Decorative Sound Absorbing Panels: What You Never Knew About Them?

It can be so much fun spending an afternoon with your kid, working together for the purpose of upgrading the performance of a home theater. Yes, taking your time to make some decorative sound absorbing panels can be real fun.

For one, these panels will help you reduce the reflection of sound from a room in your home – especially those unwanted sound. If you were in an open office or a restaurant, you may have lesser control, but in your home, you decide how you want it.

With decorative sound absorbing panel in your home, or even your office, you have that option to make a statement. At the same time, you can insulate for sound.

Decorative Sound Absorbing Panels

This article will discuss how, with little cash, you can add cool sound-absorbing panels – helping you improve the quality of your home theater, too.

Follow the steps below for making simple and effective panels. You kids you love them too.


Step 1 - The Structure and Nature

Sound seems to be nasty, especially in rooms with flat and flat surfaces. Multiple times, it bounces all over the place. It hits those tender eardrums of yours and that of your family members. All these occur from different angles. This can promote some unpleasant feelings.

What’s the whole point here? It means that those thousands of dollars you spent in acquiring the powerful speaker and amplifiers seem like a waste. Now those acoustic properties in your room become lousy.

The main reason for having some sound absorbing panels is to – absorb sounds inside a room. You won’t believe the dramatic effect this could have when you place the panels in some certain location on the wall. These are sure to happen: It will kill off that high-frequency ringing effect; the muddy bass would disappear. The panels will basically absorb a lot of sound waves that could easily bounce off your walls. With this, you will only hear the primary wave that comes from your speaker.

Now to the construction of these effective panels - it not rocket science nor new. Basically, they are made up of just some artistic canvases, some frames from thick wood. These are stuffed together with foam that absorbs sound – known as ‘eggcrate’.

All you have to do when the materials are ready is to decorate those panels, according to the décor of your room. Have fun with your kids while decorating them, playing with different colors.


Step 2 - On Tools and Materials

Below are some materials you will need in order to make a panel:

  • A 2by2 sheet of sound absorbing foam. It should be 1.5inches in thickness. You can get a roll of this online.
  • Paper backing. This will help to hold the “eggcrate” foam in place. An old newspaper can also serve the same purpose. Just make sure that it is big, long, and strong.
  • A 1.5inches deep-art canvas. Its dimension should be at least 2by2 feet. Get this material from any local art store.
  • Some hangers designed for pictures – two for a panel.
  • You will decorate the canvases with acrylic paint.

The tools required are: Staple gun, screwdriver and drill, scissors, hammer, and different paintbrushes.

You can even get some volunteers to make these more fun.


Step 3 - Canvas Paintings

You the choice of colors, it’s up to your taste. Also, the content in terms of artwork to use across those canvases is yours to decide. Play with it.

The kids are very creative when it comes to this stage. Allow them unleash their creativity.

Again, you can choose to use a portrait of the members of your family – that is professionally painted. You can also paint them with the same colors your walls have – for smooth blend.

Here is another cool idea – use some of your favorite photos. Print them on those canvases. There are a lot you can get online. And you have lots of option as to how you want it designed - professionally.

This step may be optional if you don’t fancy painting.


Step 4 - Installing the Foam

Now that you have your roll of acoustic foam ready (you can get it online), it’s time to install it. This foam is quite cheap. For this purpose, you can also use some sound-absorbing fiberglass panel; half inches in thickness. It is denser – meaning it will absorb more bass that the foam. Choose which one suite your need.

So, after painting the canvas(s) and it dries, simply flip it over. Now, cut a rectangle or square of the foam. Let it fit inside the space available. After this, you should now be placing that foam inside the canvas, making sure that the bumpy angle faces the painted part of the canvas.

At this point, cut few pieces of the paper. It should be large enough to cover up the back of the panel. Be conscious that it does not hang over the edges. After this, staple that paper with a staple gun.


Step 5 - Add the Picture Hangers

This tool often comes in packs – within two to six packs. For you to make a panel, you need only two of these packs. You don’t have to bother about what type to use, simply use anyone you like.

Now you need to install the hangers in the top corners – only two of them. When you finish attaching the picture hangers, it’s time to mount your decorative sound absorbing panels.


Step 6 - Mounting Your Panels

This is the final step. All you have to do here is to determine which location you would like to place the panels.

To do this, you need a careful measurement. Be certain about the rotation and the height of your panels. The screws or nails should serve you here. You have two hangers for each of the panels, make sure they are well leveled, or at the angle you desire. Know the locations by marking them. Now, install them.

Now you have it, simple and fun! You have improved the acoustics in your room. And if your kids are part of the process, they will surely have something to show anytime their guests visit.

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