DIY Kayak Rack

by • February 9, 2015 • How-To's, Kayak Rigging How-To’sComments (9)8205

A kayak rack is something we all need right? Fellow kayak angler, Jason Hopper, needed to figure out a way to store his kayaks, and decided to build himself a kayak rack. We’re pretty sure most of us have pondered the best and most practical way to make room in our garage to store kayaks, and this kayak rack is spot on!

If you are looking for a quick easy way to store your kayaks in a garage or outside, here is a easy solution. Everything you need can be purchased at your local do-it-yourself home store. Here is a list of materials you will need:

Material List

  • 7 pieces of 10 foot 1.5″ Schedule 40 PVC
  • 24 PVC “T” fittings
  • 8 PVC end caps
  • 1 8oz. can of All Purpose PVC Glue

You will need to cut the PVC into these lengths”

  • 6 pieces at 36 inches
  • 6 pieces at 60 inches
  • 8 pieces at 12 inches
  • 20 pieces at 4 inches.

***For the optional paddle holder, you will need to substitute two (2) of the 4 ways for two (2) of the “T’s”.  You will also need two (2) 90 degree PVC elbows.

Tools Needed

  • Measuring Tape
  • PVC cutters or saw
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Completed DIY kayak rack

 

1. First off, make all of your measurements and cut your PVC into the correct lengths. You may need to clean the cut ends of the PVC due to rough cut from the saw.

2. I started by assembling from the bottom up, assembling all the pieces before gluing to ensure everything fit correctly and was the correct length.

 

3. Start by placing the PVC caps on four of the 12″ pieces.  Next, place a “tee” on the other end of the 12″ piece. Then place a 4″ piece in the top of the tee.

4. After you’ve done this to all four, take two (2) 36″ pieces and connect them.  You will then place another tee on top of this, and point the tee 90 degrees from the 36″ piece.

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Bottom with caps

 

5. After placing the tees on all four, place two (2) of the 60″ pieces connecting everything together.  At this point you should have your bottom rack complete. Repeat this step until you have reached the top, placing end caps on all four corners. You can glue as you go, but I found it just as easy to go back, pop it apart and glue it in.  This just ensures everything is placed correctly before it’s glued together.

*If you want to add the paddle holder: On the sides you will need to substitute two of the tees with four way PVC pieces. Cut two (2) extra 6 or 8 inch pieces, connecting them to the four ways.  Place two (2) 90 degree elbows, and then add two (2) extra 8 to 12 inch pieces to them.  You can cap those as well, if desired.

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optional paddle holder

 

This kayak rack is designed to be used inside a garage or outside as an easy way to store your kayaks.  This DIY kayak rack will create more room inside your garage.  If you choose to use this kayak rack as outside storage, then I suggest placing concrete pads or blocks under each corner to raise the kayak rack off the ground slightly.

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DIY Kayak Rack loaded up

 

 

I hope this DIY kayak rack helps you save space and stores your kayaks with ease.  It’s helped me tremendously!
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Jason Hopper hails from Armuchee, Georgia. He’s currently on the pro staff at Johnson Outdoors, Hook1 Kayak Fishing Gear, and P-Line fishing line. Jason also directs a tournament trail, Reel Krazy Kayak Fishing Tour.

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9 Responses to DIY Kayak Rack

  1. Thank you for this design. Simple enough to construct & relatively inexpensive. The only “mod” that I did to your original design was that I extended it another foot lengthwise as my kayak’s cockpit opening is a bit long and I usually set my kayaks upside down so being 12″ longer, they fit well onto the cross bars. Again, thanks & good fishing… Phil

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