Folding Music Stand DIY Plans

This music stand folds up flat for storage where a normal music stand isn't welcome. My design is simple and economical, similar to something you'd see at IKEA®: easy to make, easy to assemble, yet sturdy enough to support heavy music books. The desk is wide enough to display two pages of sheet music or an open music book.

I keep one tucked under my bed for whenever the rest of the house is too noisy to practice guitar. It's pretty much invisible under the bed, works better than pulling out drawers or nightstands to hold music, and keeps my wife happy since my ugly black metal stand isn't in the room.

My one-page instructions have been professionally drafted using computer imaging software, not something that's been scribbled on the back of a napkin. The only tools you will need are a ruler and a utility knife. (You could probably use a sharp pair of scissors in a pinch, but it would be a real workout for your hand!)

For those of you who are a little more creative, you could even decorate it instead of leaving it plain as I did in the photo. There is nothing to glue or tape, and it only takes about 30 minutes to construct. Frankly, this is the type of project you could try to figure out for yourself, were you willing to invest lots of cardboard, time, "elbow grease," and plenty of trial and error.

My detailed plans will help you do it right the first time!

Commercial versions of these stands sell for around $20, but you could make one yourself at little cost that will last you a long time. Are you a musician and need a little music stand that folds away out of sight? This is the solution! I use mine all the time and it works great.

I've even made one for another musician who said he got tired of trying to balance his sheet music on whatever odd stuff he could find in his bedroom. This would also make a great homeschool project or for any student musician on a budget. Also, for a new band program that's just getting started, this could be a real money-saver that would work adequately in the short-term. You sure can't beat the price.

Price: $1.00