Bike Storage for Renters

Within my project my focus is specifically aimed at creating bike storage for those living in city centre rented accommodation. As previously mentioned I do not want my piece to cause damage to property, I would like it to be reasonably piece, easy to assemble and changeable to suit your personal needs. I have begun researching into a number of options I can use.


Fabric seems like the perfect options as it is lightweight and flexible. If made of a material such as industrial canvas or neoprene a piece could be sturdy, strong and modular elements could be built up as required. Materials such as felt or wool also have insulating and sound proofing qualities which could also be of benefit. Many new builds city centre flats have thin walls and can get quite noisy (speaking with personal experience from living in a flat with very loud neighbours).

Not only that, unlike woods or plastics, fabric would be much lighter to transport and can be easily compacted down. It would also cause little damage to a property. Oil cloths or weather proof nylons could also be considered as a cover for a furniture piece as they would be easy to clean and waterproof if bikes were wet and dirty.

If using fabric as the main body of my piece it would probably require a basic frame to build it on or stretch it over.


Folds and geometric structures may also be an interesting way to create a changeable/flexible piece. It would allow elements to be pulled our of folded away.

It could be perhaps used as a pull out drip tray if a bike is dirty to prevent dirt and damage to your home. Flexible plastics, Tyveck and wipe clean surfaces would be ideal. Flexibility such as this would be ideal for those who are lacking floor space.

Magnets or clips could be used to hold the piece in place as you require. Florian Kräutli’s Magnetic Curtain demonstrates how easily pieces such as these can be customised for your personal space as it can simply be pushed and pulled into place.


Steam Bent Wood

In order to create a more visually pleasing piece than regular flat pack furniture I would also consider using soft flowing curves.  This would hopefully allow the user to create a more visually interesting piece which is not only useful but also decorative. A flexible peg system such as the one demonstrated below could work very well as moves and adapts to the size required.
aa91415170f3bf1bb37123366f84583eIn addition steam bent wood would be a great way to create a strong base to stretch more flexible materials over (as mentioned above). Flexible curves could be used to fit a bike or smaller curved could store other items such as bike accessories, shoes or coats.

Modular Storage

By creating a free standing modular storage piece it would prevent any damage being caused to a property. A sturdy base would be needed to hold the piece up but this could also provide storage for shoes or bike accessories.

Using a back board or slatted wall would allow hooks, pegs, or clips to apply the storage solutions you need e.g shelves, boxes. cupboards etc.  These could be moved around as often as needed.

Peg Boards

Finally another simple storage solution would be a peg board system in which Landlords would provide a peg board and tenants could buy the modular storage they needed. This could be a system of hooks, shelves, storage boxes etc.

Further Research

Following these initial ideas there are a number of research points I need to explore –

  • Is the system provided by the landlord or the tenant?
  • What should it hold?
  • Where would you locate it?
  • What size should it be?
  • What are the legal doorway and ceiling requirements in modern flats?
  • What are the average bike sizes?



Figure 1: Textile installation by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Dezeen (2013) Momentané exhibition by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec [Online] [Date Accessed 9th March 2017]

Figure 2: Clouds by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Domus (2013) Kvadrat Textile and Design [Online] [Date Accessed 9th March 2017]

Figure 3: Bike tent. World of Camping (2017) Tidy Tent Bike Cave [Online] [Date Accessed 9th March 2017]

Figure 4: Expandable changing room. Dezeen (2013) World Basics pop-up store by Schemata Architects [Online] [Date Accessed 9th March 2017]

Figure 5: Pinetti Recycled Origami Leather Container. Aha Life (2017) Recycled Origami Leather Container [Online] [Date Accessed 9th March 2017]

Figure 6: The Bufa Chair by MOWOstudio. Design Milk (2010) Bufa Chair from MOWOstudio [Online][Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 7: Omni bag. Pinterest (2017) [Online] [Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 8 – 10: Ideas for a possible ‘drip tray’ [Sketches]

Figure 11: Florian Kräutli’s magnetic curtain. Web Urbanist (2011) Unfolding Interior Design: Origami-Inspired Furniture. [Online][Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 12: Steam bent bottle holder. Pinterest (2017) [Online] [Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 13: Tom Raffield’s Coat Loop. Tom Raffield (2017) Coat Loop [Online][Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 14: Flexible storage. Pinterest (2017) [Online][Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure15-17: Initial design ideas [Sketches]

Figure 18: Nendo’s Nest Shelves. Dezeen (2015) Nendo’s expandable Nest shelves are embedded with carbon fibre [Online][Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 19: Plywood storage. Dezeen (2015) Tools and furniture hook onto a plywood wall in Paris cookery classroom by Septembre [Online] [Date Accessed 10th March 2017] 

Figure 20: Coroflot’s mobile work unit. Design Milk (2017) Coroflot’s Clever Mobile Work Unit (MWU)  [Online] [Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 21-22:  Initial design ideas [Sketches]

Figure 23: Peg board office wall by Studio Swine. Dezeen (2012) Office for Emu Films by Studio Swine  [Online] [Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 24: Ikea LOSJÖN hanger. Ikea (2013) The hall has got spots! [Online] [Date Accessed 10th March 2017]

Figure 25-26: Initial design ideas [Sketches]

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