If you’re new to archery you’ve probably gone out and carefully selected the right bow for you. Now you’re excited to get out there and start practicing but have you considered buying a bow stand for your new equipment?
The number one rule of owning a bow is: Don’t rest it on the ground! This will damage your bow and affect its accuracy. Below are some more good reasons to invest in a bow stand:
- You won’t have to bend over to pick up your arrows
- It’s a good place to store your bow and arrows when they’re not in use
- It can be a stylish piece of decore to proudly display your bow and arrows
- A bow stand will protect your equipment from damage
So now that you’re convinced of the value of a bow stand, which is the right one for you? We have reviewed four stands that have some similar and different characteristics to help you make your decision.
Best Stand for a Recurve Bow
1. Rush Creek Creations Rustic Wall Storage Rack
For one, this is a wall storage rack, which means that it comes with all necessary hardware to mount it to a wall. Mounting it on any wall is fairly easy as long as you have the right tools on hand.
Now, this rack does need to be assembled, which is not all that hard, but it will take some time, especially if building things is not your strong suit. With that being said, if you have a helping hand, it really should not take too long to complete the assembly process.
We like the Rush Creek Creations Bow Storage Rack because it comes with enough room to store 2 bows 12 arrows, plus it has an accessory compartment on the bottom. The arrow rack is an easy placement rack, plus the pegs for the bows are extra-long, both features ensuring that your bows and arrows are securely in place. Although originally designed for compound bows, this storage rack will easily accommodate recurve bows as well.
The Rush Creek Creations Bow Storage Rack is made of natural pine and features an unfinished look. It’s a very sturdy and durable bow storage rack, one that is moisture resistant and tough all around. It is a very nice and rustic-looking rack, which adds some beauty to the mix.
Whether you’re new to archery or just starting out you’ll need a place to store your bows and arrows. Why not choose a rack that’s visually appealing? This solid pine wall rack from Rush Creek Creations is both beautiful and functional in its design. It’s ideal for storing and displaying compound bows and arrows.
The sturdy rectangular rack is hand-scraped and placed in a kiln to dry. It’s then given a polyurethane coating to make it scratch and dent resistant. The grain of the rack is stunning and gives it a lovely rustic look. It will make an attractive addition to any man cave, shed, or cabin.
The rack comes with two extra-long pegs to hold the bows securely in place. They’re adjustable to accommodate equipment of different weights and sizes. As an added extra a handy drawer is built into the base of the rack to store all your archery accessories.
The Rush Creek Rustic is easy to assemble and mount to the wall. It’s a great addition to any archer’s home.
Pros & Cons
- Sturdy rectangular design
- Can accommodate any size bow and arrow
- Scratch and dent resistant
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to mount on wall
- Made of real pine wood
- Holds 2 bows and 12 arrows
- Features an extra storage compartment
- No instructions
- Requires assembly
- Cannot be used free standing
- It’s a large piece of furniture so make sure you have enough space!
2. Huntingdoor Stainless Steel 3D Bow Archery Stand Rack
If you’re looking for a portable and practical stand to store your bow the Huntingdoor will fit the bill. It’s useful for practice and competitions. Rather than placing your bow and arrows on the floor, you can rest it on the stand.
If you need a good free-standing bow rack, this is a nice option to go with. For one, the Huntingdoor Archery Stand requires minimal assembly. Seriously, it only takes a couple of minutes to assemble the few parts which this bow stand consists of. Now, it is not really a bow rack, but a bow stand. It cannot hold any arrows and does not come with any storage compartments.
With that being said, it works fine to hold a long bow or recurve bow with ease. It features extra-long legs, 3 of them, to help ensure good balance and stability. In other words, the Huntingdoor Archery Stand is not going to fall down with your bow in it, at least not easily.
This stand is very lightweight and easy to carry, making it highly portable, thus allowing you to take it with you anywhere, and ultimately allowing you to put your bow down in a secure spot without having to place it on the ground.
The Huntingdoor Archery Stand is made of stainless steel, which is nice due to its high level of durability and resistance to corrosion. This stand holds your bow horizontally, but be aware that you do need to put your bow in it in a certain way in order to get it to balance right.
This rack has a simple wrench stick and works by balancing the bow horizontally on its bowstring. It will give you a more professional look while also protecting your bow and arrows from getting damaged on the ground.
The Huntingdoor stainless steel construction makes it sturdy, lightweight, and fully mobile. You can transport it and your equipment to classes and competitions effortlessly. It’s also a great place to store your equipment neatly at home when not in use.
The stand works well for recurve, compound, and longbows. It’s a great functional piece of equipment for use in the field, target, and 3D shooting.
Pros & Cons
- Sturdy stainless steel construction
- Protects your bow and arrows from damage
- Lightweight & Portable
- Ideal for a single recurve bow
- Long legs
- Easy to assemble
- High quality stainless steel
- Free standing
- Not very aesthetic display
- Fits smaller bows better than large bows
- Bows need to be specifically placed for balance
- Does not hold arrows or accessories
3. My Bow Buddy Solid Steel Bow Holder
If you’re looking for a compact and portable bow holder for outdoor practices this could be the one for you. It’s perfect for shooting sessions at the range where you’ll be grateful for the convenience of having somewhere to rest your bow and place your arrows. No more laying your bow on the ground where it can get damaged.
To be clear, the My Bow Buddy Archery Stand is technically designed for compound bows, but it can also be used to hold recurve bows quite well. Now, this item is actually made to hold 2 bows, plus a few arrows as well. One good thing here is that the My Bow Buddy Archery Stand comes with protective vinyl grips so your bow does not get scratched or damaged as it is being held.
Do keep in mind that the My Bow Buddy Archery Stand is only designed for outdoor use. It features a bottom spike so you can easily plant it in the ground wherever you are. It is not a rack meant for wall mounting, nor is it designed for indoor use, or for use on hard ground; you need grass or dirt so you can plant it firmly.
With that being said, once planted in the ground, the My Bow Buddy Archery Stand is not going anywhere. The solid steel construction does hold bows and arrows in place securely, plus this stand is also very lightweight and portable.
This is a solid steel one-piece construction stand that comes with a lifetime warranty. It has no moving parts or need for assembly. You simply push the stand into the ground by placing pressure on it with your foot and voila, it’s ready for use.
The stand is suitable for most modern bows including crossbows. It comes with protective vinyl grips which prevent your bow limbs from getting damaged by the stand. Your outdoor target practices will be made easy with this convenient product from My Bow Buddy.
Pros & Cons
- Compact & Portable
- Comes with a lifetime warranty
- No assembly required
- Protective vinyl grips prevent damage to bow limbs
- Good for compound and recurve bows
- Holds 2 bows and 6 arrows
- Easy to set up on grass and dirt
- High quality steel
- For outdoor use only
4. Albertu Archery Bow Stand
The Albertu Bow stand is a practical, reliable option for portable use. It works well with compound and recurve bows. The adjustable height feature on the trunk is especially useful for taller individuals.
It is a good option to go with for longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows too. It is a very simple bow stand, one that can hold a single bow, but no arrows or accessories. It might only be able to hold a single bow, but the padded U-shaped holder on top, combined with the extra-long legs and adjustable height, makes it a very secure option.
You will need to place the bow in a specific way, but once placed, it should not go anywhere. The holder, combined with the wide legs, will provide a lot of security and stability. There is a wrench included here so you can adjust the length/height of the trunk with ease, plus it requires no assembly. The stainless steel used is quite durable too.
The stainless steel stand has a tripod frame which makes it steady when resting your bow and quiver on it. At 500 g it’s a lightweight model which is easy to assemble, transport, and use. The plastic on the y-frame protects the bow limbs from scratches and other damage.
Pros & Cons
- Lightweight and portable
- Tripod frame makes it steady
- Adjustable height to fit tall people
- Very durable
- Great for all kinds of bows
- Secure and stable
- Easy to set up
- Does not fold – must be disassembled for transporting
- Doesn’t hold arrows or accessories
- Cannot be wall mounted
Choosing a Recurve Bow Stand for Your Home
There are hundreds of recurve bow stands out there. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider when choosing the one that is best for you.
Bow Stand Utility
In other words, what do you plan on using your stand for? Is it just to store your bow in the garage or is it for displaying it in your home. Depending on how and where you want to display your bow, you can make a decision of the best recurve bow stand for you.
For example, wall mounts are perfect for hanging your recurve bow on a wall or office. Personally, I hang my recurve bows in my office on a wall mount. On the other hand, stands are great for garages and basements. Stands make it easier to grab the bow quickly but don’t really have the display factor of a wall mount.
Another factor to consider is what are you looking for in a bow stand? Do you have multiple recurve bows you want to hang? Do you want to put arrows up there with it? I’m sure you have a mental image of what you want your bow stand to look like.
Price is a key detail when purchasing any of your archery equipment, including your recurve bow stand or mount.
A recurve bow stand should not cost an arm and a leg. A really high-quality bow stand like the Rush Creek one shown above is around $50. If you’re on a budget you can get some for as low as $20.
Compatibility with your Bow
Not all bow stands are made for all bows. Check the dimensions of your bow before you make any purchase. There is a good chance your recurve bow will fit on all these stands but better safe than sorry, especially if your bow has unique dimentions.
When selecting a bow stand, it’s important to consider what you’ll be using it for. If it’s just to store and display your bows and arrows at home the Rush Creek Rustic stand is the best option.
If you’re looking for a portable stand to use for classes and competitions, then the other three stands that we reviewed are also great options. Of these three, our favorite was the Albertu Bow Stand because of its simplicity and ease of use. We also really liked the fact that its height can be adjusted.
What is your greatest need for your favorite hobby at the moment? Now simply choose a stand that will help you solve that problem.