Introduction: Space-saving Studio Monitors/Speakers Stands

Problem:
1. Studio monitors not at ear level
2. wasted desk real estate

Solution:
- Speaker stands that clamp to the side of the desk!

Step 1: Materials

- Ikea EKBY TÖRE brackets x 4
- screws, or of appropriate sizes according to EKBY TÖRE instruction.
- 8 in x 24 in shelf, or something of appropriate dimension for your speaker footprint.
- 1 roll of non-slip drawer liner
- [optional] sand paper, masking tape and spray paint

Note:
- The Ikea brackets have a max. load of 33 lb. Make sure your monitor/speaker is within the weight limit.

Step 2: Measure, Cut & Paint

1. Measure the length and width of your speaker. In my case, around 7 in x 7.9 in for the M-Audio BX5a.
2. Measure the length of the XLR or 1/4" TS connector coming out of the back of the speaker to accomodate for space clearance if necessary.
3. Cut board/shelf slightly larger than the footprint of the speaker. In my case, 7.5 in x 8 in rectangles.
4. Optionally sand and spray-paint the parts. Remember to take out the clamps prior to painting.

Step 3: Assemble!

- Assemble each speaker stand according to the EKBY TÖRE instructions.
- I intentionally offseted the shelf forward by about 0.75 inch for more clearance toward the back of the speaker stands; allowing more spacing against the back wall.

Step 4: Finish

I added 2 layers of non-slip liner between the speakers and the speaker stands to provide stability and a bit of sound dampening.

1. Cut non-slip toolbox drawer liner to the size of the speaker stand. in my case roughly 7.5 in x 8 in.
2. Clamp speaker stands to desk, place liners on top and finally position and calibrate speakers!

Enjoy great music!

Comments

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LiamD17 made it! (author)2016-01-15

Where can one buy the EKBY TORE brackets. I tried Ikea USA and they do not seem to exist anymore.

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SeanS15 made it! (author)2015-05-11

Ive been into car audio 25 years and learned some things over the years so if you guys have any questions let me know. Right now for me personally im looking into the small speaker idea. Im more concerned with saving my hearing.

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TylerT4 made it! (author)2015-01-10

I just finished making these. I had a light wood desk so I found a shelf at Home Depot that matched. The only other change I made was to use some isolation pads I sourced from Amazon for ~20 for the pair. They bring them up the inch I need to put the monitors in the exact spot I need, and they do their job at isolation.

Seeing as the BX5 D2s drop off at 55hz, I can't imagine much vibration getting through to the stands. I did move my desk away from the wall to give the monitors at least 6 inches from the wall, and even then that's closer than most would suggest. Either way, good enough for me!

Thanks again for this post. It's still coming in handy 3+ years after you made it.

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jhuangtw made it! (author)jhuangtw2015-01-11

looks awesome!!

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jumpfroggy made it! (author)2012-10-25

I plan on doing something similar for my own desk, this is great. However, I have 15+lb speakers, so I'll have to figure out something more robust.

Good job, I was going to do something like this for my old M-Audio M30's (small), this would have been perfect.

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mason.walsh.5 made it! (author)mason.walsh.52015-01-05

I would recommend pulling the desk away from the wall and buying or building floor speaker stands to put behind the desk. Just realized this is two years old, so your setup is probably vastly different.

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jumpfroggy made it! (author)jumpfroggy2015-01-06

Hah, yeah pretty old. I'm upgraded to some large bookshelfs (Polk RTi6). They're large. Too large. Not sure how I'm going to set them up, they definitely don't like being hidden behind the monitors. :)

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SamAero made it! (author)2014-05-04

Thanks so much for this idea! I needed a solution to attach monitors to a sit-stand desk, and I didn't want to have to adjust the speaker stands individually when I wanted to adjust the desk height.

My monitors are gigantic (12"x10", ~30lbs each) but I completely trust the stands to hold them. I adjust the desk 4 or 5 times a day without issue, and they've survived two moderate earthquakes (I live in L.A.) without budging.

I haven't measured the acoustic vibrations of the stands , but I can't see or feel them vibrating when playing music. I don't monitor super loud, though. I have non-slip liner on both stands.

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TheMainMan made it! (author)2012-12-05

Such a great idea! I got sooo much desk space back and now my speakers are at the perfect height. Just need to get a new base made for my monitor stand and elevate those to match. The drawer liner works perfectly, neither speaker moves even if bumped into. I left the stands unpainted as my brackets are silver and that matches nicely with the speaker fronts. Thanks for sharing!

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TheMainMan made it! (author)TheMainMan2012-12-05

Forgot to add the pictures...

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jhuangtw made it! (author)jhuangtw2012-12-05

glad you enjoyed it. thank you for sharing your pictures, too!

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kanamin made it! (author)2012-10-27

There's no Ikea nearby, are these brackets typically common in a hardware store?

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HelenaTroy made it! (author)2012-10-26

excellent! and this will have many other applications for raising many things off desk/table level, thanks!

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YourLord made it! (author)2012-10-25

Very nice! You could align the wires with a matt finish electrical tape for a wireless finish.

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jhuangtw made it! (author)jhuangtw2012-10-25

Thank you! that's an awesome idea. I'll try it out this weekend.

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bFusion made it! (author)2012-10-25

Do you get a lot of vibration with this setup? I have nice monitor speakers and right now they are flat on my desk, which takes up a lot of space. I worry that if I prop them up like this, they will vibrate a lot throwing off my music production and just generally be really annoying.

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jhuangtw made it! (author)jhuangtw2012-10-25

my monitors are reasonably light compared to the stand's weight tolerance, and with the liner padding I do not get much vibration (non-scientific, just feeling with my hand under the board).
having said that, it was something I was quite worried about as well. this set up probably would not work well with heavier speakers.

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bFusion made it! (author)bFusion2012-10-25

OK, I don't believe my monitors are much larger than yours so it's something i will consider. I can also get some foam to tuck under them, which would reduce a lot of the noise as well. Thanks for the ideas!

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Clear Contrast made it! (author)2012-10-25

This is great. Now I know what I'm doing over Thanksgiving.

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Super Cameraman made it! (author)2012-10-24

This is a fantastic solution, nice Instructable! Getting a good pair of monitors was one of the best decisions I've made in terms of music production but it can be so hard to find a good place for the damn things!

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amandaghassaei made it! (author)2012-10-24

these look really nice, I envy your clutter-free work area!

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schumi23 made it! (author)2012-10-23

Yhod str domr nice stands! Great idea with the liner - and I like how it looks!

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Spy1440 made it! (author)2012-10-23

I have been looking for something like this. I have been using bricks and they take up so much space.

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