Whether you have bought or are building your kayak there is a kayak storage shed plan that will work for you. There are various different kayak storage designs to choose from such as wall mounting, floor-mounted, overhead-mounted, self-supporting, and much more! Here is what to look for when choosing a storage shed.
* Durable – Make sure the material you purchase will withstand the elements. While most people believe you can get away with almost anything as long as it can withstand the elements most kayakers know better. It is very important to buy a durable outdoor kayak storage shed that you can rely on for many years. A strong durable kayak storage shed will be able to withstand everything nature puts its way. Although spending extra money may sound like an unnecessary expense, it is actually a great way to save money in the long run by ensuring your kayak is stored properly and securely.
* Foundation – Make sure the kayak storage shed you select is properly supported by a sturdy, solid foundation. Many kayaks are manufactured with a plastic base that cannot support the weight they carry. Plastic is not a good choice of foundation, because the weight of the kayak can cause the sides to sag. In addition, plastic will not last long and will need to be replaced often!
* Kayak Rack Mounts – There are two basic types of kayak rack mounts available. Wall mounting allows the shed to sit up on a wall. This option is usually the most inexpensive way to go. However, if the wall rack is not strong enough the rack may sag and become useless. Ceiling mounting is the best option for keeping the shed stable.
* Heavy Duty Shelving – Most kayaks come with a storage cover, but some come without a storage cover. The type of storage cover you get depends largely on the model of kayak you own. A good quality storage cover will protect your kayak from rain, snow, sleet, and even mold and mildew. These types of heavy-duty covers usually come with a fold-up feature that makes it easy to store the kayak when not in use.
* Indoor Kayak Storage – If you plan on storing your kayak indoors (and you should if you can afford it) the best way to go is to purchase an indoor kayak storage case. These units have the same functionality as the outdoor storage sheds listed above, but they are better suited to storing indoor kayaks. Most indoor kayak storage cases have locking mechanisms to ensure the safekeeping of your kayak. Some indoor units even come with an alarm to make it easier to locate your kayak should it get stuck in the sunlight or otherwise become unstuck. In the past, these types of cases were used mostly by sportsmen who used their kayaks in heavily indirect sunlight for long periods of time.
* Wooden Kayak Storage Shed – A wooden kayak storage shed is designed mainly for durability and as a form of protection. This type of shed is usually placed on the bottom of the boat and will have a doorway on each end. Because of the shape of the wooden kayak, however, this type of shed can be difficult to access when you need to access the inside. Another downside to this type of storage shed is that it will most likely not meet building code requirements, and will most likely not help ensure the long-term durability of your boat.
One great option that is growing in popularity is mounting your kayaks to a wall. There are two basic types of mounting system: wall-mounted rack and ceiling mount. Wall-mounted rack systems require that you install either a rigid foam mounting sleeve or a flexible foam mounting cradle. Ceiling mount kayak storage requires that you use either a rigid foam mounting cradle or a flexible foam mounting sleeve. Both of these systems offer good stability for standing up a kayak without fear of the rack or ceiling mounting system falling and causing injury to the kayak users.