Ultimate Ikea DJ Unit

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When I made the switch to digital DJing, I found the amount of wires and equipment scattered around my decks unbearable, so decided to build my own unit that would house everything out of sight.

Taking inspiration from other Ikea DJ Desks I've seen around here, I decided to use the EXPEDIT bookcase for the base as it provided enough storage space, was a good height and also I already had one! For the tabletop and box I used two of the VIKA AMON tabletops which were the same width as the EXPEDIT and enough depth to fit decks/mixer and speakers on top.

This setup costs about £100 in total, which isn't bad compared to retail versions which will set you back £300+
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Step 1: Measuring/Cutting the pieces

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I wanted as much depth as possible so decided to bolt the back of the box to the back end of the table (instead of the top) which would give a extra few cm's. Apart from that you'll want the back and top bits to be from either side of the table so you get the nice laminate edge rather than the corrigated cardboard that fills the wood out. The front piece will be bare either side, but both will be covered when put together.

The dimensions I used are:
Front =  186mm
Top    =  300mm
Back  =  254mm

For the side panels I cut up an old Lack cofee table, but you could use anything for this, Ikea make lots of stuff in the same colours. Both were cut to:
265mm x 186mm

Note on cutting
Most Ikea furniture is some sort of laminated wood, eg chipboard core with a nicer look mahogany laminate covering it. I did a lot of reading on the subject of cutting this type of wood without wrecking it. What I settled with was to use masking tape on either side of the cut, leaving a 1mm gap (doesn't have to be 100% accurate). Then I clamped some 2x2 along the line and scored the wood with a sharp knife, then finally took a brand new saw and used the guide to cut as straight as possible. Using this technique I manage to cut each piece without ripping any of the laminate, I'm sure you could do better with a bench saw, just take your time with it.

In case it's not obvious to someone wandering around an IKEA what the modern replacements for the named bits would be… EXPEDIT is gone, but KALLAX is a somewhat close enough substitute. Not quite as seamless when you start turning them any which way and the walls are now constructed out of straight particle board. Because of that, KALLAX is heavier, but theoretically sturdier. YMMV.

LINNMON can be directly substituted for VIKA AMON tabletops. In fact, in every picture I've seen using one or the other, I've never been able to tell which I'm looking at.

A number of people seem to put speakers on a 3rd tier at ear level on little LACK shelves bolted on to the table using CAPITA or GODMORGON legs. In the case of the CAPITAs, remove the adjustable foot and take that with you to the hardware store to shop for a bolt that'll fit through a washer and the table into the leg.

The should be what's called a "fender washer" and go underneath the table. Basically it serves to spread the force of the bolt outward over a larger surface. These tabletops and shelves are made of a cardboard honeycomb surrounded by a wooden frame, and sandwiched between pieces of veneer. It's surprisingly strong stuff for the weight, as long as the force is not concentrated into one spot like, say, a bolt running through the table holding a heavy monitor speaker all concentrated into less than a square inch. ;)

Lot's of room stuff to vary/combine to build upon the theme, and not just for DJs. I use a lot of LINNMON, LACK, and EKBY bits to make workstations of all sorts.

whats the unit in the center
papo21 year ago
great job! looks great.

if you measure from the floor the top of the top of the mixers' faceplate, how tall is it?

How much overhang does the tabletop have over the Expedit in the rear?

Do your tables fit battle style?
triodo2 years ago
Yo quiero un muble de esos para mis equipos
sqquuee3 years ago
nice build. your turned out a little better looking than mine.
I added hinges to the top.
dustindef4 years ago
hey this is awesome thanks for posting this
roadieflip4 years ago
If you look in the back of a touring mixing desk, you'll find a cable storage solution just like this. Hey, dude. If it's good enough for The Stones, then it's good enough for the rest of us.

Good job!