Building Your Own SOUND PROOF Booth
Building a Sound Proof Booth takes a little bit of carpentry skills. If you don’t have this skill set seek out a carpenter or turn to google. Google and YouTube can teach you anything!
Step 1: Design
The first thing you should always do when building a sound proof booth is go over the design. Decide the best place to put the soundproof booth. Take measurements of the space you have. Sketch out a booth and consider the dimensions of the space. I find corners of a room work best, as corners also maximize space. For maximum soundproofing, consider a quiet space with low traffic i.e., a basement, attic, garage or shed.
Step 2: Sound Proof the Walls
Once you picked your location affix rigid insulation to the walls. Using the appropriate glue for your service. My studio was in a garage with concrete walls so I used concrete adhesive.
Step 3: Frame the Floor
Frame the Floor of your sound proof booth, use rigid insulation between the floor joists. Elevate the floor a minimum or 2-3 inches from the ground. Lay ¾” Plywood to floor as its primary sub-surface.
Step 4: Frame the Walls
Frame out the walls of the booth up against the rigid insulation. You can use 4x4 boards. I used 2x3 boards to save a few dollars. Don’t Forget to leave room for a sound proof window if you want the booth to have one! Follow the design you created in Step 1.
Step 5: Fix the Door
Fix a ready-to-use door in the frames. Check functionality and hardware. DO NOT USE a hollow door!
Step 6: Run the Wires
Run all of the electrical for power outlets, lights (I personally love recess cans), microphones, headsets, etc. Be sure to set up all the cables necessary for your booth and recording or other sound equipment.
Step 7: Attach the Outer Layer of Drywall
Hang the drywall on the outer part of the frame. Screw in place (tape, mud and paint at the very end).
Step 8: Insert Fiberglass Padding/Insulation
Put the fiberglass padding or insulation into the wooden frame. Ensure every gap is completely filled so that no noise can enter the booth.
Step 9: Place the Drywall on the Interior Section
Attach the drywall on the interior side of the frame.
Step 10: Seal the Gaps/Weather Strip
Seal every gap you see in the cabinet with the help of silicone caulk. Fix weather stripping and dense seal around door. Check door functionality. Tape and Mud. No need to paint interior as it will get covered.
Step 11: Sound Proofing
Cover inside walls, interior door and ceiling with acoustic panels. I used Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges 1" X 12" X 12". Use foam interlocking tiles to cover the floor. Affix both with 3M Super 77 Adhesive Spray.
Step 12: Mount the Mic
Finally affix a microphone, put a hook to hang your headset, add any specialty lights and you are done building a sound proof booth! The links posted below will take you directly to the materials you need to build your very own booth! If you found this tutorial helpful please like and share! Thanks for reading!