Are you considering installing a surfboard wall mount somewhere in your home? Despite being considered sporting equipment, many surfboards can also be considered works of art. Many of them are shaped by hand, and look very attractive on their own as a display piece. Many people consider particularly attractive boards great candidates for a “wall hanger”, or a board that gets put on display so it can more easily be seen and appreciated.
Hanging a board for display also frees up valuable space wherever you store all your surfboards. If you’re like me and live in a house with a few surfers, there’s never enough room for all the boards!
I have had a few boards I consider good wall-hangers, but for some reason I never decided to put up a wall rack and hang them. I’m not sure why, maybe the project seemed too daunting or I never considered that it might add some cool decor to the room. That all changed a few months ago when we really ran out of room for surfboards in the garage, and I decided to get the board I shaped by hand out of the rack where it was getting hit by the other boards as they were taken in and out.
I chose the Cor Surf wall rack as it looked simple to install and attractive.
First of all, in order to properly install this rack, you’re going to need a drill and a stud finder. I would not recommend hanging a surfboard if you can’t reliably find the studs, otherwise you risk the board falling down because drywall isn’t strong enough to hold it. IF you know what you’re doing, you can install drywall screws, but only if you know exactly what you’re doing–especially if you’re mounting the board above where people will be sitting such as over a bed or couch.
Alright, now that the safety talk is out of the way, all you need is a drill, a proper bit to predrill the holes, a stud finder, and a level (helpful to ensure both mounts are even).
The Cor Surf wall rack is attractive and well built. It comes pre-drilled and with all the hardware, so all you have to do is fasten the arms to the wall plates and then screw the plate into the wall. I highly recommend pre-drilling a hole first once you’ve found the studs and mark where you want the racks to go. If you don’t pre-drill you risk splitting the stud. It also makes your life a lot easier.
I found this rack rather simple to install. However, one thing I would note is that there is only one screw holding the mount plates to the wall; I would have preferred two. But with one screw I still feel the rack is secure.
The Cor website seems to say that you could potentially install this rack without a power drill….but I really don’t know about that. It would be extremely hard to hand screw the hardware into a stud, and it would take a long time.
After installing the mounts and hanging my board, I’m kind of mad I didn’t install a surfboard wall rack sooner! My hand-shaped mini simmons is out from the shadows and getting the attention it deserves as a centerpiece in my bedroom now.
If you have an attractive board you’re looking to pull out from languishing in the garage or basement, grab one (or a few) of these wall racks! They’re budget-friendly, look great, and allow you to show off one of your prized shred sticks.
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