How to assemble the cheapest home studio desk ever!

I had no room for any of my equipment in my small home / project studio. As you can see from the before picture, everything was just piled up on an old desk and the wires were everywhere.



I decided I needed a brand spanking new studio desk. I was going to buy one online for around £400, but after coming across IKEA hackers, I decided it would be a whole lot cheaper to build it myself.

And it was, almost 10x cheaper!

home studio desk with IKEA parts


IKEA items used:

Assembly instructions:

I used a VIKA AMON table top (alternatively, LINNMON) combined with 4 VIKA CURRY legs (replaced with ADILS) for the main desk base.

However, the problem with this was that I didn’t have enough room for my keyboard and my monitor.

So, I decided to build another shelf using 1 LACK wall shelf and a pack of CAPITA legs.

Now there is room for my keyboard, my monitor and my speakers, with room left over!

home studio desk with IKEA parts
home studio desk with IKEA parts

The great thing now it that I don’t need to move everything around to use certain equipment. It’s all there ready for me. Most of the wires are also hidden underneath the desk, with exception for my USB hub and wireless mouse base!

1 x VIKA AMON Table top – £20 ($31.69)
4 x VIKA Curry – £8 (£12.67)
1 x LACK Wallshalf – £9.99 ($15.83)
4 x CAPITA legs (1 pack) – £8 ($12.67)

Total: £45.99 ($72.86)

~ by Simon McKeon, England

See an updated version of this hack.

KALLAX Studio Desk

home studio desk with IKEA parts
IKEA items used:

I used the 2 KALLAX units as the base of the desk.

Then, measured the distance between each KALLAX unit so that the EKBY TORE brackets can be screwed near the edge of the table (where the strong mounting part is).

The Yamaha Motif XF8 which is about 28kg sits directly on the KALLAX units while the lighter items are on the LINNMON Table top.


~ by Jeremy

Originally published on December 15, 2010. Updated with new content.