How To Store a Guitar Without a Stand?

The guitar stands are a great way to keep your guitar secure. They keep your guitar stable and prevent it from sliding.

What can you do if you don’t have a guitar stand?

How To Store a Guitar Without a Stand?

To store a guitar without a stand, you can put it in a guitar case, ideally in a hard case. You can also lay down your guitar on a flat surface, like a table or floor, to prevent any changes to the neck.

Let’s now explore each one of these options.

Store a Guitar in a Guitar Case

The best way to store your guitar is to store it in a case, ideally a hard case, to prevent any damage and dust. This will help your guitar to last longer.

Many new guitars come with a case. Therefore, you may already have one for your guitar. If you don’t have one, however, it’s definitely worth investing in one, as it will help your guitar to last longer.

You can buy a soft case at an affordable price, but if you have the budget, I do recommend investing in a hard case. A soft case will protect your guitar from dust to some extent and help a little with preventing damage to the guitar. However, it won’t completely eliminate the risk of damage if something falls on the guitar.

A hard case will also help maintain a more stable temperature and humidity for your guitar. Before buying a case, make sure to check the size so your guitar fits into it.

Guitar in a guitar case

Lay a Guitar Down on a Table

If you don’t have a guitar stand, you can lay your guitar on a flat surface, such as a table. However, this is not ideal, as your guitar may start to collect dust.

Although dust won’t directly damage your guitar, incorrect cleaning methods can leave scratches.

I always clean the dust off my guitar using a soft make-up brush. I heard about this method a couple of years ago from a professional guitar player, and I bought a makeup brush specifically for this purpose (I don’t think my wife would be pleased if I used one of hers).

Lay a Guitar Down On a Floor

Alternatively, you could also lay it down on the floor. Apart from the risk of collecting dust, someone may step on your guitar or accidentally kick it when walking and cause some serious damage to your guitar.

Therefore I do recommend buying a case for your guitar.

Avoid Leaning Guitar Up Against a Wall

Many guitarists would lean their guitars up against a wall, but it’s definitely something that should be avoided at all costs.

During breaks in my guitar playing sessions, I am sometimes tempted to quickly lean it against a wall instead of placing it on a stand, but I am aware that doing that is very risky.

If you lean the guitar up against a wall, it could slip and fall on the floor. This can cause some serious damage to your guitar and cost you a lot of money.

You should definitely also avoid leaning the guitar up against a wall for a longer period of time. Apart from the obvious risk of slipping and damage associated with it, the guitar neck can also warp due to the extra pressure.

It’s Worth Investing in a Stand or a Guitar Case

After reading this article, I hope you’re convinced it’s worth investing in a guitar stand. Guitar stands are quite affordable and will help prevent any potential damage to your guitar. They are very helpful for keeping your guitar safe between your practice sessions and can also serve as a long-term storage solution.

Guitar stands will not shield your guitar from dust, but this shouldn’t usually be a big problem as long as you clean your guitar using a soft brush which I mentioned before in this article.

However, if you want to protect your guitar from potential damage and dust, I recommend buying a hard case. This is usually a small investment compared to the price of a guitar and could save you a significant amount of money.