Recording studio furniture? Wait a second Mark, you must be talking about a heart shaped bed and mini-bar filled with Crystal, right? No friends, we’re talking about the actual furniture that is going to hold your equipment and when used correctly, make your recording in your home music studio a lot easier. I’m going to write this article as a Q&A covering the most common questions I receive about studio furniture.
Q: What kind of furniture do I need for my studio?
A: While the exact pieces will be determined by the equipment you are using, common setups consist of a recording studio desk, instrument stands, equipment racks, and a comfortable chair.
Q: Can’t I just use milk crates and a card table?
A: I realize that starting out there may not be a budget for custom consoles and equipment racks, so here are the basics. First, the desk you use must be sturdy. Sorry, no card tables. The desk may be holding speakers, the mixer, monitors, etc. Don’t take the chance of damaging your equipment by using a flimsy table.
Q: What features should a recording studio desk have?
A: As I mentioned above, the desk should be sturdy enough to handle the weight of your equipment. When deciding on the shape and size, consider what components you will need to reach easily. Would you prefer an angled desk or would a straight model work? If you plan setting up in a corner, there are desks made specifically for this.
Q: Do I need equipment racks?
A: If you plan on using individual component in your studio, I highly recommend an equipment rack. A rack will keep your amplifiers, preamps, equalizers, etc. neatly in one place. For those of you going with the studio-in-a-box (SIAB) setup, this won’t be necessary.
Q: Why do I need a special chair?
A: Spend your first all-nighter mixing tracks and ask me this again! The recording studio chair is the place where you will be spending a ton of your time. This truly is a vital piece of your recording studio furniture. The biggest thing you are looking for here is comfort. There is no doubt that you will spend hours on hours here during the recording, mixing, and mastering processes. Sitting in one position can be very stressful on the spine and possible create or compound back problems. Therefore, look for a chair that’s ergonomic and that promotes good posture by supporting the lower back.
The main purpose of recording studio furniture is to allow you to work more efficiently in a comfortable setting. Can you spend thousands on furniture? Absolutely! Do you need to? No, especially if you’re just starting out. Follow the guidelines above, set up a clean easy to use workspace, and start making music!