If you search on the internet about how to make acoustic panels at home, you will come up with tons of articles and videos that will guide you. But let us tell you the biggest problem common people face while DIYing acoustic panels: the entire procedure of creating acoustic panels, from procuring the materials required to assembling the panels perfectly, becomes very hectic. As a result, people end up giving up the thought of creating acoustic panels on their own.
Soundproofing has become a need for many people for many reasons. Whether you wish to live in a peaceful environment where you do not want to listen to all the noise from the outside world or don’t want the loud music to go outside your house, so your neighbours don’t get offended. Here we provide you with the simplest way to create your acoustic panels at home in five steps:
1. Take the wood and cut it
Taking a long wood board will make things easy for cutting. You are required to create the rectangular wooden frame out of the wood you are cutting. Let’s say you are making a rectangular frame of 2×4. First, decide how big a panel you want (here 2’x4′), make perfect measurements, and then cut the wooden board. If you feel not confident enough to cut the wooden board, you can pay a visit to a local carpenter shop nearby. Local carpenters will do the job with more accuracy and precision.
2. Build Frames
Stack the pieces of wood together with the 2′ pieces on the inside so the total length of each panel will be 4′ (not 4’2″). Using this method makes trimming mineral Rockwool a bit easier. Each 4′ piece should have two pilot holes drilled at the top and bottom. You know this, but ensure that the holes are roughly half an inch from the top and bottom of the board. Therefore, screws should be driven into panels that are 1″ thick. Consider adding wood glue for extra strength before driving screws into each piece with the drill. By doing so, you will have a basic framework with four sides
3. Reinforce Frames
This step reinforces the frame’s strength and stability and provides a place for insulation. Place a piece of wood in the middle of each frame. For each long side, measure 2′ from the panel’s top to get the halfway point. Then drill two pilot holes two and a half inches below so that after the pieces are stuck in place, the 2′ board will sit two inches from the front. Again, glue the ends before screwing them in place.
4. Cut Insulation To Size
Buy any insulation material of your choice. We would recommend you to buy Rockwool material of 2’x4’x2″ size. The frames are now exactly 2′ wide. The insulation is also 2′ wide. So insulation must fit in the frames perfectly. You can slightly make some adjustments on your own if the material doesn’t fit to make it fit in perfectly.
5. Wrap With Fabric
Now to make things look more elegant, wrap your insulated frame with a beautiful fabric of your choice. Material can match the colour of the walls or the curtains. Use a stapler to stick the fabric with the frame. Now you are all done with your acoustic panel. You can hang them where you want to insulate the sound.