Most new DJs spend so much time scrounging and saving in order to get the best DJ equipment on the market that they never have anything left for a proper DJ booth. But the truth is that if you really want to practice being a DJ you will need a solid booth that is easy to use and inexpensive.
Of course you will have to decide if a DJ desk booth is something you need before you search for a cheap one or opt to build it yourself. But many DJs find their own desk booth is essential for unconventional gigs in homes, on the beach or other unique locations.
Keep reading to learn how to make the best DJ desk booth on the cheap!
Before you start taking measurements and listing what you need for your DJ desk booth, you need to make sure you have space in your primary location (home studio) to house the full booth properly. Once you have chosen the location you need to make sure the area will hold the equipment as it will be set up during gigs.
This is an important part of setting up a DJ desk booth, but it is essential that it is set up the same way it will be when you perform for a crowd.
The first thing you need to do before you buy equipment or components to build equipment is figure out the best measurements for the desk booth.
First is the height of the desk. Many DJs forget this fact and end up with massive back problems after an entire night (or two) of performing. Hunching over a desk that is too short or reaching for one that is too high will leave you feeling uncomfortable and unable to spend long nights mixing and spinning.
You should be able to stand up straight and look forward with your shoulders squared and your back straight.
Whether you are a digital DJ or you rely on CDs or records, you may want your DJ desk booth to have some storage areas. You can use this for your music, unused equipment, back up equipment or simply a place to keep your drinks, coat and other gear.
A cheap way to get this is by using inexpensive bookshelves. By relying on a place like IKEA you also have the option of choosing legs that give you the height you need for comfort while you perform. Of course you find this at any furniture store, just make sure you can get the legs that adjust to the height you need.
If you’re not lucky enough to find legs of the right height you can consider purchasing a table top or wall shelf with miniature legs for more height. This can give you a few more inches of height to place the hardware you use including; laptop, controller, headphones and turntables.
It is important that you measure everything so you don’t have to make multiple trips, but also so that you can build the best DJ desk booth possible. Measure everything and document it so you can take it with you for the most effectively built desk you can build without spending a lot of money.
When building the best DJ booth you can on the cheap you also need to take into account any equipment extras that your desk needs. If you supply your own speakers for gigs or will be using this booth to produce music, you’ll need to make sure you have a spot set aside for speakers.
Depending on the size of the speaker you may need to attach them to the booth to make sure they are at the right height to optimize sound.
If you really want to go for the professional look you can add different styles of hooks to hang your headphones rather than simply leave them lying next to your other DJ equipment. This is optional, but the more functional your DJ desk booth is, the easier it will be to navigate throughout a long gig.
Building or buying your DJ desk booth doesn’t have to cost a lot of money if you know what you’re looking for and take your time to find it. You can purchase or build your equipment little by little until you have everything you need. Once you have a list of the equipment you need and all the measurements you can slowly begin to get your booth together.
Many new DJs use IKEA because you can put together the equipment in the way that best suits you, rather than using boxed equipment that requires plenty of add-ons. You can purchase much of the equipment piece by piece so you have exactly what you want without spending money on what you don’t need.
However you choose to build your DJ desk booth you want to make sure it works as effectively as possible. You want to be able to move around your booth efficiently to perform normally while also making sure the booth is sturdy enough to hold your hardware.
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