The choice of desk for a home studio is crucial for music productions. It is important to find a desk that fits the space available, that allows for optimal music production work and that is ergonomic for comfort.\n\n\n\nThere are several types of desks that can be installed in a home studio: A desk with audio rack storage, a DIY desk, free-standing 19" rack storage units, a retractable desk to save space, or a sit-stand desk to avoid sitting too long.\n\n\n\nWhat type of desk do you need? How much does it cost? Let's take a look..\n\n\n\n\nDesk with storage for audio racks\n\n\n\nLes racks studio 19" permettent de stocker les \u00e9quipements audio comme les pr\u00e9amplificateurs, les \u00e9galiseurs et les compresseurs, ainsi que les interfaces audio, les convertisseurs et les enregistreurs aux formats rack. Ils sont disponibles dans diff\u00e9rentes tailles, mais la taille standard est de 19" (environ 48 cm) de largeur.\n\n\n\nThere are desks designed with standard 19" audio rack storage, with 2 or more units installable usually on either side of the desk, under the computer monitors or under the desk.\n\n\n\nExample of a desk with rack storage and 88-key keyboard(Oxford Studio Desk)\n\n\n\nSome models are designed with dedicated space to install a master keyboard (up to 88 keys) in a drawer to leave room on the desk for the computer keyboard and mouse.\n\n\n\nThe speakers are also better positioned, being placed on the spaces for audio racks, allowing them to be at the right height and notably to avoid sound reflections on the desk.\n\n\n\nThis option favors ergonomics and optimizes the available space and is part of the professional solutions. However, you will have to pay a lot of money to have a high-end desk.\n\n\n\n\n\nAdvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSemi-professional or professional solution\n\n\n\nPre-designed with standard rack storage\n\n\n\nRelatively light\n\n\n\nTransportable\n\n\n\nDismountable\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDisadvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCan be expensive depending on the type of product chosen\n\n\n\nNot always very stable in the first prices\n\n\n\nDo not support much weight\n\n\n\nCan deteriorate after several disassemblies\n\n\n\nSome models are quite expensive\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n19" Rack Storage Cabinet\n\n\n\nExample of a 12U rack storage unit\n\n\n\nYou can easily add small cabinets on wheels with storage for your 19" racks to your existing desk, without having to buy a music production desk.\n\n\n\nStudio racks are designed to be installed in desks specifically designed for them, but can also be integrated into shelving or free-standing storage units.\n\n\n\nIt is important to take measurements to ensure that you can fit them into your home studio and that you can slide them under the desk if necessary (and possible).\n\n\n\n\n\nBenefits\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nLess expensive than having to change your entire desk\n\n\n\nOptimized for modularity\n\n\n\nEasily movable\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDisadvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nImpossible to install a master keyboard\n\n\n\nSize does not always fit all studios or offices\n\n\n\nOnly designed to hold audio racks\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRetractable desk\n\n\n\nRetractable desks are a practical option for people who do not need a large workspace, prefer minimalism and have limited space in the room. The main advantage of these desks is that they can be folded quickly and simply to save space when not in use. Handy if you are using a laptop.\n\n\n\nHere is an example of a reclosable desk:\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/youtube.com\/shorts\/3WvOH6dq1nI?feature=share\n\n\n\n\nHowever, it is important to consider the potential drawbacks of installing specific equipment and the lack of work surface before choosing this option. Indeed, it may not be possible to install equipment such as a piano keyboard or audio racks.\n\n\n\nThis solution is best suited for people with limited equipment and without an audio rack in a small room.\n\n\n\n\n\nAdvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nQuick and easy to fold\n\n\n\nSaves space when not in use\n\n\n\nDifferent models with several sizes available\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDisadvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nImpossible to install a master keyboard or audio racks\n\n\n\nLack of work surface\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nStanding desk\n\n\n\nNous passons tous trop de temps devant nos \u00e9crans et nos corps n'appr\u00e9cient pas les p\u00e9riodes trop longues en position assise ou sans bouger. La s\u00e9dentarit\u00e9 est un mal qui touche toutes les personnes travaillant devant un \u00e9cran d\u2019ordinateur, et les risques \u00e0 longs termes ne sont pas n\u00e9gligeables. Il est donc tr\u00e8s important de prendre des mesures pour r\u00e9duire la s\u00e9dentarit\u00e9. Il est conseill\u00e9 de prendre des pauses r\u00e9guli\u00e8res, toutes les 30 \u00e0 45 minutes, pour se lever et marcher un peu.\n\n\n\nA solution to avoid sitting is the sit-stand desk. These desks have hydraulic jacks that adjust the height of the desk. You can preset positions to quickly change positions from the control box.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=tuWw8L2tIBA\n\n\n\n\nThese desks are specially designed for people who spend a lot of time in front of computer screens. They allow you to change positions and avoid the fatigue caused by prolonged sitting.\n\n\n\nIt is possible to add a treadmill underneath to work while walking. A treadmill allows you to stay active while working and this can help improve health, concentration and productivity. In addition, it can help improve blood flow and stimulate the brain, which in turn can improve focus and productivity.\n\n\n\nHowever, these desks do not support a lot of heavy equipment, audio racks or drawers and its cost can be high. This type of desk will be recommended for people who do not have a lot of heavy equipment to install on their desk (e.g.: large amplified speakers + double wide screens + computer tower + mixer, etc). Otherwise, the motors may not be able to raise or lower the desk due to lack of power, or may not work anymore.\n\n\n\n\n\nAdvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPrevents fatigue due to constant sitting position\n\n\n\nQuick and easy position change with preset positions\n\n\n\nIt is possible to install a treadmill to work while walking\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDisadvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDoes not support heavy equipment\n\n\n\nNo storage space for audio rack\n\n\n\nNo drawers\n\n\n\nCan be expensive\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCustom desk\n\n\n\nIt is possible to build a custom desk that is perfectly optimized for the room and makes the most of the available space. However, this option is only available to those who are capable of doing work in the room and have the woodworking skills and tools to do so. If you do not have the necessary skills and tools, it is better to hire a craftsman, which will increase the cost of making the office.\n\n\n\nWith this solution, you can build your own DIY ("Do It Yourself") Studio Pro desk for half or a third of the price of a new commercially available desk. An idea to seriously consider if you want to do a conscientious and professional installation. You will be able to optimize the cable routing, the placement of the elements, the width of the desk, and all the dimensions required for your home studio. You will also be able to choose the materials of the desk, especially wood, which will be able to support heavy loads and will give an elegant finish to your Home Studio.\n\n\n\nAvoid using laminate or chipboard boards, as these do not support disassembly and lateral movements well. The desk could deteriorate or break. Choose real wood, even if it is heavier, except for the worktop, which is very heavy, but very solid! Don't hesitate to reinforce the corners of your desk with brackets, cleats or a flat bottom to prevent the boards from sagging and the parallelism from distorting, this is important for rigidity.\n\n\n\nYou can also install a slide-out drawer to hold your keyboard and mouse or an 88-key piano, which will save space. For the screen(s), choose an articulated arm to free up work space. You can, for example, place a mixer in place of the computer screen stand.\n\n\n\n\n\nAdvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMaximized space saving\n\n\n\nGood quality\/price ratio if you do it yourself\n\n\n\n100% customizable\n\n\n\nWill support a lot of weight\n\n\n\nA craftsman will design a solid desk with a fully customizable finish\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDisadvantages\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRequires construction skills and tools\n\n\n\nUsing a craftsman will easily double the price of the desk\n\n\n\nPotential construction or design errors\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHere is an example of what is possible to build with a budget of about $500 - \u20ac500\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=KpF3FZk2bFg\n\n\n\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nIn conclusion, choosing a desk for a home studio is an important decision that must be made based on many criteria, such as available space, budget and equipment needs. The different options presented in this article each offer their own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to think carefully about your needs before making a final choice.\n\n\n\nWhether you opt for a custom DIY desk or a desk with audio rack storage, the goal is to create a comfortable, ergonomic work environment that will allow you to focus on your passion for music production.