How to Improve Room Acoustics

If you have a home theater or maybe even a musical performance room in your home, you know that controlling sound can be a bit of a challenge.  Fully soundproofing a room is potentially a costly and time consuming process that most people just aren’t able to justify.  However, there are a few things you can do to improve the acoustics around the house.

Understanding how sound actually behaves is half the battle.  In an empty room, sound will have a tendency to bounce around, especially off hard surfaces such as wood floors or bare walls.  When you add objects into the space, like furniture and window treatments, they will absorb some of the sound, lessening the reverberation that occurred prior.    

Check out this video to see what other ways you can improve the acoustics in your home.

With a few tools and some material, you can make quick work of this project.  Here’s what you’ll need: drill or hammer, saw, staple gun, scissors, measuring tape, gloves, eye protection, 1”x2” pine boards for the frame, mineral wool, wood screws, hanging brackets and breathable fabric.

How to make DIY Acoustic Panels:

  1. Cut wood strips to size
  2. Pre-drill holes through each corner
  3. Consider corner braces for extra support
  4. Position fabric for the back of the frame, cutting it to size so it wraps over the sides
  5. Staple fabric to the frame by starting in the middle and make sure to keep the fabric taut
  6. Fold extra fabric into the corners for a neat fit
  7. Place insulation inside the frame then continue stapling the fabric to complete the cover
  8. Mount to the wall

If you have a home theater or maybe even a musical performance room in your home, you know that controlling sound can be a bit of a challenge.  Fully soundproofing a room is potentially a costly and time consuming process that most people just aren’t able to justify.  However, there are a few things you can do to improve the acoustics around the house.

Understanding how sound actually behaves is half the battle.  In an empty room, sound will have a tendency to bounce around, especially off hard surfaces such as wood floors or bare walls.  When you add objects into the space, like furniture and window treatments, they will absorb some of the sound, lessening the reverberation that occurred prior.    

Check out this video to see what other ways you can improve the acoustics in your home.

With a few tools and some material, you can make quick work of this project.  Here’s what you’ll need: drill or hammer, saw, staple gun, scissors, measuring tape, gloves, eye protection, 1”x2” pine boards for the frame, mineral wool, wood screws, hanging brackets and breathable fabric.

How to make DIY Acoustic Panels:

  1. Cut wood strips to size
  2. Pre-drill holes through each corner
  3. Consider corner braces for extra support
  4. Position fabric for the back of the frame, cutting it to size so it wraps over the sides
  5. Staple fabric to the frame by starting in the middle and make sure to keep the fabric taut
  6. Fold extra fabric into the corners for a neat fit
  7. Place insulation inside the frame then continue stapling the fabric to complete the cover
  8. Mount to the wall