Wall hanging instrument storage...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Big Hoss, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    I have a fairly small home office / music room / recording studio space to work with. The room is 10'x10' with 8' ceilings, so floor space is at a premium.

    In this space I need to stuff a fairly sizeable corner desk, a 4' LAN rack, a structured wiring rack (not a cabinet, but a 7u wall mount rack), a couple of chairs, and a 4 drawer vertical file cabinet. The LAN rack has desktop PCs designed / built around the quietest technology budget would allow, but still makes some noise. I will be placing up sound baffles made from movers blankets to mute the noise from the rack.

    The rest of the space can and will be reserved for music use. I will be placing a Yamaha or Casio, haven't decided yet, 88 key digital piano for my wife, and of course the bench / pedals there, I have my amp, and I need to house my 2 (hopefully 3 soon) basses, 2 accoustic, and 1 electric guitar as well as a small guitar combo amp. The combo amp I have a space for, but the instruments for all intents and purposes MUST be stored on the walls just for floor space sake.

    Studs aren't exactly in the most convenient places possible, so I was thinking about adding a 1x4 strip of wood just above the door trim, anchored securely to the studs via 2.5" screws.

    If anyone else has done this, is 1x4 sufficient? Do I need to add anything like construction adhesive to bond the board to the drywall as well or is simply screwed to the studs sufficient?

    Also, I already have 2 string swing hangers, but would like to know if these are as good as wall hangers get, or are there other, perhaps better options out there.
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I used a 1x12 and mounted my Hercules hangers to it and then mounted it to the wall studs with #12 3" screws. I can hang off of the hangers. I used the 12" so I could staggered the hangers to get better clearance.
  3. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    Hmmm. Not a terrible idea. I should have mentioned I am going over the door frame because, well I have 3 walls available to use, all of which have 1, or 2 doors, or a window in the way... I won't have the opportunity to stagger next to each other. I was figuring on keeping my 2 main basses in roughly the positions they are in now, putting one between the closet doors, and putting the strat between the other closet door and the next wall. The accoustics can mount up above the desk, so I guess I will really only be using 2 walls...

    Those Hercules hangers are nice, but I kind of already started with the String Swing hangers... Figured I would stick with what I already started with to keep it uniform.

    I like the look of the board up there. For my application I think I am going to paint to match the wall just so it doesn't stand out so much.
  4. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Maybe I'm not understanding you correctly, but... If you mount this strip of wood over the door frame, won't the basses be hanging in front of the door?
  5. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    I was using that as a reference to the height, going all the way across the wall... I most obviously would NOT be mounting my instruments in front of doors / windows.
  6. GSMBass


    Oct 24, 2013
    Wall hanger directly on the wall:
  7. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    Please tell me those are screwed into the studs... Or are you not concerned about sheet rock failures?
  8. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I opened up the holes in the hangers so a #10 machine screw would fit and then put #10 T bolts in the back side of the 1" board. That make the hangers much more sturdier than just using the #8 wood screws.
  9. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
    I have a few of those string swing things, they've been off and on various walls over many years without any problems. I would suggest getting an oak or other hardwood 1x4 - extra $15.00 maybe - as run of the mill fir (no pun intended) can vary widely in density and strength.
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  10. GSMBass


    Oct 24, 2013
    The trick is to drill exact sized hole to fit a screw anchor, then use really long screws. Holds my guitars for a year now, never moved an inch. :) I must also remind you, we don't have the same building standards, so my wall might be of a different material.
  11. dropitonthe1e

    dropitonthe1e Inactive

    Dec 21, 2014
    I have had no problem hanging as much as 11 pounder into just drywall with the standard anchors that come with hangers. Just don't over-turn and strip the drywall or anchor. Your 1x4 should be bombproof.
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  12. paradog


    Dec 25, 2011
    Central NJ
    Always mount the hangers to studs. Last thing you want to hear is a bass free falling 3 feet to your floor! I personally like the Hercules wall mounts that lock in the neck when weight is applied....just a little extra security!
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  13. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    I lagged a 2x4 to the studs of one wall of my office. A 1x4 would be sufficient, but I had the two-bys, so...
  14. Raf Seibert

    Raf Seibert

    Dec 16, 2013
    No pictures at the moment, but I have more than $10,000 worth of instruments hanging from my walls. They have hung for a decade with no problems. Some are mounted in solid wood, others are hung on screw anchors in drywall. I've never had a hint of trouble.

  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Many shops hang instruments on the wall, so I guess it works.
    I don't.
  16. At my old place had plaster walls so no stud necessary. This place in screwed into studs. Basses have been hanging for years with no problems. A strip of wood screwed in to studs will work wonderfully
  17. I've used 1x6 lagging on a spot where I wanted to put a hanger, but didn't have any studs behind the exact spot. Worked great: screwed the 1x6 to the studs, then located the hanger exactly where I wanted it. No construction adhesive, just the lagging screwed into the studs with 2 screws at each stud.
  18. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Mounting a plank to the studs is a great idea--- lots of flexibility for location.

    But....... here's what I do without any worry. You can see I hang my Elrick with confidence.

    The 2nd hanger on the wall holds one of my other basses--- one of which is another Elrick.

    Two of these drywall/plaster anchors can take lots of weight --- don't try to mount from ceiling--- the pull would be in the wrong direction--straight out! IMG_0991.JPG IMG_0992.JPG IMG_0988.JPG
  19. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer (local only)
    The biggest issue I encountered was keeping the humidity level balanced in the room during the seasons. If you are not careful you can get some fret sprout in the winter months when the air is really dry, especially if you use gas, coal or wood for heating. I recommend putting a humidifier in the remove to alleviate this issue.
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  20. I second this. Home Depot sells oak board by the foot. A little bit of stain or sealing finish; it can look very finished and proper without a lot of work.
    Using anchors or not, mounting a hanger anywhere but a stud or some type of solid wood is just asking for trouble. I had an acoustic guitar fall off the wall and split the top. Never again for me.