Easy DIY Ski Storage Rack
Make this easy DIY Ski Storage Rack in an hour! Perfect for garage or basement storage all year long.
Our family loves to ski. It’s one of the reasons we also love winter! Even my littlest has now joined the ranks, and with all of our skis adding up, we REALLY needed a place to store them. Not only a place where we would have easy access to them through the ski season, but also easily store them for the rest of the year. We decided on our garage, so it would be close to our vehicle for faster loading. But this would also work well in a basement, or any place you have space.
This is such a quick and easy project…and great for beginners too. In about an hour you can put this ski rack together, and have organized ski storage! I just love that we have a designated place for them–close, but still out of the way.
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We had extra plywood, so we were able to use what we had on hand. This is a great way to use scrap wood if you have it! It’s a simple ski rack solution that keeps skis in place, and gets them up and out of the way. Each of us has a ski bag that keeps our boots, helmets, goggles, mittens, and balaclavas. We store them on basement shelving, instead of the garage. But you could also build this in a basement, and add a shelf above or below for ski bags (they are backpack-style, and we LOVE them!!) or boots and other gear. This rack was built to store seven pairs of skis for our family, but it’s easily customizable for as many pairs as you need. This is also a great way to store XC skis! The small hooks are perfect to hang poles right next to each pair of skis.
DIY Ski Storage Rack
- 3/4 inch plywood
- 7/8 inch wood pegs (dowels), cut to 6 inch lengths (2 per set of skis)
- #8 screw hooks (1 per set of poles)
- Wood glue
- Measuring tape
- 7/8 inch spade bit
- Cut the plywood 4 inches wide by whatever length you need–and how many sets of skis you’re planning to hang. We left 8 inches in between each set of pegs (measured between the center of one set of pegs, to the center of the next set of pegs), plus 2 inches in between each set of pegs, plus room at each end. You’ll need a set of pegs for every set of skis. If you’re not sure about the length, you can always cut the 4 inch width, add all the pegs and hooks, then make the length cut at the very end. P.S. We don’t recommend using MDF, in place of the plywood. Plywood is stronger, and more resilient when getting wet–which happens with skis.
- Cut the pegs to 6 inches in length. You’ll need two per set of skis you’re hanging up. They come in 3 foot lengths, so you should be able to get 6 out of each one.
- Carefully measure and mark where the pegs will go. Each set of two pegs are 2 inches apart, measured from the center of each peg.
- With a 7/8 inch Forstner bit, drill the holes for each set of pegs. Use wood glue to adhere the pegs into the holes.
- Add the screw hooks–one per set of poles. We put ours to the left of each set of skis, centered in between in each set of pegs.
- Cut the final length, if you haven’t done that yet.
- When it gets warmer outside, we will add a sealant, but since it’s SO cold here right now, we’re going to wait. If these are in your basement, you may need to worry about that step, but you certainly can if you want to.
Now you’re ready to hang your DIY Ski Storage Rack! We screwed them into the studs in our garage (3-inch screws), high enough up so we would have room still put things up against the wall if needed.
UPDATE: Three years later, it’s still going strong, and we absolutely love it. Super easy to load and unload our skis and poles, and even the kids can do most of them. We have friends who built them in their basement, and love them there too. Either way, it’s a win-win!
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Kierste Wade is a published author, blogger, and mom to six. With more than 20 years DIY and project experience, she has been sharing ideas on her blog since 2009. Focusing on simple and doable projects, she loves to share attainable ideas for all things home, holidays, and family. Kierste has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, American Farmhouse Magazine (print and online) Taste of Home, Country Living, and more.