started taking piano last year. While at home, they practiced on my
25 year old keyboard. Seriously. I got this keyboard around the age
my oldest is. It was kind of fun to see her play it and remember
how much I loved it and learned on it. And the fact that it still
was in great condition and worked was a surprise to all of us! The
only problem was that it isn’t a true piano size keyboard and
didn’t have the soft touch and pedal etc that pianos have. It was
great for beginners, but not advanced players.
My amazing brother knew how much my girls loved playing, and
decided to buy them this awesome keyboard for Christmas. The only
problem? It didn’t come with a stand. My other one didn’t have a
stand either, but I didn’t care about sliding it in and out from
underneath the couch a couple of times a week. I wanted a more
permanent place for this new one. One that as you walk on by, you
just can’t help but play it.
I thought about all the spaces in my house that something like this
would work, and I only had one option. I actually had plans to turn
this hallway into a homework area with a floating desk a couple of
years ago. I just never got around to doing it. I knew it would
work perfect as a permanent home for this keyboard.
To make this, I used my floating shelf tutorial I used for making
my bathroom shelves (tutorial
link). I anchored the 2×2 into the studs, knowing how much
weight was going to be placed on it. Even with doing so, I quickly
realized that it wasn’t going to be enough support. I used a 1×12
to hold the keyboard. With it being that deep, it needed something
a little more. My vision of having a floating stand went quickly
out the door. I had a few ideas to use corbels or brackets for
additional support, but those would need to be placed into the
studs… which weren’t equidistant from the edges. That would have
bothered me on the daily. So, I decided to stop by Home Depot and
pick up some turned legs.
I already had this stand mounted into the wall at the height I
wanted, so I wasn’t going to move it. The legs came in 28″ inches
and I needed 25″. So, I cut them! It’s funny because I totally
figured this would work, and then I asked my husband what he
thought. He disagreed and told me good luck, and that I needed to
figure out something else. Well…well…well.. I decided to proved
First step was to use some pliers and untwist the bolt that comes
at the top.
I then cut my 3 inches off the top using a miter saw. I drilled a
hole using a drill bit roughly the same size as the bolt right down
the middle. I then used the pliers again to twist the bolt into
After that, I drilled a hole into the bottom of the stand, 2 inches
in from each corner. I then twisted the leg into the hole. With a
fresh coat of paint, it looked perfect!
Although I had a different vision for this at first, I absolutely
love the legs. Someone mentioned to me that it looked like piano
legs and thought I had done it on purpose like that. I’m here to
tell you, that no I didn’t, but I’ll pretend that I did 🙂
I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to make a storage
section. So, instead of connecting the front piece, I used hinges
on it instead. Against my plans, I ended up having to have it open
from the bottom up. I couldn’t find a lock or clasp the size I
needed for it to work with the piano on top. Which was fine. I also
added three pulls I found from Hobby Lobby onto the front for some
character, and of course, to help open it .
I think eventually I’ll be switching these hinges to the bottom,
and finding a magnet clasp that works on the inside. I just think
it would be easier for the little ones.
To keep it pretty, I also painted the inside white. There’s
essentially three little cubbies that are the perfect size for
piano sheets and books.
It’s so fun coming up into this hallway now. The storage table I
had hear before got to be quite the mess really quick. I have a
problem with throwing away my kids artwork. I do throw away a lot
of it, but I still keep a lot too. So, that table was just jammed
pack full of papers and it was getting to be an eyesore and an
anxiety inducer. I have yet to figure out what to do with all the
artwork….so, it’s actually just hiding behind this picture on the
other part of the landing 🙂
But, for now, I like to just enjoy this little section of
As for the extras on this piano stand, I added a hook for the piano
bag that holds all the music for piano lessons. I added a little
extra light with this cute lamp I found at Hobby Lobby. You
couldn’t tell from the pics, but this space gets almost no light.
It’s soooo dark. I had to open up all the windows up here to get
some decent lighting for pictures. But, when the windows are
closed, and when it’s night time, there’s a big need for a little
I decided to forgo the music stand that came with the keyboard. In
it’s place, I tacked up this large paper clip (is that what it’s
called? haha). It’s easy to take on and off and add sheet music,
and even music books to also.
As for the wires, I drilled a hole large enough to fit the cords
through so I didn’t have wires going all over the stand.
As for the height of this table, the bottom of it hits 25 inches
off the ground. The piano the girls practice on at their lessons
has a keyboard height of 30 and a half. When I measured that on
this wall, it felt soooooo short. I know that is just how pianos
are. But, I kind of wanted this to work as a piano stand and a
possible desk too. Most desks legs are 28″. If I had this where it
was supposed to be, it would have been about 5 inches shorter than
the average desk. The way I see it, if my kids need to sit on a
phone book to have it be comfortable until they are tall enough,
then so be it 🙂 ….if I can find a phone book nowadays! haha
Can I just tell you how much I love transforming spaces into
totally useful ones? This area was seriously the worst. It didn’t
help with how dark and dingy it used to get.
I have a goal this year to do more DIY projects and builds than
last year. Which won’t be hard. I feel like I didn’t accomplish
much last year. By this time next year, I want to look back and see
all I did and feel good about the year 🙂 I totally felt the
opposite about 2019. I don’t know what it was about last year, but
my creative juices just weren’t flowing! Here’s to a productive
new things that are going on!
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DIY Piano Stand With Storage