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DIY: Decorative Sound Absorbing Panels

Spruce up your entertainment room with this colorful project


How many times have you tried watching a show or a movie at home but can't enjoy it to the fullest because you can hear noises from the street? There are also instances when the sound seem to bounce and echo all over the place and you can't understand what's being said on the TV anymore.

Fortunately, there's an easy project you can work on that can help solve these dilemmas. This nifty do-it-yourself project doesn't cost much and can help liven up your walls as well. The best part? You can involve the rest of the family when you work on it, too:

What you need:

  • An art canvas, preferably a 1.5" deep art canvas
  • A 2x2 sheet of 1.5" thick "egg crate" foam, which should be available online or at upholstery shops
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paper backing to keep the foam in place (old newspapers or any used papers can also do the trick!)

For needed tools:

  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes (as an alternative, you can personalize the piece by dipping your hands in a can of paint to create a wonderful montage)
  • A hammer and picture hangers (some canvases come with hangers, which can help you some money. Otherwise, you can get picture hangers from hardware stores.)
  • A staple gun to secure the backing onto the edges of the frame 
  • A screwdriver or drill

RL Tip: If you're doing this with the young ones, it's best to do it outside to minimize the clean-up.


1. Paint one side of the canvas with any design you want. You can also consider working with palm impressions, inspiring quotes, and landscapes—it depends on the look that you have in mind.

2. Cut out a piece of the egg crate foam that is big enough to fit in the space at the back of the canvas. Install the piece with the bumpy side facing the painter canvas and the smooth side facing out. Cover it with used paper and staple them at the edges. Make sure the paper does not hang out the edges of the canvas.

3. Install hangers on the canvas if it didn't come with one. Hammer the hangers on the frame gently so as not to crack your canvas wood. 

4. Mount your finished panel on the wall. The tools you would need will depend on the material of your walls.

RL Tip: Consider measuring the height that you want and leave a mark so you know where to drill or place the nails. You can mark the walls using a pencil or a tape.

After carefully hanging each panel on the wall, you now have awesome masterpieces that aren't only decorative but functional, too.

For more in-depth instructions and tips, click here.

Source and Photos: Instructables.

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