Building False Studio Walls

Building studio false walls

Like many of you, I have a lot of instruments in my studio, and I love having them close by and ready to be played or recorded. But it really does create a lot of clutter, so I decided to build a couple of walls in two of the corners of my studio.

The walls would serve multiple purposes:

A - they will be cloth covered and reduce some of the high frequency reflections.

2 - they will allow for storage behind them and open up for access

III - they will increase the coolness factor of the look of the studio by covering up square corners.

Here's the before photos:
You can see the MondoTraps in the corners and the guitars on the wall.

Not bad looking, but I can't store all my mic stands and other instruments there.

image006.jpgI have a whole lot more percussion instruments than this, which I could cram in the corners behind the new walls.

3D Design

I got a 3D home design program and created my studio and the walls within it. I almost used the free google 3d design app, but it was pretty complicated for my simple mind, and we had a copy of HGTV's Home Design...
It's pretty amazing what you can do with stock 3D software. Not only did I put in the guitars, but also you can see my keyboard, speakers and Mackie control unit. The hardwood floors would really be nice, too.
As you can see here, I actually created every piece of wood for the walls in the software. That way, I knew exactly what to buy and how to make it, if it would work and so on...

It is all 2 x 4's and 1 by 2's.

Building the Walls

Since I knew the exact dimensions for the wood I needed, and I planned it using standard precut wood sizes, and I allowed for a little wiggle room, I just went to the hardware store with a list and walked out with the wood, precut and ready to go - for about $60 a wall.
I had to paint the black parts first and let them dry.
Then I laid out the parts and used wood screws to attach everything. The inner part of the wall is a door that is designed to be about 1/2 an inch smaller than the opening, to allow for the fabric covering. There are three hinges holding eachdoor and a handle built in into the door.
You can see the handle assembly piece here. I had to drill hole insets for the supplied handle bolts to reach.

The Final Product

The walls look great. They hide stuff behind them, lots of percussion, other instruments, guitars, mic stands and so on.
It's important to note that the walls are covered in fabric and not solid so as not to create a lot of bass build up.
They are only standing in place and only held there by a few cables bolted to the wall. It's pretty easy to do!

Chris Merritt
Merritt Music Productions LLC
(323) 306-3057 (Los Angeles)
(347) 767-2952 (New York)

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