Incorporating Your Instrument Into Your Decor
If your ukulele is out and ready to be picked up at a moment's notice, you will be so much more likely to play it. So, let's talk about the important stuff: how to attractively display your instrument when you're not playing it. There are two basic options—stands and hooks—and they're both easy.
An ukulele stand (affiliate link) is an easy way to display your instrument. There's no installation required and its portability makes it great for those who are unsure of where they want to set-up their instrument.
I have a home office where I prep for lessons. I'm also working on an exciting new project, so I'm constantly playing when I'm working at my desk. It only makes sense for me to keep an ukulele available for strumming here.
This pineapple uke sits on a stand right next to the TV. We also keep a banjo, a guitar, and a banjo-ukulele in the same room, on floor stands. We spend a good chunk of time in this room, and I keep all of our kid instruments in a fabric bin nearby. Having multiple instruments out and accessible makes impromptu jam sessions easy. The TV might get turned on once or twice a week, but the instruments get played daily!
If you share your home with young children or pets, you may want to keep your instrument up high and out of reach!
There are a variety of wall-mount hooks (affiliate link), and they are pretty simple to install. If you're handy, you can even make your own! I love how the instrument hooks in the picture above have been painted to match the wall color. My only concern with a room like this is that you don't want things to look too precious or perfect. After all, the goal is to play, not just admire!
Here are a few more images of cleverly arranged instruments:
I love how these instruments were able to fit in this living room. They're so cute stacked vertically like this!
Doesn't the guitar look great against that grey wall?
This last room looks like heaven to me! If you can pull off a wall of instruments, go for it. Think of the jams you could have in that home!
Before you buy: Identify when and where you're most likely to play. Then do your best to keep your uke in that room— whether that's the living room, play room, a bedroom, or even near the kitchen. If you're unsure, or if you're having a hard time making time for your hobby, experiment by moving your uke around. Sometimes the simple act of relocating your instrument is all it takes to get you in the habit of playing more frequently.
How are you displaying your instruments at home? I'd love to hear about it!