The best way to save money in any home/commercial recording studio is to do as many things that you can yourself. In my case, I had the building professionally built and finished, then I went to work making all my own panels, console, and now Monitor Stands.
As always, went to Home Depot and bought (2) 8 foot 2′ x 4’s and (1) 24″ x 48″ 3/4 MDF Panel. Cost all together was about $20.
I started out by measuring and cutting the panel in to (4) 12″ sections. These will serve as the top and bottom of the stands.
Next I measured for the height of the stands and cut the 2 x 4’s accordingly. Your height will most likely be different, so I won’t bother to post my measurements.
It is time to attach the (2) 2 x 4’s together using wood screws. Always drill pilot holes about 3/4 of the length of the actual screw, this will guarantee a nice straight attachment.
Once securely attached at both ends and in the middle with screws, i drilled a center hole in both the stands and the ends. This will help with correct placement of the top and bottom pieces.
Then I used one screw to attach the ends to the stands. I will add more screws later, this is just to hold them together for now.
Once I was happy with the stands it was time to “finish” them. I used the leftover material from my DIY Studio Console armrest to cover the 2 x 4’s.
One other tip, I used a Sharpie to color in the staples, though they will be in the back, it just made the stands look a little better.
It was time to attach the ends to the covered stand. They are really staring to look nice!
It is day 2 and time for paint. I used the leftover paint from my recent DIY Studio Console project to paint the top and bottom of the stands so they would match. Once painted, I added (4) rubber feet to the bottom to help keep them from sliding and to keep a nice soundproofing distance from the floor.
I let them dry over night and I have to say, they match the look of the console perfectly, don’t you agree?
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