Make this easy DIY Ski Storage Rack in an hour! Perfect for garage or basement storage all year long.
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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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
TIP: 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.
In 2023, it’s been 4 years since we built this storage rack and it’s still going strong! It works really well, and we still love it.
Yes, it would work in the basement–just make sure you have a wall you can attach it to.
Yes, you can build this to your own specifications, and how many pairs of skis you need it to hold.
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*Originally posted 2019.