The studio desk is the centerpiece of your creative space. It should have everything you need at arm’s length to keep the inspiration flowing! Not only that, but it should be comfortable, fit your space, and keep your workflow neat and organized. Here are some of the top studio desks in 2023.
A Great Mix Requires a Great Working Environment
Think about it: do you do your best work when you’re uncomfortable? Do you do your best work having to balance a MIDI keyboard on your lap? When your speakers are in an awkward position and the sweet spot is skewed? You get the idea…
The proper desk consolidates all of a studio’s moving parts. Some of them have rack space built-in for your outboard gear; many have tiered surfaces for computer keyboards, controllers, displays, and monitors; and above all, a great studio desk should be inspiring and ergonomic.
Personally, I cannot understate the importance of having the right studio centerpiece. When all those pieces come together, you can really be proud of your set-up and how easily you can access all your tools.
Things to Consider While Shopping
Obviously, everyone’s needs are going to be a little different. Size is going to be the #1 factor in home studios. From there, a mixer might not need room for an 81-key controller, though a songwriter/producer might. You know your needs best, but here are a few things to keep in mind.
Size. How much room do you have in your home studio space? Can you fit a large 72″ desktop, or would 48″ make more sense? Studio desks come in all shapes and sizes, so be realistic about what your room can handle.
Is there a slide-out tray for your computer keyboard, or even a large slide-out for controllers? This may or may not be an important factor to you.
Tabletop space is probably second in importance after the overall footprint. Depending on the amount of peripherals you have, like MIDI controllers and the like, you might want a nice, deep tabletop for coffee cups, keyboards, mice, your laptop, USB hubs, guitar picks, and the list goes on.
Finally, do you want a desk with built-in monitor space? Usually it’s in the form of a raised tier above the main tabletop; most folks put their monitors and display on this section. If you have monitor stands, then you might not need the extra space built into the desk.
The 5 Best Studio Desks for Home Mixing in 2023
On-Stage Stands WS7500
The WS7500 is the quintessential “studio desk.” The simple design features a slide-out keyboard tray, a 43″ main surface, and a 39″ upper shelf for monitors and displays. The frame is sturdy and minimal, so it doesn’t look like a hulking piece of furniture in the middle of your room.
It’s perfect for smaller sized rooms, and though it doesn’t have any rack space, you can expand the set-up with additional On-Stage pieces.
Zaor MIZA X2 Workstation
Zaor manufactures high-end studio furniture. Their designs are super modern and futuristic looking, as seen here with the MIZA X2. Highlights include a huge tabletop, integrated IsoAcoustics monitor stands on the raised tier, and three 4U rack bays for your outboard gear. This desk is fancy, to say the least—best for large home studios or professional environments.
Walker Edison 3-Piece Contemporary Desk
This breaks the first rule of any studio: you’re not “supposed” to put your desk and monitors in the corner! It’s an acoustic nightmare, sure, but sometimes we have no other option. With limited space, maybe you’re setting up a studio in your bedroom and have to utilize whatever free square footage you have.
This is a pretty straightforward office-style desk, so you won’t find any special studio additions here. However, this is a great value, and sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do—an unconventional studio set-up is better than no studio!
Studio RTA Producer Station
This beast of a desk has all the bells and whistles. The main tabletop is a generous 72″ long and 30″ deep, while the raised tier is nearly 67″ long—plenty of room for a large display and pair of nearfield monitors. It also has a pullout keyboard tray, a bit of shelving for additional storage, and a ridiculous 48U of total rack space.
This is the most feature-rich desk at its price. You could very easily house all of your equipment within this piece of furniture.
Gustav by Sessiondesk is part of the company’s Basic Series, but it’s by no means a boring desk. This is a premium studio desk with 18U of rack space in two 9U bays, integrated cable management, built-in platforms for nearfield monitors, and a spacious tabletop with plenty of depth for a large display that won’t be too close for comfort.
BONUS: Ikea Studio Desk Hack
For under $100, you can put together a small studio-style desk with a few purchases from Ikea.
Simply attach the Capita legs to the Lack shelf, and you’ve built yourself a raised tier. Put that on the Lagkapten desk, and you’ve got yourself a DIY studio desk with a few inexpensive purchases from Ikea. Credit to Ikea Hackers for the suggestion and in-depth guide.