DIY Acoustic Panels – How To Make Your Own Cheap and Awesome Panels

DIY Acoustic Panels – How To Make Your Own Cheap and Awesome Panels

October 5, 2019 93 By Kailee Schamberger


hey guys thanks so much for joining me
for the first episode of I don’t have a band in this episode I’m going to be
showing you how to make cheap and awesome acoustic panels for your home
studio or even your home theater or perhaps your wife thinks you make too
much noise in the bathroom I don’t know but that’s your business these things
work great and they’re cheap you can make them for under 20 bucks a panel and
I’m talking Canadian dollars now this video assumes that you’ve got some basic
carpentry skills if you want to learn some carpentry there’s some other great
videos on YouTube I’m just gonna be helping you remove some of the guesswork
so you can get right to making a set of your own okay let’s get started so what
we’re going to be making our 24 inch by 48 inch panels the inside measurement is
approximately 22 and three-quarter inches but I’m gonna get into more about
that later if you follow these dimensions the acoustic treatment
installation we’re gonna be using is gonna fit right in with no cutting and
no mess some things you’re gonna need to make your frame or a power drill a
circular saw a screwdriver 8 by 1 and a quarter wood screws some wood glue a
tape measure and a pencil if you follow my lumber recommendations of making two
panels at a time you’ll have almost no waste
so the lumber that you’re going to need for two acoustic panels are 4 – 1 x 4 by
8s which you’ll cut down into four, forty six and a half inch pieces that’s
for the sides you’ll get two pieces from each eight-foot length four more pieces
at twenty four inches that will be for your tops and bottoms if your lumber is
actually eight feet then you will get four clean cuts out of one piece and
then there’s the inner support rail at about 22 and 3/4 inches you’re going to
need for those and you’ll get them out of one piece as there can be variances
in the thickness of the lumber I’m gonna show you a trick later to make sure
you’re measuring this correctly to be clear from the stuff that you just cut
you’re gonna require only two of each to make one panel by making two panels at a
time this is all the lumber that you’re going to waste
the acoustic absorption material that I’m using is the raxil safe and sound
insulation 24-inch the dimensions of this insulation will
fit perfectly in the frame that we are making if you don’t have the exact
product in your area research the dimensions of this insulation and make
sure the one that you purchase is the same otherwise you may have to trim the
insulation to fit or make adjustments to your frame to fit the new insulation the
rocks will safe and sound 24-inch comes with 8 bats so you can make eight panels
from one package assembling the frame is pretty straightforward just make sure
that the top and bottom pieces sit on the ends of the side pieces not on the
inside in between each side pieces I would recommend drilling pilot holes
first before screwing to wood screws into the corners it’s a good idea to
probably put a little bit of wood glue in between the two pieces of wood just
to ensure you have a nice strong fog repeat these steps for the remaining
corners until you have a nice rectangular frame now here’s that tip
for the inner support what I’d recommend is once you’ve got your outer frame
built take a measurement from the inside the thicknesses of wood can vary from
batch to batch it’s a good idea to make sure that this piece is nice and snug as
it’ll make it so much easier to install the length of this piece should come in
somewhere between 22 and a half and 20 to 3/4 inches again make sure to drill
pilot holes before screwing in your wood screws I also put a bead of glue along
the outer edge of the support rail repeat these steps for the other sides
you’ll create good structural support for your frame and it also creates a
cradle for the insulation to sit in lay your assembly on the floor if you’ve
measured correctly and assembled everything properly your rocks will safe
and sound will drop right in and fit like a glove
and with no cutting you’ll have no mess by the way on a side note the music that
you’re hearing in the background or one of my backing tracks that I’ve got up on
my youtube channel I’ve got a whole series of them there right now so if you
don’t have a band and you feel like jamming no problem we got a full band to
back you up and you can practice your solos for hours so when you’re done
making your panels head on over and check them out now it’s time to get
rapping with fabric that is choose a fabric that you like that’s
aesthetically pleasing to your room the fabric I chose was a little bit rigid
and I found it minimized creases and was easier to work with to wrap your panels
you’re going to need a roll of your chosen fabric a staple gun a good sharp
pair of scissors and a hammer the fabric I chose came in a 58 inch roll which was
absolutely perfect because I only had to make one cut for every panel you’re
going to want to roll out your fabric facedown this means the outside fabric
you’re gonna see in your panels is actually gonna be facing down on the
floor I found working on a carpet really helped because you need to pull the
fabric really tight around the frame and the carpet helped in creating some
resistance next you’re gonna place your frame and insulation facedown on the
inside of your fabric you’ll want to see the back support pieces facing upwards
it’s critical to ensure that your panel is lying straight on the fabric you’re
gonna need six inches of fabric at least on either side of the panel to make you
wrap correctly a 58 inch roll means I only have to make one cut but you’re
gonna have to calculate depending on yours here’s a tip to make sure that
your fabric is straight take measurements all around your panel make
sure this measurement is equal all the way round once you’re certain your
fabric is straight use a straightedge mark off the distance for the last side
and make your last cut now I’m going to reveal the deep dark
secret on how to make perfect corners you need to make a strategic cut in the
fabric which is parallel to the top and ending right at the edge of the side
this doesn’t have to be super precise but you’re gonna want about half an inch
to about 3/4 of an inch of an overhang on the top rail which will give you
enough fabric to wrap around the edges of the corner take your time and don’t
rush this cut making this cut correctly will give you
enough fabric to wrap around the inside of the corners and give you enough room
to staple them now proceed to follow the same steps on the remaining corners the
space that you leave on the fabric doesn’t have to be exact on every corner
you just want to make sure that the cut lines up with the side frame and that
you have enough fabric to wrap around each corner now it’s time to start stapling you’re
gonna start on a long side and pull it tight careful that the panel doesn’t
move remember because you measured it accurately to make sure the fabric was
straight once it’s tight and again the carpet is helping me here put a staple
approximately in the middle just to secure its placement repeat the step on
each corner pulling tight each time just putting a single staple from there just
keep dividing in between the staples from one end to the other pulling it
tight each time until you have a row of staples that are no more than an inch
apart now you’re gonna work on the opposite side the key here now is
tension depending on your fabric and you want to be careful not to rip it you
want to pull it pretty tight because you want to make sure there are no creases
on the front as I mentioned before the fabric I chose was quite rigid and not
susceptible to creases you’re gonna have to make a judgement call depending on
the type of fabric that you use to determine how much tension you’re going
to need to apply to ensure there are no creases and that you don’t rip your
fabric as before ping-pong from end to end continually dividing the distance in
between your staples make sure to pull it tight each time so you have a nice
tight wrap around the edge now it’s time to get back to those
corners you’re gonna want to trim off a little excess fabric from that strategic
cut you made you just need a couple of inches to make a clean fold the rest is
just gonna get in the way if you leave it now you’re gonna fold the fabric down
and then over from the sides to make your corner play with this a few times
until you’ve got it right while you’re doing this you’re gonna want to make
sure that you’re also creating tension because we don’t want any creases to
appear on the sides with front holding your fold tightly with your
fingers make sure the top flap is going to fold over correctly and straight
before you put any staples in once you’re happy with your fold make
sure you staple in both flaps in securely don’t overload your corner with
staples but you do want to make sure that you have enough that all of your
folds are securely in place so the fabric doesn’t move
keep checking the fold and smoothing out the fabric before you put in each stable now you’re going to fold the top flap
make sure the fold that you make in the fabric lines up perfectly straight with
the edge of your frame keep checking this until it’s perfect once you’ve got it lined up perfectly
hammered that sucker with a few more staples remember at any time during this process
you want to be checking the tension of the fabric don’t forget make sure it’s
taut and then put the staple it review these steps carefully to ensure
that your corner is as clean as this one repeat these steps for the opposite
corner and then finish stapling the rest of that top edge remember to continually check the
tension of the fabric all the way through the stapling process once done
the top and bottom of your panel should look something like this
once you’re done stapling and you’re confident that the fabric is securely in
place lightly hammer any staples that didn’t
quite make it all the way into the wood the last stage in the wrapping process
is the backside no one is actually gonna see this part because it’s gonna be up
against the wall however it’s a good idea to completely cover the insulation
on the inside and have a nice finish to your panel I found this underlining
fabric it’s similar to what you’d find underneath a chair or couch it’s
probably the cheapest fabric that you’ll find in the fabric store you don’t need
to try and win any awards with this process the main consideration is you
don’t want to see it from the front you also want to avoid stapling into the
staples underneath that’s holding your fabric if you’re a perfectionist like me
you’re gonna want to make the back look reasonably good as well so don’t rush
through this process I’ve experimented with cutting it to measure first but I
found it harder to staple and create tension when putting it on by lining up
the underlining fabric on two sides I was still able to create tension by
pulling on the excess fabric on the other two sides and this benefited the lazy side of me
because I now only had two sides to cut just be aware whatever you do when
you’re cutting this fabric you don’t want to cut the fabric underneath you’ve
come a long way or almost finish your panel so you don’t want to cut through
to the fabric below my fabric was quite dense so the hobby knife that I use to
cut the backing fabric didn’t cause any damage you could also turn the entire
panel over if you had a good cutting surface to work on and use the edge of
the panel as a cutting guide this would be the safest method it all depends on
the tools you have in the workspace you have to work in just make a good
judgment call there you have your finished panel all
ready for mounting in here are some of the panels I made freshly mounted in my
studio I customized my own hardware to mount these I could cover mounting tips
in future videos if you’d like to see this or anything else just throw a
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