When you enter our home, the first thing that you see is a short wall in our sitting room where my keyboard resides. It's really the only spot on our main floor that suits the size of my keyboard, and I need it somewhere easily accessible so that I can practice music for church (and for fun). The icky looking metal stand and cords underneath the keyboard started bugging me to BITS. I had to think of a solution to make my keyboard look prettier, and I finally came up with an idea. When I saw this skirted media console by Sarah Richardson one day, it hit me - I could design and sew a fitted skirt for my keyboard stand! Not only would it hide the mess of cords and the ugly utilitarian stand, but I could still slide a chair underneath it when I wanted to use my keyboard. Here's how I made my DIY fitted skirt to cover my keyboard stand.
I decided to use a natural coloured cotton canvas for the skirt, and then I dressed it up with some black grosgrain ribbon. I love this combo because it's neutral, but still a little classy and glamourous to match the rest of our sitting room decor:
I did use my sewing machine to make this skirt, but you could also make something similar by using a plywood base that sits atop your keyboard stand, and staple your fabric to it. Have a look at this tutorial if you'd like to try a no-sew version.
Here's how my keyboard stand looked before:
And here's the after:
It's so much more welcoming, right? It looks like a cute little console table now, but it's still my beloved keyboard!
To make a fitted skirt keyboard stand, you need:
- 2 yards heavy decor fabric (I used cotton canvas)
- grosgrain ribbon (optional)
- sewing machine & thread
- Measure the length and width of your keyboard, and the height of your keyboard stand.
- Cut out the following rectangular pieces from your fabric:
- Base - the length and width of your keyboard + 1" (to account for seam allowances)
- TWO Side Panels - the width of your keyboard x the height of your stand + 2" (to account for hems and additional length for a little drape)
- TWO Front Panels - half the length of your keyboard each x the height of your stand + 2" (to account for hems and additional length for a little drape)
- THREE Pleat Pieces - 8" x the height of your keyboard stand + 2" (these will go behind the panels on the corners and front "pleat")
- Serge or zigzag one long side of the Base piece.
- Press all of the vertical sides of the Side Panels and Front Panels ½" and then ½" again. Stitch to create hems.
- Zigzag or serge the vertical sides of the pleat pieces. These sides don't need to be hemmed nicely because they will be hidden behind the other pieces.
- Press all of the bottoms of the Side Panels, Front Panels and Pleat Pieces under ½" and then ½" again. Stitch to create hems.
- Sew grosgrain ribbon around the edges of the panels (or other trim) if desired. I sewed mine about ½" from the edges.
- Stitch the Side Panels to the sides of the Base piece, right sides together using a ½" seam allowance.
- Sew the Front Panels to the front of the Base piece, right sides together using a ½" seam allowance. Ensure that the split is in the center.
- Pin the Pleat Pieces behind the other panels - center them at each opening. Stitch them into the seam allowance, ensuring that their hem falls to the same place as the hems of the rest of the pieces.
- You can create a plywood piece that's the same size as your keyboard for this skirt to drape over, or you can do what I did if your keyboard is a permanent fixture - pin the skirt directly to the bottom of the keyboard.
I'm so happy with the stylish new look of my keyboard stand and I think that it's finally a pretty piece to great my guests with!