How to Make Your Own Acoustic Panels

What You'll Need
Pieces of wood: 4 feet by 2 feet (2 for each size and the total depends with the number of panels you want).
Nails and a hammer
Plywood: 3 feet by 4 feet
Staples and a stapling gun
Insulating glue
Insulation foam or board

Acoustic panels are the answer to problems of noises infiltrating into the room or the ones in the room getting to other people. This dilemma affects most people working in studios or in places that need silence or that emit a lot of noise. Therefore, instead of worrying that you are making too much noise and interfering with your neighbor’s work, you just need to learn how to make your acoustic panels.

Step 1 - Making the Frame

If you want several acoustic panels, you need to make several frames. You can have at least 2 on every wall to insulate the sound in the room.  Take 4 pieces of wood and fix them to each other at the ends using nails and a hammer. Make sure the nails are secure or the frame will fall apart before you can mount it. The easiest way is to have rectangular shaped frames so that you can have several on one wall.

Step 2 - Fixing the Back

Fix the plywood on the frame hammering the nails every six inches. Have a different pattern of the nails on the alternate sides of the plywood to make it firm. This will hold the insulation foam and the fabric.

Step 3 - Insulate the Acoustic Panels

Spray the insulating glue on the surface of the frame to increase its efficiency. Place the insulation board on the frame and it will attach with the glue you have just sprayed. The insulation will make the frame sound proof and will take in all the noises vibrating from other rooms or environments. You can make this pad larger by adding more foam but do not over do it. You might increase its weight and it will be impossible to hang on the walls.

Step 4 - Attach the Fabric

Get a thick fabric to increase the panel's capacity to contain noises. Measure the size of the frame and cut out the fabric accordingly. Add at least 5 inches on either side of the fabric so that the material will extend over the frame. If you like matching all the items in the room, look for a material that will work with the other colors in the room and the walls. This step might take most of your time, but the result will be worth it. Staple the fabric on the frame leaving at least five inches from one staple to the next.

Step 5 - Mount it on the Wall

Fix the hooks on the back of the acoustic panels at the edges. If the frames are too heavy, look for assistance because you need to fix them on the walls. Mark the part you want to mount it on the wall and then hammer a nail on the mark. Part of the nail should go straight into the wall and leave the other half hanging. Mount the acoustic panel by inserting the picture hooks on the nail. Ensure the panels balance on the wall and leave an equal space between each other for greater efficiency and aesthetic value.