This absorbent panel is probably the quicker, easier and cheaper design ever. Maybe its look is not as professional as other ones, but acoustically speaking, it just works as well! So if you are low on budget, it’s probably your best option. Let’s start!
Tools and Materials
- Wood strips: Any wood strip thicker than 5mm will work.
- Fabric Canvas: Any regular canvas should work. If you can breathe through the fabric, it works 😉
- White Glue: Simple old fashion white glue.
- Scissors: Cutting fabrics requires extra sharpness.
- Glue Gun: Any cheap glue gun is valid. It costs 10€ approx.
- 40mm rock wool or fiberglass: For best results, use the range between 40-70 Kg/m3. If you are in Europe, you can also use a recycled fabric material called Geopannel which you can buy at Leroy Merlin all over Europe.
- Be careful when using the saw.
- Safety gloves are recommended.
Step 1: Cut the wood strips
In order to make the frame, we will use a simple manual saw to cut your wood strip into 4 smaller strips, 60cm long.
Step 2: Glue the wood strips together
The idea is to make a square shape with wood strips. To do so, we will stick them together with white glue and staple them to keep the strips tightly together while the glue dries.
Step 3: Prepare the fabric and the rock wool
Start cutting two rectangles of rock wool measuring 60x60cm. Then prepare two fabric rectangles: one measuring 80x80cm and the second one measuring 60x60cm. You can use the wood frame to measure the rock wool rectangle and the small fabric rectangle.
Step 4: Staple the fabric to the wood frame
We use a big piece of fabric measuring 80x80cm. First, we staple two opposite sides. We start with the corners to try to keep the fabric a bit tense and looking nice. Then we can put a staple in the center of each side and some more in between the first three.
Second, we staple the two remaining sides like when wrapping a box for a gift with paper.
Step 5: Seal the Panel
We use a small piece of fabric measuring 60x60cm to close the panel. We start stapling at the corners as we did before to make the fabric tense and look nice. To have a nice finish, we bend the fabric a little bit, so it has no loose threads.
The Finished Super Simply Panel
Now you should have your very first Super Simply Absorbent Panel in your hands. I hope it looks great, but don’t worry if it’s not perfect. You will do it better with the next ones now that you know the process.