Acoustics play an important role in worship services. Incorporating these acoustics into your facility can be both time consuming and very expensive. Is it possible that you could take on this job yourself? This is the question that we set out to answer. 

The easiest and most economical way to do this is to build and install the proper sized acoustical panels. On this web site you will notice these panels after they have been installed. They cover a minimum of 30% of the wall surface area in our case. These provided us with excellent performance. This will likely provide you with good performance. You can always a couple of panels to tune your worship area as needed.

The panels are best installed high up on the wall, away from messy hands, because the material is too costly to replace just because someone wanted to reach out and touch it.

We live in the Tampa Florida area, and therefore have immediate access to a company that is a wholesaler for all of the materials that you will need to "do it yourself." The name of the company is Acoustimac and we provide a link to the site in the Acoustics tab. They also provide ready-made panels.

If you want to really add an extra touch to your worship area, Acoustimac sell panels with the artwork of your choice on panels that they build. They will also take artwork that you send them and produce custom panels for you.

We dealt with the folks at Acoustimac in producing the panels that we made ourselves. They were excellent with their customer support and personal relations.

In church assembly areas, these panels must meet the necessary fire codes. The panels include the absorbent material, the cloth covering and the structure. 

 

We recommend the Eco Core 2" material for your project because you get more for your buck and the material is not "itchy" as the other materials tend to be. This material has the appearance of thick carpet underlayment. The 2" thick material was best for us because there was better performance for the cost.

The company provides numerous colors and designs for the fabrics that you will be using. They will send you a box of samples of the material for about $10.00. They have everything on the site that you will need except the lumber for the frames. Note: We used 2 X 6 lumber and cut it to width to fit our needs since there is less waste this way.

The tools you will need are (1) Cut-off saw (2) Table saw (3) Upholstery staple gun (4) Pneumatic nail gun (5) Screw gun.

The panels can be fastened to the wall surface with brackets that can be purchased at Acoustimac. Note: If you are hanging your panels at the top edge of the wall, provide enough spacing between the top of the panel and the ceiling so that you can properly engage the fasteners.

With some of your scraps you can design small multi-colored diamond shapes to beautify your installation. This adds a special touch to your panels. You can also do some woodwork designs on the face of some of the large panels.

Since most of the frequencies that you want to control are in the mid to lower ends of the frequency scale, the placement of the panels is not all that critical. This is because the lower frequencies are not very sensitive to placement and direction.

If you are attempting to control excessive bass frequencies, the best solution is to build some boxes for the corners of your worship facility. Some folks use a double layer of the 2" Eco Core and it seems to work fairly well. This may require a little trial and error if you are look for a special dryness or wetness in you reverb.

There are a number of You Tube videos on line to provide you with a visual presentation of how to do this. Adapt these to your needs.

 

On the construction of the frame, you will find it more convenient to use either screws or a pneumatic nailer to attach the pieces together. The backboard that you use will provide the necessary strength and rigidity to the frame. There is no need to spend a lot of money on the backboard.

If you build your frame to fit the Eco Core material so that it is a snug fit, you won't need to use any glue on you project—unless you want to use it on the frame corners.

Construct the frame to fit the acoustic material so you don't have to cut and waste the acoustic material. The finished product will be a thing of beauty if you choose the right material.Acoustimac will send you some samples of the actual material from which you can make your choices.

We used the burgundy DMD fabric and are well pleased with the results. Don't stretch it too tight—just stretch it enough to take out the slack. We found it best to fold the end corners in the same fashion that you apply a bed sheet to a mattress.

We have no connection to Acoustimac—they make good stuff at a reasonable price—and they treated us well. You will likely find places in your area that have most of the stuff you will need. You will find it well worth the money and effort.