We’re seeing the sun a lot more these days, which means it’s almost time to put your winter tires away! If you need a place to store your tires, you’ll want to check out our DIY tire rack video. While there are many options to purchase expensive tire racks, we built this one for around $20 – and you can too! This simple, discount tire rack will allow you to store all your tires right in your garage.
We built this rack for tires in sizes 245/40/18 and 235/55/18. This rack will fit most passenger tires, but you should measure your tires ahead of time to be sure they’ll fit. Adjust the width of the rack as needed. You can check the width of your tires here.
Before you get started, here’s one more tip that may seem obvious, but we’ll say it anyway: make sure your tire rack will fit inside your garage before you start to build it.
Gather your materials
- Seven 2 x 4s, 96 inches long
- 48 4-inch wood screws
- Power saw (we used a miter saw)
- Power drill
- Measuring square
- Tape measure
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask (optional)
Cut the wood
Using a power saw, cut the 2 x 4s to the following lengths.
- Four 72-inch pieces
- Six 12-inch pieces
- Six 40-inch pieces
Frame the sides of your tire rack
Arrange the pieces for one side of your tire rack on a flat surface. Use your measuring tape to determine where each 2×4 goes, and mark the spots where they’ll attach. Use your square to make sure all your angles are 90 degrees. Once it’s all ready to go, drill pilot holes for the screws – this will help keep the wood from splitting. Then you can drill in the screws. Repeat this process for the other side of the tire rack.
Attach the connector pieces to the front frame.
Attach the 12-inch connector pieces of wood to one of your frames (once again measuring as you go), then stand both frames up together (you’ll probably want an assistant or some ratchet straps to help with this part). Check your angles again with your square, then attach the two sides of the rack together.
And there you have it – a beautiful, sturdy tire rack, handmade by you! It’s the perfect place to store your tires safely until next winter.