Build your own acoustic panels (DIY)
Would you like to significantly improve your environment’s acoustic? Whether it’s a music studio, a podcast recording station, a home theatre, or an office space, we can help you enhance its sound quality with minimal efforts. Find below a simple, step-by-step tutorial to help you build your own acoustic panels.
Make sure your music or audio productions have the sound quality they deserve! Adding acoustic panels to your studio allows you to control echoes that can interfere with your creation’s end result.
You can easily improve your home theatre experience by reducing your space’s reverberation. Acoustic panels absorb sound instead of reflecting them, so that dialogs, sounds, and melodies are crisp and clear.
DIY - Acoustic panels
MATERIALS (one panel)
- 2 wood boards 1″ x 4″ x 47″ (side pieces)
- 2 wood boards 1″ x 4″ x 24.5″ (top/bottom pieces)
- 1 wood board 1″ x 3″ x 23″ (back piece)
- 4 wood boards 1″ x 3″ x 9″ (corner pieces)
- Weed barrier, about 30″ wide x 50″ long
- Screws, at least 20
- Sound-absorbing core material, 4″ x 24″ x 47″. Choose an unfaced material such as wood plank, dense fiberglass or mineral fiber insulation.
- Acoustic Fabric, at least 40″ wide x 55″ long. Wrapping the sound-absorbing material, this fabric will define the panel’s look, but it also has to ensure sound penetrates through to the insulation rather than reflects on the surface. Therefore, you must ensure that your fabric is acoustically transparent.
- Staple gun
- Drill and drill bits or Screwdriver
- Screws, at least 20
- Tape measure
Measure and cut all wood pieces.
Make 45-degree angle cuts at each end of the corner pieces.
Measure and drill 2 pilot holes into each corner of the top/bottom pieces. Use a 7/64 or similar drill bit and drill through the plank.
Line up the top/bottom pieces with the side pieces to form the frame. Drill through the holes of the top/bottom pieces to make pilot holes in each end of your side pieces.
Drill through the pilot holes in the tops and bottoms of your side pieces to create the frame.
Install the frame on a flat surface. Place corner pieces in the frame, touching the flat surface. Drill one pilot hole in the middle of each side of the corner pieces and insert screws.
Place the back piece in the middle the frame. Drill one pilot hole in the middle of each side of the back piece, then insert screws.
Put on gloves and place the sound-absorbing material into the frame.
Flip the frame over and cover the back with a piece of weed barrier. Staple to the frame to secure and cut excess.
Lay out your acoustic fabric and place the panel in the middle, weed barrier facing up.
Starting at one end of the panel, wrap the fabric around the frame. Place one staple into the middle and one into each corner.
Repeat the same process on the opposite site, then on the to last sides. Pull tight while stapling to stretch out the wrinkles.
Turn over panel to ensure the fabric is tightly wrapping it. If so, flip the panel back over and add one staple every inch. Start in the middle of each side, going toward the corner, but leaving the corner’s excess fabric for later. Go around the entire panel, continuing to pull tight while stapling.
For the corners, wrap the fabric over the edge and secure with a staple. Fold one side inwards to create a straight line along the edge, then staple in place. Repeat on the other side
Mount to the wall and enjoy!
You are now ready to take advantage of your room’s upgraded acoustic. Most people are surprised to hear how great their music, movie or recording sound when acoustic enhancements are made in their environment.
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