Producer Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle, Soundtrack Loops and Loop Cartel) shared this video today, which demonstrates how to build a custom DJ booth using stuff from IKEA.
Donnelly wanted a custom DJ booth, with plenty of storage for a large LP collection – so he built it, using a collection of cheap stuff from IKEA (Kallax + Capita + Lack). This video captures the highlights of his build – and also some mistakes he made along the way that you’ll want to avoid!
Here’s Donnelly’s summary of his IKEA DJ booth build:
PART ONE – Kallax Bookshelf
Let’s start with the Kallax. The Kallax is the base of the desk. You can use one if you like or two if you desire a deeper desk with more storage space for records.
Two pairs of Capitas for mounting the shelves. You’ll need two small square shelves for speakers and one long shelf for laptops and controllers.
Despite the daunting instructional guide the Kallax was quite simple to assemble and it took about 15 mins. Here is a complete Kallax in all of its glory.
PART 2 – Capita long shelf leg
This bolt comes with the Capita. We’ll us it to mount the Capita to the Kallax and later to mount the shelves.
Find a good spot to mount the Capita and drill a hole in the Kallax top big enough for the bolt to screw through like you see here. Let’s move on. (I had a small hand held vaccuum available to clean up dust from the particle board.)
Next we’ll attach the Capita to the Kallax to get a feel for how we want it positioned. I would not recommend twisting it on like I did here in the video as it will scratch the surface of the Kallax. What you should do is screw the bolt in to the Capita from the bottom with a wrench. As you can see it’s quite sturdy. You could have the angle facing in or out. Up to you.
Measure where you placed the first hole and follow the same steps on the other end of the Kallax. You could place a piece of paper or thin cardboard down before attaching the Capita to prevent it from scratching the Kallax surface. I’ve made some mistakes as this was my first build and I managed to scratch the surface a little. I pretty much went at this guerrilla style so please feel free to do what you think is best.
PART 3 – Lack long Laptop shelf
Now let’s move to the first of three shelves. The long shelf is for your laptop and controllers. Place the long shelf on the Capitas while they are mounted to the Kallax and use the sharpy to draw in guides for your screw holes on the underside of the long shelf. Now remove your Capitas and line them up. Use a small drill bit and drill small holes at the guide points so you can easily screw your smalls screws in. Do the same for the other Capita and connect the top shelf to the Kallax by lining up the Capitas to the bolts and twist the bolts in from the underside of the Kallax top.
Part 4 – Lack speaker shelves
Let’s move on to the small speaker shelves. Drill a hole in through the top long laptop shelf like we did with the Kallax. We will use large bolts to connect the small shelves to the long shelf with the second pair of Capitas.
The bolts are not long enough in this case as the top shelves don’t really match the rest of the desk and they are a bit thicker so I went to the hardware store to pick get longer bolts. I used the big plastic washer from the Capita bolts for support as you see here.
Now with your Capita removed do the same thing we did ealier and draw drill guides with the silver sharpy. Place the Capita dead center of the small shelf and place your guide dots. Use the smalls screws to attach the Capita to the small shelf and then connect it to the long shelf with the extra long bolt. Use a wrench to thighten the bolt. Follow the same steps for the second small shelf and you ‘re done.
2 X KALLAX $64.99 each
Shelving unit, black-brown
CAPITA $19.99 / 2 pack
Bracket, stainless steel
Wall shelf, black-brown
2 X LACK $6.99 Each
Wall shelf, black
2x bolts from hardware store $0.49 each
You can download the songs from this video via Donnelly’s DJ Puzzle site (.zip).
If you’ve done your own custom build using IKEA stuff, let us know in the comments!