How To Choose A Paddle Board / Surfboard Wall Rack – Buying Guide
Key Features in a wall rack
When looking to purchase one for yourself, we put together some things to keep in mind.
- Ensure your board has enough coverage. We recommend having at least half, closer to ¾ of the board held by the arms of the rack.
- The best surfboard wall rack will have thick padded arms. Typically foam or another soft fabric, this will ensure that your precious stand up paddleboard, or surfboard, won’t get marked up, especially when storing your board for the winter.
- An easy to setup rack will come with the hardware needed without the hassle of a tricky installation. Racks that have a system like this will take less than ten minutes to set up.
- Getting a rack with a warranty is a great peace of mind to ensuring this purchase will only be a one time hit. This also shows how much faith the company has in their product.
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When it comes time to buy a storage rack for your paddleboards or surfboards, you need to first think about the type of wall rack which you want. There are two ways you can go with your storage: horizontal or side storage. With horizontal storage, your boards are stored flat. You are able to store more boards in a smaller space on the wall, but they stick out more. With racks that store the boards on their sides, the boards sit more flush with the wall, meaning that they do not stick out as much, but you are unable to stack them as well, so you can only store one or two. Find the balance you need between space and volume, and choose based on that.
You want your rack to last as long as possible. In fact, when you buy your rack, you should not have to purchase another one. Once the rack is on your wall, it should not take any damage, and the wear and tear from storing your board should be minimal. When you are shopping for your board, you do not need to find the most durable rack in the world, but you should be on the lookout for high-quality materials.
Indoor Or Outdoor Use
This will make a big difference to the rack you look for. If you need a rack for outdoor storage, then you will be looking for more durable materials and materials which can hold up to the elements. It is likely that your rack will be covered, so water should not be an issue, but the sun may. Look for a rack with a UV coating to protect it from the UV rays.
Strength Of The Rack
Your rack should be rated to carry the weight you need it to. Take the weight of your board, or boards, and add 20%. This is the weight capacity which you should be looking for. Of course, you should also keep in mind that you may upgrade your boards or add more, so you should buy a rack which can accommodate this in the future.
Your rack should be easy to install. Look for a rack which can be installed on any wall, and one which does not come with numerous brackets and screws. The board rack should be attached at a couple of points, and all the fasteners should come with the board rack. There is nothing worse than buying your rack only to have to go out and find some fasteners. You should also make sure that you have the tools ready to install the rack.
This is possibly the place you will start, well, after you find out how many racks you need to store. When it comes to the location, you should find out how big of a space you need, where your dream location is, and hope that the two match. Make sure that you have enough space to install the rack, and that you have enough space to get to the rack to load and unload your boards.
Q: Why Do I Need A Paddle Board / Surfboard Rack?
Technically you do not need a board rack, but if you do not have one, then you run the risk of damaging your board. Your board should be stored flat or cradled on its side. If you do not have a rack, then you cannot guarantee that your board is being stored correctly. If your board is stored on a hard surface, then it can get damaged. If it is not secure, then it can fall from a self, or fall over. If it does fall, then it can become dented and broken. A board can also warp and bend if it is not stored correctly. A good rack will keep your boards secure and will prevent them from being damaged.Related Post: How to Store a Stand Up Paddle Board
Q: How To Lock A PaddleBoard / Surfboard To A Rack?
When you are locking in your board, there are a few things to think about. You should always follow the instruction guide for the rack you are using, but there are some common things you can do for each rack. You should always place the board centrally in the rack. You should also make sure that the board is clean and dry if you are storing the board for a long time. When you do secure and lock your boards, make sure that the boards are not held too tight, or they run the risk of being damaged.
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With any of the racks on our list storing your paddle board or surfboard does not have to be a struggle. These are easy to setup and have a high carrying weight that ensures your board will be up on your wall and out of your way. Also, storing your board out of the elements will increase its lifespan as it won’t be subject to harsh rain and sun.
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