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Hack a Balance Arm Lamp into a Microphone Stand

Professional swing-arm microphone stands cost upwards of $150. This clever lamp-to-mic-stand hack costs a mere $9.

Cheap microphone swing-arm stands usually start around $75’ish. Decent ones easily break $150. If you’re looking for a cheap microphone stand for your home recording adventures, however, this IKEA Tertial work lamp turned mic stand gets you a functioning mic stand for a mere $9. The creator notes that the mic is a bit heavier than the lamp head and as a result doesn’t move as smoothly as he’d like–he intends to spend a few bucks on beefier springs and bolts to remedy the situation–but still it swings the mic about and keeps it up and off the table. He estimated that his total cost will be $20 when the project is complete.

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Cheap DIY Boom Mic Arm Stand [Renovate Australia via IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/31/11

Comments (3)

  1. dave

    Interesting hack and timely as I already have one of those lamps.

  2. Greg Toland

    Just a thought, you could also mount a webcam on one if you didn’t want a monitor mounted one.

  3. Paul

    I think I saw one of these in Kentucky. LOL

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