Published on May 17th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Lillangen + flower pot = bike rack

Materials: Lillangen wall bracket

Description: Over the last few months I have been thinking about building a homemade bike rack for our bicycles. The main goal was to save us some annoying manipulations when bringing the bikes in and out of our backyards. We were also tired of seeing our bikes sitting on our deck. Now they are sitting just outside our property in a dead end street that we have tried to turn green with the help of our neighbor.

This hack is really easy and I am pretty confident it will give ideas to some of you!

Step One : Build a flower pot!

The first step is to build a solid element to which the Lillangen brackets will be attached to. I decided to transform an old bed frame into a huge flower pot. Free your imagination to find the best solution for you. The only requirement is to build something “unmovable” if you don’t want your bicycle to be stolen!

Step Two : Get a few pairs of Lillangen brackets!

Decide how many spots you will need for your bikes and run to the nearest Ikea store to get those Lillangen brackets. In Montréal they are sold for 10$ a pair. I have decided to repaint them in black to match my homemade flowerpot. However the spray paint I have used isn’t really resistant and it has already started to peel off from the brackets but it doesn’t really matter.

Step Three : Attached them to the flowerpot.

I have used a set of nuts and bolds purchased at my hardware store to attached the brackets to the flowerpot. I have also decided to add some washers. When installing the Lillangen brackets make sure to leave enough room (a couple of inches) in between the brackets so you can squeeze in the wheel of your bike.

Step four : Enjoy your new and convenient bike rack!

~ Tanguy, Montréal

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to Lillangen + flower pot = bike rack

  1. Rae says:

    Genius! such a clever fix! thanks

  2. Lenora says:

    Very nice project! I had to look up what Lillangen brackets are since I’ve never seen them before. They look very strong. This makes a clever and lovely parking spot for the bikes.

  3. Donald says:

    God… You show these people some nice ways to decorate furniture and do amazing things but all you get is a bunch of haters… If you don’t like the ideas then move on

  4. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the idea — I’ve been looking for an easy way to set up a ‘bike rack’ within our shed. This would work perfectly.
    Also, how nice that you have the planter now!

  5. LL says:

    Un-bolting the Lillangen wasn’t my first concern – it’s that the bike can’t be locked through the frame. A lock through a quick release wheel like yours wouldn’t keep a bike safe for more than 10 minutes in Toronto (even with a bolt on wheel it wouldn’t make it much past dark)!

    That being said, I like the way it looks (like giant Lillangen pedals!) and it would be a nice looking and cost effective solution in areas where bike theft is less of an issue. Nice job!

    • Anonymous says:

      “Un-bolting the Lillangen wasn’t my first concern – it’s that the bike can’t be locked through the frame. A lock through a quick release wheel like yours wouldn’t keep a bike safe for more than 10 minutes”

      Oh yes the bike can be locked through the frame. When the bike is facing the flower pot, you are right, then you cannot secure the frame to the rack. However, most of the time, I park my bike as shown on the top picture and then you can attach the bike frame to the Lillangen brackets.
      Regarding unbolting the bracket, it would take some tools first and some serious time to undo the 4 bolts. Then I would wish good luck to the theft for cutting the U lock I use. In such a situation I would even think they would deserve their hard earn money (my bike!) ;-) .
      The rack is located is a small hidden “cul de sac” and it’s well lighted at night so chances that someone will try to steal my bike are slim.


  6. Anonymous says:

    The planter will be filled with soil and plants, so the nut on the end of the screw on the inside will be hard to reach–unless the thief wants to dig out the plants! Nice hack!

  7. iris says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that someone could steal your bicycles simply by un-bolting the Lillangen from the wood?

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