How to Make a Soundproof Booth in Your Home (Or Office)

A soundproof booth is a good idea if you’re recording vocals or instruments and you can’t afford to pay rent.

Not only does this enclosed space reduce noise, but it also enhances the acoustics too.

But how can you make one? What are the steps in building a soundproof booth for home or office use?

In this article, we’ll show you simplified steps to making a soundproof booth. Excited? Let’s get started!

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What is a soundproof booth?

A soundproof booth is an enclosed space in your home or office designed for acoustic purposes.

If you’re a musician or a music recorder, a soundproof booth is an affordable solution if you can’t get your own studio or room.

Of course, you also have the option of converting and soundproofing your room for recording purposes. But if not, a soundproof booth is a good idea.

There are commercial booths you can find. You can even hire professionals to build one for you.

But if you’re a DIY enthusiast, this article is for you.

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How to make a soundproof booth?

Making a soundproof booth isn’t as complicated as you think. It’s not like you’re building a house or a building. However, it will require extra effort, especially if you’re doing it just by yourself.

Here are the steps in making a soundproof booth:

Step 1: Plan the space and measurements

Before you start buying the necessary materials, you will have to select first where you would like to erect your soundproof booth.

You can choose any corner of the room or space you like. Just make sure you have enough space to move around.

Soundproofing isn’t the same as noise canceling. To achieve a quieter space in your booth, select a space where there’s less foot traffic.

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The most suitable places to put up a soundproof booth is in the garage, basement, or even in the attic.

Once you got the space right, start measuring the dimensions of the walls.

Step 2: Start first with the walls

The next part is framing the walls with boards and outlining the part where you would like the door to be.

You can use boards or plywoods to frame the walls. If you’re on a corner, you will only need to cover 2 sides.

Make sure that the walls go all the way to the ceiling. (That’s why it’s preferable to choose a space like an attic or basement with a low ceiling.)

Don’t worry about soundproofing it yet, we’ll get there. What’s important is that you put up the frame of the wall first.

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Step 3: Fix the door

The next step is to fix the door to the frame.

When looking for a door, choose a solid one. Hollow doors are indeed cheaper but it’s easier for sound to pass through them.

But if you’re tight on the budget, there are also ways you can soundproof a door. For example, you can put a soundproof blanket on it and install a door sweep on the gap below the door.
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A hollow door will do fine but you’ll have to put in more work on it.

Step 4: Install other soundproofing materials

In a sense, you now have a booth. 😀 But it’s not soundproof yet.

There are lots of soundproofing materials available but let’s only tackle those that are applicable in a soundproof booth.

First off, attach drywall on the outer part of the wall frame. Drywall is an effective soundproofing material that you can buy on hardware stores.

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But if you like drywall specifically made for soundproofing, there are a few available online. Check out the products from QuietRock and National Gypsum. However, they do cost more than your regular drywall.

Then, you can install acoustic foam panels on the inner part (the wood part) of the wall frame.

Acoustic panels is one the most commonly used acoustic material especially in soundproofing walls for recording and music studios.

Putting foam panels inside is what improves the acoustics in the room. These panels add mass and density absorbing vibrations bouncing in the room.

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When it comes to the price, there’s no need to worry. You can buy foam panels that have good aesthetics in less than 20 bucks.

If you like art panels, Acoustimac has some acoustic art panels that aren’t just effective but also pleasing to the eyes.

Step 5: Makes the necessary holes

After that, drill the holes where the cables could pass through. Plan carefully where you’ll be placing your equipment.

Then, fix your equipment and check whether the signal cables are working or not. If not, you might have to drill again.

Don’t worry about bringing your equipment inside. You’re almost done so it’s pretty safe to bring them in.

Step 6: Seal the gaps and spaces

Lastly, use caulks or sealants to close any spaces you find. Use weatherstripping on the spaces on the door like door jamb and door frame.

Sound can easily pass through those gaps and spaces. These materials would help block or trap the sound waves and increase the soundproofing of your booth.

For acoustic sealants, try the ones from Gorilla or Loctite. For weatherstripping, you can practically use any brand. Just make sure they’re thick enough. If not, feel free to check out Magzo’s weatherstripping tape.

Wrapping things up…

As you can see, setting up your own soundproof booth isn’t really that complicated. Once you have the right tools, you can then set out and create your own booth.

If you have more money, you can also buy commercial booths like the one sold by VocalBoothToGo. The problem with this though is that you can’t choose how big the booth is. So in a way, making your own is a better choice but needs more effort from you.

Mikkel Holm, Founder of TheDIYClub.com