We’ve discussed the basics you’ll need to start your home recording studio. Outside of the equipment and even the acoustic treatments for your room, you don’t want to forget about the furniture and overall vibe. This can make or break your body and mood. You want to be comfortable while working on projects in your studio.
It’s no secret that you will end up sitting for long periods of time, especially while you are mixing and editing what you’ve recorded. The band may even need a spot to rest their bums and feet while waiting. You want seriously comfy furniture, so you don’t end up feeling too restless, and you don’t want to torture your muscles and bones in the process.
First, we will discuss the best-designed furniture to ever exist on the market, at least in the chair arena. Ergonomic chairs are my absolute favorite! Then we will determine what furniture you may want in your home recording studio to put you and others at ease during the process of recording and mixing and other pieces of furniture you may want to keep in mind.
Why You Want Ergonomically Designed Furniture?
You don’t want to pick any old, horribly built chair for your desk. You will spend such massive amounts of time sitting and not just in your home recording studio.
A sedentary lifestyle is known to lower your lifespan by at least five years, sometimes more. The least you can do for yourself is pay a little extra for a chair that won’t add further discomfort to your body.
Ergonomic furniture has become a hit across the globe, from waiting rooms to classrooms–and even in homes. Ergonomic furniture is designed not only for comfort but for ultimately good posture. Poor posture does a number on your body, including causing unneeded pain, poor circulation, and even fatigue.
The word “ergonomics” refers to how we adapt to the tools we use—in this case, the furniture—so our bodies can be at its most comfortable. They fit the way your body is built perfectly, for maximum posture. You will have no choice but to sit correctly while using one of these chairs.
Ergonomic furniture doesn’t stop at chairs, though. You can buy ergonomic desks and even ergonomic keyboards for your computer to prevent carpal tunneling from frequent keyboard use.
I use a great ergonomic chair that supports my entire back and my neck. I always suggest purchasing an ergonomic chair if it’s in your budget. You will thank me later!
What Furniture Will You Need?
Your Studio Desk
First and foremost, you will need a sturdy and reliable desk for your computer or laptop to sit comfortably on. Depending on the size of your home recording studio, a giant desk might not be an option for you, but they are great for organization.
But if you have the money and space in your room, I strongly recommend a large studio workstation desk that can fit most of your recording equipment so you can keep them up off the floor and out of your way. There are even workstation desks built to hold electronic keyboards, studio monitors, and several other things you will be using for your music projects.
There are few things to take into consideration when choosing a studio desk. How much space do you need? How much equipment do you have? Most studio workstations have what is referred to as rack space. These racks are a great way of organizing your equipment, such as preamps.
If you do have a smaller room, not much space, and a smaller budget, a smaller desk will work just fine for your needs. Don’t be discouraged about the size of your desk.
A smaller desk shouldn’t hinder your process, whatsoever. There are even small workstations, less than 45 inches, made specifically for recording studios tight on space. They have pulled out shelves for the electronic keyboard too. The only downside is there is less surface space for extra equipment, and they usually don’t include additional racks.
Your Studio Chair
The studio chair that you use at your workstation desk is one of the most important pieces of furniture you can invest in for your home recording studio. As I stated before, ergonomic is your best bet on all levels. You will spend most of your time in this chair so think heavily before picking any random old chair!
There are a few serious qualities to look at when choosing a studio chair for your recording studio. Most importantly, you want perfect comfort at all costs. You want a chair with a comfy bottom for your bottom. You want something that you can sit in for hours at a time without going numb and ending with aches and pains where you never imagined they could be.
Padded armrests are a must. Your arms will constantly be resting so you don’t want a rough surface digging into your arms. If the armrests are adjustable, that’s even better. This will help when playing the guitar or even fitting the chair underneath the desk when you’re finished for extra room space. The most overlooked quality is where the height of your chair fits with the height of your desk.
A rolling chair with a 360-degree swivel is always a perk. You may need to move around the room, so the faster the wheels, the better. If it rolls on multiple surfaces, that’s an even greater feature.
I prefer mesh on the back of my chairs so it’s breathable and sweat doesn’t build up. Music Critic has an extensive list of the best ergonomic chairs for your home recording studio.
Couches and Other Chairs
If you have a decent-sized room and extra spending money, you are going to want multiple chairs or a good sized couch for any band members or friends that want to sit in on your session and help. It’s just common courtesy for your visitors.
If possible, don’t skimp on this furniture either. You don’t want your friends extremely uncomfortable while you are in your ergonomic chair.
What about the Interior Design of Your Studio?
The interior design of your home recording studio may not seem like a priority, and though it isn’t the number one thing on your mind, it is something you want to start to think about. You want your recording studio to match your personality, your music, and have a pleasant aura all around.
Focus on the color schemes of the entire room. The color of your walls has been known to have a strong impact on your mood.
There’s quite a bit of psychology that goes behind the colors you choose. I’m sure you’ve heard how the color blue can mellow you out and the color red can cause intense anger. Acoustic panels and foam are available in almost any color you can think of.
You can get furniture that matches your color scheme and fits your personality. A professional studio doesn’t have a specific look, and there’s no right way to design your space. If you like modern, spruce your home recording studio up with modern furniture. If you enjoy an old-fashioned feel, indulge in your vintage side.
Bonus Furniture Must-Haves for Your Studio
Studio or Hardware Racks
Keeping the room organized and clutter-free is an important part of creating a comfortable studio, and studio racks are a great addition to help you do that. Just one of these racks can create space in your room as well as organize much of the equipment you’ll be collecting while building your studio, including your preamps or your audio interface, among other things.
If you have tons of equipment, consider purchasing a couple studio tracks. Some sit in your room and resemble a hollow box. Other studio racks are mountable to your wall and resemble shelves. However, there are three popular styles of studio racks you can pick from.
The standard, basic studio racks are what you’ll more than likely want if you’re a newbie and trying to save a few bucks. Read the reviews before purchasing. Make sure your studio rack, even the most basic rack, is sturdy and matches the design within your home recording studio.
For the traveling musicians and sound mixers, there are portable designed studio racks that make lugging around your equipment much easier. They are heavy-duty boxes that you can load easily into any vehicle or on a plane while keeping everything you need organized and easy to get to when needed.
The third type of studio racks is often referred to as premium studio racks. They are extremely expensive for their several features, so only professional studios purchase them.
Most are made with soundproof material to prevent noise from your equipment escaping the box while recording or mixing and editing. They also have a temperature control so your equipment doesn’t overheat while being used, which can be common with soundproof material.
Studio Monitor Stands and Racks
If you use studio monitors instead of headphones, studio monitor stands are a great accessory to have in your home recording studio. There is rarely enough space on your desk for your studio monitors, especially if you purchase a smaller desk. They also tend to take up too much room on your floor.
If you’re klutzy like me, there’s a strong chance you’ve tripped over your studio monitors before. The monitor stands resemble music stands and prevent vibration on the floor. It will give your home recording studio a cleaner, more organized look, and your recording better sound quality.
Of course, as with most things, you can make your own studio monitor stands for much cheaper than you can purchase them. If you are great with tools and building things, you can build your own sturdy studio monitor racks, designing them any way you want.
Studio Monitor Isolation Pads
Studio monitor isolation pads are not a necessity but they can come in handy if you own studio monitors. These pads are less about an organization like the racks and more about accuracy for your studio monitors. They greatly reduce any vibrations that your monitors can cause, keep your bass booming, and your recording free of vibrating noises.
Home Studio Maven has a complete list of the best quality studio monitor isolation pads from 2017.
If you want to save a few bucks, there are a few do-it-yourself hacks for these as well, so you can make your own isolation pads. Foam is a great alternative or the older, thicker mouse pads. Both are great for absorbing vibration. Experiment with different things to see how well it cleans up your studio monitor sound quality.
There’s so much more to creating your home recording studio than just the equipment and sound quality in your room. You want a room to be as creative as you are. You want a room to inspire you to make music and a room with as little stress as possible.
You can build a truly comfortable home recording studio by focusing on these three things: the design of the room, the vibe of the room, and the furniture in your room.