How to build a soundproof booth

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How to build a soundproof booth
A microphone in a soundproof booth can achieve the sound of a professional recording. (Microphone image by from

A soundproof booth is an important piece of equipment for the singer, musician or band looking to record their latest song or rap. A proper soundproof booth can make all the difference in the quality of the recording and can make an amateur sound more like a professional.

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Things you need

  • Small room or large closet
  • Styrofoam insulation panels
  • Measuring tape
  • Craft knife
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
  • Carpeting

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  1. 1

    Choose a large closet or a small room to convert into a soundproof booth. You can also frame out a section of room to accommodate a soundproof booth using 2 by 4's and drywall or plywood. Use screws to hold the drywall or plywood in place. Avoid any electrical sockets and light fixtures. Install a solid core door.

  2. 2

    Install styrofoam insulation panels on the walls, ceilings and the back of the solid core door using a hammer and finishing nails. Measure the styrofoam panels with a measuring tape and cut the panels with a sharp craft knife. Make sure that each piece of styrofoam insulation panels is butted next to each other as this will prevent the "leaking" of any sound from the booth.

  3. 3

    Cut a hole for the doorknob with a craft knife and check to see that the insulation panels do not prohibit the closing or opening of the door.

  4. 4

    Cover the styrofoam panels with carpeting for additional sound insulation. Cut and place the carpeting pieces wrong-side out so that the back of the carpet is showing. Attach with a hammer and finishing nails.

  5. 5

    Cover the floor with a piece of carpeting if there is none. Place the carpet right-side up as you would normally lay carpeting.

  6. 6

    Make a test recording in the new soundproof booth. The sound should be barely audible from outside the booth. Check for any reverberation.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a second layer of styrofoam insulation if needed to control the sound from coming in or out of the soundproof booth.
  • Change the blade of the craft knife often since cutting styrofoam and carpeting will quickly dull the blade.
  • Be careful when cutting styrofoam and carpeting with a craft knife.

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