wikiHow to Store a Kayak

Kayaks are constructed with thin material for optimal performance on the water. Because that material is stretched so thin, warping can occur during storage. When storing a kayak, it's important to keep in mind the three factors that can cause harm: heat, time and stress. Use these steps to ensure you're safely storing your kayak.


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    Decide where to store your kayak.
    • If you'll be storing it for long periods of time and have minimal space at your home, you can store the kayak professionally. If you're storing the kayak yourself, make sure there is enough room to store it in your garage or shed. Kayaks take up a lot of room and should not be in contact other objects when being stored. Storing it outside is not ideal.
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    Control the temperature of the storage area.
    • Storing your kayak in direct sunlight is the worst option. The heat will warp the plastic and fade the surface. If you're storing the kayak in your garage, make sure it's in a dark area that will not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius).
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    Purchase 10 feet (3.04 m) of 1-inch (2.54 cm) PVC pipe and 4 PVC joints and mounting brackets and create a 2 feet (0.6 m) by 4 feet (0.609 m by 1.219 m) rectangle frame.
    • You will need to cut the PVC pipe using a saw and connect frame by the joints.
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    Affix the PVC frame. Place it 5 feet (1.52 m) from the ground on a wall in your storage area with the mounting brackets.
    • Install it higher or lower depending on the size of your kayak.
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    Place the bow through the rectangle from the bottom of the rack.
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    Push up on the stern to the wall so that the bow goes through the rectangle frame and the stern touches the ground.
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    Check on the kayak periodically to guarantee it hasn't slipped or sagged.


  • If you cannot store your kayak vertically, rest the kayak on its side on the floor. This is not a flawless kayak storage method, but it's better on the planing surface than lying flat on the floor.
  • If you cannot store your kayak indoors, purchase a cover that is both water and UV resistant. When you cover the kayak, make sure there aren't depressions on the surface that will collect snow or rainwater.


  • Do not hang a kayak by its grab loops. This will result in sagging.
  • Do not implement a kayak storage apparatus that you cannot lift the kayak on or off of easily.
  • Avoid storing your kayak on hard ground for any period of time. This will dent or warp the hull.

Things You'll Need

  • Kayak
  • Garage or shed
  • PVC pipe
  • PVC joints
  • Mounting brackets
  • Kayak cover (optional)

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Categories: Canoes, Kayaks, and Rowboats