DIY PVC Kayak Rack

My goals for this project were:

  1. Have a storage place for my kayak that was not on the ground.
  2. Lift the kayak to a level suitable for cleaning and modifying the kayak.
  3. Allow for a removable canopy.
  4. Cheap and easy.

What I came up with (click the photo for a larger version with part labels):

DIY PVC Kayak Rack. Pieces are labelled to match the cut sheet.

What you’ll need to purchase:

  • 10′ lengths of 1.5″ PVC pipe (QTY: 4)
  • 16 tees (I do NOT recommend sanitary tees)

Cuts checklist:

Label Pipe Length
D 1 5′
D 1 5′
D 2 5′
D 2 5′
B 3 12″
B 3 12″
B 3 12″
B 3 12″
A 3 36″
A 3 36″
A 4 36″
A 4 36″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″
C 4 6″

The picture obviously doesn’t show the entire rack, but everything is symmetrical, so you should be able to deduce the assembly process from the picture and the parts list.

So far, this rack is meeting my needs perfectly.  I have not glued any of the joints, yet the rack is perfectly stable.  I’ve left the tees on top so that I can build a canopy for outdoor storage. I will have to make the canopy removable in order to meet the need of accessing the kayak for cleaning and such, plus having the canopy out of the way will make the kayak easier to load onto the rack.  When I’ve completed the design and build of the canopy, I will post that here.

The dimensions work perfectly for my 12′ Future Beach Angler 144 kayak.  If you need to tweak this for your particular model, it shouldn’t be difficult at all.

  1. I like your PVC kayak rack, and I plan to build one for my Pungo 140. Do you have the design for the canopy frame?
    Thanks
    Branson Redding
    Homosassa, FL

      • I plan to start on the rack tomorrow. I do not know if I will make the canopy frame, but I will provide for it.
        Thanks for the idea.

  2. Just wanted to thank you for posting this design. I built it today quickly and at a low out of pocket cost. Ended up just wrapping the kayak with tarp. Not too fancy in appearance, but it keeps the water out.

    • Awesome! Hope it works well for you! I would love to hear how it goes and if you made some changes to the plans that worked better for you. Post up pics if you can!

  3. Appreciate what you posted here. My father in law constructed a two-tiered yak rack today based on your plans. About $70 worth of PVC and ~1-2 hours. Thanks!

  4. Hi, and thank you. I finally pulled the trigger and built one. Pretty easy and cost just under $70 with everything including cement. Learned a few things. (1) Do a dry run before cementing. Cement is final and there is no time to adjust. (2) If you don’t like creepy crawly things, consider plugging the ends. Imagine 40ft gerbil run for mice and things. Do not cement the end caps if you ever want to add a second deck. (3) Remember the sit-coms of the 50’s. If it is going to be kept outside, don’t assemble it in the basement or family room unless you have measured the doors. No it didn’t happen to me.