How to Hang Snow Skis for Storage

How to Hang Snow Skis for Storage
The ski season is over and now you've got four pairs of skis that need a home. The nice thing about skis is that they are fairly thin so storage can take place pretty much wherever you have a spare bit of wall in the garage. Hanging your skis vertically will get them up and out of the way.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2-by-6-by-4 foot board 1-inch dowel rod (four feet) Drill 1-inch wood drill bit Wood glue 3-1/2 inch nails Circular saw Tape measure
  • 2-by-6-by-4 foot board
  • 1-inch dowel rod (four feet)
  • Drill
  • 1-inch wood drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • 3-1/2 inch nails
  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure
Step 1
Measure out and drill holes in your 2-by-6. For four sets of skis, use a board that's at least two feet in length. Start by going in one inch from the right end of the board and drill an inch in diameter hole using a wood drill bit. From the right edge of the hole, measure over another inch and a half and drill another hole. Leave about two inches of space for hanging poles, gloves or goggles and then drill another hole. Your dowel holes should be an inch apart from edge to edge, two dowels for each pair of skis.
Step 2
Cut down your dowels. It used to be that a four-inch dowel would work fine with traditional skis. But the parabolic skis are wider so it's best to make your dowels a little longer. With a hand saw, circular saw or miter, cut your dowels to six inches in length. For four pairs of skis, you should have eight 6-inch dowel pieces.
Step 3
Check the dowels for fit. They should sit tightly in the drilled holes.
Step 4
Add wood glue both inside the drilled holes and around the lower portion of the dowel that is going to go in the hole.
Step 5
Set the dowels in to the holes and allow time for the wood glue to bond. If you're not in a rush, give the rack 24 hours to dry. Otherwise, wood glue normally sets after two hours.
Step 6
Mount the rack to the wall using 3 1/2-inch nails. You can also use 3 1/2 to 4-inch screws. The key is to affix the rack to the wall by driving your nails or screws in to the 2-by-4 frame of the wall. Otherwise, the rack may pull off the wall once the weight of the skis is added. Finding the studs in the wall and then affixing the rack at these points is the best way to ensure the rack hangs steady. Wall studs should run every 16 inches according to building codes. Also make sure that you mount the rack high enough so that the skis don't sit on the floor. If you mount the rack so that the dowels are at the same height as the tips of your skis or higher, you'll be fine.
Step 7
Add additional screws or nails. You should have some space between each of the dowel sets. This is perfect for hanging gloves, goggles or poles. Use the 3-1/2 inch nails or buy some hooks to add to the storage ability of the rack.
Step 8
Hang your skis. The upper portion of the skis should slide seamlessly between the two dowels with the flange of the tips holding them in place.

Article Written By Patrick Cameron

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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