How to Store a Kayak EFFICIENTLY (5 BEST TIPS) | Kayaks Hub

When you are back from the kayaking journey, you might be thinking while coming back to home “how to store a kayak”. As it is quite a hectic task and it must be done efficiently and we have to consider few things which will be discussed in this guide.


Why Storing a Kayak in a Proper Manner?

By inadequate storage temperature can cause its affects as well as you can have insecurity caused by thieves.

Impact of Temperature on Kayak

The effects of snow and ice are that water gets into the cracks and on freezing expands and further cracks the material of the kayak. Exposure to high humidity and constant rain leads to formation of mold and mildew on the kayak surface which causes the kayak to degrade and become unsafe for use. Heat and sunlight affect the kayak by fading its color, making it weak and warping it due to the effects of UV radiation.

Theft Issues

Also, lack of proper security measures exposes the kayak to theft and therefore may be lost. Consequently, the storage affects the kayak’s state and safety if not properly done.

The solutions to store a kayak efficiently to prevent temperature cause it effects and prevent burglars to steal will be told to you later in this article.

Key Kayak Storage Tips

1. Best way to store a kayak is upside down and flat.
2. Store off the ground to avoid pests and damage, keep your kayak elevated and off the ground.
3. Hang upside down to minimizes dents and pressure points.
4. Avoid extreme temperatures and direct sun to prevent fading, warping, and material damage.
5. Always clean and dry your kayak before storage to prevent mold and material degradation.

Where and how to store a kayak indoor

Storing your kayak indoor is the best way to protect your kayak from outside environmental damage. Follow the considerations to store your kayak inside.

It is recommended that kayak be washed with mild detergent and water before being stored. Clean a kayak from all the dirt, sand, and salt from the surfaces as well as from the concealed areas. It is also advisable to make sure that your kayak is dried up once you are done washing it in order to avoid mold and mildews. Focus on the interior and if there are any compartments, pay attention to them as well.

Wall Racks or Ceiling Racks are another method of storing equipment and other items in a manner that is both efficient and safe. If you want to avoid occupying the floor space, you can always fix the wall or ceiling racks for your kayak storage. Wall racks should be padded and mounted at a convenient height to enable easy placing and removal of items.

Another type of storage that is perfect for long term use is the ceiling racks, also known as hoists, will keep the kayak off the ground and safe from any harm.

If you are going to store your kayak, do not stack it on a hard surface because it may lead to indentation or distortion of the hull. It is recommended that the weight be distributed evenly and this can be done using padded supports or slings. Make sure that the kayak is not being stored in such a manner as to place pressure on a particular area of the hull.

If you are storing your kayak indoors, then ensure that it is not close to the window or the door as it will be exposed to direct sunlight. With time, the intensity of the light decreases, and the material degrades, resulting in fading. Indoor storage should be cool, dry, and dark for the best storage conditions for your items.

Your kayak should not be placed at extreme low temperature as kayaks becomes more rigid and brittle making it more susceptible to break or crack. Also, placement of your kayak in changing temperatures will contract and relax the molecules of polyethylene (material which most kayaks are composed of) hence causing it to break and developing cracks.

Quick Info

The ideal temperature to store a kayak is from 5°C (41°F) to 35°C (95°F).

How to store a kayak outdoor

Although, it is always advisable to store kayaks indoors, storage of the kayaks in a compound with outdoor storage is also possible provided some precautions are taken to prevent the kayaks from the harsh weather conditions.

You should ensure your kayak is protected from the elements. But for temporary storage, it is advisable to store it outside under moderate temperatures. Do not expose the equipment to direct sunlight or take it out in the snow or on the ice. Good options to store a kayak outdoor include:

  1. Coated with waterproof and UV protection material such as a kayak cover
  2. Under a roof
  3. On a sheltered porch

Store your kayak off the ground to avoid contact with cold ground and pests that may damage it. In this case, you can use a cockpit cover to prevent the intrusion of critters. Raise the kayak to avoid attacks from ants, spiders, and rodents.

DIY Kayak Storage Options

However, if you are one of those people who like to do it yourself, there are several unique and efficient methods to store a kayak at home.

First one are sawhorses. Sawhorses are easy to build and are relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of storage solutions. Position the sawhorses at an appropriate distance to ensure that the kayak is supported at an even level. To ensure that the tops of the sawhorses do not develop pressure points and other damages, it is advisable to place foam padding on them. This method is convenient and mobile, which makes it ideal for short term storage or storage in areas where items will not be needed for long periods of time.

Secondly, DIY floor rack is the one that may be built to fit the specific storage area and the size of the kayak. Choose strong and durable material such as wooden or metal and cover the areas that will come in contact with the kayak with soft material. Floor racks can be made to accommodate as many kayaks as the household owns, which makes them suitable for families who own more than one kayak.

Third, and it’s a great idea is to build a wall rack or buy a new wall rack, which is also a great DIY project. Make sure to use strong brackets and screw them into the wall studs to guarantee that they can support the weight of the kayak. It is also important to cover the brackets with foam or rubber padding to prevent scratches on the hull of the kayak. A wall rack is a good way to store your kayak as it will be raised off the floor and easily retrievable.

Ceiling hoist systems can be built by the do it yourself method using pulleys, ropes and hooks. Make sure all the parts are of adequate weight bearing capacity for your kayak and are well fixed into the ceiling joists. It enables you to pull the kayak off the water when not in use and deploy it with ease whenever you want to use it.

How to Store a Kayak in the Winter Season

When your kayak has to bear winter , it is important to make sure your kayak is ready to store for the winter season to avoid any damages that may occur during this time.

When it is time to put the kayak away for the winter, make sure to inspect it for any signs of damage or wear. Fix any scratches and bumps and wash the kayak properly. Wash with mild soap and water to remove dirt, salt and other deposits. It is advisable to store the kayak in a clean, dry area to avoid the growth of mold and mildew on the kayak.

Also, if your kayak has a PDL drive or motor unit, these parts should be treated differently. Take out the drive or motor unit and wash it in the manner recommended by the manufacturer. These parts should be stored indoors, away from moisture and extreme temperatures to avoid any harm from freezing.

You should use a breathable waterproof cover to shield your kayak from dust as well as moisture. Do not use plastic sheets as they hold moisture which results in the growth of mold and mildew. Also, it is advisable to take certain precautions to avoid the formation of nests by rodents in your kayak. Put cockpit covers and think about using mothballs or other repellents for mice around.

Ensuring Security: Anti-Theft Measures for Stored Kayaks


Whether you store your kayak indoors or outdoors, security should be a top priority. Here are some anti-theft measures you can consider:

Outdoor storage requires a tough cable lock to be taken as a security measure. Make sure that the kayak is tied to an immovable object like a fence post or an anchor. Select a lock that is made of materials that can withstand the elements and is built to be used outdoors. Make sure the cable is placed around the kayak and the anchor point such that they cannot easily undo it.

To enhance the security of your kayak, fix a security camera in the vicinity where the kayak is stored. Security cameras are versatile and can be installed quickly and synced with your smartphone to allow you to monitor your kayak remotely. Having visible cameras can also help discourage potential thieves from taking the risk of stealing.

It is also important to consider putting up motion-sensor lights in your storage area so that the area is lit up when there is movement. Position the lights around the area where you store your kayak to ensure that they illuminate all potential points of entry.

It is also important to make it a routine to inspect your kayak more often especially if it is exposed to the elements. Check for any signs of tampering or damage and verify that your security measures have not been compromised. It is possible to prevent or at least identify problems that need to be addressed at an early stage with a regular check.

Wrapping it up

It is therefore important to know how to store a kayak properly so that it can serve you for long. Regardless of whether you are storing your kayak indoors or outdoors, using suspended solutions or coming up with your own ideas, it is always wise to take the time and store your kayak properly to save yourself some trouble in the future.

To keep your kayak in good condition in preparation for the next paddle trips, it should be protected from temperature changes, moisture, and theft. The best thing about investing in good storage practices is that you get to have your kayak protected and secure.


  • David Graham

    Meet David Graham, an avid kayaker based in Florida, USA, who has been mastering the art of kayaking since 2013. As a former trainer with three years of experience, David has shaped the skills of numerous kayakers, sharing his passion for the sport. Living in a state known for its diverse waterways, his expertise and commitment to kayaking go beyond personal pursuits, making him a valuable contributor to the local kayaking community.

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