So I started a thread here looking for ideas http://www.tdpri.com/threads/has-anyone-built-their-own-multi-guitar-stand.752817/ And I got some good suggestions on how to move forward. So if anyone finds this thread in years to come, there are some good examples in the link above. And now here's the finished thing. I got the bottom rails upholstered with 1" foam and a nice fabric. It's actually fabric used for church pew cushions, so it'll last a lifetime! Special thanks to @guitarbuilder , @RogerC , @Vizcaster for for their input and help on this.