Originally published on Dec. 19, 2015 and updated on .
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This is a major revision of our keyboard stand buying guide with many more stands analyzed, a much greater volume of data processed, and improved reporting on what keyboard players like and don't like about each item in our list of recommended keyboard stands below.
This guide focuses on stands primarily designed for 49 key instruments and up - if you need a stand for a smaller keyboard then carefully check the minimum width a stand or its tiers can be adjusted to, or consider getting a music laptop stand or an attachment for a larger stand.
We began by looking at the best seller and highest rated lists of keyboard stands at several major online American retailers and from that we produced a short list of stands to add to our Music Gear Database. That list combined with the stands already in our database produced a finalist list of 42 keyboard stands for in-depth analysis. We then collected data from reviews and forum discussions and fed that into the Gearank Algorithm to create a Gearank score out of 100 for each finalist stand - during this procedure over 6,200 individual review and rating sources were processed. That data was also used by me to report on what musicians did and didn't like about each stand in the Pros and Cons section of the stands presented below. Finally, I selected the highest rated stands to recommend within the following categories:
- Single Keyboard Stands
- 2 Tier Keyboard Stands
- 3 Tier Keyboard Stands
- A-Frame Style
For further information about our methods see How Gearank Works.
Things To Consider When Buying A Keyboard Stand
Strength. The heavier your keyboards are then the stronger your stands will need to be - don't skimp on budget or weight when it isn't worth the risk of having an expensive keyboard drop to the floor - make sure you check the weight specifications of a stand before you buy it. Also ensure your stand is rated for a greater load than the weight of your keyboard because it has to hold up under the combined forces of the keyboard weight and you playing on it.
Size & Weight. There are two size issues to consider, yours and that of your keyboards. If you are a tall person and you play sitting down, some stands will have parts that get in the way of your legs or knees making it difficult to play and use your pedals easily. If you have a small keyboard, make sure the stand can adjust down to the width you need. Also make sure your stand, particularly 2nd or 3rd tiers, are rated to take the weight of the keyboard you want to place on it.
Where will you be playing? If you're going to be regularly setting up and packing down then you need to look for ones that are easy to setup, tear down and transport. For example, four legged stands tend to be quite sturdy but at the cost of taking more time to set up and pull down. On the other hand if you mainly play at home then any sturdy stand will do the job.
Number of keyboards. When you have more than 1 keyboard you're either going to need a multi-tier stand or multiple stands. If you prefer to have all your keyboards in front of you then go with a multi tier option, otherwise you can use multiple stands placed approximately at right angles to each other - sometimes referred to as an 'L' configuration.
Accessories. Many keyboard stands have optional accessories for holding things like laptops, tablets, microphones and additional tiers. If you plan to use these you will need to take the combined weight of accessories and the items they hold into account when choosing your stand.
Center of gravity. With multi-tier stands you have to be careful about which keyboards you place on each level to ensure the center of gravity remains as close as possible to the center of the stand. Generally, this means placing the lighter keyboards on the higher tiers.
Different kinds of stands. The main types of stands are Single X, Double X, Column, Table or T Style, Z Style and A-Frame. The lighter X types are generally cheaper but less stable that the other types - the pros and cons of each type are described in each section below..
The Best Keyboard Stands
Single Keyboard Stands
These can be used in either standing or sitting positions, although the table-top variety suit a wider range of player's height when sitting - you want your feet to comfortably reach your pedals while the keyboard isn't too high. We have not included the kinds of stands best suited to home organs as these types of stands and benches are primarily intended for stationary use, and are often specific to particular keyboard models, while we are focusing here more on multi purpose stands.
Single Keyboard X Style
These are light-weight stands best suited for uses at home on in a studio context rather than for regular gigging unless you have a lightweight keyboard.
World Tour SXKS Single
Although this stand retained its spot as the highest rated stand in it's class, it was very nearly beaten out this year by the On-Stage KS7190 Classic which has wider distribution and is also worth taking a look at.
The World Tour SXKS Single is a basic stand suited to those on a budget and who don't need a more solid stand because it will mainly be used in a static setting at home or in the studio as opposed to being regularly thrown in the back of the van to take to gigs or rehearsals.
It can accommodate keyboards from 49 to 88 keys and the range of height adjustment allows most people to play either sitting or standing. Note that X style stands can get in the way of your knees if you're tall and prefer to play sitting down.
- Load capacity: 130 lb
- Height: Adjustable from 25.25" to 38.75"
- Width: Not specified
- Depth: 19"
- Construction: 1" round and square steel tubing
- Weight: 6.3 lb
It received many positive reviews from people who just wanted something for home or studio use, or for their children who were learning keyboards. It was regarded as being reasonably well constructed for its low price by many reviewers.
Some people pointed out that many 49-key keyboards are not wide enough to use with this stand in the sitting position. There were many people who complained that the assembly instructions were not very good. Some of the experienced musicians who reviewed it said it was definitely not suitable for gigging. Some people reported it was wobbly even though some said it was stable - it may be that there are variations in quality which can happen with low-cost products like this.
If you only need something for light duties and want to save a few dollars, then this is worth looking at.
Single Keyboard Double X
These have 2 sets of bracing tubes which makes them tougher and better suited to gigging.
World Tour DXKS Double X
This is a step up from the SXKS above. As you can see from the pictures the DXKS has an extra cross member making it significantly stronger.
The World Tour DXKS is by far the most highly regarded single keyboard double-x stand.
It can be used with keyboards with 49 to 88 keys in the standing position and 61 to 88 keys in the sitting position. Note that even in the sitting position it is still a few inches higher than a standard piano height.
- Load capacity: 250 lb
- Height: adjustable from 25.25" to 38.75"
- Width: Not specified
- Depth: 19"
- Construction: 1-inch square and round steel tubing
- Weight: 11.1 lbs
Positive reviews commonly said it was good value for the price. Many people said the Double-X configuration was more stable and sturdy than Single-X stands - this included many people who use it with full-sized 88-key keyboards.
Several people complained of a chemical smell coming from the rubber feet. Many people mentioned that their knees didn't fit underneath in the sitting position - this is a common issue with X-Style stands.
If you want a stand that is more sturdy than a Single-X stand, and you have a limited budget, then this is currently your best option.
These are much better suited to playing in a sitting position, although some can extend high enough to play standing up. Konig and Meyer dominate this section so I've included their highest rated stand along with a cheaper option which is the highest rated table stand under $100.
K&M Omega 18810 Table Keyboard Stand
The K&M Omega 18810 is the highest rated keyboard stand, not just table stand, out of all the ones currently available in the USA..
K&M have an oustanding reputation for very high levels of customer satisfaction, and at the time of writing, they have the 3 highest rated keyboard stands and the 3 highest rated mic stands available in the US.
The Omega has 4 Velcro tapes to guide cables and is engraved with a height scale.
It can accommodate a large range of keyboard widths from 25-key to 88-key keyboards. It can also be converted to a 2 Tier stand with the addition of the K&M Stacker (Amazon link).
- Load capacity: 176 lb (80 Kg)
- Height: Adjustable from 23.6" to 40.1" (600 mm to 1,020 mm) via spring-loaded clamping knobs
- Width: Adjustable from 7" to 31.1" (180 mm to 790 mm)
- Depth: 13.6" (345 mm)
- Construction: Steel
- Weight: 20.9 lb (9.5 kg)
Very well built and sturdy, or words to that effect, were common in customer reviews. The ease with which it can be adjusted also generated praise in many reviews. Several people said that this is the best stand they've ever used.
There were no consistently reported negatives in reviews, however one person said their assembly instructions were written in German but they were still able to assemble it using the pictures.
The overwhelming consensus of K&M Omega owners is that this is well and truly worth the higher cost with many saying it's the best keyboard stand they've ever owned.
On-Stage Stands WS8550 Large Heavy-Duty Table Stand
The WS8550 is the highest rated Table or T- style stand under $100 so I've included it here for anyone who's budget won't stretch far enough to get a K&M stand.
It is suitable for most 49-key and larger keyboards. The 8 rubber pads (2 on each of the extended arms) can be adjusted to firmly hold a wide range of gear. With its variable width and depth it's also well suited to holding many DJ Coffins and Mixing Consoles.
- Load capacity: 250 lb
- Height: Adjustable between 8 set positions from 24” to 33”
- Width: Adjustable from 29” to 47”
- Depth: Adjustable from 15” to 27”
- Construction: Steel, welded and bolted
- Weight: 19 lb
It has received many positive comments about its sturdiness, ability to hold keyboards and even mixing desks firmly in place, and how well it folds up for transport.
A couple of people said that the stand is heavier than it needs to be but they were very much in the minority - other than that there were no consistently reported negatives.
Our analysis of customer reviews revealed that this is a versatile stand which is quite well regarded by keyboardists and DJs.
Single Keyboard Z Style
These tend to be more sturdy than X-Style stands and some can be raised and lowered to accommodate both sitting and standing positions.
Roland KS-18Z Z-Style Stand
The Roland KS-18Z has a large range of widths it can be adjusted to which makes it suitable for many 25-Key keyboards as well as larger keyboards.
It can be used in both seated and standing positions.
- Load capacity: 198.4 lb (90 kg)
- Height: Adjustable to the following pre-set heights: 23-15/16", 26-1/2", 29-1/16", 31-5/8", 34-3/16", and 36-3/4"
- Width: Adjustable from 24-1/4" to 36-15/16"
- Depth: 20.5"
- Construction: Not specified
- Weight: 17 lb
Solid and sturdy were two words repeated time and again by people commenting on this stand. Many of the positive reviews came from people who had 'upgraded' from x-style stands and were quite impressed by the additional stability this z-style stand provides.
There were no strong complaints consistently made but a small number of people who were used to X-style stands found the extra weight and added complexity of folding down bothersome (it packs down into 3 pieces). There were a few people who said it had a small amount of sideways movement while playing, but these comments came from people who gave overall positive reviews.
This is the highest rated z-style stand for a single keyboard - the next highest rated option is the On Stage KS7350.
2 Tier Keyboard Stands
One of the common themes we see in reviews for stands with 2 tiers or more is that some musicians aren't careful enough to prevent over-balancing the top levels by overloading them, or by removing a lower keyboard when one is sitting on top.
2 Tier X Style
These are Double X-Style stands with attachments to create an extra level. One thing that stood out in our survey data is that double keyboard x-style stands are consistently rated lower than their column or z-style counterparts, and based upon written reviews, that seemed to be primarily due to stability issues - the trade off is that these cost less than the other types.
Quik-Lok QL-742 Double Tier Stand
The Quik-Lok QL-742 can accommodate keyboards as thin as 20" on the top tier if you adjust it to maximum height by positioning the feet in their closest position.
Keyboard sizes from 49-Key and up will fit on the bottom tier in standing positions.
Although the top tier has a fixed depth you can adjust it forwards and backwards to give you the right amount of accessibility on the bottom keyboard.
It's point of difference with similar stands is that it has a "Push to adjust" locking disc system.
- Load capacity overall: 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°
- Main Tier Depth: 17.2"
- Top Tier Depth: 16.5"
- Leg Depth: 24''
- Width: Not specified
- Construction: 1.18" x 1.18" steel tubing (30 mm x 30 mm)
- Weight: 20.7 lb
Positive reviews outnumbered negative reviews by roughly 3 to 1. Professional musicians were among those giving it positive reviews - some were happy using it for gigging and others happy with it in a studio context. Some people said that the push button did make height adjustment relatively easy.
Other than shipping issues, there were several complaints about poor construction and/or low quality parts. These types of complaints were in the minority - one reviewer suggested there may be variability in quality control.
There were mixed reports about how stable it was but despite the complaints, this is still the highest rated stand in its class.
2 Tier Column Style
Although generally more expensive than x-style double stands, column stands typically get higher ratings.
K&M 18860 Spider Pro Column Stand - Silver
Not only is this the highest rated column style stand, the higher priced black version is also the 2nd highest rated column stand.
The K&M 18860 has plenty of room for your knees and pedals when used in the sitting position and being adjustable up to 51.5" it is also suitable for playing standing up.
It's a bit too wide for 25-Key keyboards but fine for 49-key or larger keyboards.
- Load capacity overall: 231 lb (105 kg)
- Load capacity each tier: 77 lb (35 kg)
- Height: Maximum 51.5" (1,310 mm) - both tiers are infinitely variable
- Width: Adjustable from 26.4" to 37" (670 mm to 940 mm)
- Depth: Adjustable from 11.8" to 18.5" (300 mm to 470 mm)
- Construction: Anodized aluminum
- Weight: 22.2 lb (10.06 kg)
- Support arms:: one pair has an adjustable tilt angle of 15°
Its strength and stability were consistently praised in reviews. Many people who play a lot of gigs were impressed with how easy they found setting up and breaking down for transport. The configuration of the legs which provides ample space for pedals was positively cited several times. A few people even praised how good it looks on stage. Accessories such as the laptop and iPad holders were also appreciated my many.
There were no consistently reported problems with this stand. One person said their keyboard didn't fit the bottom support arms - that could have been avoided by reading the specifications before buying it. One person said it wasn't as sturdy as a double-x stand. One internationally touring keyboardist (who rated it 5/5) complained he wasn't able to get an off-the-shelf flight case for it instead of the K&M carry bag.
Both this silver version of the K&M 18860, and the black version which sells at a higher price, are rated significantly higher by keyboardists than any of the other column style stands available from US retailers.,
2 Tier Z-Style
These typically have a higher load bearing capacity over column style stands - this is important not only if you use 2 heavy keyboards, but also if you want to add a lot of accessories such as laptop holders and microphone stands.
On-Stage KS7365EJ Folding Z-Style
The KS7365EJ is designed to accommodate 55-Key to 88-Key keyboards.
Some people put a plank of wood across one of the tiers to hold smaller items and so you could place smaller keyboards on it using this method, but this isn't part of the original design.
Musicians have put it to use holding not only keyboards but also mixing consoles, DJ gear, xylophones and speakers.
- Load capacity overall: 400 lb
- Load capacity top tier: 60 lb
- Height: Tiers adjustable from 24" from 38"”
- Top tier:: Adjustable from 5” to 12” above bottom tier and in 10° increments
- Bottom tier:: Adjustable from ”
- Width: Adjustable from 21" to 37”
- Depth top tier: 16.25"
- Depth bottom tier: 16.5"
- Construction: Welded steel tubing
- Weight: 29 lb
Sturdy, strong, and stable, or words to that effect, came up frequently in positive reviews - and even in a few critical reviews. Many said it was great for using with pedalboards/foot controllers. The vast majority of people who addressed the topic of stability while playing said it didn't sway or wobble. Its high load bearing capacity was also positively cited frequently in comments and discussions. Positive reviews came from not only keyboard players, but also DJs and percussionists (eg xylophonists). Some even report using one of the tiers to hold mixing desks to good effect.
Some taller musicians report problems bumping their knees into the cross-bars when using it in the sitting position and it was pointed out that in this position the keyboard was a bit higher than a standard piano keyboard. A few people said that they would have liked more adjustment options from the range of height settings to the relative depth and widths and angles of the tiers. Some people who gig frequently complained about taking longer than they would have liked setting up and tearing down after shows, however those with large vehicles such as vans said it wasn't a problem for them (they report folding it up but not completely disassembling it). A small minority said they didn't think it was stable enough for them.
The KS7365EJ is a very highly rated and recommended 2 tier stand for both stationary and gigging uses.
3 Tier Keyboard Stands
We found that in general, stands with 3 tiers or more receive lower ratings from customers than 2 tier stands do, and this holds true across nearly all review sources we found. It seems that this is a reflection of the additional complexity for setting up and pulling down and the fact that the more tiers you add the slightly less stable they become. Although 3 tier stands can come in other formats, we only found A-Frame style stands rated high enough to be included in this guide.
StandTastic 103KSB 60" Triple-Tier
The StandTastic 103KSB was designed, tested, and patented in the USA by LM Products.
It folds down to 64" x 6" x 6" and comes with a carry bag and only weighs 21 lb.
It also has ruled markers to help you set the height precisely.
- Load capacity: Not specified
- Height: Adjustable with the top tier going up to 57"
- Width: Adjustable up to up to 36"
- Arms: Tilt is adjustable but the degree of movement is not specified
- Depth: Adjustable from 12" to 22"
- Construction: Not specified other than to say it's not made using plastic and the racks are metal
- Weight: 21 lb
Most owners who wrote about its construction quality said it was well built. Many people said they put 3 keyboards on it and that it worked well - some people even said that had over 100 lbs on it without issue.
Several people complained that it is large and bulky when erected. A few people complained about quality control saying some pieces were not correctly assembled.
It's difficult to say what the smallest size keyboard is that you can place on it, but it should be fine with most 49-Key keyboards and up.
On Stage KS7903 3-Tier A-Frame
Although this isn't a particularly highly rated stand, it is a more cost-effective alternative for those who don't need their stand for gigging.
The KS7903 base is 26” x 58" - this being the maximum amount of required floor space.
It is designed to hold up to three 61-Key to 76-Key keyboards.
- Load capacity: 40 lb per tier - total 120 lb
- Height: Top tier 54"
- Width: Internal width 51"
- Depth: Not specified
- Construction: Powder coated aluminum - bolted not welded
- Weight: 22.1 lb
Many keyboardists were happy using it in a static situation such as at home or in a studio. Its light weight was positively cited in many customer reviews. It was repeatedly described as sturdy if used only in a studio type setting.
Many people said this wasn't appropriate for gigging due to the large amount of space it takes up both on stage and during transport. Several people complained that some of the plastic components were cheap and not particularly durable. Several people reported having their keyboards drop off due to failures, however others suggested that it was most likely due to incorrect assembly rather than failing parts.
Based on customer reviews this stand should be fine for home or studio use so long as you don't need to move it frequently and your keyboards aren't too heavy.