Diy: acoustic sound panels

Written by david ferguson
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Acoustic sound panels are essential for home studios, helping to both soundproof and absorb sound waves to improve the acoustic properties of a room. As a lower cost alternative to commercial studio solutions, acoustic sound panels can be built by virtually anyone in less than an hour and for unbelievably little money.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 12-foot, 2x4 timber
  • 2-inch acoustic mineral wool
  • 8 feet of mineral wool fabric
  • Plywood
  • Staple gun
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure and saw the timber into two four-foot lengths and two two-foot lengths.

  2. 2

    Nail the four pieces of timber together,fashioning them into a rectangle and securing them at each of the corners, to form a frame.

  3. 3

    Nail a sheet of plywood across one of the open faces of the frame. This will form the backing which will support your mineral wool and help strengthen the panel.

  4. 4

    Insert a slab of acoustic mineral wool into the frame, packing down around the edges to ensure a tight fit.

  5. 5

    Stretch the fabric across the frame, to enclose the mineral wool, and staple to the wood to complete the acoustic panel.

Tips and warnings

  • For extra soundproofing and absorption properties, use four-inch mineral wool, which is denser but slightly more expensive.
  • Handle acoustic mineral wool with care, using gloves and face masks at all times. Mineral wool is an irritant and can aggravate lung and skin conditions.

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