Real Solutions from Real Homes: Brilliant Ways to Make Room for Your Trickiest to Store Items

published Jun 30, 2016
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Outdoorsy types have their own unique organizing struggles. You see, bikes and surfboards and other sporting equipment are big. And they’re really hard to store neatly at home–especially without a garage or a mudroom or even more than a few hundred square feet to work with.

These house tours, though, managed to make it work, finding tight and tidy spaces where they could store some big equipment at home.

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In Carlos & Laura’s Stunning Spanish Home, they store their bikes right in the entryway on wall-mounted hooks. The color and pattern in the room help distract from the bikes.

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In Audrey’s Cozy Industrial Soho Apartment, she keeps a surfboard right in the entryway, too. Because it actually coordinates with the room, the surfboard here is storage and a cool decor accessory.

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The same goes for the bicycle in Audrey‘s living room. It’s propped up on a pedestal, so to speak, and becomes art for the room.

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If you’d rather not put your gear on display, you might still have some space for it above the furniture in a lesser-trafficked room, like the kids’ scooter above the closet storage in Giovan & Chloe’s Urban Vintage Loft.

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Or just leave it all out in the open. In Jevon’s Transformed Condo in Arizona, a pair of bikes and a handful of other equipment take up residence in a corner of the main living area, neatly organized to add to the decor of the space.

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And finally, in Rachel & Brian’s Spacious Place in Chicago, they looked up for a neat place to stash a bike: Onto a pulley system mounted to the ceiling in their entryway.