DIY Chain Link Mic Stand


Don’t be boring with an off the shelf Mic stand. Build one yourself so you will stand out from the rest!

I built this chain link mic stand for a guy a couple of years ago. it was pretty easy to do, so I figured that some of you might want to try it too. It is not a complete step by step, but should give you a pretty good idea of how to do it.

Required supplies:

  • The better part of an afternoon
  • Mic stand (cheap one so you can cut it apart and use it’s parts)
    Like this:

  • ~6ft of chain – I used the size below which is pretty cheap, you choose whatever size you want or have laying around (assuming it is thick enough to not bend once you have it all assembled)

Required Tools:

  • Mig Welder (and related safety equipment)
  • Angle Grinder (to cut apart the old stand)
  • A piece of angle iron or a board (something to lay the chain against/in so it is straight when you weld it together)

It is really pretty straight forward to make. The only things used off the old stand are the base, bottom 2″ of tube with screw adapter, top 2″ of tube with screw adapter, and the mic holder.

Lay the chain inside of a piece of angle iron and weld the links together. Then cut the new stick of chain to your desired length, and weld the bottom and top pieces of tubing from the mic stand onto your piece of chain. Viola! A one off custom chain mic stand.

03I took the one I built a step further and created a junction in the middle where the stand could be broken into two pieces. The junction was basically just a bolt and nut with a piece of tubing welded over them so it would look fancy. Check out the pictures and try it for yourself! It doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be unique to you.

Overview of the Mic Stand

Overview of the Mic Stand

Mic holder. You can see the stub of the original tube that we saved so we would have something to weld our new chainlink rod to.

Mic holder. You can see the stub of the original tube that we saved so we would have something to weld our new chainlink rod to.

Super close up.

Super close up.

Close up of the base. You can see where the chain link part is welded to the stub of tubing that we left (this way it has a bolt with threads to go into the base)

Close up of the base. You can see where the chain link part is welded to the stub of tubing that we left (this way it has a bolt with threads to go into the base)

Finished product. I was able to find a large cast W for the guy and welded a bolt onto the back of it so it could bolt it wherever he wanted it along the chain.

Finished product. I was able to find a large cast W for the guy and welded a bolt onto the back of it so it could bolt it wherever he wanted it along the chain.

“Custom” mic stands can easily cost up to $200 or more. So why go spend that kind of dough when you can try something custom yourself for less than a quarter of the price. Even if you screw up, just tell everybody you meant for it to be that way and they won’t know any better 😉