If you live with a guitar player, you must be prepared for one unfortunate truth: you, your children, and your children’s children will be tripping over guitar cases as long as your guitar player draws breath and you share a roof with him or her.
After the fourth time in a week that one of my poor, innocent children tripped and fell over a guitar case left in the middle of our living room floor, I threw up my hands. Then I cried, Uncle! Then I ate some Doritos. Then I Googled “hang guitar”, which brought me to this tutorial, the perusal of which ultimately resulted in me hatching an evil plan to rid my home of random guitar case leavings.
What You’ll Need:
- Laser level
- Stud finder
- Electric drill with drill bits and screwdriver bits
- Length of handrail appropriate to your wall
- Mounting hardware appropriate to your wall (I used drywall screws)
- Padded tool hangers, enough to accommodate your guitars (I bought these)
- A friend to help you, if your handrail is loooong
What To Do:
- If you want the handrail to match your wall, prime and paint the handrail and let dry.
- Use the stud finder to locate the studs in your wall.
- Mark the location of your studs on the wall.
- Hold the handrail against the wall where you plan to position it, and mark the location of the studs along the length of the handrail.
- Drill pilot holes in the studs and handrail.
- Use a screwdriver bit to drive screws through the handrail pilot holes and into the studs to mount the handrail
- Drill pilot holes into the handrail where you want the hangers to go
- Screw hangers into the pilot holes. You’re done!
All of this took place at 11 o’clock at night, after my kids were in bed, when my husband was out of town, with smooth jazz blasting from my iTunes radio to try to calm my drill-frazzled nerves. Music stores charge at least $15 for a hanger that supports one guitar. I spent $30 in materials and ended up fitting six guitars on my wall.