A vocal booth is an easy DIY to build in a corner of your bedroom & home. A homemade studio recording booth does not have to cost a whole lot if you use some easy fixes. Depending on your space availability and budget, you can learn how to build one from scratch using a few clever techniques and products.
If you’re looking for a quick answer, the top products for a vocal booth DIY or homemade studio recording booth are the highly rated Foamily 12 Pack- Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges and Large Sound Blanket.
DIY Homemade Recording Booth In A Corner & Bedroom
1. Choose The Right Location
As they say in business: location, location, location. This is a very useful adage when building a DIY isolation booth. The location you choose must be somewhere with easy access, minimal disturbance and outside noise, sufficient light and most importantly, ample space. Before you begin your soundproof booth DIY, ensure that the site is right.
You may have seen DIY studio booths built in room corners, for example in a bedroom or office. Another popular choice to make a vocal booth is a closet space or closet doorway.
All are acceptable and widely used methods. A location with carpets, rugs and furniture such as bookshelves is also preferred because it adds to the noise absorption capacity of the room.
Again, the location you eventually choose must be practical and must work for you without hampering your day to day recording as well as your daily life.
2. Gather Sound Isolation Booth DIY Materials
If you are looking to build an open-plan acoustic corner, there isn’t much to do except hang some sound absorbing blankets or foam (see below). You don’t need to build a complete frame and your task is simple.
If you’re building an enclosed DIY recording booth, then you will need a structure. In a corner, the two walls will form half of your booth so all you need to add is a stand or frame to drape a blanket around. This could be a mic stand that you may already have lying around.
If you wish to purchase one, the top, budget-friendly DIY options are Amazon Basics Tripod Boom Microphone Stand and Pyle Microphone Stand – Universal Mic Mount with Heavy Compact Base.
Make sure you choose an option with a heavy base that can take the weight of a blanket or two.
Another option that can be used as a faux wall or corner is clothing stand such as SimpleHouseware Industrial Pipe Clothing Garment Rack and Simple Houseware Standard Rod Garment Rack.
While this may sound surprising, these are the ideal height, can be extended and adjusted and are very budget friendly.
Additionally, it has a built-in base so you don’t need to find a way to secure your frame to the ground.
Building a wooden frame is certainly possible but we don’t recommend it for a simple DIY. While getting planks is easy, they need sawing (and don’t forget the nuisance that is sawdust), gluing, as well as a way to secure them to the ground which may even cause damage to the floor.
These are heavy duty sound absorbers and noise cancellers at a fraction of the cost of readymade recording booths.
The top rated blankets are US Cargo Control Large Sound Blanket and Audimute Sound Absorption Sheet.
These have high NRC ratings and reduce echoes and reverberations, making them ideal for DIY recording booths.
They have grommets so you can install hooks to hang them, or simply drape them on a door or stand.
There are hundreds of options to choose from, but the best rated ones in [year] are Foamily 12 Pack Acoustic Panels and TroyStudio Acoustic Studio Absorption Foam Panels.
The first option on this list is highly recommended as it is self adhesive and can be stuck to doors and walls with ease.
The others are also top rated but you will need to have mounting tape or spray adhesive and individually apply these to each panel.
They are easy to clamp on and remove and very effective in preventing wobbling or movement.
The most highly rated ones are Best Service Large Super Heavy Duty Spring Metal Clamps and Cheaplights Heavy Duty Muslin Clamps.
3. Assemble & Adjust
Assemble The Frame
Once you have a location chosen, you need to put your four recording studio ‘walls’ together. A corner location has the advantage of two readymade walls.
To add the remaining corner, place a mic stand or clothing frame in line with the other corners. You can create a roof by folding over part of the soundproof blanket, or leave the top open if you prefer.
Adjust the height and you now have a frame to build on. You can always add a weight to the base of the stand (books work well for this) to stop it from wobbling or moving during recording.
Once you have a frame, you can mix and match the type of soundproofing to see what suits you best. You could choose to drape or hang blankets on all four corners (for example hooks to hang soundproof blankets on walls 1 & 2, and draped blankets on the stands acting as walls).
Another option is to stick soundproof foam on two walls, and drape blankets on the makeshift walls. Additionally, you could choose to add both foam and blankets for extra soundproofing, but this is likely to make it hotter and darker, so you would need to have an artificial light source and some ventilation by leaving the top open.
Remember to clamp your blankets down on the stand you’re using for a makeshift wall so you get the least amount of movement and to make your structure more sturdy and secure.
Test & Adjust
Once it’s all in place, take your DIY recording booth for a spin. Test it out at various noise levels, times of day and speaking or singing volumes and make adjustments to the placement of foam, number of blankets and size of the booth as necessary. You can always extend the booth by moving the makeshift wall further and adding more soundproofing.
Final Thoughts About How To Build A Vocal Booth In A Corner & Bedroom
Building a vocal booth or a DIY homemade studio recording booth may work differently for everyone. You can explore corners & other locations in your bedroom or elsewhere to see how it affects your sound.
A simple frame and these top rated products Foamily 12 Pack- Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges and Large Sound Blanket will enhance sound quality for an ideal recording experience.
Dave Pearson is a Canadian musician, sound editor, and audiophile. He is also the founder and owner of the website SoundProofGeek. On SoundProofGeek, Pearson offers advice and resources on audio equipment, including how to assess and improve audio quality, how to troubleshoot and repair audio equipment, and how to improve the music listening experience.