Of all the intricate aspects of a home studio setup a keyboard stand kind of seems like an afterthought. While it’s true that this isn’t the most complex topic in the world, it’s still important to find the best keyboard stand for your particular studio.
The key here is to take a minute to assess your gear, the flow of your studio, and how much space you have for a keyboard stand. Not only that, but try to plan for what you might need in the future. A home studio is an ever changing thing so this is a piece of advice I’ve given in a number of guides before.
How To Pick The Right Keyboard Stand
Before we get into my list of favorite keyboard stands, I want to go over a few factors worth considering before making your purchase. To be fair, some of this is going to be pretty much common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning.
Keyboard Form Factor & Weight
If you already own a keyboard then this will be pretty easy to decipher, but if you’re buying a keyboard and a stand together, you should make sure the stand will hold it. Pretty simple and yet vastly important.
After all, the last thing you want is to have your expensive keyboard falling and breaking. It goes without saying that a 88-key keyboard is going to be bulkier than a 49-key keyboard. On top of that, a regular electric keyboard will have a different form factor than that of a MIDI controller keyboard.
Most keyboard stand options out there will state it’s load capacity. All you have to do is match that with the weight of your keyboard and you’ll be fine. As usual, it’s safe to give yourself some room here. By that I mean that you should get a stand that can hold more weight than you think you might need.
Where Will You Be Using Your Stand?
In my eyes, you should get a sturdy enough keyboard stand for anything you plan to do with it, but some folks might just need a stand for gigging. Alternatively, you might just need a stand for studio use. Maybe you need one for both!
In any regard, how you plan on using your new keyboard stand can alter how you make your decision. If you’ve ever seen a professional studio, you’ve likely seen a multi-tier stand being used. This type of stand will be better suited for home studio use because they’re harder to transport.
That being said, it’s not uncommon for a 2 or 3 tier keyboard stand to be used in live performances. Either way, check out this great video of Jonas Aden giving a tour of his studio setup.
After that, check out some of his other walk through videos where you’ll see him switch up his keyboard stands. This should hopefully give you some ideas on how to fit a keyboard stand in your studio setup.
Related: Home Studio Setup Guide
Comfortability & Legroom
Some keyboard stands out there will be height-adjustable, but it’s definitely worth it to make sure the stand itself will sit at a comfortable level. This mainly depends on how tall you are as well.
We will get into the different types of keyboard stands soon, but that also plays a part here. An X-style stand will not have as much legroom underneath for instance. With that, if you like sitting a little closer to your keyboard when you play, then you might want to veer away from that style.
Keyboard Stand Types
As I briefly mentioned before, there are numerous different types of keyboard stands. Each of them have their own characteristics which is why I want to break them down real quick.
- Z-Style – this style of keyboard stand is especially great for sedentary home studio use. In most cases, these are also great for a multi-keyboard setup. One thing is for sure though, Z-style stands aren’t great for packing up and going gigging with. If you don’t need a portable stand, then Z-style will be great for continuous studio use.
- X-Style (Single-X or Double-X) – probably the most common option out there both because of convenience and price. If you’re just looking for a simple keyboard stand that’s portable, easy to set up, and a little on the cheaper side, then this a great route to go.
- A-Style – these styles of keyboard stands are designed to hold a lot of weight and a high number of keyboards. Now, the only use that most folks would find out of an A-frame stand is for storage purposes.
- Table Style – definitely the most sturdy option, sometimes called T-style. These types of stands are rock-solid, but heavy. Again, these are great for those of you who don’t need a portable stand for gigging, but expect all that strength to come with a hefty price tag. Also, you won’t be able to find a multi-tier option in this style.
- Central Arm – these are attractive looking keyboard stands with a higher level of functionality. The central arm is easily adjustable and doesn’t make your setup look like an eye-sore. More times than not, these types of stands are only available in a single tier option, which brings me to the next style…
- Column Style – these are somewhat of a cross between a central arm and z-style stand. The difference is that column style keyboard stands are better for holding multiple keyboards and are stronger overall. They tend to be pretty pricey though.
Yes I know, that’s a lot of options already. Rest assured that I will include at least one of each version of keyboard stands on my list of favorites.
Other Factors To Consider
Let’s briefly talk about some other overlooked aspects to consider when buying a keyboard stand.
Double Tier, Triple Tier Or Single Tier?
This is somewhat dependent on how many keyboards you have. Also, as I stated earlier, this has to do with what you think you’ll need down the road. Now, most producers are just fine with having one keyboard as their daily driver, but some folks are collectors.
That’s why it might be worth investing in a couple keyboard stands. Let’s say you have one 3 tier stand for storing your vintage synths, and your favorite single tier stand that you transfer different keyboards on to.
Alternatively, a double tier keyboard stand is great for producers who like to have two keyboards at the same time that do different things when writing or playing a song. Maybe your bottom keyboard is a traditional soft piano that you write chords on, and your top one has a lot of audio effects for writing melodies on the fly.
These are all the things that you should think about when doing your research.
The Difference Between Double X and Single X
It’s pretty straightforward, but I still want to point it out.
The main difference between a double x keyboard stand and a single x is durability.
Double X-type stands are a little more stable and stronger for more intense use. If you plan on playing shows with your keyboard stand and you want an X-type, then I’d definitely recommend getting a double x design. It will be able to handle all that shifting and moving a lot better than a single.
Single X-type keyboard stands are more affordable and better suited for stationary use at home or in the studio. The price point and ease of use are the only reasons why I’d suggest a single x design. That being said, they are made for one job and they certainly can do that job well enough.
Keyboard Stand Accessories
A keyboard stand can be looked at as a mini studio desk, and with that comes a few additional features. Some options out there have hooks for holding a pair of headphones, others might have a cable management system.
How necessary is it to buy a stand with these features? I would say it’s not a priority. Again, the main things to look out for here are stability, functionality, and ease of use. Those extra features are cool and all, but if it jacks up the price too much, then it’s not anything worth worrying about.
Almost every keyboard stand on the market will require assembly. 9 times out of 10, this is a simple process, but there are a few on this list in particular that will likely be a headache.
It’s important to spend the time assembling your new keyboard stand the right way so you don’t sacrifice any of its strength.
One more thing. We all know how much of a nightmare it can be when purchasing anything online that requires assembly. Keyboard stands are no exception. If you receive a stand with missing parts or broken components and you’re not a DIY expert, then return the item immediately.
Best Keyboard Stand Reviews List
It’s a little bit of a task to rank keyboard stands. With all the different variants out there I’ve decided to pick my favorite options in each type and have a “best overall” to round out the list. In my opinion, a central arm style and column style are virtually the same thing, so I’ve only included my favorite column style stand.
Here you have it.
K&M Omega 18810
“The main reason why the Omega keyboard stand deserves the top spot is due to its impeccable durability and it’s sturdiness.”
- Type: Keyboard Table
- Number of Tiers: 1
- Tier Height: 23.62″-40.15″
- Tier Depth: 13.58″
- Tier Width: 10.63″-34.25″ (support width), 41.33″ (base width)
- Weight Capacity: 176.3 lbs.Portable: Semi
Coming in as my overall favorite is this table style keyboard stand from Konig and Meyer. K&M has built a great reputation for themselves over the years and it’s easy to see why with this very well built stand.
The main reason why the Omega keyboard stand deserves the top spot is due to its impeccable durability and it’s sturdiness. Being made almost entirely out of welded steel tubing, you can easily fit any keyboard ranging from 25 keys to 88 keys on it and not have to worry about it.
You can see that there are two height adjustable legs on either side of the stand, and making those adjustments is a breeze. On top of that, the Omega has 4 Velcro strips to further secure your keyboard.
What makes this stand even better is the fact that you can convert it to a 2 tier table style stand with an attachment. The attachment is sold separately though, but I’ve included a link to it below if you want to check it out!
The one small gripe that some folks might have with this keyboard stand is how much of a pain it can be to store or transport it. In order to do either of these things, you’d need to completely dismantle it.
That being said, if you have the room to squeeze it wherever you need then this shouldn’t be a problem.
Best Single Tier Z-Style
Plixio Z-Style Keyboard Stand
“You can basically sculpt this thing in any way you want to fit your studio setup. You get a versatile and strong stand all at a reasonable price.”
- Type: Z-Style
- Load capacity: 250 lb
- Height: Adjustable from 22.5″ to 33.5″
- Width: Adjustable from 22.5″ to 33.5″
- Weight: 15.47 lbs
Plixio keyboard stands have been gaining a lot of traction lately due to their flexibility and highly adjustable nature. You can basically sculpt this thing in any way you want to fit your studio setup. You get a versatile and strong stand all at a reasonable price.
All of that is why I’ve decided to give it the top spot as a Z-type keyboard stand. You get a little more legroom here than with an X-type, and you gain some functionality too. With an adjustable height and width, you should have no problem fitting most keyboards and play them comfortably.
Another great part about this stand is it’s portability. Dismantling and setting this thing up is easy enough for taking on the road or storing it. Again, you can also adjust the height for non-sedentary playing.
Although the width is adjustable, it somehow still seems too small to fit a keyboard with 88 keys. I mean it can be done, but it feels a little sketchy unfortunately.
Best 2 Tier Z-Style
“The great thing about this keyboard stand is the overall load capacity, which is a whopping 250 lbs with the top tier being at 75 lbs.”
- Type: 2 Tier Z-Style
- Load capacity: 250 lb
- Load capacity top tier: 75 lb
- Width: Adjustable from 21″ to 37”
- Weight: 26.5 lb
My favorite 2 tier Z-type keyboard stand resoundingly goes to the Quik-Lok Z-726 and 726L. These are incredibly strong stands that won’t break the bank. One of my favorite options for 2 tier stands is a Z-type. They just feel more sturdy and offer a decent amount of legroom.
You can adjust the height of the stand overall, the positioning and height of the 2nd tier support, and the positioning of the legs. The great thing about this keyboard stand is the overall load capacity, which is a whopping 250 lbs with the top tier being at 75 lbs.
Keep in mind that the Z-726 stand comes in two variants, standard and “L” which I assume stands for large. The Quik-Lok Z-726L is better suited for housing larger keyboards with 76 or 88 keys and the standard isn’t necessarily meant for that.
Now, as with any Z-type keyboard stand, it’s quite large and can take up more space than other types. If you have the room to spare though, then you’ll have all the durability and versatility you could need with this stand.
Best Single Tier Double X-Style
“It’s very well built, sturdy, and likely to outlive most of your gear.“
- Type: Double Braced X-Style
- Number of Tiers: 1
- Tier Height: 26″-38.5″
- Tier Depth: 11″-16.75″
- Tier Width: 11″-30″
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
- Portable: Yes
Now, this wouldn’t be much of a list of keyboard stands without mentioning an option from Yamaha. They have an abundance of options out there, but this single tier X-type stand is among the best that they have to offer.
As with any X-type stand, it’s easy to adjust and easy to move around. The spring action lever is responsive when making height adjustments.
There really isn’t a whole lot to say about the YKA7500 that can’t already be assumed. It’s very well built, sturdy, and likely to outlive most of your gear. The one downside to this keyboard stand is that the assembly instructions are hard to follow and you’d do well to cut out a chunk of your day to put it together.
Other than that, you really can’t go wrong here. With Yamaha as the name behind this stand, you can be sure it’s a worthy investment.
What about the RockJam stand?
Some folks out there might say that the RockJam Xfinity keyboard stand is better, but I’ve read a lot of poor reviews about it’s build quality. I’ve even seen some complaints about the stand collapsing and ruining keyboards. In case you were wondering, that’s why the RockJam Xfinity keyboard stand is not included on this list.
Best Single Tier Single X-Style
World Tour Keyboard Stand
“Being a single X-type and not a double, the weight it can hold sits at a whopping 130 lbs!”
- Type: X-Style
- Load capacity: 130 lb
- Height: Adjustable from 25.25″ to 38.75″
- Weight: 6.3 lb
Some of you might be looking for a no frills, straightforward keyboard stand that’s ultra-affordable. That’s what you get with this single X-type stand from World Tour.
There’s obviously not a whole lot to say about this stand that can’t be seen by looking at a picture of it. One thing that is very surprising about this stand is it’s load capacity though. Being a single X-type and not a double, the weight it can hold sits at a whopping 130 lbs!
This means you can hold just about any keyboard with ease. That being said, numerous people have pointed out that no matter what adjustment position the stand is in, it’s too wide for a 49 key keyboard. I’m sure you can find a shelf of some sort to make things work, but it’s worth pointing out nonetheless.
Even though this keyboard stand is extremely light and easy to break down, I would not recommend it for live performances. It’s not going to be the most stable stand in the world for that use. It’s mainly made for static home studio use, and not much else.
Best 2 Tier X-Style
“The QL742 features a “push to unlock” disc system that works very well. You can feel it the first time you go to make an adjustment.”
- Type: 2 Tier Double Braced X-Style
- Load capacity: 200 lb
- Load capacity top tier: 75 lb
- Height – Main Tier: Adjustable to 3 heights – 26.4″, 30.3″, 34.3″
- Height – Top Tier: Adjustable to 2 heights above the main tier – from 5.7″ to 8.8
- Top tier angles: 90°, 77°, 64°, 51°
- Weight: 20.7 lb
As far as 2 tier double X-type keyboard stands go, the Quik-Lok QL742 is the crowned champion. It’s a sturdy stand that’s got a lot of great design elements to it. It’s no wonder why there’s so many reviews praising this stand out there.
Most options on this list have a pretty run-of-the-mill adjustment system throughout the stand. The QL742 features a “push to unlock” disc system that works very well. You can feel it the first time you go to make an adjustment.
On top of that, the second tier is fully adjustable as well. These features along with the convenience of a X-type frame have made this keyboard stand widely popular for gigging. Professionals can be seen using this exact stand on stage.
The one flaw the QL742 has is a common one among X-type keyboard stands, and that’s the lack of legroom. If you’re the type of person who likes to play sitting down, then you might have a hard time with this stand. That being said, it’s great for those who prefer to play standing up.
Best Column Style
Ultimate Support AX-48
“The whole stand has a unique look to it. There is also a simple, yet effective cable management system that consists of Velcro straps.”
- Type: Column Style
- Number of Tiers: 2
- Tier Height: 46″
- Weight Capacity: 125 lbs. (Per Tier)
- Portable: Yes
- Weight: 19 lbs.
Taking the top spot for column style keyboards stands is the AX-48, albeit by a narrow margin. The main reason I gave this stand the top spot over the K&M 18860 Spider Pro is the price. The K&M option is very, very good, but it’s also very, very expensive. You basically get the same thing from the AX-48 without breaking the bank.
With that, the AX-48 keyboard stand has a pretty traditional column style design. It’s a 2 tier stand with arms that look quite cool actually. The whole stand has a unique look to it. There is also a simple, yet effective cable management system that consists of Velcro straps.
Another great thing about this keyboard stand is just how easy it is to break down and transport. This makes it ideal for gigging and using on stage. Be careful with the bottom legs during breakdown because they tend to be fragile.
Best 3 Tier A-Frame
“You get a great place to house your keyboards without shelling out numerous hundreds of dollars.”
- Type: A-Frame
- Number of Tiers: 3
- Tier Height: 54″
- Tier Width: 51″
- Weight Capacity: 40 lbs. (Per Tier)
- Portable: Yes
On-Stage is well-known for making a number of affordable studio furniture options. A-frame keyboard stands aren’t typically used for anything other than storage or sedentary use. That’s what the KS7903 does well.
As long as you give this stand that one job, then you won’t run into any issues. Also, don’t put anything higher than a 76 key keyboard on any of the 3 tiers. The overall load capacity sits at a modest 120 lbs. This is enough for most folks, but that heavy Roland stage piano might spell trouble for you if you have one.
As I said earlier, On-Stage makes affordable equipment, and this stand is no exception. You get a great place to house your keyboards without shelling out numerous hundreds of dollars. With that, some of the plastic components feel cheap and underwhelming. This is why I suggest keeping it in one spot for one job.
Okay, so there’s the list. I know, I made a topic that doesn’t seem complex, more complex. After everything, my absolute favorite keyboard stand style is definitely table style. Therefore, the best option on this list has to go to the K&M Omega 18810. It’s a very strong and versatile stand that’s likely to give you many hours of worry-free playtime.
All of the options on this list have a lot to offer though. Not only that, but I don’t know what your studio setup consists of. A Z-style might be better for you for all I know. That’s why I did my best to give you a large number of options for all variants on the market.
I hope this guide has given you some insight and has provided you with some helpful tips. As usual, feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions.
Good luck and happy hunting!