Published on January 7th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Music Producing Desk

Music producer desk


I wanted to build a desk to produce music and still have enough space to work and do everyday stuff.

In the beginning I planned to build everything on my own, but soon I realized that it must be cheaper and easier to combine some IKEA furniture.

There were some requirements I had, that didn’t make the selection that easy:
- It should look awesome (of course)
- It should match my existing furniture like a Malm bed. I also wanted a very simple and clean design.
- The speakers should be on the same height as my head.
- The working space should be big enough also having some space for two monitors and a two RU 19-inch rack.
- Did I already mention that it should look awesome?

Music producer desk
Music producer desk
Music producer desk

This is what it turned out. I am quite happy with it, although the black of the table doesn’t exactly match with the brown-black of the two Billys, but that’s ok, you don’t recognize, when you don’t look too close.

Music producer desk

The white switch, by the way, is to switch the power of all the music equipment (speakers, monitor mixer, audio interface, …) at once and will of course be replaced by a black one as soon as I have one ;)

~ Michael

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33 Responses to Music Producing Desk

  1. ron says:

    Hi there,

    first of all thanks a lot for your work and for sharing it with us :)
    I just have one short question: where did you buy the rack rails and do you porbably now an online shop that delivers them in Germany?

  2. Michael says:

    Sorry for the late reply!
    @Anonymous: I added a section about the connection between the Jarpen and the Billys as this has been asked a lot:

    @JD: Yes, these are standard rack rails, mounted to the Billy on one side and to the middle part on the other side.

    @Alexandra: The construction description on my website explains it quite well!

    @Saberhagen: Yes, this construct also happens to resonate a lot. I solved the problem by taking a piece of wood, drilling a whole in each corner and putting a screw through it (so the tip goes through the wood).
    Like this you get a speaker stand with 4 very pointy feet which absorbs a lot of the vibrations.
    It’s not perfect, but already a huge difference. (If my description was not clear enough, feel free to get back to me, you can find my contact data on my website.)

  3. Saberhagen says:

    How does your furniture deal with resonance? I’m working on a Galant desk from Ikea, but around 120 Hertz the veneer’s resonance is really terrible. I even tried different desk sizes (both L shape and smaller I shape) but it still is horrible.

    • Brandon says:

      Resonance only becomes a problem when monitors (aka speakers) are placed directly on the surface of the stand, desk or table. You can isolate the monitors with inexpensive, clear rubber dots they sell at hardware stores. They come in a pack all stuck to a card. Turn your monitors over (carefully) and place a clear, self-adhesive dot under each of the four corners of your monitor. The monitor will then appear to float over the surface of your desk while at the same time reducing any sound or vibration transference to the desk or stand below. You can buy overpriced foam pads that are marketed to consumer-grade folks in this business, but that’s money you could spend on better quality converters, pre-amps, mic’s, monitors, instruments, room treatment… you get the idea.

  4. Alexandra says:

    I want to set up my desk exactly like this is there anyway you can show/tell me the exact steps of how you put everything together. or just how you figured everything out?

    Thank you very much!

  5. JD says:

    Very good project in here man!

    You fixed the 19″ hardware with some kind of rack raisl and stuff? Please enlight me because I am very
    interested in that to do it myself.?

    Thanks for your time

  6. Music Producer says:

    A little late reply but he most likely used L-shaped angles and screws.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How did you mount the JARPEN to the BILLy’s…Sorry first time builder

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh man I want to build this desk but I believe a lot of the parts are discontinued now…Anyone know a sort of replica for the parts out now?

  9. Michael says:

    I just double checked, is still online. Are you getting any error?

  10. klippelc says:

    Can you reply with the information of what parts you used to build this desk. I ran across this page, and the link that you provided seems not to be working anymore. Thanks!

  11. Perfect desk replacement for me! Thanks!

    Note: The Vika Curry table legs are discontinued, but are replaced by the Vika Kaj.

  12. Michael says:

    Wow, thanks for the huge Feedback!

    I’m sorry I couldnt answer earlier, I was quite busy all the time!

    To your questions:
    1) More details on build and used IKEA products:
    I have created a microsite with all the infos:

    2) Speakers are KRK RP5 Rokit G2

    3) I am not from Germany, but Europe is right. I’m from Switzerland.

    4) I did some research on the JERKER. And to be honest, it’s ugly! I wanted something that looks good… And anyways, it’s not available anymore.

    5) I use the desk mainly for making the mixdown of studio records (if your want to learn more, check so I wouldn’t need a MIDI keyboard on this desk. But to match the title of my post: When I produce music, I’m using a Native Instruments Machine and a cheap MIDI-Keyboard, so that it doesn’t bother me much that it isn’t on an ergonomical height (because I don’t use it often)

  13. Del says:

    The classic problem for a MIDI workstation is to have a MIDI keyboard that puts your elbows at the right angle (usually about 6-8 inches lower than most desktops) AND allows ergonomic typing on a computer keyboard. MIDI keyboard and computer keyboard space is in conflict. How do you deal with that?

  14. DJ Coma says:

    @Frank the Jerker isn’t available that I can see, and from what I’ve looked at I’d like this desk here a lot more because it is wider.

    @OP please give us some more details on how you made this! thanks!

  15. jeffjones72 says:

    @Frank, I do not see The Jerker on the US site at all. It appears to be discontinued.

  16. Frank says:

    Great, but there’s already a desk by Ikea that was more or less specifically designed for use as a music production desk:

    The mighty JERKER !!

    Really, google it, literally thousands of pictures online where people use the Jerker as studio furniture.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Would appreciate the exact parts and specifications of each piece used to build the desk.

  18. Anonymous says:

    @Don, he can’t be German. Assuming that those power strips are grounded, he can only be in Italy or Switzerland. I can’t see if the ground pin is in-line (Italy) or offset (Switzerland).

    Hopefully Swiss (where I am).

  19. jeffjones72 says:

    Would love a detailed parts list as well.

    There is a good bit I can figure out, but I am only guessing at the rest.

  20. Anonymous says:

    If possible a parts list would be great thanks

  21. Anonymous says:

    Good idea man! I will check Out how much Money it is all together….

  22. Mikey says:

    @Shane. They look like KRK monitors, but I could be wrong..

  23. Mikey says:

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Dude, I think there are some problems with photos on server…

  25. Don Krypton says:

    Hi Michael!
    Matching colors…yes! That’s what also annoys me at IKEA…I absolutely hate this black-brown! Why don’t they just produce them in a pure black?

    By the way…good hack! And, to validate my european style-theory: Are you from Germany?

  26. Unknown says:

    Now you need to make some sound absorption panels

  27. Josh says:

    @DJ Coma yeah I want a parts list to.

  28. DJ Coma says:

    This is EXACTLY what I have been wanting in a studio workstation and it would be in my price range. Would it be possible for you to provide me/us with the exact parts you used? I want to make one similar and I would have to order the parts online so I need a little more guidance. Thanks!

  29. David Mann says:

    I like it, and can appreciate it because I’m a DJ… But after reading the title I was totally expecting a desk with a built in Xylophone or something.

  30. Shane says:

    What speakers are those? If you do not mind me asking.

  31. SimonJay says:

    great idea! I think about something like that for a long time. You inspired me :)

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