Thanks to services like Blue Apron’s meal delivery and multipurpose furniture, hacking our lives has never been easier. Our latest multipurpose furniture find can help us exercise our body and mind—it’s the bike shelf.
Earning Dwell’s “People’s Choice Award,” the Bike Shelf by Knife & Saw is one clever hack. As multipurpose furniture go, this one is nice to look at. The wooden design merges function and style so well it could work in any room. It will look great hanging in your kitchen and even better in the living room. Your 2-wheeler will look so great indoors, you may wonder why you ever hesitated in making it part of the decor.
In the three or so years since it’s been around, the Bike Shelf has been featured on Houzz, in Dwell, The New York Times and several international publications. Now, bike lovers living in small spaces can liberate kitchen corners and fire escapes to proudly store their two-wheelers wherever you would put a bookshelf.
Cost: $299 USD
Other bike storage solutions
The Bike Shelf is easy to set up. You should install into wall studs for maximum strength and chic-ability. The ideal place to store your bike is near your door to make cycling convenient. If that means the living room, put it there!
This display would work well in modern, mid-century and industrial decors. Use low comfortable sofas, best when flooring is hardwood or tile. Accessorize with leather and vintage looking pieces. Work in natural light by avoiding heavy drapes or convoluted window treatments. The overall look should be simple and even minimalist.
If the Bike Shelf is too pricey for you, this hack is a great affordable alternative. A cube bookcase from Ikea, Wayfair, Target, Overstock or other stores, would make a great stand and would give you more space for books. Be sure to measure and mark the areas to cut accurately. Smooth the cut areas with sandpaper to give your DIY project a polished finish.
Color-coordinated and visually interesting! Don’t you love how they made this storage work?
This mural is no longer available, but you can find other wall murals on Amazon to use as a creative backdrop for your bike. When the dominant colors of the mural and your bike are the same, the bike will disappear into the wall design.
You’ll have to visual this last creative idea because it’s been a while since I saw it, but it would make a nice project for someone with art skills. The design was of two kids positioned as if they’re riding a bike — “seated” with their hands drawn to look like they’re steering the bike. A trick of the eye that looked so interesting, I still remember it.
Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. Using systems, routines, and some psychological trickery, she can help almost anyone hack their mind and life for greater productivity. Email email@example.com to find out if she's available for one-on-one work.