Orff Stands -- Use What You've Got!
One thing that I always thought about and pined after and was sure that I would never have is instrument stands. The beauty of stands for your orff instruments is that students can stand up at the instrument instead of sitting/kneeling to play. The only problem is that instruments stands are expensive, usually $100+ each. After teaching for a few years with the student sitting I can tell you that sitting can hamper posture and makes transitions long and messy and, well, it would just be easier if the student was standing. (EDIT: After teaching with the stands I can attest that the transitions are SO much easier and students have much better posture. It's also easier to share if you have to put two kids on an instrument.)
The only alterations I made were to change the heights (easy with a phillips head screwdriver) so that all the keyboards were at the same height and then line the inside of the desks. I took felt rectangles (get them at Hobby Lobby for 25 cents a piece) and hot glued them to the inside of the desk. Now when students leave the room they can put their mallets inside the desk where they would normally put pencils. The felt also provides them a place to put the extra bars that they take off for different songs or to store their accidental bars. It's been great so far!
Update: What I've added recently.
I've found that it's easier for my K & 1 to hear a color than to try and read/remember/understand the different kinds of instruments. Ever hear an Kindergarten English Language Learner try and pronounce glockenspiel? It's WAY easier for those little people to just remember the color. Also, for the little ones I can say things like "Did you notice all the instruments with yellow on them? What are their bars made out of? Wood! How is that different from the instruments with the red on them?"
It took time to make these little reminders for the desks but so often I say "Put your left mallet on a C and the Right mallet on a G" and they were totally not remembering their right from left. I hope that this little step cuts down on having to say it again and again and again. I'll let you know how that goes. See how they turned out below!