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mattydee
01-17-2013, 11:18 AM
So I am looking at getting my ukes off of their stands and out of their cases and up on the wall*. I've watched the UU uke minutes about doing this, and feel confident that I could make that happen, but I'm curious as to what solutions others have come up with. I'm looking at getting about 10 up, on a wall, which will require at least two horizontal levels.

Pics are welcome!



*Yes, I keep the room humidified and hygrometered. (Is that a word?)

Newportlocal
01-17-2013, 11:26 AM
I use string swings, but I am sure there are lots of options.
http://www.amazon.com/String-Swing-Hardwood-CC01UK-Mandolin/dp/B005GZ86ZA

TG&Y
01-17-2013, 12:11 PM
All mine hang above my desk (except for an old banjo uke with a skinny head stock). I use something similar to this although mine are grey-coated and cost about $1.50 at Ace Hardware, Lowes, etc. There's a little up-sweep at the end of the tines which acts as a bit of a safety and the spacing between the tines is just about perfection for the standard ukulele neck and head.

http://www.amazon.com/IIT-92754-Shaped-Jumbo-Utility/dp/B004ZLBP40/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1358463952&sr=8-5&keywords=screw+in+broom+hanger

mattydee
01-17-2013, 12:28 PM
All mine hang above my desk (except for an old banjo uke with a skinny head stock). I use something similar to this although mine are grey-coated and cost about $1.50 at Ace Hardware, Lowes, etc. There's a little up-sweep at the end of the tines which acts as a bit of a safety and the spacing between the tines is just about perfection for the standard ukulele neck and head.

http://www.amazon.com/IIT-92754-Shaped-Jumbo-Utility/dp/B004ZLBP40/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1358463952&sr=8-5&keywords=screw+in+broom+hanger

I have those gray coated ones as well, in preparation for this project. Did you just screw them straight into the wall, or mount them on wood first?

TG&Y
01-17-2013, 12:36 PM
The places I've chosen to hang from are wood: a shelf above my desk and wainscoting in, ahem, the bathroom. As short as the threads are I believe I'd go into one of those plastic dealies you drive into the wall to screw into drywall, if you can't go into wood. Or make a block that you can screw into. It's great having them out of the way and yet so handy to reach for.


I have those gray coated ones as well, in preparation for this project. Did you just screw them straight into the wall, or mount them on wood first?

ukeeku
01-17-2013, 12:37 PM
Mine is a mix between the uke minutes and amazon ones.
I figured out that if I did 2 rows as close as I wanted to, the top ukes would hit the bar of the bottom ones, hence the different solutions
http://ukeeku.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/family-2013.gif

TG&Y
01-17-2013, 12:53 PM
Wow! Is that store stock or your personal collection?! That's pretty fantastic.

NoahOathKeeper
01-17-2013, 01:13 PM
well i just Took a 1x4x8 Oak Board some inch thick Dowel Rods had laying around . Cut the dowels about 3 inch sections , measured and pre drilled and counter sank the holes , i used a dab of wood glue on each dowel , and screwed the wood screw in flush . each 2 dowels about 2 1/2 inched from each other and spaced 12 inched from the next set of 2 i can hang 7 ukuleles / guitars from it

NoahOathKeeper
01-17-2013, 01:17 PM
well i just Took a 1x4x8 Oak Board some inch thick Dowel Rods had laying around . Cut the dowels about 3 inch sections , measured and pre drilled and counter sank the holes , i used a dab of wood glue on each dowel , and screwed the wood screw in flush . each 2 dowels about 2 1/2 inched from each other and spaced 12 inched from the next set of 2 i can hang 7 ukuleles / guitars from it
Before that i just had ten penny nails hammered into the wall studs :D

coolkayaker1
01-17-2013, 01:24 PM
Frequent UU'er paxuke has an idea with this grid design from home box store. Less wall drilling, and more variety of configurations for various uke sizes depending on where one moves the hangers... as he demos well here. Can hang in any direction. Hangers are string/twine/leathers strips. I like the simplicity of his hangers on the R wall, too. I'd do this if my home was humidified.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anWKYvHt364

connor013
01-17-2013, 01:28 PM
If it were me, here's how I'd do it:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?75478-I-made-chicken-salad-out-of-chicken-sh**

A little bit of work, sure, but it looks pretty sweet. (The fourth? pic is what I mean.)

mattydee
01-17-2013, 01:53 PM
If it were me, here's how I'd do it:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?75478-I-made-chicken-salad-out-of-chicken-sh**

A little bit of work, sure, but it looks pretty sweet. (The fourth? pic is what I mean.)

Yeah, that pic is what made me start to think hard about doing this. My problem is I am not any kind of woodworker. I believe that the UU uke minutes version is about the best I will be able to do, and Dana's version there is much more awesome than I could hope to make. But yes, it is awesome.

pakhan
01-17-2013, 02:21 PM
Personally I don't store instruments on the wall via hangers- too many witnessed misshaps for me to risk it. But perhaps the nicest setup I have seen is using decorative doorknobs and a leather strap. For ukes, it's better than guitars as there is much less weight, so I have seen everything from pencils to cantilevered wall brackets!

connor013
01-17-2013, 02:46 PM
perhaps the nicest setup I have seen is using decorative doorknobs and a leather strap.

Now that's a cool idea. Heading down to the basement!

wolfchs
01-17-2013, 02:46 PM
This was also inspired by the UU minutes:
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The only problem I had with this was I underestimated my UAS and did not realize I would be needing room for about 7 more ukes :p

~Mina :o

Plainsong
01-17-2013, 03:09 PM
When the humidity levels out in the summer, I use a uke hangar made by this (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ToucanMango?ref=search_shop_redirect) guy, Toucanmango.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4143/4884578719_5c0e145215_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/apollostowel/4884578719/)
The music corner (http://www.flickr.com/photos/apollostowel/4884578719/) by Apollostowel (http://www.flickr.com/people/apollostowel/), on Flickr

Newportlocal
01-17-2013, 03:16 PM
I have those gray coated ones as well, in preparation for this project. Did you just screw them straight into the wall, or mount them on wood first?

I just screwed them right in, but some people get fancy and put them on boards or find the beams with a stud finder. I had no problems with mine. Those spring toggle bolts work well for dry wall. The best set ups I have seen were in curio type cabinets. You can see them all, and humidify them.

mattydee
01-17-2013, 03:54 PM
Personally I don't store instruments on the wall via hangers- too many witnessed misshaps for me to risk it. But perhaps the nicest setup I have seen is using decorative doorknobs and a leather strap. For ukes, it's better than guitars as there is much less weight, so I have seen everything from pencils to cantilevered wall brackets!

Um, I LOVE this idea.

Keep 'em coming folks. This is very helpful.

ukeeku
01-17-2013, 04:36 PM
Wow! Is that store stock or your personal collection?! That's pretty fantastic.

If you are talking to me. those are mix of mine and review ukes
Here is the explanation.
http://ukeeku.com/2013/01/01/2013-family-photo/

dkcrown
01-18-2013, 12:54 AM
Thanks connor and matty. Just some FYI dimensions to anybody interested in my wall hangers if you choose to go that route. They are spaced 10" apart on center and mounted on a 9 1/2" wide piece of mahogany. They are staggered 3" between centers up and down to offset the height of the ukes. The eliptical Birdseye maple bases are attached with two screws through the back of the mahogany and the entire board is screwed to multiple studs in the wall, not plastic wall anchors. Don't want an expensive mishap! The stud screws are covered with Fastcap mahogany wood stickers.

If you don't have great woodworking skills, you could just buy a length of 1 x 10" poplar at the lumberyard, prime and paint it, and then install the standard oak bases on it that come with the String Swing hangers.

xommen
01-18-2013, 01:31 AM
I have the "normal" guitar hanger in use so nothing fancy but they work, and they work for any size of headstock, it's something you should take into account I guess when you have fixed size hangers you might get issues.
http://www.vanommen.net/images/ukes.png

coolkayaker1
01-18-2013, 02:18 AM
The absolute least expensive, minimalist option, demonstrated by raw uke's background wall:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJrnW3hMU0

Pukulele Pete
01-18-2013, 02:42 AM
The absolute least expensive, minimalist option, demonstrated by raw uke's background wall:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJrnW3hMU0

Wow , that guy is GOOD .

Pukulele Pete
01-18-2013, 02:45 AM
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I made this a few years ago. It keeps the uke on the wall even during earthquakes.

Freeda
01-18-2013, 03:24 AM
My ghetto solution at work, since I can't mount a fancy bracket.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/408615_10200221361321571_1901673287_n.jpg

I don't mind hanging a laminate on the wall but my solid has to be humidified and my house doesn't have a suitable room for whole-room humidification (no doors except bathrooms/bedrooms).

Can't wait to see how your project comes out. I think it's so cool when people can make both visual and auditory art with their ukes.

Toucan Mango
01-18-2013, 08:11 AM
If money is no object put mirrors behind them, I recently put my ukuleles in a cabinet with a mirror and it looks pretty awesome being able to see the back side to.

mattydee
01-18-2013, 11:03 AM
If money is no object put mirrors behind them, I recently put my ukuleles in a cabinet with a mirror and it looks pretty awesome being able to see the back side to.

Money is an object, to be sure, but that sounds awesome!

Dan Uke
01-19-2013, 04:22 AM
I would love to have one or two of these!!! They make a wall version as well. However, these would cost as much as some nice ukes...Any hobby woodworkers want to make one and I can be the guinea pig and reviewer? LOL

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UncleMoon
01-26-2013, 06:37 AM
I found these on etsy.com, they are pretty cool.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/106938290/wooden-ukulele-wall-mount-shelf?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_search_query=ukulele+wall+mount&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto6&ga_search_type=handmade

OldePhart
01-26-2013, 06:49 AM
"Ukes on the Wall" - I'm disappointed - I thought this was going to be a thread about a new UWC drinking game...

John

Harold O.
01-26-2013, 07:11 AM
This thread comes back around every now and then. It's a common problem. I have a wood shop and solved it for myself and a few others by making this case.

Ukuleles hang by leather strings (bootlaces actually). In a standard size, I fit four ukuleles. With the sliding front plexi door, you can easily access your instruments. With them in full view, you can show them off and be encouraged to play them more often. Avoid the dreaded dryness disease by placing a small humidifier in the box.

The display case can be hung on a wall or used with a base that provides for case storage.

Doc_J
01-26-2013, 07:30 AM
I've seen a nice leather hanger strap used with simple hooks.
The urethane coated prongs might affect a uke's finish.

Ukulele Academy has these for $2 or make your own.
http://ukuleleacademy.bigcartel.com/product/leather-ukulele-hanger

http://cache1.bigcartel.com/product_images/49796409/UkeHanger2.jpg

OldePhart
01-27-2013, 09:02 AM
I've seen a nice leather hanger strap used with simple hooks.
The urethane coated prongs might affect a uke's finish.

Ukulele Academy has these for $2 or make your own.
http://ukuleleacademy.bigcartel.com/product/leather-ukulele-hanger



Actually, you have to be very careful with leather, too. Depending on how it was cured it can be very acidic. Some leathers left in contact with wood, metal, or plastic for a long period of time can spell big troubles. (Talk to antique gun collectors some time if you want horror stories of what leather can do to both wood and metal.)

The safest material to use for long term storage or hanging is probably soft, lint-free cotton. In fact, after the rubbery black coating on an ingles guitar hanger messed up the finish on my custom SG copy I took to wrapping the prongs of the hangers with strips cut up from cotton T-shirts.

John

John

Dan Uke
03-22-2013, 06:55 AM
Does anyone have one like this? I checked the dimensions and it might work. I like the idea of having the humidity regulated and out of harms way from children.

http://www.amazon.com/Mandolin-Fiddle-Violin-Display-VD01-MAH/dp/B004E0F1RY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1DDU2M9AVGA0F&coliid=I12V6KXV477GNX

I am making one right now out of a display case for fine china. Had to buy a uke hanger to glue on to the glass. Will post pics when completed.

mattydee
03-22-2013, 07:13 AM
It probably will work, size-wise, but the hanger will be too small -- the neck of a violin is much thinner at the nut, so you'd have to replace the hanger in it.

I still haven't had time to make my own wall hanging happen. I should have some time in May to devote.


Does anyone have one like this? I checked the dimensions and it might work. I like the idea of having the humidity regulated and out of harms way from children.

http://www.amazon.com/Mandolin-Fiddle-Violin-Display-VD01-MAH/dp/B004E0F1RY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1DDU2M9AVGA0F&coliid=I12V6KXV477GNX

I am making one right now out of a display case for fine china. Had to buy a uke hanger to glue on to the glass. Will post pics when completed.

hawaii 50
03-22-2013, 07:15 AM
Does anyone have one like this? I checked the dimensions and it might work. I like the idea of having the humidity regulated and out of harms way from children.

http://www.amazon.com/Mandolin-Fiddle-Violin-Display-VD01-MAH/dp/B004E0F1RY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1DDU2M9AVGA0F&coliid=I12V6KXV477GNX

I am making one right now out of a display case for fine china. Had to buy a uke hanger to glue on to the glass. Will post pics when completed.



Hey Daniel
when you got time to build the case..you got to practice..it looks nice, but you need a whole bunch of um for all you ukes..or are you building one large case?

Smiley at the Ukulele Source in San Jose uses those cases for his high end ukes..usually a Pepe..

Uke Republic
03-22-2013, 07:19 AM
If you have a bunch- String swing sells ukulele hangers for slatboard too. This is basically a standard slatboard cut in half for a smaller wall.
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Nicko
03-22-2013, 09:38 AM
I've been thinking of a wall-hanging solution, too. The humidifier on our furnace keeps our place very close to 50% RH all winter -- I've been tracking it this year. So I've decided to do the wall thing. I very much like what Philippe Krouk has done (http://youtu.be/8X3tqfuKhw4). I mean...who's gonna argue with Philippe Krouk about anything having to do with ukulele's?! And he's a graphic artist, too, so it looks good besides. It looks like the bar he hangs the ukes from is aluminum perhaps. I'm going to go with some material that I'll paint the same color as the wall. Looks like he has wrapped the bar with some kind of soft material to protect the tuners -- the ukes are suspended by their tuning machines. I think it looks great and is a superb solution. It's the way I've decided to go -- as soon as we get some wallpaper removed and the wall repainted.

UKEonomics
03-22-2013, 10:11 AM
It's already been mentioned on this thread, but I too put together a multi uke hanger using the idea in the UU uke minutes video. You can see mine here (http://ukeonomics.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-make-ukulele-wall-hanger.html). It could be done and look much prettier, but I'm lazy...and cheap. :)

A lot of other very innovative and cool ideas that folks have shared!