Rafter Stands are made from high-quality hardwoods. The goal in the design of the stand was to create a simple, functional form that is attractive but does not steal the focus from the beautiful instruments placed on the stand.
Rafter Stands, a company based in Helsinki, Finland, has launched a line of handcrafted, premium guitar stands that look more like fine furniture than other, mass-produced options. The Multi Stand holds between two and four instruments and comes in birch, ash, oak and walnut.
Founder Tuomas Ritola, a product development engineer and a guitarist from Helsinki, first developed the stand for his personal use, but has since started to offer the stands to the public. The goal, he said was to create something that would protect instruments while looking good in well-designed and decorated spaces.
Most guitar stands currently on the market are portable and robust, and made from metal or plastic. But they are poorly designed from an aesthetic standpoint, and the foam rubber padding and chemical coatings are potentially harmful to the delicate finishes on high-end instruments. They certainly look out of place in an elegantly designed and decorated apartment or studio.
The stands are designed by Bravuri Engineering Design, a small design bureau in Helsinki, handcrafted in a carpentry shop in Southern Finland, and stored in & shipped from a warehouse in Tallinn, Estonia.
The total width of the stand is about 19 inches, with approximately 17 inches of room for the instruments between the two sides of the stand. In practice, the stand can accommodate, for example, two acoustic guitars and an electric guitar or bass, or four electric guitars or basses. The position of the dividers can be adjusted depending on the number of instruments on the stand and their dimensions.
Made from selected hardwood, the stands were designed to be attractive, but not detract from the beauty of the instruments they store.
“Rafter Stands are flexible in terms of how many, and what kinds of, guitars you can place on them,” Ritola said. “Many stands are made for a specific number of guitars, and they may also have restrictions related the body depth of the instrument that can fit the stand.”
The current model is a multi-guitar stand, but the company also has a single guitar stand in development. In addition to selling directly to customers, the company is looking for distributors and collaboration possibilities, especially in Europe and the United States.
More information, including the company’s online store, is available at www.rafterstands.com
About Rafter stands
The reason behind designing Rafter stands was the lack of attractive guitar stands for home use. The guitar stands on the market have so far been mostly rugged, often black stands made of metal or plastic, which are great for stage use, but less suitable for decorated spaces.