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  • DIY stand for your Surround speakers

    Posted by Nate on September 1, 2023 at 2:40 am

    In search of surround speakers stands for my Cinema 10s, I browsed many options including Monoprice & Amazon. My requirements were simple:

    • The heights should be exactly where I can set the speakers at my ear levels while sitting in my theater seat.
    • The speaker stands should have a minimalist profile.
    • The stand should be dark in color.
    • Of course, the stand should be sturdy and should be able to hold Cinema 10 easily.

    After weighing my options, I decided to go the DIY route so I could build them exactly how I wanted. As it turns out, the process was extremely simple. You should be able to follow along and customize any part of the build you want.

    Nate replied 1 month ago 2 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Nate

    September 1, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Tools & Parts Required

    • 4×4 8 feet long regular white wood. I got mine from Lowes and it was less than 15 bucks. Note, the actual dimensions of the wood is 3.5 x 3.5 and it can hold cinema 10s easily.
    • MDF board. I had quite a few pieces of leftover MDF from my last build of Audience 212 speakers. I ended up cutting the leftover boards to size.
    • Wood glue
    • A Saw to cut the wood and MDF. I ended up using my miter saw but you can use any saw you have access to: Table saw, track saw etc.
    • Brad nailer (optional). After I glued the wood and MDF boards, I used my battery powered Ridgid brand brad nailer to nail the board to the wood. You can, as easily, use screws or a hammer and nails.
  • Nate

    September 1, 2023 at 3:07 am


    I am building four stands in all, each stand being 2 feet tall. I took the 8 feet long 4×4 lumber and cut it into 4 equal pieces of 22 & 1/2 inches length. There would be 3/4 inches thick MDF board on both ends of these pieces, thereby giving me an exact length of 24 inches or 2 feet (22 1/2 + 3/4 + 3/4).

  • Nate

    September 1, 2023 at 3:14 am

    The Base

    I am using 12×12 MDF board as the base of these stands. I cut 4 pieces of 12×12 from my leftover boards. Each of these boards will be glued to the 4×4 lumber, precut to 22 1/2 inches length.

  • Nate

    September 1, 2023 at 3:19 am

    I glued the 4×4 lumber in the middle of the 12×12 MDF board, using wood glue. I then used the brad nailer to attach the board to the lumber.

  • Nate

    September 1, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Cut 4 MDF pieces 14″ x 8″ in size, the exact dimension of the Cinema 10 bottom. The speakers will rest on these pieces. Glued and nailed it:

  • Nate

    September 2, 2023 at 3:45 am

    The Paint Work & Wrap up

    The stands were painted with leftover paint I had from the HT room paint job. I wanted to paint them jet black but this dark gray color looks outstanding. Moved the stand in the HT room and placed the surround Cinema 10s on them.

  • Nate

    September 2, 2023 at 3:58 am


    The final cost of the 4 stands? 15 bucks (including taxes). Of course, using the leftover supplies helped with the cost but anyone starting fresh should still come out a lot cheaper compared to buying them.

    Go ahead, build your own! Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Toids_DIY_Audio

    September 4, 2023 at 3:42 am

    Dang this is awesome! I opened this ready to say, make sure you fill them with sand, but you went all out and just did a completely solid build, no sand required. That is pretty awesome! Curious, how are they holding up the cinema 10’s? DO you find them relaly sturdy? I might make these for mine. I am still contemplating hanging them on the wall as well. I haven’t made a final decision, but this might just sway me.

  • Nate

    September 4, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    I had a similar dilemma – Hang the Cinema 10s on the wall or use a stand. As you know, the Cinema 10s are not the lightest speakers or the smallest. Hanging them on the wall would have required me to add some sort of support on the wall, the speakers would sit on. I did not want to screw anything on the speaker body – like a hook or something. Besides, using a stand allows me to tweak their positions a bit, moving them around to find the best possible position and angle.

    The 4×4 lumber provides more than enough strength for these stands. The 3/4 thick MDF board is perfect for the speaker “seat” as well as the stand base. For a heavier speaker, I probably would glue two MDF boards together.

    These stands are not very heavy which is exactly what I was shooting for, but its something to keep in mind if the stands are to be used in a heavy traffic area with people potentially bumping into them. The stands are very sturdy and can easily support a Cinema 10 and a “half” 🙂 The whole project should not take more than a few hours. You have to post pictures here if you end up building these 🙂

    PS: I saw a couple build videos of stands with 50 lbs or even 100 lbs sand poured in the hollow bodies of the structural support. Did NOT find them appealing 😀