always a good idea).
- Invest in a set of sturdy shelve brackets.
- Keep on the floor if you live alone.
- Carry the skateboard around in a backpack.
- Build your own skateboard rack and store the decks there.
Let’s dive right in and learn how you can store your and your kids’ skateboards neatly and beautifully around the house.
1. Put the Skateboard Under Your Bed
What’s under the bed? I bet you have a few skateboard helmets under there in some helmet bag. Maybe there’s a few roller skates or rollerblades under the same bed. But what prevents to plug your skateboard into the remaining space?
The beauty of storing a skateboard under the bed is that they’re well out of the way all the time. No one ever trips on them, which means no one ever gets hurt. If you’re a tiny-home dweller or live the urban studio life, you want to get maximum use out of every available space.
2. Put the Skateboard on the Floor (If You Live Alone)
What if you live alone like I used to before I got hitched? In such a living situation, no one ever says that your board is in the way. You can keep your cruiser, skateboard, or even longer pretty much anywhere around the place. This is what ultimate freedom looks like at its finest. And you get to access your board quickly and easily.
One thing I like about keeping a skateboard on the floor is that you really don’t have to remove the wheels. The same goes for keeping the thing under the bed.
3. Mount Your Skateboards on the Wall
One of the best ways to store a skateboard is to mount it onto the wall. Unless you have tons of furniture around, I bet you have enough space on your walls to hang your skateboard (s).
A wall presents opportunities to display the decks you have collected over time creatively and attractively. Another reason the mount-the-skateboard-onto-the-wall idea is great is that it’s convenient. The skateboards are never in the way.
One unique to add beauty and character to a room is hang your skateboards on the wall. And there’s at least three ways to store skateboards on the wall:
- Use a fishing line to hang your skateboards on the wall.
- Use a rope to hang the deck.
- Use a wall mount/wall anchor to make it appear like your decks are floating over the wall.
Let’s now look at each of these three ways of storing a skateboard on a wall.
Use a Fishing Line to Hang the Deck on the Wall
To use a fishing line to store a skateboard deck on the wall, follow the following steps:
1.First off, remove the skateboard’s trucks.
Why? Because skateboard trucks weigh significantly more than the deck. The majority of the weight of a skateboard comes from the trucks and wheels. So detaching the trucks along with the wheels is a great way to reduce the total weight of the skateboard.
Unscrewing the trucks allows you to suspend the deck on a relatively strong rather than extremely strong support. There’s less of a chance that the support might break letting your deck to drop to the ground. And who knows what the falling deck might land on. Hopefully it won’t be your kid’s noggin!
2. Find a fishing line and use a pair of scissors to cut off about 1 foot off of it.
3. Then, loop both ends through the holes on the front or rear of the deck and make a strong knot behind the deck.
4. Use a hammer to drive a nail into the wall. Hammer the nail all the way to the point where its head all but touches the wall.
5. Hang the knotted part of the fishing line on the nail.
6. Step back and enjoy the amazing artwork hanging on the wall.
Again, make sure that the fishing is sturdy enough and the knot is secure enough.
Use a Rope to Hang the Deck
Another way to display your decks on the wall is to use a rope.
- Get rope that’s 1/4″ thick or thicker.
- Measure about 25″ of the rope and cut it right there.
- Tie a knot on each of the rope.
- Then, use a frame such a from a lighter to burn the portion behind each knot to prevent fraying.
- Mark where you want to hang the skateboard on the wall.
- Hold one end of the rope onto the wall and screw it down.
- Tie the other end around one of the trucks and that’s it.
Bonus: watch the video below and see how that skateboarder uses a small wooden board, screws, and nuts to create a floating skateboard illusion. I’ve yet to try the suggestion, but I believe it’s one of the smartest and cheapest ways to display a deck on the wall.
I also think this is the cleanest way to mount a skateboard on a wall. With a drill, a few screws, nuts, a level, a tape measure, and a diligent pair of hands, and the tutorial below, anyone can create this floating skateboard effect.
4. Keep It in the Trunk of Your Car
This storage method makes sure you have your board all the time. If there’s spare room in the truck, you can store your skateboard there. But how hot or cold the trunk gets depends on the kind of car you own. In some cars, the trunk is well ventilated. A well ventilated trunk won’t be too hot for your skateboard or too cold.
5. Keep the Skateboard in Your School’s Skateboard Rack
Some colleges provide skateboard racks to students, but what’s the point when some don’t even let your skate around campus? Still, offering a skateboard rack is a good idea, and if your school has no folks with sticky hands, there’s no reason not to use this storage.
But have you ever wondered why there’s only 2 or 3 skateboards kept in most schools’ racks? It’s because anyone with some tool can take off your expensive trucks and wheels. This happens a lot in schools, that’s why I don’t recommend it with enthusiasm.
6. Carry It In a Skateboard Backpack
Some skateboards are small and light enough that they can fit into a regular backpack. If your school teems with bike and skateboard part thieves, carrying your mini cruiser in a backpack is the safest alternative.
Do you know why there’s only one skateboard kept in your campus’ skateboard rack? It’s because lots of college-attending boys and girls would rather carry their skateboard around than leave it exposed to theft and vandalism. Yes, some people are so evil that they’ll snap a skateboard and not steal a thing.
Here’s a skateboard backpack you can use. You won’t be able to fit a full-size skateboard in there, but a ripsurf should fit without a problem. This skateboard backpack comes with lots of pockets which is a good thing, plus there’s room for water bottles.
7. Store Your Skateboard in the Closet
Where do you store a skateboard if you won’t be riding it for months? I suggest that you keep it in the closet. Some closets can be too hot or too cold, and this makes bad storage for decks. You don’t want moisture and dust getting into your bearings and trucks and causing trusting and corrosion.
One way to easily regulate the temperatures in the closet is to invest in a good dehumidifier and a humidifier. When it’s hotter than it should be inside your home, turn on the humidifier. And when it’s too humid, trust a decent dehumidifier to hydrate the space and make conditions right again for skateboard storage.
8. Store Your Skateboards on Shelving Brackets
Another way to store skateboards at home is using shelving brackets. I’ve seen good ones at $20 or thereabout, but if you have several skateboards and maybe a few helmets and pads to keep there, it’s best to go with heavy-duty shelving brackets.
The best shelving bracket for holding skateboards that I found cost around $38-ish (the 10″ bracket set). Reviewers praised this bracket because of how solid it is and how safely it holds whatever you put on it. Note that this deal includes only the brackets, but this is the case with pretty much all the options I’ve seen on Amazon and other places.
Shelving brackets allow you to build a simple DIY rack for skateboards at an affordable cost. But it’s possible to build a great skateboard rack that costs even cheaper. It’s just there’s a little work to do, and you need tools which you may not own if you’re not a born do-it-yourselfer.
*note: I learned that the seller’s product description isn’t accurate. A 1″x 10″ board just doesn’t fit in the 10″ bracket. It’s too narrow and you’d have some board-less space behind or in front of the plank. What to do to rectify this situation: Get a 1″ x 12″, rip it down using a table saw and fit the piece into the bracket. I guess the seller’s claim that the bracket is easy to install isn’t entirely true.
9. Build a DIY Skateboard Rack
If you’re a true blue DIYer, why not get a nice piece of lumber and build your own skateboard rack? This isn’t something I’ve done, but I did come across a detailed and useful how to make a simple DIY skateboard rack tutorial.
With basic woodworking tools, you should be able to design and build a simple rack for storing not only your skateboards but also your helmets. All you need to do is add cabinet screws to the lower end of the rack. Simply hang your skateboard helmet on the rack and that’s it.
Reasons to Store Your Skateboard Properly
- To prevent dust getting into the bearings, causing them to seize up down the road
- To keep moisture out of the bearings and trucks. Moisture causes rusting and corrosion.
- To prevent the deck from becoming waterlogged. A waterlogged skateboard deck gives you a mediocre pop. Aside from that, it tends to snap easily especially you’re on the heavier side of things.
- To display them as beautiful works of art while letting your guests know how much you love skateboarding.
- To get the skateboards out of the way so people won’t step on them or trip on them and fall and get hurt.
Wrapping It Up: Skateboard Storage Ideas
A skateboard backpack can be a good short-term storage for a ripsurf. But when it comes to storing a skateboard for months, the closet is probably the best place as long as it doesn’t get too hot or too cold.
Your car’s truck can also make for ideal board storage if it’s properly insulated. You can also keep the board under the bed or hang it on the wall. How you hang it on the wall depends on your preference, budget, and how creative you are. And if you live alone, there’s no reason you can’t keep your skateboard on the floor.
Is there a skateboard storage tip or idea you feel I left out? Tell me about it in the comments section below.