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DIY Monitor Stands

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Monitor stands are one of those necessary evils in the studio.  They’re probably the boringest thing in the world to buy, but if you don’t have a good, solid stand for your monitors, you’ll have excessive vibration that will color your sound.

There two really important things to consider when looking into monitor stands.  #1, they need to be secure.  The last thing you want is for your stands to be wobbly and fall over when someone bumps them.  It would really suck to break your monitor on someone’s foot.  #2, density is crucial.  The denser the better.  You want to eliminate vibration.  When building monitor stands, there are a few things you can do to accomplish this.  The two most common are either filling them with lead pellets or sand.  Sand is messier, a bit less dense, and a whole lot cheaper, so it is what I used.

 To get started, I needed a platform for the monitors and a base for the floor.  For my bases, I purchased 14” particleboard circles.  Why?  Because they were on sale for $2 each.  For the platforms I used 12”x10” rectangles that I had leftover from a previous project.

Monitor Stand Components

 I then purchased 4 toilet brackets and two 40” lengths of 4” PVC pipe.  The reason I went with the toilet brackets is because the 4” pipe fits perfectly around it.  Since the brackets were ABS and the pipe was PVC, I made sure to find the right glue and connected a bracket to each end of the pipes.

Now, measured out exactly where the brackets needed to be mounted on the bases and platforms. Once you have drawn your lines, you can start drilling.  If you have a drill press, countersinking the bolts is ideal to ensure your stands will be correctly balanced. Once the holes have been drilled, attach the toilet brackets to the bases and platforms.

Once everything had been attached, I painted the bases and platforms with a flat black. You could wait to the end, but I figured it would be better to paint everything before pouring in the sand.

DIY Monitor Stand Construction 2

Once the paint is dry, glue your 4″ PVC pipe onto the bases. You’ll want to let the glue cure over night. Once it’s dry, fill the tubes with sand. Once they are full, you can glue on the platforms.

Now that everything has been assembled, give it another coat of paint, add some felt feet to the bottom to keep them ballanced, and you’re ready to move them into your studio.

DIY Monitor Stands 3You’ll want to add a foam pad between the monitors and the stands so that the monitors sit securely on the stands. I used foam stickers that came with the monitors.

DIY Monitor Stand Completed Here is the final product with a Mackie monitor on it.

This entire project cost less than $30 and the stands work great! Let me know what you think of the design. If you try out this project, post your final pictures below. Until next time, happy building!

-“Guitar Guy” Tim

About the author

Tim Hemingway

I want to be a rockstar when I grow up, at least that is what I have been putting down as my career goal ever since I was first introduced to the Beatles at 11 or 12 years old. Shortly after my introduction to the Fab Four, I picked up an old classical guitar and started learning every Beatles song I could. It was right around that time that the nickname "GuitarGuy" Tim originated. While I don't remember the exact origin, it was basically how kids at school differentiated me from the other 4 or 5 Tims in our class. Starting in Jr. High, with an arsenal of Weezer and Green Day covers, my friends and I began "performing". Over the next 10 years I played guitar or bass in various alternative, punk and acoustic bands. Somewhere mid-way through college I realized that although I had the desire to be a rockstar, maybe I didn't have the songwriting abilities, so I moved my passion for music behind the console. I then spent several years working in a studio by day, and at night running everything from local concerts to community musicals. Without all of the boring details, my studio work eventually led me into advertising and marketing which is what I now do during the day. But when I come home at night, I still pull out my guitar and put on concerts for my kiddos (I’m raising up the next generation of Guitar Gods). I met up with the Rev while I was in grad school and was working on my thesis: Turn it up to Eleven: A Study of Guitar Hero and Rockband gamers. Why they play and how marketers can use this information. Yes, it is true. I have several academic publications about Guitar Hero. At that time in my life I had decided to pursue a career in marketing within the music industry, but the Rev had a better idea. He gave me a shot at reviewing gear, and ever since then I have been a regular here as part of the Live2playNetwork dysfunctional-family. When it comes to music, I'm a jack of all trades. While I'm not an expert at anything, in a pinch I can play guitar, bass, drums, sing, or I can mic up the drum kit, edit in Pro Tools, or solder up a new patch cable.

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