How to Build Your Own Sound Barriers
By Brenda Barron
Having a home studio or theater is a great way to enjoy movies and music. Without proper insulation or sound barriers, however, you'll likely annoy your family members and neighbors. Many people think you have to be a contractor to build sound barriers, but you don't. You can complete this project on your own with the right tools and planning.
Map out the area to which you will be adding a sound barrier. Take measurements of the height and width. The barrier should cover the whole wall or surface in order to be totally effective, but this is up to you and your needs.
Build a wood frame using the measurements you have taken. The corners can be attached using a butt joint. Secure it with nails and wood glue. With the frame done, take the measurement of the inside height and width. Cut a sheet of upholstery foam to this inside measurement of the frame. Upholstery foam can be readily found at upholstery shops or craft fabric shops.
Glue and staple the upholstery foam to the inside of the frame. Ensure the foam fills in the frame totally and completely. Add multiple layers if needed. Cut a sheet of decorative fabric slightly larger than the size of the whole frame, as you will want the fabric to wrap around the edges of the frame. Wrap both sides of the frame so its completely covered, as if with gift wrap. Make sure to pull the fabric tight, then staple it in place.
Move the sound barrier into place against your wall and attach it place with L brackets and mounting screws. Make sure the barrier is flush with the wall for the best performance.
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.