Surfboards give us countless hours of enjoyment, stress relief and exercise. But it can be difficult to store them, especially if you live in an apartment or have very little space.
Hanging your surfboards on a wall is a great way to store your boards, while also adding beautiful decorations to your home. There are basically 3 ways to hang your surfboards on a wall: vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The method you choose will depend on the size of your boards, the decorative effect you want to achieve and the amount of wall space you have.
Let’s take a look at the options that are out there, along with the pros and cons, so you can choose the best method for you.
How to Hang a Surfboard on a Wall Horizontally
There are two ways that you can hang a surfboard horizontally, either parallel or perpendicular to the wall.
When you hang a surfboard perpendicular to the wall, this allows you to store the maximum number of boards in a space.
In order to do this, you can buy a surfboard rack that basically look like shelves.
It helps to get a rack that tilts the boards at a slight angle towards the wall. If you live in an area that has occasional earthquakes, this is an important feature to have.
You don’t want your expensive boards to come crashing down to the floor. This type of rack can also support larger boards, so it’s a great option for longboarders.
A drawback of this type of hanging system, is that you need to have the studs in the right place in the wall. If they are in an odd location, you can’t use a system like this. The other downside is that this solution is the least artistic.
If you want to hang your board parallel to the wall, there are many “hook” mounts out there that will get the job done. They are usually made out of wood or metal.
This displays your boards better, but doesn’t allow you to store as many boards in the same space.
Here’s an example of a simple metal mount. It’s inexpensive, easy to install and very flexible. The bigger ones can also support longboards.
You can find out more about this one here.
How to Hang a Surfboard on a Wall Vertically
Unlike horizontal hanging, you can only hang a surfboard parallel to the wall, when you use a vertical mount. I suppose you could figure out a way to mount it perpendicular to the wall, but I don’t see the point. You are better off using a surfboard rack, with the tails of the surfboards on the floor.
With vertical hanging, you can either do tail up, or nose up.
If you choose tail up, there a few different solutions out there. This is the best one I found. I’ve also see similar solutions that basically attach a hanger to the back fin.
While this looks really cool, I’m not a fan of hanging boards this way because you put all of the stress on the rear fin box. In addition, if the boards ever come loose, a broken nose is harder fix than a dinged tail.
It is a very simple solution though, so if that works for your space, then it’s a great way to turn your boards into wall art. If I just want wall art and I wasn’t going to actually use the boards, then this would be my first choice.
I feel that it’s better to hang your board nose up because most of the pressure is put on the tail, which can handle more weight. On top of that, you can hand longboards like this. The other method is limited to shortboards because of the weight.
Most of the nose up solutions look like this. I like this one because it’s made of clear acrylic and doesn’t detract from the board.
How to Hang a Surfboard on a Wall Diagonally
If you want to get a little more artistic, or you have an odd space on your wall that won’t allow you to store your board either fully vertical or horizontal, then you can consider hanging them diagonally.
There’s a company called MOUNTiT that builds a simple mount that allows you to hang your surfboard diagonally. It attaches to the wall at a single point (for most boards) and folds down when not in use.
This is a great solution because you don’t have to worry as much with where the studs are in the wall. You are only going to need one stud and the positioning of the board is very flexible.
Your board is protected by padding on the arm and you only need 2 screws to install it.
Here’s an example…
The only downside is that this solution has a weight limit of 22 pounds (10 kg). But that should be enough for most shortboards.
Get more details on the MOUNTiT system here.
DIY Wall Surfboard Mount
If you don’t want to buy one of the products on the market, just because you like to make stuff, or you want a fully custom solution, then creating a DIY mount can be a fun project. Here are two different ways to create a DIY wall mount.
Build Surfboard Hooks
The first type of simple DIY project you can do are wooden surfboard hooks. They are easy to make and can come out looking really good.
To give you an idea, here’s an example of wooden hooks that you can buy online. The picture even gives you the measurements.
Obviously, you’ll have to adjust the size to the type of board you have. but this will get you started. If you just want to buy the ready made ones, you can get them here.
How to Hang a Surfboard with Rope
I have to warn you, this one isn’t visually impressive. It actually looks a little ghetto. But it’s easy to make, very flexible and it gets the job done.
So if you don’t care about looks, this might be a great option for you.
For this project, you are going to attach simple coat hooks to a piece of wood, a 2×4 would do the job. Use a piece that’s long enough that it covers most of the length of the surfboard.
Attach the hooks at fixed intervals along the piece of wood. If you are hanging a shortboard, then you probably only need 2 hooks. If you have a bigger board, then you should go with at least 3, and more if it’s really heavy.
Then put rope around your board and hang them on the coat hooks. You can find a few more examples here.
Another way to use rope is to simply create loops and hang them from the rafters or the ceiling. Then put your surfboard through the loops. They will still be hanging against the wall, but in a slightly different way.
This video will show you how to do the ceiling hang version.
How to Install a Surfboard Wall Mount
If you’ve never mounted anything on a wall before, you have to be sure that you mount your surfboard mounting system to the studs behind the wall. It’s possible to mount your surfboard to the drywall itself, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
You can buy drywall anchors, but they will only support up to 10 pounds. Even then, the holes in the drywall tend to get larger over time and your board will eventually fall.
There are basically 4 ways to find a stud:
- Find an electrical outlet and see which side of the box is attached to a stud
- The “tap” method
- Use a stud finder
- Use the measurement method
This video will give you a demonstration of each of the methods.
Once you have found the studs in your wall, you will know where you can safely install your surfboard mounting system. It’s a good idea to find the studs in your wall before you decide on which surfboard mounting solution to use.
The stud placement in the wall can make it impossible to store longer boards on certain places on a wall. This is especially true if you are going to mount a longboard horizontally.
What about a brick wall?
If you are going to mount your surfboard on a brick or plaster wall, then you can purchase masonry anchors for the specific type of wall material you have. You will have to drill a hole in the wall, then put the anchor into the hole.
Alternative to Surfboard Wall Mounts
If you don’t want to go poking holes in your walls, then there’s another way to store your surfboards efficiently. You can buy or build a freestanding surfboard storage rack.
They can hold a lot of boards, with just a few pieces of wood. Here’s the DIY version.
…or you can get something more professional, like this.
Mounting your surfboards on a wall allows you to keep your boards indoors, saves space and turns them into wall art. There are a lot of different options out there and they are easy to install.
So measure your space and boards, find the studs in your walls and just get started.
You’ll be happy you did 🙂