Written by: Foam Factory, Inc.
Acoustic foam is not only ideal for recording studios, but can also be used in a normal room as a noise insulator, specially if you have loud dogs or animals. If you want to transform your bedroom into a state-of-the-art miniature home theatre, then you’re going to need to outfit your room with the proper sound insulating foam for optimal results.
Because sound waves tend to bounce off walls and hard surfaces, you’ll likely not receive the greatest audio quality whether you’re recording a song, or listening to one through a speaker system. Acoustic foam has the ability to absorb the waves instead of reflecting them ensuring a better sound. If you’re looking to install some acoustic foam panel inside your room, here is a quick guide that will help you get started.
Measure Your Room
Gathering the exact dimensions of both the length and width of your room will allow you to purchase the right amount of acoustic foam that you’ll need for your room. Depending on the location that you want to install your foam, it wouldn’t hurt for you to buy a little extra, as your sound proofing foam may not live up to your expectations when begin your testing phase.
Measure Your Cardboard Panels
Acoustic foam panels are used so your acoustic foam can be easily removed without damaging the walls in your room. If you’re seeking a less expensive option, cardboard panels can also be used. Installing these panels are relatively easy and won’t take up too much of your time. Cut your cardboard panels according to size, and leave them to the side as you’ll need them later.
Cut Your Foam
When your acoustic foam arrives, it will most likely come as one big sheet. Ideally, you should use an electric carving knife for precision and accuracy. Cut your foam according to the size of the panels.
Attach the Foam to the Panels
Apply some foam tack to the back of your acoustic panels that you set aside from earlier. Foam tack is essentially a specially-designed formula that is used on foam and sound-proofing applications. To ensure proper adhesion, place some foam tack on the back of the foam as well. Place them together and allow it to dry for at least 2 hours.
Install Your Panels
Once your panels and foam have dried, install the now one-piece to your designated area. A tack hammer is idea for this type of installation. Only nail the edges of each panel to ensure easy removal if you ever need to in the future. Once your panels have been installed, test out the acoustics of your room by playing a song. Notice the sound-capturing properties of the foam as well as the enhanced quality.