DIY Garage Parking Bumper Keeps You From Knocking Over The Bikes

DIY Garage Parking Bumper Keeps You From Knocking Over The Bikes

If you have a big car (or a small garage), you know what a commodity space can be — keep your parking perfectly spaced with an easy to build wooden parking bumper courtesy of Lifehacker reader Chris.

Chris tried several simple methods to keep from knocking down things in his garage while pulling up far enough that he’s all the way in, but the quality of solutions was tenuous at best — until he realised he could make his own wooden parking bumper (not unlike the plastic bumpers you could buy in stores) for under $US10.

Both pieces are standard moulding from the big box stores. My testing showed that the rounded piece alone didn’t quite provide the “bump” needed to prevent over-running it. But the 2-inch x 3/8-inch extra strip beefed it up just the right amount for a gentle stop.

I glued the two pieces together, then drilled two counter-sunk holes so that the screw heads are recessed. I had 2″ concrete fasteners handy and I have a hammer drill, but you can drill the holes with a regular power drill and a good masonry bit.

The whole project only took Chris 20-30 minutes, allowing the glue to dry before drilling into the wood. Got your own parking tricks? Share them in the comments!


  • Just string some line from the ceiling with a golf ball attached, you position it so that when you are parked right, it just touches the windscreen. Would be easier than trying to feel for a lump of wood, you can see the ball coming and slow up accordingly

  • Don’t know about dynabolting it to the floor. Seems a bit permanent. A dob of two of silicone should hold it in place if you really need to. I just use a piece of timber placed on the floor. When the car is in the garage the tyre holds it in place and I haven’t found that it gets kicked out of place at other times. It is also east to move if you change cars / add more bikes etc.

    Another method I have seen it to put a tennis ball on a piece of cord and hang it from the room so that the ball touches the windscreen front of the driver at the correct parking spot. If you need to tune it just raise or lower the ball and let the rake of the screen move the car back and forward a bit.

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