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I've been looking for a DJ console for a while. But most of the the stuff I saw was either a) ugly or b) too expensive for a cheapskate like me.

I had hoped to find something at least close enough at Ikea, since their furniture generally looks pretty good and best of all it's cheap. The Ikea Expedit bookshelf, a favorite of DJs since the shelves are 13 x 13 and hold records or crates perfectly, has always looked like the perfect start, but they aren't deep enough to hold turntables on top.

Staring at them one day, I thought "Maybe there's something else in Ikea I could stack on top?". I found some neat shelf legs in the kitchen section that would work with some sort of counter or table top. Then in the TV furniture section I found the perfect solution. The Lack TV Console is the exact same width as the Expedit bookshelf, and the two looked like they could be put together seamlessly, since the Lack and Expedit lines are made out of the same thick material. And better yet, they don't need any extra hardware. Just make two saw cuts, drill eight holes, a little glue, and you're done. The whole thing will disassemble and almost pack flat.

The final dimensions are:

Top deck: 21.75 deep" x 58.75" wide, 38.5" high of the ground
Middle shelf: 15.5" deep x 55" wide x 6" tall
Record shelving: 8 sections 13.25" square by 15.5" deep

Note that since the Expedit pieces are so thick, it puts the turntables pretty high. That's probably the only catch with the design. You do have the option of making the side pieces under the top shorter though - something to consider if you are short or like your decks low.

If you build this hack, and like your $150 DJ console, you can show your appreciation at my Amazon Wish List.

 
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Lessik1 year ago
Thank you drwelby!!!
Absolutely fantasic idea from ikea. %) This is my try.
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drwelby (author)  Lessik1 year ago
Looks great!
kanaberra2 years ago
Hello and thanks for sharing your genius ;)

Very well explained and easy to follow.

Now I have mine... but stil wip

Br.
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Sorry just saw the link to more pics (Newbie). thanks
Hi, I like how you used the bottom panel of the tv stand also. Do you have a head on front view of your finished project? Would you be able to add them? Anyone know if its possible to have bottom panel slide out to place a 76 key keyboard?
drwelby (author) 3 years ago
As I was trying to fit in a laptop on a stand, I realized this also could be a good standing desk, with the height fine-tuned with Capita legs.
olllie3 years ago
First of all I'd like to say thanks to drwelby for posting the instructions. I've had my console built for about a year now and it's been the perfect solution.

However I recently noticed mine has started bowing in the middle holding the weight of 2 Technics. It not a big problem and i've adjusted the legs of the turntables to keep them level, but I was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and found a good way to provide support in the middle?
drwelby (author)  olllie3 years ago
Mine does the same, but the Lack console should have come with some little spacer things designed to support the table top in the middle if you have a heavy TV on it.

Otherwise, maybe it's a good idea that when people build this they take the parts they cut off of the Lack upright pieces and use them for support in the middle.
sekklow3 years ago
Just wondered what speakers you have in the photo? I'm after some small speakers that can be angled towards me, like those...
drwelby (author)  sekklow3 years ago
Bowers & Wilkins Solid series monitors and subwoofer. They're almost 20 years old, though.
nqahhaar3 years ago
Ok so I think im going to try and build this setup. Of course I don't have a Ikea where I am so im gonna order the parts online. Im a little confused on the overall dimensions. So the height is 38.5" from the floor to the top of the table? Im 6'7" so I'd like to get it around 43" or 44". Any ideas?
drwelby (author)  nqahhaar3 years ago
Ikea has some cabinet legs you could put under it called CAPITA. They come in 4, 6, and 8 inch heights.
kcordell3 years ago
Bought the items to try this setup. After setting up the Expedit, I've noticed that the top board for the Lack already puts the decks at the perfect height for me. I'm 5'8". I may pick up another 2x2 bookshelf of the same design from Ikea and then cut the bottom side of the lack to just expand the size of the overall top area. If you're short like I am, the height of the setup using the two side pieces for the Lack just puts the decks too high. I'm sure I can figure out something to do with them. Any ideas?
drwelby (author)  kcordell3 years ago
Just noticed this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ultimate-Ikea-DJ-Unit/
drwelby (author)  kcordell3 years ago
Maybe sell the Lack and swap it for one of those Ikea table tops, the ones you buy separate from the legs, and glue or double-sided sticky-tape it to the top of the Expedit?

In that case, maybe instead of using the 2x4 Expedit, use 2 2x2 Expedits and space them out. Maybe even hang a shelf between them?
I came across this hack randomly last week and was determine to complete it. Here is the final product:

I Also took pictures of the building process. Feel free to use any of this pics for help. I did not use the exact same measurements for the top piece as the instructions say, but they were just guidelines. I did leave a 1 1/2" hangover on the back.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v11/papajon/ikea%20DJ%20Console/?albumview=grid

There is definitely room for 3 turntables on top if you have the turntables facing sideways, scratch DJ style. I will add my 3rd turntable later, which I didn't have room for on my previous ghetto makeshift DJ table.

I love the way it looks and it's functionality, but the tables sit a little too high for my liking and I stand 5'11". Need to wear shoes or stand on a phone book for it to be a comfortable height for continuous use.

Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out, and for $150 and less then 2 hours of my time, It was worth it! Thanks drwelby for the inspiration.
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gents, when cutting the hollow, laminated ikea table tops and such, i'm supposing your using a table saw, but what about the blade.....what type of saw blade would give the cleanest, smoothest cut?
drwelby (author)  pet.monster.shotglass3 years ago
I used a blade that had fine teeth (for a tablesaw blade) It looked. It had a similar tooth pitch to your average hand saw.
drwelby (author)  thecokebadger5 years ago
Great pictures! Thanks for taking them. I'm hoping someone will make one with the side pieces under the top deck cut down so that the total height is a little lower.
If it wasn't for the glue, then I would have cut the side pieces, but overall, I still love it! Feel free to use any of the pictures.
this looks great. was reccommended for the DNBA forum. going to have a go at this. will post pic at the end of the week
joenice6 years ago
drwelby (author)  joenice6 years ago
Sweet! Looks perfect. I added your image to the thread so you don't have to host it forever.
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hey guys. can´t find the 3 consoles from the top. could you post a working link please? thanks in advance
That looks a bit different than the one described above. Looks to be able to hold more tables. How did you create your setup?
drwelby (author)  audiomind6 years ago
He used three of the smaller Lack TV consoles, like the ones you linked above.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10105346

nice Lionel
This is a total shot in the dark, but are you THE Joe Nice?
drwelby (author)  whatsisface4 years ago
Yes, he certainly is!
Amazing! A living legend on Instructables, who'd have thought? :)
sir smith4 years ago
I love my Ikea DJ console, but like Dafthanfti I dont have enough room for my amplifier.  I'm thinking about another set up until I can figure out what to do.
how tall is your amp? I bought 2 X 6's for the center console & my amp fits fine.....
MDuran4 years ago
I built mine for $90.00 USD & I must say it's a brilliant hack. I think this should the standard console for DJs/Selectas @ home. Very simple & fast to build, I wish I would have thought this up myself. Thanks for the savings....
subdivided4 years ago
This looks awesome!  What a great idea (and cheap!), especially considering how ready-made "DJ" stands are usually wobbly and useless, or overtly expensive. 

This leads me to one concern of this design, especially because the components are particle board (as are most things Ikea):  Is this STURDY enough as a stand-alone unit, not attached to a wall?

I like to host parties in my basement, where the DJ is facing the gathering, so I need something that won't wobble standing on its own, even under enthusiastic knob turning and/or scratching. 
drwelby (author)  subdivided4 years ago
It's sturdy - everything is very thick and rigid. You might want to add a support in the middle of top span to tie it in to the bookshelf, since that's the longest unsupported span in the design.

It will be especially solid once you add some weight by filling it with records. If not you will want to make the base larger so it's less tippy.
dafthanfti4 years ago
This is so great! Can't think of a better solution - thank you!
I built this and everything was fine until I decided to buy a more powerful amplifier without checking it's height before. Result: the amp fits in the space between the expedit shelf top and the lack top with only 1mm space for air ventilation. That means I can't run this amp, otherwise it's getting terribly hot.
So now I am wondering whether there might be the possibility to extend the lack side pieces' height by approx. 2cm? Maybe by adding an extra piece between top and side pieces?! Another possibility would be to use the side pieces of the smaller expedit shelf: http://www.ikea.com/de/de/catalog/products/80135298 and cut them. Probably the best looking method....

Dr. Welby, can you think of something else?

Thanks in advance!
krunkpony5 years ago
Even after making a few of what I considered critical mistakes. This project turned out great!
krunkpony5 years ago
<-- noob! I was foolish and even with your explicit directions to make sure the side pieces mirror. I cut the wrong end off. And everything is loose. I'm not even done yet--but this is not going well.
drwelby (author)  krunkpony5 years ago
You might be able to peel off the surface veneer from the scraps and reapply it to the cut edge. As for the rest, a little wood glue will do wonders. If you got the black finish, a black sharpie pen does wonders for touchups.
artichoke15 years ago
ok so i signed up just to comment on this and give you a word of warning ... the lack side pieces are no longer solid, they are hollow!!! so be warned of the following: #1 i'm not sure that the side pieces offer as good of support anymore. after the cut on step 4 you have one end of each piece with less support. i do not know how this translates into long term stability. i just finished constructing this today. #2 because it is hollow you must be careful about the new hole you drill in step 4. make sure you have an idea of the thickness of the wood so you dont make a through and through hole. whats even more frustrating is that one of the side pieces was much thicker than the other! #3 i think that the expidite is made from softer wood than previously. when i drilled the new hole in step 3 and put in the screws one of them was very loose!! so overall i think this is still a great item but i just wanted to give you guys a heads up as to the changes so you wont get caught off guard like i did. im not sure that this unit is gonna be as stable as it once was but think that it will still work ok. i also wanted to thank the original poster for this awesome idea ... good luck guys
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