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Audio Production Workstation with pull-out keyboard tray and pull-out MIDI keyboard

IKEA items used:

  • 1X KLIMPEN Table top, 47 1/4×23 5/8 “
  • 1X LINNMON Table top, 47 1/4×23 5/8 “
  • 2 packs of 2X CAPITA brackets
  • 4x OLOV adjustable table leg
  • 1x SIGNUM cable management

NON-IKEA items used:

  • 2x 18” full extension drawer slides (from my local hardware store)
  • Industrial strength sticky back Velcro (from my local hardware store)
  • Fellowes Designer Suites™ Compact Keyboard Tray (from Amazon)
  • Duramex Economy Dual Monitor Arms Fully Adjustable Desk Mount / Articulating Stand For 2 LCD Screens up to 32” Inch (from Amazon)

Here’s how to put together an Audio Production Workstation:

The desk I had wasn’t really working for me anymore, so I decided to donate it and start anew.

I wanted to paint the KLIMPEN tabletop and the Capita brackets black before I started, but I didn’t have enough time so I decided against doing it now, however, when I move, I will probably paint them before reassembling the desk for a more uniform look.

First of all, I assembled the OLOV legs with the KLIMPEN table top. While the underside of the desk was still facing up, I installed the Fellowes keyboard tray and the Signum cable management. Here is a picture I took just before installing the cable management unit.

add the pull out keyboard tray

Then, I flipped the desk over and screwed the drawer slides to the top of the desk. I had to measure so that they would be centered and at the ideal distance to support my midi keyboard properly, so depending on which device you are trying to support, you should measure accordingly.

drawer slides for the midi keyboard

Then, I put the hooks and loops of the velcro strips together and removed the sticky backing on both sides. I then put the Velcro strips on top of the drawer slides.

drawer slides for the midi keyboard

Next, I made sure my midi keyboard was centered and I put it on top of the slides. Then I made sure the sticky backing would actually stick to my keyboard to hold it in place, which it did.

drawer slides for the midi keyboard

Audio Production Workstation with pull out midi keyboard

Then, I assembled the CAPITA brackets under the LINNMON table top. I made sure the brackets would point inwards so that I could screw them easily into the KLIMPEN desk.

Audio Production Workstation

Next. I placed the LINNMON/CAPITA table on top of the KLIMPEN table, made sure all the edges were equal and level, and traced around the CAPITA brackets on the KLIMPEN table to have a guide to drill the holes required for permanent mounting.

Audio Production Workstation

Then, I marked the center of each oval. That is the drill guide.

Audio Production Workstation

Next, I drilled the 4 holes for the CAPITA brackets in the KLIMPEN table top.

Audio Production Workstation

Then, after cleaning up, I mounted the top table on the bottom table according to the CAPITA instructions. After that, I installed the monitor arm on the LINNMON table top.

This is the final result with all of my devices installed:

Audio Production Workstation with pull-out keyboard tray and pull-out MIDI keyboard

Audio Production Workstation with pull-out keyboard tray and pull-out MIDI keyboard

Audio Production Workstation with pull-out keyboard tray and pull-out MIDI keyboard

If I had real studio monitors, which will happen eventually, the clearance under my screens would allow for the speakers to rest sideways without being obstructed. But for now, this works just fine.

~ by Marie-Audrée Houle