Ultimate DIY Home Studio Desk – Setup & Tour

Ultimate DIY Home Studio Desk – Setup & Tour

September 5, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


Oh hey what’s going on people? so inside this
box I’ve got the last piece to a little project I’ve been working on let me tell
you it has been quite the process so as my home studio has evolved and I’ve
invested in new gear what was once completely functional has kind of turned
completely ****** so I decided that it was time to make better use of my space starting
with probably the most important piece to the workflow the desk I started searching through the internet trying to find a solution to pretty much two
problems one problem being I needed to find a solution for my outboard gear I
don’t have the space in my studio for the large outboard rack that sits under
my desk it’s been fine up until now but it would be nice to be able to sit at a
desk and put my legs underneath it my second issue was that I needed something
just a little bit taller a little more ergonomic I don’t want to be hunched
over for several hours a day working at my desk to make a really long story
short I spent about a month looking at everything from music production desks
to IKEA desks to IKEA hack desks is that right anyway I could not find something
that suited my needs and fit my space in fit my budget I feel like that shouldn’t
be too much to ask so I started playing around with the idea of building my own
desk and to be honest with you kind of started out as a pipe dream I really
didn’t think I was gonna go through with it I just said hmm what would my perfect
desk look like so with a little bit of Pinterest inspiration and some thorough
measurements I had designed this perfect desk not only that I discovered that I
could build something that would perfectly fit my needs but it was gonna
be a heck of a lot cheaper than it would be to just go out and buy something a
little disclaimer I had never done anything like this before
so I made sure to consult with a professional i.e. my stepfather who is a
construction contractor he went over my measurements with me told me that it
would work it is so important to make sure that you are not going too
screw yourself royally so that’s what I did never be ashamed to ask for help my
stepfather was generous enough to help me put the top of the desk together and
thank God for that because I definitely would have screwed something up we put
the desktop together using entirely oak plywood and then some one-and-a-half
inch oak pieces for the trim the desk did looked pretty cool natural and
unfinished but I did decide to go with a light stain and a poly finish as I’m sure
you can tell this process took about two days and I was very high off fumes
because I did this in my apartment I don’t know if that’s being resourceful
or just really really dumb but anyway next I went down to a local hardware
store in my neighborhood got some 3/4 inch black plumbing pipe cut the frame
is pretty simple it’s just four legs on each corner of the desk with a support
bar running across the sides and the back of the desk I fastened the legs to
the desk using pipe flanges and I also used pipe flanges for the feet as well
but enough chatting let’s go back to my studio and check out this new desk voila guys I’m so pleased to finally be
able to show this to you my brand new studio desk I could not be happier with
how this project turned out and I gotta be honest there were some times where I
did not think this was ever going to come together so let’s get right into it
let me give you a full rundown of the entire set up the final dimensions of the
desk are 63 and a quarter inches wide 33 inches tall and 23 and a half inches
deep the bays on either side of the desk are 17 and 3/4 of an inch wide by six
and a quarter inches tall these bays as you can see here will be able to hold
two to three pieces of outboard gear this Bay to the right of the desk is
full but there is just a little bit of space at the bottom and I left that at
the bottom just so I can have a little bit of ventilation and a little bit of
storage space I can run an XLR cable through the bottom here that feeds out
the front which is really convenient when I’m recording vocals I can also
store things like my iPad or my iPhone if I want them readily accessible but
still out of sight keeping the top of the desk looking nice and clean this Bay
over here on the left side of the desk is not yet full so I’m using the
available space as a place to house my external hard drives and a USB hub again
this is a great way to keep the top of the desk nice and clean nice and minimal
and it also definitely helps with cable management and speaking of cable
management there’s a nice long board on the back of this desk that I was able to
fasten a cable raceway to I bought this on Amazon really cheap I’ll link that in
the description but most of my cables were running through this Raceway tucked
away nicely out of sight initially I had also planned to fasten the power strip
to the back of the desk but it would have required me to pull my desk out
farther from the wall that I want so I simply fastened the power strip to the
bottom of the desk and as you can see I’m able to run any necessary cables
along the legs of the desk fastened with this velcro cable ties do
not sleep on the velcro I’ve been using these for cable management for years and
maybe it doesn’t look it’s perfectly clean as it could but it’s certainly no
rat’s nest of cables either for me the most important thing is keeping all of
my cables off the floor and as many cables tucked away out of sight as
possible in the past when I’ve had tons of cables on the floor dust accumulates
it gets really dirty down there and it’s not easy to clean up and keep your space
and neat and tidy so do yourself a favor invest in some velcro cable ties it’s
gonna make your life so much easier I promise you now let’s get into some of
the fun stuff I try to keep the top of the desk is clean and neat as possible
first I have my MacBook Pro sitting on this aluminum stand from Satechi I just
really like this one because it’s small and compact it takes up hardly any space
on the laptop and you can hide some cables underneath it to keep the desk
looking as clean as possible I still use the Gen 1 Bluetooth keyboard
and trackpad from Apple hey if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right I have this nice
desk lamp from Aukey is then they say lucky Oh okey I hope it’s Aukey it’s
cool it has adjustable brightness for your white light you can also set it to
any color you want and it also has a color cycle mode as well my desk and
monitor are backlit with the Flex LED strips from Tinkam I don’t know I’ll
link it in the description below but what I will say is these LED kits are
great I tried a few different types of of LED strips before settling on this
one and what I like this kit so much is because in addition to all of the
presets that they give you you can dial in custom colors and save them as
presets now for me as I know I’m somebody who really cares about white
light temperature anybody who shoots video you know what I’m talking about
both of the lamps the overhead light in my studio are hooked up with the Philips
hue white ambience kit it allows you to dial on the perfect temperature of white
light for your preference which I really like that being said if I’ve got all of
the white lights in the studio set to a specific temperature but the LEDs are
set to a completely different temperature it’s going to look terrible
especially when shooting video yes look for most of you this probably is
complete overkill and I probably seem like a little bit of a psychopath right
now again but if you’re like me and dialing in that perfect white light into
your LED strips is important to you get this kit I will link it in the
description below you will be totally happy with it I did have to buy an
additional receiver so that I could run the desk lights independently from the
monitor lights but it’s totally worth it it’s inexpensive and you can control
both lights with the same remote I keep the remote hidden under my desk on the
back I have a little piece of velcro and it just goes onto the desk like that I
also have this aluminum hook mount is down here to hang my headphones I’ve got
the old tried-and-true KRK Rokit 8s sitting on acoustic isolation pads from
Auralex my apogee duet is sitting over here on the far side of the desk still
trying to figure out if there’s a better place for this I might mount this
somewhere but for right now this is where I’m keeping it last but certainly
not least we’ve got the FETT man standing nice and tall after all he is the most
badass Star Wars character right? all right guys that’s gonna wrap this up I
hope you enjoyed this most of all I hope that this showed you that these DIY
projects aren’t as impossible as they seem believe me if I can do something
like this you can too if you have any questions about this project or even a
project that you’re working on feel free to leave them in the comments below I am
by no means a carpentry expert builder guy but I’m certainly willing to help
any way that I can thanks so much for sticking around and for liking and
commenting and subscribing your support means a lot to this new and
growing channel until next time my name is Patrick and I’ll see you guys soon
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