7 DIY Canoe Rack Projects For Kayak Owners

7 DIY Canoe Rack Projects

Whether you’re an avid canoeist or a lakeside homeowner with a spare canoe, storing these large watercraft can often be challenging. These DIY Canoe Rack Projects will guide you through simple yet effective ways to store your canoe.

DIY Canoe Rack Projects

7 DIY Canoe Rack Projects

You don’t need to be an expert carpenter or spend a fortune to create a functional and appealing storage system. You can create a personalized canoe rack that suits your needs and space with some basic materials, tools, and creativity. These practical DIY projects will transform your canoe storage chaos into an organized and enjoyable part of your outdoor living space.

DIY Pick-Up Truck Canoe Rack

DIY Pick Up Truck Canoe Rack

The DIY pickup truck canoe rack offers an affordable and efficient solution for transporting and storing your canoe. This canoe rack, made from lumber and carriage bolts, is designed to be easy to build and durable. Using a combination of 2×4 and 2×6 lumber, the design ensures stability and security when carrying your canoe.

To build a canoe rack for your truck, start by measuring your truck to ensure the framework fits your vehicle’s dimensions. Cut and assemble the components based on the specs, fastening the pieces together to create a secure structure. When the setup is built, drill holes at the necessary points for mounting and securing the canoe. After assembling the framework, ensure it’s attached to your truck securely, and your canoe secures tightly on it. Always double-check the setup for safety before setting off.


  •  Car-Top Canoe Carrier Kit
  •  1 – 2″x6″x65″ Lumber
  •  3 – 2″x4″x84″ Lumber
  •  1 – 2″x4″x60″ Lumber
  •  8 – 3/8″ x 4″ Carriage bolts, washers, lock washers and nuts
  •  2 – 3/8″ x 5″ Carriage bolts, washers, lock washers and nuts
  •  6 – 21/2″ Deck screws


DIY Canoe Tree

DIY Canoe Tree

The DIY Canoe Tree keeps your many canoes off the ground, protecting them from damage and unnecessary wear. Plus, it adds a quaint charm to your backyard landscape. Give it a try, and you will surely appreciate its functionality and aesthetics!

For a DIY Canoe Tree, identify the spot and dig for two 10-foot post holes that are three feet deep. Place and level the posts, filling the holes with concrete or limestone dust. Attach support beams (2x4s) to posts, beginning 20 inches from the ground and spacing others at 24-inch intervals, all secured with stove bolts. Ensure levels before finalizing. If you’re using non-pressure-treated lumber, seal your structure with varnish. Extra: add pipe insulation for protection or add security with a cable lock.

  • (2) 10-foot 6x6s for vertical supports
  • (8) Eight-foot 2x4s for horizontal supports
  • 24 bolts with washers and nuts
  • 20 pounds of fast-setting cement
  • Saw, chisel, drill, tape measure, and level


Outdoor Kayak And Canoe Rack

Outdoor Kayak And Canoe Rack

Looking for a practical and good-looking way to store your boats? Try this DIY Wooden Kayak Rack that can store up to four kayaks. Made from wood treated to resist weather, it can last long and blends well with nature. An added feature is using old pool noodles to cap the support arms, mitigating the risk of scratches on your boats.

To make a DIY boat stand, start by deciding the location and setting two 4×4 pressure-treated posts into the ground at a distance based on your boat’s size. Measure and cut notches in the posts for support arms. Attach the arms with screws, ensuring the structure is level. For more strength, mortise pockets are cut in the posts for the arms. Once fitted, the arms are pinned within the pocket. Stabilize the structure by adding two 2×4 boards at the base. Lastly, apply a protective wood stain and consider attaching pool noodles to support arms to prevent scratches.


  • 2 x 4×4 8ft pressure-treated posts
  • Long 24 boards for alignment
  • Wood Screws (The article recommends SPAX Wood Screws)
  • Dark Walnut Wood Stain by Ready Seal for finishing
  • Optional: Old pool noodles for capping the support arms


DIY Kayak Rack Plans

Kayak Rack Plan

This homemade rack is designed to hold up to 3 kayaks, providing an efficient storage solution without compromising space. The guide includes a clear-cut list and detailed instructions for each step, including fitting supports and braces. This ensures precision in assembly for a proper fit.

For making a kayak rack, first build the frame using 4×4 lumber for vertical posts and 2×6 lumber for the base beams. Use a jigsaw to round corners and smooth edges. Fit posts between beams and secure them with carriage bolts. Attach horizontal supports to the posts and finish with braces. Lastly, assemble the rack using back supports, enhancing rigidity with additional braces. Details on dimensions and specific fittings are found in the plans.


  • 7 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 6′
  • 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
  • 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′

Hardware and Supplies:

  • 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
  • 7 carriage bolts
  • Wood glue
  • Stain/paint
  • Wood filler


DIY Canoe Rack

Easy boat rack

If you have a canoe and are trying to store it in your home, then this DIY canoe rack is one of the easiest and simplest projects. While taking up very little floor space, making it perfect for even tiny homes or apartments. This can be made of any wood and may vary according to the size of the canoe. Once used, you can get your materials back and can use them again.

Position the cinder blocks a suitable distance apart based on the size of your canoe. Insert the 2x4s into the holes of the cinder blocks creating a cradle. Place your canoe onto the rack. It’s a simple and cost-effective solution for storing your canoe.


  •  (2) cinder blocks
  • (2) 2×4’s wood panels


DIY Canoe On A Shelf

Boat On A Shelf

The Shelf-Style Canoe Rack is an innovative DIY solution for storing your canoe effectively and conveniently. Its unique design utilizes a simple shelving approach, lifting the boat off the ground that reduces the hassle of bending back and knees. This is a great weekend project for the entire family and can be used to decorate an inside wall or even hang outside in your garden or by the pool!

To create a canoe storage shelf, find large metal shelf brackets and pressure-treated two-by-fours. Attach the brackets to the wall at a suitable height, ensuring they’re screwed into wall studs. Measure your canoe’s width, add 2-3 inches, and cut the two-by-fours to this length. Place these on the brackets, securing them with galvanized screws. Cover the two-by-fours with thick carpet for protection, and add eyelet screws at the ends for securing the canoe with bungee cords.

  • 2 large metal shelf brackets at least 18 inches wide
  • 2 pressure-treated two by fours, 4 feet long
  • A bag of 2-inch galvanized screws
  • 2 pieces of thick pile carpet 8 inches wide by 28 inches
  • Drill and bits
  • Saw
  • Stud-finder
  • Stapler and 1-1/2 inch staples


How To Build A Canoe Rack

How To make A kayak RackFor water lovers with multiple canoes, it’s important to protect them from harsh weather. A simple canoe rack built from scrap wood is the perfect way to prevent clutter and shield your canoes from extreme conditions. Just gather four wood pieces, two hinges, and some screws, and you’ll quickly have a functional canoe rack. So, watch the video tutorial given below, gather all the materials and tools, and start making it today!


Canoe And Kayak Rack

This Beachside Canoe Rack is the perfect fusion of aesthetics and practicality, adding charm to your property. It’s a sleek, sturdy rack built from robust materials, ensuring your canoe’s safety and longevity. The major feature is its versatility; it accommodates both canoes and kayaks, providing a practical and efficient storage method. This rack underscores your outdoor space’s functionality, adding a quaint charm while decluttering and organizing. Whether by the lake or in your backyard, it’s a great way to showcase your love for water adventures.


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