Introduction: DIY Simple Headphone Stand With Subtle Lighting

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In this Instructable, I am going to show you how to make simple and compact headphone stand with subtle lighting at the back, using inexpensive materials and basic tools.


  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Fretsaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Clamps
  • Soldering iron
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small utility knife
  • Brush
  • Sandpapers (60, 100, 220 grit)
  • Wood glue


  • Concrete
  • Plywood
  • RGB LED Strip (40cm)
  • 12V power supply 2A
  • Dimmer ( )
  • Wood screw (6cm length)
  • Thin wires
  • Thin and flexible cable (1.5m)
  • Silicone feet
  • Wood finish
  • Concrete finish
  • Cooking oil

Step 1: Preview of the Build

Few photos with different lighting of the headphone stand.

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Step 2: Making Concrete Base

First, mix concrete with right amount of water, add some cooking oil into the mold (I am using 10.5 cm diameter small bucket in which was yogurt) and pour concrete until you reach 3.5 cm of height in the mold. Cover bucket with something like a plastic bag at let it cure for 2-5 days.

Step 3: Cutting and Sanding Plywood Parts

Cut 5 parts with a jigsaw from plywood by using template. I suggest using smaller blade for the jigsaw, it will give cleaner cut. Then sand all parts with 100 and 220 grit sandpapers.

Template -

Step 4: Gluing Front Face of the Stand

Now we need to make front face of the headphone stand. Just glue 3 different size parts with wood glue. Don't use too much glue and try not to add glue around the part edges. Then clamp parts and let it dry.

Step 5: Cutting Other Parts

Cut 2.5 cm length part from a decorative wood stick (stick's diameter 1.5 cm). You can cut this part longer, depending on your headphones.

Then cut and glue the box for the dimmer. As plywood thickness varies in different countries you'll need to make simple box which will work for you. I used ~6mm plywood.

Step 6: Cutting Path for the Wires

Now, we need to route wire from the RGB LED strip to the dimmer. Cut small path to the dimmer on the bottom part. And on the top part drill two holes and wiggle drill to get both holes connected.

Step 7: Gluing Back Side Part of the Stand

Glue two plywood parts in which you routed path for the wires and clamp them.

Step 8: Gluing the Front Face and the Back Side Parts of the Stand

Now, glue the before glued part to the front face part of the headphone stand and clamp them.

Step 9: Drilling Holes in the Box

Drill two holes in the glued plywood box - one for the dimmer and one for the 12V power cable.

Step 10: Applying Finish to Plywood

Apply any finish you like to the plywood parts. I used redwood finish and applied 4 coats.

Step 11: If Mistake Happens

Don't forget to glue small part on which headphones will hang before applying finish, like I did.

But if something like this happens, just sand spot before gluing a part.

Step 12: Drilling Concrete Base

Drill hole for the 6 cm length screw in the concrete base, 1cm away from the center. Screw should stick out by 3cm.

Step 13: Sanding Concrete Base

If your concrete base is quite rough, sand it with 60 and 220 grit sandpapers.

Step 14: Drilling Pilot Hole

We need to drill pilot hole for the screw. Place your drill that you'll be able to drill straight hole in the middle of the widest part of the stand.

Step 15: Preparing for Soldering

Cut protective material from the 40 cm length RGB LED strip.

Route two small wires through the stand's hole.

Put thin and flexible 1.5 meter power cable and dimmer into the box.

Step 16: Soldering

Solder thin wires to the RGB LED strip.

Solder power cable's wires to the dimmer where DC IN is written.

Solder thin wires from the strip to the dimmer where MOTOR is written.

Solder other end of the power cable to the 12V power connector, add electrical tape and screw on the protective shell.

Step 17: Gluing Dimmer, Cable and LED Strip

When we have done all soldering, we can hot glue dimmer and power cable to the box, place electrical tape on the strip's connections and glue the RGB strip to the plywood stand.

Step 18: Finishing Build

Finally, glue the box with the dimmer to the main part of the plywood stand.

Then add protective finish to the concrete base, add silicone legs and screw the screw into the plywood stand.

And you have done it!

Step 19: THE END