When buying a new desk for your studio, it is important to take into account a whole bunch of things which you might not have thought of before.
We’ve made a list here of some things to consider, which you can re-arrange to prioritise what you think is going to be the best desk for you.
1. Price point – How much am I willing to spend?
Think about how much you use your creative space. Is the desk something you will spend a lot of time sitting at? A lot of people spend all their money on equipment but don’t leave a budget for their desk. But this is where you spend all your time!
2. Digital, Hardware or both?
Think about how much rack space you are going to need. Do you have a rack-mountable audio interface? What about signal processing hardware? Do you need to leave some extra rack space for future purchases? Sometimes it’s good to have some extra rack space and mount a blank panel to cover that spot.
Do you use a laptop? Do you use a Desktop? Think about where these things are going to be housed. Laptops can easily be placed on a sliding keyboard tray, out of the way, with an external monitor attached. Desktop PC’s may need to be built into a rack-mounting case so that they are easy to access and are neatly stored out of the way.
Do you have big or small studio monitors? Where are you going to place them? Some desks have a shelf to sit smaller nearfield monitors on, which can give the correct height and listening angle. Sometimes it is better to have some separate monitors stands to achieve the correct listening angle and keep clutter away from your desk space.
4. Keyboard, Mouse and Controllers
Where will your keyboard and mouse sit for easy access? Do you have a midi keyboard? Where will that go. Often a sliding keyboard tray helps store some of these things, whilst keeping them at arms reach.
5. Extra storage
Do I need additional table surface space? Rack cabinets with a flat surface on top can be a great idea and can extend your desk space by sitting them on either side. This also gives you easy access to much more rack space.
6. Design and feel
What will compliment your studio space? What colours will work in your room? Do you want a statement piece? Maybe you are looking for something compact that will fit in a smaller room, this is often the case in home studios or study nooks.
7. Materials, Manufacturing and Sustainability
Where is your product made? Do you shop local? Is the desk made from sustainable materials? Will the product last a long time or is it made from cheap materials?
As you can see, there are quite a lot of things to keep in mind for your desk purchase. We hope this will help you on your journey to building a better creative space where you enjoy working, playing and creating.