How To Make Your Own DIY Acoustic Panels: Complete Guide

Written by Michael Harris
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Acoustic panels are a great way to improve the sound quality of your home theater or recording studio. They can help to absorb excess sound and reduce echo, resulting in much clearer sound quality.

But they can be expensive, and they can be a challenge to install so why not make your own? With a little bit of effort, you can create your own high-quality acoustic panels without spending a fortune

The process is relatively simple, and the results can be just as effective as store-bought panels. Here’s a step-by-step guide to building your own DIY acoustic panels.

Main Materials Required:

If you are preparing to create Acoustic panels measuring 2’X4’ for soundproofing, here are the rough dimensions for the materials:

  • Fabric – cotton duck or burlap – about 72 inches long and 60 inches wide. Cotton Duck: It is always better to go for fabric with patterns and/or designs.
  • Mineral Fibre Insulation – about 2x 2’x4’x2” in dimension. Mineral Fibre: While using this product, it is good to make sure you don’t bring your eyes or skin in contact with its dust.
  • Wooden boards to make panels – 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. approximate measurement Strip Board: Using this can add to the rigidity and beauty of the piece we are creating. Get good lumber standard wood for your purpose.

Tools and Other Requirements:

  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Mitre saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Serrated blade or knife – this is a knife with a serrated edged blade, which is used to cut through tough surfaces.
  • Measuring tape
  • Staple gun
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Pencil
  • Hooks or Z-clips

Steps to be followed:

1. SETTING UP THE PANEL:

Place the saw on a bench and cut the boards into pieces that fit in as the top and bottom panel pieces measuring about 2’ if you have in mind to make a 2’X4’ acoustic panel and side pieces measuring about 4’.

Use the measuring tape for accurate sizes. Now, layout the cutout pieces on a flat surface. Use the drill to make holes on the top and bottom of the side pieces. Let the screws go in and apply some wood glue for added firmness.

2. ADDING THE INSULATION

There are two ways to place the insulation within the frame. The first method can be attaching small triangular wood pieces carved using the serrated blade as refurbishment at the four corners of the panel frame.

This can be used to hold the board in place. The second method will be to cut the board a bit bigger than the measurement of the frame. Add the wood glue around the panel and press the insulation hard against the wood.

3. BEAUTIFYING THE ACOUSTIC PANEL WITH FABRIC

The final step of making the DIY acoustic panel is covering it with fabric. You can either select a cheap burlap fabric or cotton duck material.

Now, wrap the entire piece with the fabric, tuck in the extra edges and use the staple gun to secure the fabric covering. While doing this you should be taking extra care to make sure no wrinkles are made on the panel. When your work is done, hang up the panels using hooks or Z-clips.

Conclusion

The Acoustic Sound Absorbing Panels are a great way to soundproof your home or office space at a reasonable price with commendable quality. Employing acoustic panels is very important these days as we face the problem of noise pollution and its harmful effects. This is also a way to engage the family in doing some useful Do It Yourself projects with fun and skill.

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Hey I'm Michael and I run this website. I'm a professional voiceover artist and in my search to create a silent studio I've become obsessed with soundproofing and things being quiet. Thanks for visiting and if you have any question get in touch.