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RECORDING: The perfect desk

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In all my travels (well, to IKEA, anyway)…. I’ve come across some great stuff…. more on this in a second.

You might be familiar with the companies that make these “studio” desks (see your Musician’s Friend or Sweetwater catalog, or their sites)… these desks are a bit on the expensive side. Case in point… in 2003, I bought the Studio RTA “Creation Station” which has served me well… and is rock-solid….


That desk also set me back $199 at the time. Studio RTA makes a couple desks that aren’t as well-designed as the Creation Station (which they don’t make anymore)— namely the Producer Station ($500 and a bit too big/bulky), and some other thing, which is only $100. I still think this is hella expensive. And there are other companies which charge WAY too much for their studio desks.

With a little creativity and a minimal investment, you can get the perfect recording desk. First, stop at IKEA, and buy these items:

1. LINNMON table top (47″ by 23.5″ one will set you back $20, a 59″ by 29″ one will set you back $36, and a 78″ by 23.5″ will set you back $45). (the 59″) (the 47″) (the 78″)

2. ADILS table legs (4). $14 for all 4

3. EKBY JARPEN shelf $15 for a 47″ one, $10 for a 31″ one

4. CAPITA legs (to turn your EKBY JARPEN into a tier for your LINNMON desk!) $16 for 4 8″ high ones
this requires some basic drilling… the good thing is, these come with all the screws and hardware you need. Line each bracket up to the 4 edges of your EKBY JARPEN, drill pilot holes with a small drill bit…… then attach the screws to bracket, and screw the legs in (and the riser pieces if you need, for uneven surfaces or extra height). Done.

I built several of these very functional and awesome studio desks (photos coming soon):

Desk 1 – 59″ by 29.5″ with 30″ tier
Desk 2 – 47″ by 23.5″ with 47″ tier
Desk 3 – 78″ by 23.5″ with 31″ tier

Never did I spend more than $100 on each desk. The 47″ set me back $65 total. The 59″ set me back $67 (thanks to the scrap shelf piece), and the 78″ with the shorter tier set me back only $86.

The desks look great (photo of my 59″ table below), they’re insanely functional, and they’re stable. What more do you need, for your MIDI controller, computer monitors or laptop, audio interface, and speakers/monitors?

Don’t buy into the hype. Stay creative, as always.

my main studio desk — Linnmon 59″ by 29″ tabletop, Adils table legs, Capita tier legs, and a scrap black shelf piece from the IKEA “As Is” department (for $1). Keyboard/mouse shelf by Fellowes (attaches without screws or drilling).