DIY Practice Pad Bass Pedal

Updated April 17, 2017

Drum practice pads are essential to improving your drumming skills when you are not able to play at volume. While a bass drum practice pad doesn't have the same portability of other practice pads, it does allow you to practice quietly. You can make a bass pedal pad that is sturdy enough to last for years. It is quite secure on carpet and will not slip easily.

Cut the 1/4-inch plywood to 1 foot by 1 1/2 foot. This is the base.

Cut the 2-by-6 to a length of about 12 inches. This is the main vertical striking piece.

Cut the 2-by-4 ends at 45-degree angles, to an overall length of about 1 foot. Angle the cuts toward each other, not parallel. This is the diagonal support.

Cut a length of the 1-by-3 to 1 foot long. This is the foot.

Nail the foot onto the base, flat, along one narrow side of the base.

Nail the vertical striking piece 1.5 inches in from the end opposite the foot, on the opposite side. Mount it vertically, with its width parallel to the foot.

Nail the diagonal support at an angle between the base and the vertical piece.

Stack the three mouse pads, and staple them to the vertical piece, on the side farthest from the foot, near the top. This is the striking surface.

Put duct tape around the edges of the base to prevent splintering.

Butt up your kick pedal against the base of the vertical piece, so the mallet will hit the striking surface.


When the pads wear out, rip them off and replace them.


Use the saw, hammer and nails properly to avoid injury.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • Saw
  • Scrap of 2-by-6 lumber
  • Scrap of 2-by-4 lumber
  • Scrap of 1-by-3 lumber
  • Nails
  • 3 mouse pads, used or inexpensive
  • Staple gun
  • Kick drum pedal
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Bob Romanov has been writing since 1990, specializing in music technology and video games. He makes music professionally and has built several of his own electronic instruments. He is an authority on all kinds of video games, from vintage Atari 2600 to the newest generation of console and PC games. Romanov holds a bachelor's degree from Goddard College.