The Music Corner: Instrument Display Ideas

The Music Corner: Instrument Display Ideas

Don’t put your instruments away in a closet or the basement! Make your instruments conversation pieces and encourage people to play them by using these practical instrument display ideas.

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

Music is a very important part of my life, and I want to encourage my children to play instruments.

The only problem with encouraging everyone in the family to learn an instrument (except the noise) is the clutter of instruments that ensues. I like having the instruments accessible.  I strongly feel that if instruments are put away in closets, under the bed, or in the basement, my kids will not practice as much. The problem with keeping instruments accessible is that they are constantly in the way.

(I know, I know, you cello and bass players would say that violinists have nothing to complain about in the “I am constantly tripping over my instrument because I have no room for it” department.) 

Dilemma: How do you store all kinds of instruments like this? Solution: Store them the same way that the music stores do!

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

My local music store sells “String Swing” hangers for violins and guitars, but they can also be purchased through Amazon (see link at the end of this post). My music store special ordered the smaller sizes for me. The hangers were rather too “industrial” looking for my taste, so I sanded the varnish off and painted them to match my trim color.

Our music corner was starting to look good, but it needed some artwork to fill it in. I wanted the artwork to tie into the “music” theme, and thought some framed sheet music would be perfect. The music sheets I chose come from violinsheetmusic.org, a wonderful site for printing off free sheet music. The classical music offered on this site has a delightful “antique” look, but I didn’t like the look of normal bright white printer paper. I wanted the music to look like it had been pulled from an antique music book. I tried “antiquing” the paper by painting it with tea and coffee, but that was a fail. My local craft stores didn’t have any “antique-looking” paper in their scrapbooking section, but they did have some papers with very muted patterns and textures. At first I thought the results from printing music on textured paper would be too “busy” looking, but I love how the music turned out. After choosing the paper, I used a printer to copy the music onto the scrapbook paper. Scrapbook papers can be purchased in the standard 8 1/2 x 11 size, or cut down from a 12 x 12 size to fit your printer. (If your are doing this, experiment with a scrap of paper first so you know which way to feed the  paper into your printer.) If you want to do a larger project, you could take it to a printing store and get the job done for a small fee.

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

Before hanging, make sure that you know how you want the frames to work together so that you get the placement correct. I like to tape scrap paper together to make “templates” that are the same size as my frames, then tape them to the wall with masking tape to see how they will look before I start pounding holes in the walls. Don’t forget to remove any hanging instruments before you start pounding on the wall!

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

Finally, add a music stand to hold your music, and you are ready to play. (After tuning, of course. But that’s a topic for another post.)

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

Of all of the features in my home, this music corner has been the most commented on by guests. My brother enjoyed experimenting with the violin (no former exposure to the instrument) and so far two mini impromptu concerts have occurred with other visitors, all because the instruments are readily accessible and visible. Music is a wonderful way to bond with friends and family and impromptu concerts are a great way to keep my kids interested in practicing. It’s a win-win for everyone. Well, maybe not for the neighbors.

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

How do you store your instruments? I would love to hear from you! Please comment below.

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7 thoughts on “The Music Corner: Instrument Display Ideas

  1. This post is awesome. Thank you for offering this example. My daughter is only one but I plan on introducing her to playing an instrument early. I love this idea.

  2. Your display is beautiful! I’m a pianist and my four oldest daughters play the harp, flute, violin, and cello. Except the harp, they are all in their cases stacked against the couch. I need to have something like this display to encourage them better. I am finding all kinds of great things on your blog!

    • Wow! I think it is so cool that your family plays so many different instruments. Music is such an amazing gift to give your kids. I am sure that it is something that your family will continue to enjoy together even as your kids grow up and leave the nest. Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by, Heaven. May God bless you!

  3. Anna,
    I loved your post and it caught my eye because I just purchased a string swing this week from Meyer Music for Jack’s guitar. He doesn’t know how to play it yet, but says he wants to learn. We also recently did an overhaul on the basement (where Jack and Sam’s rooms are) I wanted to get rid of all the clutter and add some decor to the walls so I thought the guitar would be cool. Sam and Job really enjoy playing the recorder –any suggestions for displaying those? I love that some of your guests got to play the violins. Something to get the conversation going. Your house looks beautiful and the web page is great!

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments, Marci! The music stores do display recorders on the wall, so there must be hangers for them, or you could display them standing upright on a small shelf with a vertical peg that they slip over to hold them in place (so they don’t accidentally fall off the shelf). You could contact your local music store and see what they use or if they have any suggestions. You might be able to get some ideas by googling “soprano recorder holder”, as well. The basement music wall sounds cool and you could make this “teen-boy friendly” by printing music that your boys enjoy onto brightly colored “masculine” papers or by including music posters of groups that they enjoy. Have fun with your “new” space and congratulations to Jack as he starts his adventures with the guitar.