Hoop Storage Solutions

13 Jul

Hoops are big…and can be quite awkward to carry/transport/store. Here is one storage solution that we used while traveling in our Minnie Winnie. We currently store them inside our truck topper…strapped to the roof. When we are settled somewhere, they usually live under the RV in a big pile or tucked in one of the storage bays underneath.

I will occasionally hang them over our mirrors like my friend Tracy. I like to keep them in sight, because I am much more likely to just grab it and hoop when I have a few minutes. If they are difficult to reach or out of sight, I just forget to get them down!

And this brings me to the topic of travel hoops…because the travel hoops “fold” down! I would love to be able to just fold down my hoop and take it with me easily on my bike or in my bag. I have yet to make a true infinity hoop with 2 connectors, but I’ve been told it’s super easy. Has anyone tried BodyHoop’s or Hoopnotica’s travel hoops? I would love to hear some reviews. (As a side note…I am planning on doing a post in the future that is dedicated to the topic of traveling with hoops (in airplanes and such).

So…my question for you is:

Where do you store your hoops?

Post links to photos!! πŸ™‚ You know I love photos.

25 Responses to “Hoop Storage Solutions”

  1. Katelyn July 13, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    I haven’t tried a hoopnotica hoop or a Bodyhoop but I do have a travel hoop. It folds into a figure eight then in half. It works wonderfully and spins like a non collapsible hoop.

    • livelightly July 13, 2010 at 1:08 am #

      Yes…most hoops that you buy online are now collapsible due to the postal regulations. My hoop from Hoop Circle is collapsible as well, but because it’s so lightweight and I apparently collapsed it too many times, it has a couple kinks in it. I’ve read that the heavier PSI hoops don’t kink as much. I know the BodyHoops have a patented swivel connector. I’d love to see it in person.

  2. Kristy July 13, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    Our hoops are currently stored over the handlebars of a bicycle. We have a vertical bike storage rack in our dining room of all places. They hang over the handlebars of the top bike. I walk right by them all the time and having them in sight definitely promotes more use, like last night when it was about to rain and we grabbed the hoops and hooped for 30 minutes in a summer sprinkle – it was great! Our travel hoops from hoopnotica should be here this Thursday & I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a package to arrive. I’ll give you the scoop then.

  3. Kelly July 13, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I have my hoop and my daughter’s hoop hanging on the wall in our basement hallway, along with our giant tie-dye kite. Makes for a pretty mural!

  4. Barbra July 13, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    I’ve been wanting to share this! What a great topic. My husband made a hoop holder for the back hall with 2 large hooks and a slab of wood which he shellac’d.

    Hoop storage in the back hall ~ close up
    Hoop storage in the back hall

    Here’s where my LED hoop stays, since its more delicate and shouldn’t be left in a humid back hall… not fancy, but it works. Kinda funny it just lays over the cat tower.

    LED hoop storage...

  5. Allison July 13, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    I have tried out the BodyHoops travel – it was amazing (that patented swivel…wowza!) but too heavy for my regular hooping needs, unfortunately.

    I have been told that Hoopnotica revamped their travel hoop – I have the older version. It is alright – sort of a pain to snap apart & with all the pieces it is too large for me & with one taken out it is too small. ;]

    I’m looking for my Goldilocks travel hoop but haven’t found it yet. I have a bungee one (http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html#collap) but it too isn’t “the best” as the bungee stretches & I’ve had to replace two of the connectors in the past few months.

    I’m starting to think that travel hoops are great in a pinch but nothing can take the place of a good ol’ regular hoop.

  6. Gloria July 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Sara, I have been storing our hoops behind our wicker loveseat in the living room. Easy to pull them out and hoop anytime. I have a locally made collapsible hoop (Hoopla Hula Hoops) and though it has four connectors, it spins like a dream and I have not noticed any difference between it and my regular one piece non-collapsible hoop.

  7. Tricia F. July 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Most of ours are stored downstairs behind the door in the half bath…easy to grab on the way out the door to use in the backyard. I have one adult sized hoop upstairs behind the door in our bedroom to use at night, if/when I hoop.

  8. rebecca July 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    here ya go mama….http://hoopenanigans.blogspot.com/2010/07/hoop-storage-solutions.html

  9. ~Tara July 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    We were strapping our hoops to the ceiling in the RV but I didn’t like the pressure it was putting on them. Now they hang with our backs on the back of the RV. I’m not super happy with that arrangement either because of possible wear and tear. But my hoop is already really funky and I need another one; so this will work until I get a new hoop, then I’ll refigure. πŸ˜‰

  10. Rebecca July 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    hoop storage…..two in the front entrance, just enough room to hoop in there and easy access when heading out the door. many hanging on hooks screwed in our fence in the backyard. when on the go…..hooped over my spare tire on the back of the suv or recently latched down in the place of one bike on my hitch bike rack.

  11. Annie July 14, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    I don’t have a travel hoop.. so can’t help ya there… my regular hoops are in my office leaning agains the wall… okay sometimes they lean on the wall in my living room for a while too…

    Can’t wait to hear what you find out about the travel hoops though… cuz I tried to take my hoop on my bike.. and… well.. uhhhh that didn’t work out so well…

  12. Jessica July 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    The storage closet in our living room has one of those door coiled springy door stoppers at the top instead of bottom so it hangs there. πŸ™‚

  13. Adventures In Babywearing July 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    I hang mine in the garage and do have the Hoopnotica one, but I have never taken it apart. It has a nice bag to carry it in (like a yoga mat bag) so I suppose it is a nice option if I want to travel with mine!


  14. Karen July 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I love my travel hoop from Hoopnotica but it is my only hoop right now. I don’t take it apart too often because it seems like it would shorten its life to be pulled apart and put back together all the time. Right now it hangs out in my big closet that stores the kids art stuff, my sewing and knitting stuff, basically all of our creative artsy stuff.

  15. livelightly July 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    I’m loving all of your responses!!

    Allison…Bodyhoops has a lightweight/small version and that is the one I was looking at.

  16. Kristy July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Just got my hoopnotica travel hoops…first impressions – pretty cool. They click together easily, taking them apart was a little more difficult, but should become easier as I get used to it. We upgraded to the tote bag since we’re going to be traveling by all sorts of methods and the folks at hoopnotica were super friendly to work with. Since we ordered 2 hoops they included both levels of dvd’s with our order instead of 2 of the same. They spin well and I was able to do a lift the first time around (still new to that), but it was almost effortless. Thank you so much for getting me started on this journey!!!

  17. Gina July 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    I just got my first hoop in the mail yesterday, and since I’ve hardly put it down since, I can’t tell you where it will be stored, probably just by the back door so I can grab it on my way into the yard. The hoop I bought is a “beginner” hoop from an etsy seller, and it folds down (like an infinity) which will be handy for travel, but instructions say it’s best to leave it unfolded most of the time. Though I am a little concerned because the connector keeps popping apart. Maybe I am hooping too hard? Any tips would helpful!

  18. Jenna P July 17, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Currently, my hoop lives in my living room! I have a big space to do hip hooping in the living room while Joe is watching TV or it happens to be raining, so I keep them propped against the wall behind my couch- I like seeing the tippy top of my hoop gazing over the couch.

    The first hoop I purchased was a Hoopnotica Hoop (I got the DVDs as well- great tools if there isnt a class near where you are learning to hoop). I like the hoop a lot, and was thinking of getting their travel one until I met a fellow hooper with a figure 8 collapsible. I got on ETSY and ordered a hoop from Happy Love Hoops
    { http://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyLoveHoops }

    Couldn’t be happier…. and now I can bring my hoop to work (I teach) so we can have hoop-time during recess!

  19. mary mc July 22, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    I was just trying to figure this storage issue out when you posted this!

    The rack we chose is for holding garden hoses (Lowe’s) and can hold a lot of weight. I love that we can hang a bunch of hoops and get to them easily. We hung one for the adult hoops and a lower one so my boys can reach their own. They’re loving that they can reach them whenever they want. Now the mudroom’s main purpose is storing the hoops πŸ™‚
    I’d love to hear updates on what people think of their collapsible hoops. It’s time I invest in one!

  20. isabelle July 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    I purchased the Hoopnotica Hoop with a pack od DVD’s and CD’s. Not bad, but it feels kinda flimsy and the screws come out after a couple of uses. It’s really hard to take apart, but is an awesome travel buddy when you do. I like to use the cute bag for hiking :).
    Bottom line: there is nothing like a good handmade hoop.

    ~hoopy hips

  21. Omwoods July 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    I live in a Ford van and my hubby only allows one hoop at a time for me πŸ˜€ Trust me things get super crowded with just our basic stuff. So I keep my hoop under a deck we built, on top of other stuff where there is like a two inch high gap for storing something. So basically I sleep on my hoop every night, with the deck boards separating. It’s so hot these days that’s almost the closest I get to my hoop!

  22. leslie July 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    I just got a collapsible (and glow-in-the-dark) hoop for my birthday. It was custom and I love it! Liza from HoopCity on Etsy made it, and she has been great. It’s a little wider than my regular one, which is helping me get some new tricks more easily. It folds into the figure 8, then doubles for travel- very nice!

  23. Leah Troiano August 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    I store my hoops in my Hoop Den! My travel hoops and LEDs are stored in my meditation room. I have Hoopnotica Travel hoops and they work just fine. You may find them a bit heavy if you are using 1/2 inch hoops but you can always take out a section to make the hoop smaller and lighter. There are also coil down hoops from tailspins.com and coil down LED hoops, check out Superhooper.com. They make a nice hoop as well. The figure-8 hoops that I have tried are heavy but work with no problem.

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