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How to Easily Make Affordable DIY Soundproof Panels

Today, I’m sharing an easy and inexpensive way to make your own DIY Soundproof panels for your music studio, home theater or home gym.

Do you have a noisy room that you wish were quieter?

That’s what happened to our home gym.

home gym with elliptical machine, yoga ball and wall covered with soundproof panels

We have a history with making soundproofing panels.

Trent and I have been professional musicians for many, many years now and we’ve had a recording studio in each home we’ve ever lived in.

And since my husband is a drummer, I quickly learned how sound travels – especially when we were sharing walls in a duplex!

So we needed to find the easiest ways to build sound absorbing panels to help keep our neighbors happy!

Many moons ago, when we lived in Vegas, we built these sound panels that have lasted years in all the homes we’ve lived in.

This is the 4th home we’ve used these sound panels and I’m surprised at how well they have stayed together all these years!

When we were making over our Small Home Gym, we instantly noticed how noisy the room was with all the hard surfaces.

So we added these sound absorption panels to help with noise reduction.

I thought this may be helpful if you have a movie room, a home studio, or even a loud home gym like we did!

How to Make your Own DIY Soundproof Panels

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These are the supplies you’ll need for this project.

Sound panel made from furring strips and fabric


Since I can’t travel back in time and take photos of the frame build, I’ll be as detailed as possible in how we made them.

Basically, you are building long rectangular wood frame. We used 1 inch furring strips. If you want a thicker panel, you can change the size of the wood.

But we have found that the furring strips keeps the panels light and still are an effective way to absorb ambient noise in your room.

Cut the length of the pieces of wood to your desired size. Ours are approx 6 ft tall x 2 ft wide. We have a few that are a different size as well.

The easiest strategy is to build butt joints. You could use wood screws or nail them together after adding a dab of wood glue to the end where the joints meet up.

close up of furring strips held together with L brackets.

Since these will hang from the wall, we added L brackets to the inside of the joint.

This little trick has been secret to our panels not falling apart all these years later.

The first thing you want to do after building your frame is cover the wood with batting.

For the inside of our diy soundproof panels, we used foam bedding toppers to fill the in space.

the back side of a wall panel

We secured ours to the frame using these plastic straps, but spray adhesive would also work by attaching it to the batting.

The next step is to cover it with your fabric.

You could purchase sound absorption material, but we just used different fabrics each time.

close up of layers of fabric covering a wall panel

The first time we covered it with an upholstery type of fabric and the second layer was black cotton. The best fabric is one that works well with your home decor!

Like I said before, we have used these in multiple houses and the fabric had taken quite a beating.

soundproofing panels laying on the floor facing up
soundproofing panels laying on the floor back side facing up

So I wanted to recover them one more time using a charcoal colored felt that I found at Walmart.

So you want to lay your panel down on a flat surface.

charcoal gray felt cut for soundproofing panels

You want to trim your fabric so there’s enough of an edge to fully wrap around the wood frame you built.

Then you lay your panel on top of the fabric with the back of the panel facing the ceiling.

Hint: Test how your fabric pulls. This may allow you to adjust your cuts. Since we used felt, it had a lot of pull and we could cut the fabric about an inch around each side.

stapling fabric to a wall panel

Then you simply staple the fabric to the frame.

We started with short side of the frame and then moved to the long side.

Since we didn’t remove the previous fabric from the frames, we pulled out our pneumatic staple gun and it worked perfectly.

stapling fabric to a wall panel

Continue around the back of the frame until all your fabric is stapled.

Flip the panel around to check how the fabric looks on the front of the panel.

Today, I’m sharing an easy and inexpensive way to make your own DIY Soundproof panels for your music studio, home theater or home gym.

wall panels covered in charcoal felt

You just want to make sure the fabric isn’t puckering or pulling where it shouldn’t.

Now you can hang the panels as is and it has worked for us in the past.

wall panels covered in charcoal felt

But this time around, we wanted to jazz them up a bit.

So we opted for a cedar frame around the edge.

measuring tape showing length of wall panel

So we cut the 1×2″ cedar boards the length of the short side first and nailed those to the wood frame.

Next we measured the long side and cut the sides to create the same butt joint as before.

nailing cedar trim pieces to a wall panel

We used a pneumatic finish nailer and it went through the wood and fabric as well as the original frame.

And now we had beautiful panels to add to our home gym!

soundproof panel made with gray felt and cedar trim
charcoal felt fabric sound panels wrapped in cedar trim

Adding the external frame definitely helps the panels pop.

And it didn’t add to the weight of the panels making them super easy to hang on the wall.

Elliptical/recumbent bike combo
charcoal felt fabric sound panels wrapped in cedar trim

We used two nails for each panel and hung it on the wall like a picture frame, but you could use picture wire attached to the back of the frame if you’d like.

Since our home gym is in the basement along with our music studio, I opted for a pseudo industrial vibe so that the rooms flow together.

I love the solid color with a few hints of texture that the felt fabric gives.

Here are few more ideas and frequently asked questions for you.

Frequently Asked Questions


There are other solutions out there that can absorb sound waves. We’ve tried a few, but are still on the fence about some of these suggestions.

  • Blankets and area rugs – if your space is temporary then you can improve the sound quality of a small room by adding a rug to the floor. You could also try hanging a few heavy blankets on the interior walls.
  • Soundproof paint – I have never used this before, so I can’t give a definitive thumbs up to this method. But if you have good experience using soundproof paint, leave me a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!
  • Acoustic tiles – there are lots of acoustic foam panels you can find on amazon. Personally, I find them pricey and prefer being able to create my own custom look for my home with these DIY soundproof wall panels.
  • Sound Insulation – we installed rock wool, which is different than thermal insulation, to the ceiling of our Music room. That really reduced the high frequencies between our basement and rooms upstairs. Not, we did not build a custom studio with a room within a room design, nor did we install a second layer of drywall with the magic green glue in between. That would require us to complete gut and rebuild our basement and that wasn’t cost effective. But the good news is that we measured the decibels and saw a HUGE reduction just by installing the rock wool.
  • Acoustic fabric – another product I haven’t tried, so I can’t say from experience that these are the best materials to use. But this is specially made acoustical fabric that comes in lots of different colors and could be used to cover panels or hang curtains.

Do DIY soundproof panels really work?

I have to say a resounding yes!

Not only is Trent a professional drummer, but our youngest son attends a fine arts school for percussion. Adding to that, our oldest boy plays bass guitar.

So yeah, this momma needs some quiet spaces in her home and these soundproof panels have shown a significant improvement to the noise.

Where do I place the soundproof panels?

We have hung our acoustic wall panels to our interior walls. But you can also hang them on an interior door – especially if it’s a hollow-core door.

The trick is to measure your surface area and that will help you decide how many panels you could use. We hung 3 panels, approximately 2 ft wide, spaced about a foot apart.

How many soundproof panels do I need for a room?

That depends on the size of the room as well as what you are sound proofing.

This may require a bit of homework for your own acoustic panels and the purpose you are using them for.

We installed 3 in our home gym and that was enough to soften the noise a little bit.

For our recording studio, we have many more in the control room. We also built these wood diffuser panels that help with the sound transmission.

drum practice room with sound panels
cedar accent wall over music desk area

The best way to control the background noise in a room, or maybe even loud music from your neighbor is by making these inexpensive panels for yourself. It’s so quick, easy and can be done in a day!

I hope this inspires you to build these for your noisy room.

The good thing is that you can use dozens of different colors and customize these for your own home theater room.

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  1. Hey Tom!

    Wow – thank you for your… eh…kind words. 😉 Since this post was aimed at soundproofing multiple spaces and scenarios, we didn’t focus or dive deep into the science of the sound blockage. But since you asked – we’ll happily oblige and share what worked for us.

    As far as the panels go, they stop the bouncing resonance of the room, which works perfectly for the application of using these for home gyms, theatre rooms, and other places where sound bounces off walls. Thus the mention of homework (one time), since each room/application is different. You may need just 2 panels to stop the sound, but with our studio – we have many more.

    Addressing the number of panels – you see only three panels that we used in our workout room, and three panels behind the drums. However, in the rest of the recording studio, there are an additional 5 panels as well as wood diffuser panels we made to help deaden the sound. For our music studio, we installed rockwool between the floor joists to the house above to help with deadening the sound. If you want to read more about how we constructed our Music Studio – you can see all the details there. We did purchase a decibel meter and measured the drum sound before and after installing each element – which was quite fun!

    For recording purposes, this is definitely a DIYers solution. We didn’t build a room within a room, isolating the sound as is recommended, nor could afford the $25000 acoustician fee to map out the schematics of this studio. After all our efforts, we reduced our sound leakage by 20-30 dcbls, which isn’t bad for a DIY solution.

    Hope that helps to clear things up.

    And lastly, we have to address the comment regarding our son. We never mentioned he was bright – just attending a fine arts school for percussion increasing the need to help control sound when he practices. You may want to reread that paragraph. 😉 Also, please keep in mind that we are musicians turned DIYers – not professional writers, but appreciate you taking the time to make sure we improve our writing going forward – you must have been an excellent teacher!

  2. Did you guys happen to proofread this article prior to publishing? Because it didn’t read like you did.

    You tell people they might have to do their own homework on a couple of your answers to questions. Isn’t that the intention of this wordy mess? I get that your husband is a drummer and your think your kid is bright but what does that have to do with the installation of acoustic panels? So why only three panels? How much sound blockage is a “heck of a lot”? You don’t seriously want me to believe that three panels quiets a professional drummer?

    This wasn’t the worsf article I’ve ever read but I used to proofread term papers for the special Ed junior English class back in the day.

  3. You always have the best ideas and tutorials Jen! Thanks for sharing!