Kill That Reverb! | DIY Acoustic Panels

Written on 12/12/2022
Marc Spagnuolo

Simple DIY acoustic panels that pack a punch!

If you’re lucky, you’ll never have to put much thought into the concept of acoustics in your living and work spaces. But if you ever build out a home theater or you have your shop in a space with hard surfaces and tall ceilings, acoustic panels are definitely worth considering as they make the space less noisy and more comfortable to hold conversations in. Obviously in my situation, audio is being captured constantly so if the audio track is plagued by reverb/echo, many people will find the video hard to stomach. I’ve added commercially-available acoustic panels to my previous shops and while they got the job done, they also cost a lot of money. So what I have in this video is my budget-friendly attempt to construct 36 panels that will be shared amongst the two bays of my new shop.

While I opted to use plywood for my frame parts, slicing it in to the appropriate sized strips, you should feel free to use 1×2’s or some other dimensional lumber as an alternative.

Each panel consists of the following:

  • 2 Long Frame Pieces – 48″ L x 2″ W x  3/4″ T
  • 2 Short Frame Pieces – 24″ L x 2″ W x 3/4″ T
  • 4 Corner Braces – Triangles cut from 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 Support Strip – 48″L x 1″ W x 1/4″ T
  • 1 – 24″ W x 48″ L x 2″ T Rockwool Insulation Panel –
  • Painter’s Plastic Wrap –

The results speak for themselves so be sure to watch the video, with headphones if need be, to hear the difference these panels made.