Picture of How to Make a Hi-Hat Stand
A while back, I acquired a drum set for $50. I got a kick, snare, and three toms, but no cymbals or stands. Because the set was so cheap, I was unwilling to spend over $50 to complete it, but cymbals are expensive, and so are stands!

By a stroke of luck, I was given hi-hat cymbals and a crash for free. Although they are crappy Starcaster cymbals, they make cymbal noises, so I'm happy. But I still needed a hi-hat stand, and the cheapest ones I saw were $50-$60. Unacceptable!

I googled around a bit and could not find any information on building my own hi-hat stand. Perhaps it's been done before, but I couldn't find anything. However, the concept seemed simple enough, so I decided to tackle it on my own.

I was able to do this project for just under $23. This is partly because my mother works at a hardware store and I get sizable discounts, but other parts of the country are much cheaper than here in Washington State.

Step 1: The Parts

Picture of The Parts
Below is a list of parts I used. Feel free to modify the design and add or swap parts. If you do, I'd like to see how it turns out!
  • 3/8"-16 x 36" threaded rod (Note: you may actually only need a 24" rod)
  • 1/2" x 12" pipe (Note: the picture shows two, but I only used one)
  • 1/2" x 8" pipe (2x)
  • 1/2" x 3" pipe (2x)
  • 3/4" x 6" pipe (4x)
  • 1" x 2" pipe
  • 1" coupling
  • 1" x 1/2" bell reduction coupling
  • 1/2" x 1" hex bushing (female x male)
  • 1/2" 90º ell (2x)
  • 1/2" x 3/4" x 3/4" tee (2x)
  • 1/2" cross
  • 13/16" x 3-1/4" x 0.62 WG compression spring
  • 3/8"-16 nylon locking nuts (2x)
  • 3/8" x 1" washer
  • 3/8" wingnut
  • 3/8"-16 x 1/4"-20 reducing coupling nut
  • 3/8" x 3/8" x 1" nylon spacer (2x)
  • 1/2" x 3/8" x 1" nylon spacer
  • 3/8" x 1-1/2" rubber washer (2x)
  • 1/2" x 2" rubber washer
  • 1/4"-20 x 2" eye bolt (nut is not necessary)
  • 6" or so of chain
  • Hi-hat cymbals, of course!
Again, a lot of these parts can be substituted. Pipe lengths, washer sizes and thicknesses, etc. can all be adjusted how you see fit.
LucDaRocka13 years ago
i got a free sabian ride cymbal
bmxican334 years ago
lol no offense but this is pretty ghetto
benfarhner (author)  bmxican334 years ago
That's how I roll :)
Haha my bands drummer uses an office chair as a throne too!
ellisgl5 years ago
I would hate to have to drag that on on tour....
benfarhner (author)  ellisgl5 years ago
It's not that heavy, and the best part is that it fully disassembles! Unfortunately, because of the locking nut, taking the cymbals off is kind of a pain in the rear end.

It's great for the studio though! ;)
lukaj20035 years ago
Good job on the stand.
Nice, cheap and simple.
BTW, your drum kit has a very 'ghetto' or garage band-y type look, from the drum condition and the DIY hi-hat. Maybe you want to consider leaving it as it is?
Unless that's not your style of course... 
benfarhner (author)  lukaj20035 years ago
Thanks! Yeah it's pretty ghetto-looking. I'm thinking of painting the hi-hat stand but that's about it. Maybe I'll just do a clear coat.
 you might want to buy a crash and ride symbol and maybe buy or build a stand for each of em

benfarhner (author)  Apple_4_life5 years ago
 You'll note that I was given a crash along with the hi-hats. I also built a stand for it :)