How to Design a DJ Booth

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How to Design a DJ Booth
A DJ booth can make or break your set-up. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Shortly after you start DJing, the desire for creating a space where you feel most comfortable while mixing may start to build. A custom-built DJ booth allows for ample space for all of your equipment, making everything easily accessible while playing music. If your record collection is taking up space in your DJ room, providing a storage area underneath this booth can improve the layout of your area. With the right planning and design, you can create a nice booth that meets your dimensional requirements.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Drafting paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 2 large pieces of plywood (at least 6' wide x 6' tall)
  • 4 2x4s (at least 3' in length)
  • 8 L-brackets
  • Powered drill
  • Philips-head screws
  • Electric saw

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  1. 1

    Lay out all of the DJ equipment you wish to include in the booth you are building. Measure the width and depth of this equipment so you get a good idea on how big the top of this booth needs to be. While CDs can easily be placed on space-saving stands above the mixer, traditional turntables require a bit more space. If you wish to include space for monitors or speakers, include these in the measurements as well.

  2. 2

    Create a rough blueprint of the DJ booth before you begin construction so you have a realistic idea on how this set-up will look. Use a ruler to create the rectangular surface of the booth where the turntables and mixer are to be placed. Draw four legs to hold the top of the booth up in the air, as these will be built with the 2x4s.

  3. 3

    Determine how high you want the surface of your DJ booth to be, and mark the area at the top of each 2x4 accordingly. If you would like this booth to be just above your waist, measure the intended height on each of the pieces of wood.

  4. 4

    Attach one L-bracket at the intended mark on each of the 2x4s to help stabilise the top piece of plywood. Use the power drill and Philips-head screws to secure each of the L-brackets into place. Make sure all four L-brackets are even.

  5. 5

    Measure 6 to 12 inches from the bottom of each 2x4 to help you install the second set of L-brackets, as these will hold the second piece of plywood into place for storage capabilities. Store records, amplifiers, alternate equipment and just about anything else underneath the booth so it is easily accessible while playing.

  6. 6

    Use your measurements from the DJ equipment to help create the top piece of the DJ booth. Use a ruler to help you create the straight lines of the width and height, ensuring a clean, rectangular piece is to be cut. Carefully cut the plywood into the desired shape with the electric saw. Likewise, use the same measurements on the second piece of plywood so both pieces are perfectly even.

  7. 7

    Space out each of the 2x4s so they will be at each rectangular corner of the pieces of plywood. Lay the bottom piece of plywood on top of each of the L-brackets until securely into place. Drill the Philips-head screws through each of the L-brackets to hold the bottom piece of plywood firmly into place. Perform the same securing action with the top piece of plywood.

  8. 8

    Place all intended equipment on top of the newly built DJ booth. From here, you may choose to add a front piece of plywood to block any visibility of wires. However, this basic shape gives you a basis for your DJ station needs. Add lights or other effects to the sides and front for an improved look in your set-up.

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