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The Dining Room Desk

February 09, 2017

The Dining Room Desk

Reclaimed Wood Dining Table to Recording Studio Desk

I'm an all around creative, which is really just a nice way of saying ADHD.  I'm a reality tv producer and entrepreneur, but I'm a musician at heart.  It's hard to keep all of my creative projects contained to one room and my drums and midi keyboard controller takes up a lot of space, so I really needed some space saving furniture ideas for my home recording studio.  Since there's no easy way to hack a fully weighted 88 key midi controller desk with a sliding keyboard tray, I had to improvise! 

I have been spending some time on pinterest researching ikea hacks and really wanted to create some furniture hacks of my own, yet still keep it Derivative.  I spent more time than I care to admit researching IKEA hackers but just wasn't finding what I wanted, so I turned to the furniture hackers supply store ...craigslist.  

After about week of searching I finally connected with a guy that makes reclaimed wood furniture, primarily reclaimed wood dining room tables.  Bingo. I love big desks.  I also eat at my desk and work at my dining room table, so combining the two makes so much sense!  ....I wonder if I combine my bed and refrigerator.  A repurposed wood dining table turned midi controller desk would be the perfect space saving solution for my home recording studio and fits the Derivative brand!  

I think the project was much more challenging than either of us expected but the results are something to be proud of, so proud I had to share it with all of you. 


reclaimed wood midi controller keyboard piano recording studio desk

reclaimed wood desk dining table furniture

But wait, there's more!

​I also needed a space for Derivative and all the arm apparel taking over the apartment.  I once again turned to pinterest for IKEA hacks for clothing racks and found some awesome wardrobe hacks.  

This is an IKEA Expedit hack which would now be the IKEA Kallax Hack since IKEA replaced the Expedit system with the Kallax.  You can use either, you just can't buy it new because I think it violates the IKEA hackers code.  ....don't shoot the messenger, thems the rules. 

Anyway, I took a 4 x 4 Expedit bookshelf, gutted the top 3 rows and only kept the bottom and added some kallax insert drawers.  So for those of you that search, does kallax fit expedit, and this blog pops up because you typed in those keyword, the answer is, yes, and here's proof.  

Voila, my Derivative design studio storage system.  I added the industrial pipe clothing rack on the side later because I had no room for it.  I'm aware the white plastic drawers look like sh*t but they're filled with sleeves and sunnies and I didn't feel like moving them or retaking the photo :)

ikea expedit kallax shelf hack wardrobe clothes clothing rack

A work in progress. 

Last but certainly not least, I added some textured white brick wallpaper to compliment Derivative's industrial studio design.  It looks pretty bitchin with this industrial pipe lamp available for sale in our home goods section. 

Since I live in an apartment, I used removable wallpaper from Target which turned out to be the easiest addition to the studio.  I don't know why I haven't done this every place I've lived.  It's textured wall paper so it it really looks like bricks and you can't even see the seem ...dam I'm good. 

peel & stick removable wallpaper wall paper target

I's a work in progress but I'm pretty stoked at how the studio is coming together.   I'll keep posting any additions we have along the way and hit me up with questions or help with your home creative or passion projects ...or if you're in Los Angeles and want to jam, I'm down!

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