Proper instrument storage is key to preserving musical instruments. Whether bands, churches, schools, concert halls, orchestras, musical equipment stores, or individual musicians use them.

Options for instrument storage range from simple shelves to cabinets to lockers, each with its benefits for musicians and institutions. Southwest Solutions Group offers a range of storage solutions, perfect for your unique requirements.

Before choosing storage, it’s important to consider the different users’ needs. Individuals and areas with secured rooms might prioritize easy access, while band directors and other applications will consider instrument security and space.

Read on to learn about the different kinds of products offered, their benefits, and customization options. To view more education storage solutions, visit our market page.

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Types of Instrument Storage

Open Instrument Shelves

music instrument shelves cabinets lockersMusical instrument shelves are popular because they’re versatile and easy to use. They have open sections or adjustable racks, perfect for all types of instruments. They allow quick access, which is handy during rehearsals or performances.

Shelves can be organized by how often instruments are used or by type, such as brass or strings. They also keep instruments safe from moisture, helping to ensure instruments stay in top condition. Visit our online store to see our education storage products.

Benefits of Open Instrument Shelves

Accessibility and Organization

Instruments are easy to grab without dealing with doors or compartments, which speeds up rehearsals and maintenance. Sort band instruments by type, size, or frequency of use, making it easy to find what’s needed. Additionally, you can see all the instruments at once, making it easier to keep track of them and prevent loss.

Heightened Air Flow

Unlike closed cabinets, open shelves let air circulate around instruments, which helps prevent damage from moisture.

Space Savings

These shelves use vertical space, fitting lots of instruments while utilizing available space.

Storage Cabinets

Instrument cabinets are for places where security matters. Solid door cabinets offer the most protection. They protect instruments from theft or damage in schools and studios. They can even have systems to control temperature and humidity, which is important for delicate instruments.

Benefits of Solid Door Instrument Cabinets

Secure Storage

"solidThese cabinets lock instruments away securely, protecting them from theft and damage. Unlike grill door lockers, solid door cabinets keep instruments out of sight, adding extra security.

Climate Control

Cabinets can have systems to control temperature and humidity, keeping instruments safe from damage.


Built to last, these cabinets can handle heavy use and keep instruments safe for a long time.

Instrument Storage Lockers

Grill-door instrument lockers are great for places with limited space. They use vertical space well, so you can fit lots of instruments in a small area. Plus, you can customize them to fit different instruments and needs. You can move shelves around, have hooks for hanging instruments, or have sections of different sizes.

Benefits of Grill Door Instrument Lockers

Enhanced Air Circulation

instrument storageThe design of the grill doors creates great air circulation, preventing mold and corrosion. This advantage prolongs the lifespan of stored instruments. In addition to enhancing airflow, the grill doors contribute to maintaining the freshness of the air within, which is beneficial for the preservation of instruments.


The see-through nature of these doors complicates theft attempts. Any unusual activity is easily noticeable, providing an added layer of security.

Customizable Options

These lockers are available in various sizes and styles, offering customizable solutions to meet specific needs.

Space Efficiency

Grill door lockers are designed to optimize space usage, making them an excellent choice for areas where space is at a premium.

Types of Security Locks

Ensuring musical instruments stay safe is crucial for musicians and music programs. Valuable instruments are at risk of theft or damage, so investing in good security is necessary. Padlock hasps, key locks, and digital locks all offer ways to keep band instruments safe, each with its own benefits.

  • Padlock Hasps: Padlock hasps are basic but effective tools for securing instrument cabinets and lockers. They’re made of a metal loop (the hasp) and a shackle for a padlock. These devices are versatile and can be used on different surfaces, like wood or metal.
  • Key Locks: Key locks are a common choice for securing instrument cabinets. They work with a physical key and are simple to use. They’re familiar to everyone and provide quick access to instruments with the right key.
  • Digital Locks: Digital locks are top-of-the-line security tools offering advanced features for instrument protection. They’re great for customizing access and offer extra convenience with remote control options.

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Contact Us for Instrument Storage

Southwest Solutions Group offers design and installation services for instrument storage shelves, cabinets, and lockers. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your needs before beginning the design. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 800-803-1083 or send us a message.


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Wichita State University

“Southwest Solutions Group is the best managed team I’ve seen in the 15 years I’ve been working on campus, bar none. You could give lessons to some of the other contractors we do business with at WSU! Every detail was perfectly coordinated, including keeping the jobsite clean…. thank you!”

Wichita State University

“Just wanted to reach out and tell you how pleased I am with the renovation. I have been at SMU for quite a long time and for a while I thought that I was destined for inefficient, terrible storage spaces. The transformation that took place was absolutely mind blowing. Chester, Jay, and Marco were absolutely remarkable. They were true professionals and worked extremely well together as a team. I am hoping to find other under-utilized rooms just so I can have them come out again and make them functional. They were able to complete the job even though a whole day was lost due to a power outage on our campus. I thoroughly enjoyed their time on campus and want you to know that these guys are a valuable asset to your company. Again, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you and your team.”

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“Daryl, your guys are AWESOME! Your installation team just disassembled the sliding file cabinets and are heading over to the new facility. Your installers were very efficient and nice. This is a huge improvement from our experience with the other vendor. It is nice to work with professionals. Thanks for the great job!”

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“Derek and Patrick wrapped up round one just a bit ago. I wanted to let you know that everything went well. The guys were super to work with, very efficient and cordial, and I believe they left the space tidier than when they arrived! I know they will be back to finish the workbench cabinets in a couple of weeks, but I wanted to say thank you to them and you for your help with outfitting our lab. Please let them know I appreciate everything they did!”

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