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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
drwelby (author)  artichoke15 years ago
Thanks for the warning. If anyone else can confirm this, let us know, and if you have made any changes to the construction steps that work better with the new Lack pieces post them here and I can update the Instructable.
hype1 drwelby5 years ago
The side pieces are hollow, but I think they will hold very well. Those turntables aren't that heavy to shred those side pieces, but you shouldn't stack a few hundred records on them I guess. But that's not what this design is meant for of course. If you get worried, you could add an extra piece of wood inside them on the place where you have cut them, this will give the side pieces a lot of extra support.
drwelby (author)  hype15 years ago
Good info. Thanks!
hype15 years ago
Thanks for this great idea. I have recycled the laminate from the cut-off pieces by warming them with a hot air gun. This will melt the glue and the laminate will come off very easily. I then glued these pieces with some wood glue on the back of the shortened pieces so I have a nice solid back as well. Maybe you can add this tip to the tutorial.
hype1 hype15 years ago
You have to take the thickness of the laminate in account when sawing of those pieces (appr. 1mm).
drwelby (author)  hype15 years ago
Great idea! I will add it to the instructable.
frazer815 years ago
Could you have the lack tv console on top without having to cut the front part off? Say have the over hang equall between the front and the back and then secure it with dowels? Or would it become unsteady?
drwelby (author)  frazer815 years ago
That would work if you don't mind the way it looks.
Peel5 years ago
I've made my own console sightly differently. I don't find the top shelf is too small, it's deep enough to fit an sl1200 in normal mode (not in battle mode though obviously). My main concern was the turntables' height as I'm rather tall and like my setup as high as possible. Plus I didn't find it was that good looking with the lack as a top shelf. I've used 6 Ikea Capita feet (chromed kitchen furniture feet, available in 3 sizes) to hold it to the right height. It's a tad simpler to build, since you only have to drill small holes for the feet bases. Now it's high enough and the chrome finish looks GREAT with the black Expedit shelf.
matt0219865 years ago
This looks sweet. Looking at the Lack tv unit on the Ikea UK website,

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10153158

I noticed two aluminum supporting bars. How deep are these from the front and how far apart are they? Do you even have to fit them?
drwelby (author)  matt0219865 years ago
They are optional supports you can slide in if you have a heavy TV on the stand. They aren't needed for turntables.
Hey dude, great tutorial. As in my post, i would recommend those to put some central support in for extra sturdiness, especially if you are planning to put some cdjs on top too. Im hoping my top piece will bend back into place over time.
opencube5 years ago
First, Id like to say a BIG thank you to the guy who did this guide, i completed my desk 6 months ago and eveyone who seen it has commented on how good it looks. However, after 6 months of having the 2 1210s, 2 cdjs and a mixer on the top, the table top does bow in the middle. I would suggest an amendment to the tutorial in which the bits that are cut off for the side pannels for the top, are then placed underneath in the middle of the table top. This would add more support, without having to purchase more parts. I have removed the top piece to do this now, but unfortunately because of the bow in the middle either end of the top cannot be fixed with the locking screw as either end is floating in the air!.... i may use the other part of the tv stand that is left over to make a new top piece that isnt bowed in the middle. Thanks Again!
knede5 years ago
I build my own and added some ledlights, also from Ikea. Here are some pics. Thx for the advice!
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drwelby (author)  knede5 years ago
Very nice! Good Work!
rratnaya5 years ago
i just finished building this -- it looks and works great. very functional and lots of space for the turntables. like some have said before, double check the measurements before drilling -- especially on the sides pieces. other than that, it was easy. thanks so much!
soonski5 years ago
Just wanted to say a big thanks for an excellent bodge! For ages I have been trying to find something that was aesthetically more pleasing than my old B&Q workbench, which while practical didn't really look the part! This is such a massive saving in comparison to the rip offs the major DJ outlet companies try and fob you off with. I was at the stage of building my own but for around the same money in material's and to have such a professional looking job this really is a great idea. The only issues I had were measurements not quite adding up so best go by the parts supplied and measure to suit, and the sawing. Definitely could do with a table saw as suggested! Well done for your hard work sourcing this :)
drwelby (author)  soonski5 years ago
Thanks! Definitely double-check all measurements - as I mention in the Instructable I had to recreate the numbers after I assembled it. Also, Ikea might make running changes in the location of some of the hardware.
Number095 years ago
I'm not a DJ, but I am a vinyl... enthusiast, I guess. I just moved into my new house and I bought an expedit to store my records. Nothing is really set up yet, but I had a feeling my record player wouldn't really fit on top of the expedit. This is a GREAT solution and I'm glad someone else thought of this so I wouldn't be wandering around Ikea and Home Depot looking for an easy hack. Thanks!
drwelby (author)  Number095 years ago
You're welcome!
Tjp0795 years ago
I can not tell you how thankful I am that I came across this website. Just got done building my table. It looks so good. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Pics to follow. I am thinking of adding to it by using the extra shelf to cut around the turntable and mixer to make the setup flush. Hard to explain what I mean but I will post pics tonight. Thank you again for a genius idea. Saved me a lot of money.
INDUSTRIAL5 years ago
thankyou that's great we are going to go for it :)
INDUSTRIAL5 years ago
Great idea, thanks for posting. We have a radiator against the wall so we might have to build a little in front of the wall (not flush against the wall). Do you think this will be a problem ? Does the weight of all the records need the wall as support ? Thankyou
drwelby (author)  INDUSTRIAL5 years ago
Once filled with records the console is very stable. It could be freestanding.
audiomind6 years ago
Is this the Lack TV Console?<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10105346">http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10105346</a><br/><br/>The hyperlink above is broken. Thanks.<br/>
drwelby (author)  audiomind6 years ago
groovino6 years ago
I recently built one of these with slight modification. It actually makes it easier as well. I built the TV stand (minus the feet) and attached it to the expedite with four L brackets on the back. Thats it very easy and perfect height for taller folks. Thanks for the idea was definately cheap and works uberliciously perfect!
mco6 years ago
Awesome!

I did a similar thing a few years back for the same reasons but sans hacking.

Here's a picture of my setup at Flickr: MCO DJ Console

Seems like this style of shelving has been discontinued as I can't find it in the 2008 IKEA catalog and can't remember the style either.

I have two 4ft wide by 7ft high shelves in the same style that together hold about 1000 12in records. At the time, this was also the only style of IKEA shelf that worked for elegantly holding 12in vinyl.
joenice6 years ago
this is absolutely brilliant....what a fix for dj's like me that are looking for an inexpensive setup.

This works perfectly for two turntables, but I'm going to get a third turnable in a matter of weeks and the table top isn't wide enough for three decks and my allen & heath xone mixer (that's 14" inches wide)

3 decks @ 18" = 54"
1 mixer @ 14" = 14"

total width needed = 68", and that's with everything pushed together. realistically, I'll need something closer to 72". Any ideas on a wider tabletop without sacrificing looks?

thanks in advance.....

and -- i know this setup will be a birthday present for someone...
drwelby (author)  joenice6 years ago
You might be able to use this Lack shelving unit:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60103750

It's 74" x 10 and you could double them up to make a 20" deep top. However you'd need to find something to use as a standoff between the shelf unit and the top. Maybe the Capita legs:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00054564

The other option is to pick a color shelf that matches one of their kitchen countertops, however I would expect you would have to use a lot more support or add some bracing to one in order to make it work.
joenice drwelby6 years ago
i got to thinking -- again.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10105346

Three of those on top of the bookcase might do the trick. It would be wide enough and deep enough. I'm not sure on the height of the tv unit legs, but they appear to be 4". If i don't use the legs, height of the stand is 1.375" taller than what i'm looking for. I can certainly live with that.

The overhang will be: 2.375".

i'd have to secure them to the top of the bookcase. the load on the tv units is 55 lbs. the decks weigh much less.

Final dimensions are as follows:
Width: 70.875”
Depth: 17.75”
Height: 40.875”
Record shelving: 8 sections 13.25" square by 15.5" deep

However -- i do like the suggestion of the shelving unit and the capita legs.

do you think my plan would work?

thanks for the quick reply.
drwelby (author)  joenice6 years ago
Yes, it would work great. Visually it's a little top-heavy but it would certainly give you the room you need. The photo shows a mock-up with 3 turntables and a 10"x 14" mixer. You won't be able to lock it in place with 1/4 turn fasteners, but it ought to have enough weight that you could drop it in place onto the fasteners, using them as indexing pins.
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joenice drwelby6 years ago
brilliant....this works. when i actually make this (sometime in the next couple of weeks) i'll post pics...etc. thanks again dr welby!
Great job.. Just a question I notice the over hang on the front. how long is the over hang on the back.
drwelby (author)  dickeybranson6 years ago
I used a back overhang of 1.5", which leaves about 4.75" inches overhang in the front. You can distribute the overhand between the front and back.
menor6 years ago
Great Stuff man, I also need a place to store the savage kick LPs, I only need a Kozik now!
drwelby (author)  menor6 years ago
Good eye!
menor drwelby6 years ago
and good taste of yours ;)
hiphop1017 years ago
YOU ARE A GENIUS! I was just about to pay $2000.00 to get a Dj console shipped to me from the UK, until I found this. I can't wait to build this and to pass it on to all my other Dj friends. One question: Did you paint the shelf and the TV stand? If so, what did you use to paint it? Thanks a lot for your help, you just saved my life! :)
drwelby (author)  hiphop1017 years ago
I just bought the black furniture. The bookshelves come in other colors - at least white and natural wood, but I'm not sure what colors the TV consoles come in. But you could paint it with just about any paint.
I actually did it. I built this. It's perfect. More soon...
drwelby (author)  ExistentialKid7 years ago
Cool! How did my instructions work out? I wrote the instructable a few months after I built it so I had to guess a few parts.
You're money, man. It was pretty much spot-on. I had trouble with some of the drill holes (connecting the TV stand's top to the bookself), so it's a tad more wobbly than I'd like it - but as soon as I move somewhere that has proper wall-studs, I'm going to bolt the whole thing in tight. It's revolutionized my living space, so I can't thank you enough...
In this corner...
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n3ldan7 years ago
Very nice, I love when things fit together perfectly like that.
dannyboy7 years ago
I really like this set-up as well. Unfortunately I'm a tall lanky goon, so I made my tabletop 42" high. I have plenty of room below for crates and what not....albeit much less aesthetic than yours:)
soulsizzle7 years ago
Is there enough room to put my tables battle style (turned 90°)?
drwelby (author)  soulsizzle7 years ago
Yeah, more than enough. If you run them battle style, you could fit two turntables, two CD decks, and a scratch mixer.
dannyboy7 years ago
What kinda tunes you spin?
drwelby (author)  dannyboy7 years ago
Mostly funk, disco, and soul, and a little house here and there.
This is really cool..It could be used for some much more though...a few epoxy coats and its a bar...just a plain computer desk...how tall is it?
drwelby (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
It's 38.5" tall.
teeps7 years ago
This is really tight! Very efficient use of space and clever idea. I think Wisconsin might be getting an IKEA soon, but I would be tempted to just replicate this design in true cheapskate fashion at the risk of not looking quite as fly. If I were making a new one I would try and make the top of it be a partial cavity where you could just drop the decks into it and they would be stable and look sexy (possibly match the paint on the decks cavity/mixer with the slip mats....)
drwelby (author)  teeps7 years ago
Teeps - that's an excellent idea -the Lack tops and bottom pieces are about 2 inches thick and hollow cored - it would be pretty easy to glue the two pieces together, then cut down into them down to the bottom face, add a 1/2" of particle board as a spacer, and then your Technics would pretty much be flush mounted. You could probably also run all the cable inside of the hollow core top, which would look really slick! I still have the bottom piece from my Lack console, maybe I'll have to give it a try. I'll mention it in the Instructable.
Nice, Ive been putting off doing something similar but with a lid. I have yet to get around to it but your idea may force me to do it sooner than later.