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20 Best Streaming Desk Setup Ideas for Streamers

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Streaming continues to gain popularity as time goes on. Based on the current trend, one can only imagine that the industry is only going to grow from strength to strength. A part of being a successful streamer is having the right streaming desk setup to provide adequate entertainment to your audience. 

If you've ever seen professional streamers, such as Ninja, you may find yourself lost in the sheer number of different working parts that seem to yield that high production quality that they have. Everyone has a different opinion of what the best streaming setup may be, which can create doubt about how to achieve it.

The main things that you need to remember are comfort and quality. As the person providing the entertainment, your ergonomic affairs must be taken care of. Your chair, desk, and even the computer desk multi-monitors you use, come into play here.

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Below is a look at 20 elements that can make a tremendous difference in your streaming setup. As independent items, some of them may seem not to be that big a deal, but bringing it all together makes your stream stand out from the rest. Enjoy the recommendations, and happy streaming! 

1. Use a Monitor Arm

The first element of your desk setup for streaming is a monitor arm. Even if you're not a professional, it's almost impossible to stream with a single monitor efficiently. When you have two or more, you want to be able to adjust them on demand easily. With a monitor arm, you can shift and rotate them without too much trouble.

It also helps you save space on your desk, as the monitors no longer need to sit on their designated bases. Though the items that can use the said space must have a low clearance height, it's still advantageous. 

Use a Monitor Arm

2. Try a Camera with Built-in Lighting

Lighting is a massive part of the production value of your stream. You could hop onto Twitch or YouTube without a camera. However, research is all but conclusive on how much difference the live video feed makes to your stream's appeal. Streamers who use a microphone only don't attract much attention unless they already have a large dedicated follower base.

The camera is only a part of the equation, though, as enough lighting needs to be present for things to look smooth. A camera, such as the Razer Kiyo, which includes built-in lighting, is excellent for circumstances where there are not enough other external illumination options. 

3. Get a Short mechanical Keyboard

Your ergonomic keyboard is next on the agenda, and you can't go wrong with a mechanical one. Not only does it make for a more responsive feel, but it's also much better on your fingers. Throw in a platform that is conducive to ergonomic wrist placement, and you have a winner. The number keypad likely has no use to you. If it doesn't, consider getting a short keyboard that doesn't include it.

If nothing else, you save yourself some space, which works for a minimalist look, or if you want to have other accessories readily available. 

Get a Short mechanical Keyboard

4. Get a Comfortable Ergonomic Chair

Your streaming desk setup is not complete without an ergonomic chair such as ErgoChair 2 and KinnChair present. Engaging in a passive sitting activity means that the chair you use needs to have adequate support. Headrests, lumbar support, and height adjustments account for some of the most important features an ergonomic chair should have.

What you want when you sit is comfort instead of the creation and worsening of chronic issues. 

Get a Comfortable Ergonomic Chair

5. A Regular or L-shaped Standing Desk Is a Must

It's no surprise that the most critical part of your streaming desk setup is your desk. The Autonomous SmartDesk 2 is the best desk for streaming that you can find. When you are not using it to stream, It works well in various contexts, such as image design and even writing. While the SmartDesk 2 - Premium, a business version is great for office workers, it may be best for you to snag the SmartDesk 2 - Home Office version for your streaming needs. 

A Regular or L-shaped Standing Desk Is a Must

6. A Dedicated Microphone Is Your Friend

Headphones make up a big part of streaming accessories for the desk setup for streaming, and they are usually built with an integrated microphone. If you are on a tight budget and cannot afford a dedicated microphone, then using the one on your headset is acceptable.

However, once you can buy a separate microphone, it's in your best interest to do so. Dedicated microphones tend to have better capture ranges and more effective noise cancellation. Additionally, integrated microphones have a terrible habit of picking up minimal audio from the headphone speakers. 

A Dedicated Microphone Is Your Friend

7. At Least Two Monitors Are Recommended

Monitors were touched on briefly during the monitor arm section. If you're wondering why you need multiple screens to stream, it boils down to the interactive experience that streaming should be. On one hand, you are going to be playing a video game. On the other hand, the appeal to your viewers comes from an interactive experience.

Therefore, one monitor is intended for your gameplay, while another can handle tasks, such as viewing comments, stream layout management, etc. 

At Least Two Monitors Are Recommended

8. No Wireless Peripherals

Your streaming desk setup should not make use of wireless peripherals. In most contexts, wireless technology makes things much more convenient. However, gaming is not one of them. In this context, you need the most responsive and precise controls possible. 

The travel of waves as a signal can't compete with a direct connection. If you've ever wondered why professional FPS players always opt for wired mice, that's the reason. 

9. Blue Light Glasses for the Win

Gaming requires a lot of effort on the part of your eyes. It often means that they may be absorbing a dangerous amount of blue light as you play. Once you're going to be looking at screens for a long time, you may want to consider glasses with blue light filters built-in.

This is technically not a part of your streamer setup, but you should think of it as coming with the territory. Even when you're enjoying your favorite video game, safety is critical. 

Blue Light Glasses for the Win

10. Keep a Headphone Stand Handy

Ironically, this is the part of your streamer setup that you are not going to be using during the stream. Its whole purpose is to hold your headphones when they are not in use. Using a headphone stand lends itself to better organization. A lot of streamers have problems with finding efficient places to keep their equipment between streams.

Your headphone stand makes this much easier for you, and you don't need to run the risk of tangling the device cable with other accessories. A subtle stand that compliments your desk color scheme should do the trick. 

Keep a Headphone Stand Handy

11. Try to Keep Your Microphone Arm Mostly Invisible

When you have a dedicated microphone, there must be a contemplation process to figure out how you're going to place it, so it doesn't disturb your stream too much. It may be coming from a microphone stand on the ground or mounted to your desk. Either way, you don't want the microphone arm to be obstructing too much for the viewers.

Therefore, it's generally better to position the arm in a way where it is either above or below the camera's field of focus for the most part. 

12. Controller Chargers Are Mandatory

This part of your desk setup for streaming is purely concerned with making things more efficient for you. Few things are more annoying or inconvenient than having a dead controller and no backups because the other ones you own are all dead too.

Get yourself a dedicated controller charger that you can dock the devices on. Always ensure that controllers that are not in use get all the charging that they need. Remember to check that the dock you choose to purchase stops charging the devices when their batteries are filled.

Controller Chargers Are Mandatory

13. Don't Focus Too Much on Speakers if Streaming Is the PC's Purpose

Some people have a PC that serves a general-purpose function. There is no specific thing that it was purchased or built for. Streaming may happen to be one of the uses of such a PC. In that case, feel free to go wild with your speakers since they may be necessary for another function.

If the motivation for having this PC revolves around streaming, then stick to less powerful sets of speakers. Most, if not all, of the audio that comes from a stream, is going to be coming through your headphones. 

14. Implement Cable Grooves or Grommets

You can't claim to have the best streaming setup when your cables are nothing more than a hot mess. The importance of cable management extends beyond the innards of your system unit. Your monitor, system unit extremities, peripherals, etc., all have cables that must be run effectively to minimize clutter and maintain a neat look. 

If your desk has built-in grooves or grommets, it's in your best interest to use them. Should none of these things be available by default, you are likely going to have to purchase and install one or the other. 

15. Consider Maintaining a Lighting Color Scheme

This is purely an aesthetic touch for your streaming desk setup. In some streams, you may notice that the equipment or even the room has a single color scheme going for it. Purple, for example, has become a trendy lighting color scheme for streamer setups. 

Not only do they help to give your streamer visual identity, but they also create an attractive layout for your viewers to see. Going full RGB with everything is possible, but the color combination could end up throwing things off, as well as being very distracting and confusing.

Consider Maintaining a Lighting Color Scheme

16. Have a Phone Stand Handy

Even when you're streaming, you sometimes want to check on random notifications. Alternatively, you may use your cell phone to check on comments and other alerts relevant to your stream. Wouldn't it be incredibly efficient to be able to put your phone in a resting position that is conducive to this?

If so, then get yourself a phone stand to complete your streaming desk setup. They should be available incredibly cheaply, so this one shouldn't feel like a pain to purchase. 

17. Use an Ergonomic Mouse Pad

This one should go without saying, but you need an ergonomic mouse pad as a streamer. It is a necessary ergonomic item for streaming setup ideas.It's almost inevitable that you are going to be spending long periods in a single position with limited movement. This means your wrists and fingers can take progressive damage.

Using an ergonomic mouse pad helps you to prevent that outcome from coming to pass. There is usually a raised area that supports the curve beneath your palm well, and it forces you to grip the mouse in the right manner. 

Use an Ergonomic Mouse Pad

18. Work on an Accessory Drawer or Cabinet

Not all the accessories that you need for your stream are going to be conveniently located on your desk. If they are, it either means your desk is overly cluttered, or it means that you don't use that many accessories. 

Even in the latter case, it can sometimes create frustration when things are too spread out. Correcting this means having a desk drawer or a filing cabinet. If your desk came with one, then get ready to start using it. If it didn't, then you're going to have to work on having access to one.

Work on an Accessory Drawer or Cabinet

19. Noise-canceling Headphones Are Staples

The microphone that forms a part of your streaming desk setup shouldn't be the only noise cancellation source. In a perfect world, the headphones contribute to singling out audio for you to take in while the microphone adequately captures audio from you to send outward.

When you are playing a game, you want to hear the various sounds with as little interference as possible. Noise-canceling earphones help you in this regard, which ensures you're enjoying a complete streaming experience. 

20. Dedicate Space to Backup Controllers

Assuming you decided to get a controller charging dock from the earlier point, this one is already taken care of, as you can rest your controllers on the said dock. If not, remember to carve out a space that's dedicated to the placement of backup input devices. If the battery of the active one runs out, you want to reach your backups easily and without breaking the immersion of those who are viewing you.

Dedicate Space to Backup Controllers

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