Space-saving Studio Monitors/Speakers Stands

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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!

2 People Made This Project!

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21 Discussions

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AntoniB1
AntoniB1

2 years ago on Step 1

i tried to follow - modified the design - but the ikea brackets proved too soft

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LiamD17
LiamD17

4 years ago

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
SeanS15

5 years ago on Introduction

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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jumpfroggy
jumpfroggy

8 years ago on Introduction

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
mason.walsh.5

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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
jumpfroggy

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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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TheMainMan
TheMainMan

7 years ago on Introduction

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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jhuangtw
jhuangtw

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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kanamin
kanamin

8 years ago on Introduction

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

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HelenaTroy
HelenaTroy

8 years ago on Introduction

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

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YourLord
YourLord

8 years ago on Introduction

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

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jhuangtw
jhuangtw

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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

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bFusion
bFusion

8 years ago on Introduction

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
jhuangtw

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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
bFusion

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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!

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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schumi23
schumi23

8 years ago on Introduction

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