If your house has a room dedicated to listening to music and viewing movies, consider installing acoustic panels on the walls. These dampen and focus sound, providing you with the optimal acoustic experience. You can purchase these panels or easily make them yourself. Hanging them requires some help and a bit of skill to get the positioning correct.
You will need:
• Acoustic panels
• 30-pound picture wire
• 2×4 board that is ¾-inch thick
• 4-inch carriage bolts
• 1/8-inch drill bit
• Measuring tape
• Picture frame tabs
• Picture hooks
• Clear tape
• Felt dots
Step 1: Turn over the acoustic panel and use the measuring tape to measure each corner section. Cut the board into four pieces, each with these dimensions. Four pieces will be needed to create a corner bracket for each panel. Secure each piece to a corner section and use the hammer and nails to nail it into the panel frame. If any excess remains, trim it with the saw.
Step 2: Each panel should be placed slightly away from the walls. Create a hole through the center of each of your corner brackets, using the drill. Thread a nut onto each carriage bolt and insert a bolt through each hole drilled. Reach your hand under each corner bracket and install another nut. Tighten each nut and put a felt dot on the end of each bolt. This prevents the bolts from damaging the wall.
Step 3: Use the tape measure to measure ten inches from panel top to each side. If the panel will be hung vertically, measure 18 inches. Use the marker to mark each spot. Drill one pilot hole through each mark, being careful not to drill too deeply. Screw in the picture frame tabs. Thread five inches of wire through a tab, fold the wire over itself, and crimp it. Use the free end of the wire to create a loop and thread the wire through this loop. Tighten the loop until the opening is approximately 3/8-inch.
Step 4: Feed the free end of your wire through the picture tab, then through the loop you made. Grab each end of the wire and tighten it. To keep wire from loosening, twist ends together.
Step 5: Pull the wire to the other picture tab, leaving enough slack to create a “V” when the wire is pulled. The “V” should be about 2 ½ inches from the panel top. Add five inches of wire to the length and use the scissors to cut the wire.
Step 6: Follow the process above to attach wire to the second picture tab.
Step 7: Decide where the panels will be hung. Stagger them and leave 16 to 24 inches of space between them. Mark each spot with a piece of clear tape. Nail a picture hook into each spot. Hang the panel and use the level to make sure it is straight.
Step 8: Repeat all steps for each remaining panel.