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Best Studio Desk For Music Producers 2023 – WE FOUND IT!!

What makes a good studio desk? We reveal the best home studio desks...

The best studio desk is for music producers, much like the operating table for a doctor.

It’s the heart of their setup – the object which if you were to take away, would drastically impact their ability to perform their finely-tuned wizardry. In other words, a vital piece of kit that underpins their entire setup, & yet (ironically), often gets overlooked… & that’s the problem!

See, if all studio desks came in one shape, size & were fit for every purpose, ‘said problem’ wouldn’t be a thing. In fact, you wouldn’t even be reading this blog because we wouldn’t have written it – you’d have just gone out & bought the same studio desk as everyone else & got on with you life. But you haven’t… & that’s because today’s selection of studio desks are, well – generous, to say the least. Be you be particular about material, finish, size… whatever – there’s no doubt multiple studio desks that’ll tickle your fancy.

Great news, unless of course you want a straight answer. We know analysing the intricacies of studio desks for hours on end won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. So if this is you, emit a sigh of relief – you’re in the right place, because we’ve done all of that for you. Ever wondered things like how deep should a studio desk should be? Or just asked yourself the question “do I even need a studio desk?” Read on & we’ll reveal all.

After something specific about what we consider to be the best music studio desk? Or just curious what makes a good music studio desk? Dive into the menu below to get all the answers you need in 1 click…

a producer sat in a studio desk making music

NOTE: Kitting out your studio? If so, be sure to also check out our reviews of Music Studio Chairs + the Most Popular Midi Controllers EVER!!

Buying a music studio desk is NO laughing matter.

That’s right – it’s not as easy as you might think! Because while every desk is built to fulfil the same purpose, not all desks succeed. Especially in the eyes of a music producer; the average Joe is FAR easier to please!! So, factor in how no 2 desks are the same + the fact that no 2 producers use the same type/ amount of kit, & you can soon see why culling every desk you can buy down to just 1, turns into an almighty headache of a task. Or at least, it was…

Because thankfully, we’ve done 90% of the work for you. And tested over 30 studio desks to determine which we deem to be worth it in the eyes of a producer. So without further ado, here’s our rundown of the best studio desks for music producers for sale today…

1: Fezibo 55″ L-shaped height-adjustable studio desk

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2: Outfine 63″ height-adjustable studio desk

3: JWX 72″ Wing-Shaped studio desk (with monitor stand)

4: Eureka music-sensing RGB light up studio desk

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5: Casaottima L-shaped studio desk

6: AZ-R studio desk (for midi controllers)

7: Poxurio electric studio desk

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8: Fezibo 48″ L-shaped height-adjustable studio desk

9: Utureal 71″ electric height-adjustable studio desk

SPOILER: Not all studio desks cost the earth!

In fact, if you look hard enough, you can find a fair few cheap studio desks that actually work really well for a music producer. Yes – they may not be fully-loaded in terms of features or made to last you as long, but for a temporary solution they’re not all that bad. Team this with the fact that the best studio desks do come at quite a £$€, & you could even say that cheap studio desks (while not perfect) are a solid way for beginners to set about arranging their first setup.

Hence why we’d say you’d be silly to write such desks off altogether, unless of course you’re a seasoned pro. So if you ask us, the best cheap studio desk for a music producer is…

10: Bestier L-Shaped studio desk

mix engineer sat in a music studio

With studio desks, size isn’t everything (oy oy oy)

So unless you’re an analogue junkie with a vast collection of rack gear, modular synths & keyboards, a small desk may well suit your studio just fine. What with producing going digital these days, such desks can work reasonably well, especially for bedroom producers with a small space! So be warned: while most small studio desks do give you a good deal of space, they are pretty minimal. So if you ant your studio monitors at ear-height, you may have to purchase monitor raisers = various other stands/ adaptions for your existing kit to achieve the workflow you’re after.

But without further ado, here’s our pick for the best studio desk for small spaces…

11: On-Stage WS7500 studio desk

Enjoy this review of the best studio desks for music producers and eager for more? Don’t miss out on all our latest Production Advice, as well as more blogs on Studio Essentials. Recently, we also did a write up on the Best Studio Monitor Speakers + another on the Best Microphone Stands, which if you’re kitting out your studio, may also be worth a read!

beat-makers sat around a production desk

Or if you’re here to purely learn more about the best music studio desks, be sure to jump into the following FAQs…

There’s a fair few types of desk out there that are used for music production.

All of which come with their own quirks & features that make them the ideal fit (or not) for certain types of musicians & producers. See, not everyone’s production space is the same. Some have a HUG space covered in power outlets & sound insulation, whereas for others, it’s nothing more a bedroom. Hence why if you’re looking to get your hands on the best music studio desk for your needs, we’d recommend paying attention to these 3 characteristics…

  • Main construction material – Arguably the main thing to look for when buying a music studio desk is the material that’s used for the bulk of the construction. This includes aspects like the frame, as well as the desktop too. Remember: your (very expensive) gear is going to be sat on this desk, so to ensure you buy one that can withstand their weight (& then some) is always a good idea!
  • Desk electronics – Fact remains that you will require electronics feeding into your desk. Otherwise, how are you going to power all that insane production gear – right? So another thing to watch out for when buying a studio desk is the whereabouts (& quality) of the cable tidy solution. Most purpose built music studio desks will come with a cable tidy feature as standard. this could be anything from a simple hole for your wires integrated into the top, to a full-on metal shelf situated underneath your desk to keep all your wires/ preamps etc. safe & in one place.
  • Size of the desktop – As stated above, not every producer has a HUGE production space. In fact, every production space is completely different, so as you can imagine, so is the size of the tops you can get on music studio desks. The thicker & stronger desks (that also tend to be larger) will likely set you back more money. Whereas (as you’d expect) smaller desks usually demand a smaller £$€. However, with the desk being the centrepiece of your setup, it’s important that you not only buy a desk with a big enough top for your current gear, but also one with that bit extra space should you choose to expand & buy more gear.

Nope – anything but!

See, while studio desks are one of the most important pieces of furniture you have in a music studio, it’s NOT the only one you need. Spend a lot of time at your desk & you’ll also need a chair. Expand your setup & you may need to invest ion some freestanding speaker stands. Mix with analog gear & you may even need a cabinet for rack effects & modular synths.

Not to mention additional benches for multiple midi keyboards & also shelving to keep your essentials off the floor. If you’re a YouTuber, these can also double as a way to display your plaque or any accolades you’d like your viewers to see in the background.

Other additions to consider are…

  • Acoustic panelling to reduce reverb
  • Lighting to create an edgy vibe
  • A footrest for long studio sessions

The size that’s most workable for you & fits your space.

See, there’s no one-size-fits-all studio desk for producers. Just like the creative process, everyone’s different & has their own preferences/ restrictions. However, if you’re after a rough idea of the size that comes with a music studio desk, the average studio desk sits at around 29″ high, extends back about 26″ & is reasonable wide at 47″.

Some professional producers even have custom made studio desks, specifically designed to fit their studio & house their specific gear!

Where your desk best fits into your studio, really all comes back to the studio itself.

Not to mention other factors in relation to you. See, while you want it to be positioned in a way that encourages you to be creative & make music, you also want it to work for you in terms of audio & acoustics. Surrounding surfaces are arguably the most important thing to consider, especially if you don’t have any sound deadening to lessen reverb.

Red flags of this nature would be things like: having your desk in front of a large window or compressed back against a wall. Have your back to a wall & mixing & mastering is going to be a complete & utter nightmare. Same with the reverb caused by reflections off a window. Curtains or blinds are a MUST!

However, in relation to the desk itself, height is also another thing to consider. Have a desk too low & you may get a lot of interference from movements on the floor. Sat too high & you’ll likely not be positioned correctly to hear your studio monitors when it comes to mixing. Thankfully thought, most music studio desks are height adjustable.

See – there’s more Feng Shui to this music desk lark than you might think!

For even more advice, be sure to jump into this video of a music junkie setting up the desk in his own studio…

Difficult one, see… there’s no set height.

First & foremost this depends on your height. The last thing you want is to get a desk that tires your body! So while the standard height of desks is 76 cm, play around a bit. Trying sitting with your laptop or keyboard at different heights & try work out where you feel best with them in relation to your body.

How bent are your arms? Do you like your kit a bit further back?

When it comes to posture you also need to consider whether your feet touch the ground. Usually the sign of a good seating position, as they’ll go numb if they’re bent upwards for too long. However, don’t forget that this can be adjusted too. Footrests are very common in music studios!

There’s a common saying, “you get what you pay for” – & studio desks are NO exception.

So if you’re looking for a temporary solution – perhaps you’re seeing whether a desk is even right for you, or just want something to tide you over for a couple of months before you move studio. Then yes, a cheap music studio desk may be a wise bet for you. Aside from being cost effective, it also means you don’t need to go through the faff of trying to sell it should you be moving.

Cheap studio desks are usually something you can just gift to a charity shop or give away in a couple of days over Facebook Marketplace. But as you’ve probably guessed by now, while cheap music studio desks aren’t bad – they DO have a purpose – they’re not what you’d ideally want to invest in if you’re looking for a solid desk over the long term.

Not only do more expensive studio desks have a lot more integrated cable tidy solutions & in general, feel that bit nicer to work on, but they also don’t warp/ crack. Those with heavy analog gear, LISTEN UP! Because if you opt to put seriously heavy gear on a cheap studio desk, it’s likely to not only warp, but also prone to breaking. Not good if your legs are under it!!

So while cheap music studio desks do make some sort of sense, if you’re a gear junkie who’s after a long-term desk – don’t bother. Save up a few more months & buy something professional & (most importantly) safe.

While there are some seriously good studio desks out there, those from IKEA… ain’t one of them.

See, while at first a studio desk may appear to be pretty similar to every other desk (i.e. those you get from IKEA) there’s a whole host of reasons how they differ. All of which equate to a pretty convincing argument as to why you shouldn’t buy an IKEA desk for your studio. Need more convincing? Here’s 3 flaws of IKEA desks for music production…

  • Made for mass audiences – The mass amount of desk users aren’t music producers. Most likely they’re some form of hip marketeer or maybe even a CEO of a company. In other words, people that work on computers & paper. BUT not someone who has 10k pieces of kit + the need for multiple monitors & multiple tiers of desk space. Hence why music prods would benefit from something more custom.
  • Not made with acoustics in mind – Sticking on that subject, IKEA desks ain’t made with acoustics in mind. So while on the surface they may look all smooth & fancy, underneath a lot are made from cheap chipboard & hollow plywood. Not the best foundation for a desk where sound & vibrations need to be diffused effectively. Neither are they the strongest desks either, which leads us onto our next point…
  • Questionable durability – Due to the poor quality materials used to create the bare bones of your typical IKEA desk, it’s FAR less likely to be able to withstand the weight of your kit. Analogue junkies especially need to listen up here, because the last thing you want is all your expensive gear to go crashing to the floor when you least expect it – especially if your knees are under the desk (ouch)! Just a heads up, a lot of IKEA desks we’ve owned have bowed over time due to the weight of our music kit, which is why we now use a custom desk setup made of Oak.

Platform desks are studio desks that mean business.

They also allow you to do a whole load more in a smaller space too! Because while your standard desk will be very much as you’d expect – 4 legs & a tabletop – a platform desk doesn’t just have 1 desk-space. While all platform build differ, the majority come equipped with the following…

  • A lower desk space (at arms level, where you’d write & do the usual desk stuff)
  • An upper desk space (above arm height, where you can mount extra kit like analog synths or rest your speakers or computer monitor)
  • Side wings (some desks even come with extra mounting brackets that can be screwed onto the desk & extended down each side of where you sit. Places where it’s ideal to mount your fav midi keyboard or another monitor)

And yes, there’s no escaping the fact that platform desks are quite the but more expensive, BUT when you consider how much more they allow you to do + the fact they’ll be made of better quality materials (perks of not being made for the mass market), rest assured they’re by FAR the more functional desk that’ll last the test of time.

In our eyes – the way to go!