How To Build a Floating Floor for a Recording Studio

Recording studios need the right acoustics for perfect sound recording and mixing. Without it, the music just won’t sound right. Having a floating floor is essential for this. The space in between created by raising the floor is insulated so that it guards against sounds coming from below and helps to deaden the sound inside the room. It may be a little costly but it is unwise to operate a recording studio without floating floors. Here is how to build a floating floor for a recording studio:

  • Assemble the materials. Here is the list of things you need to acquire in order to build a floating floor for your recording studio: Neoprene padding, plywood, drywall, hardwood flooring, insulating material, a tape measuring device, tin snips, paint thinner, contact cement, a saw and a utility knife.
  • Neoprene padding. You need to prepare your neoprene padding by cutting them up into squares. Use the tin snips for this and each square should measure 2 inches on each side. The padding will be used to support the floating floor. You need to get the measurements of the floor to determine how much plywood, hardwood flooring and drywall you are going to need. After that, you need to come up with the total weight to be supported so that you know how much neoprene padding to use. Your neoprene padding can support up to 15 pounds per square. Clean your padding with paint thinner so that it is easier for them to adhere to one another using the cement.
  • Laying down the neoprene stacks and insulation. Evenly space out the neoprene padding stacks around your floor. In the space between the stacks, insert your insulation material. Use your utility knife to cut the insulation around the stacks because the insulation has to be lower than the stacks so that it does not touch the floating floor.
  • Building the floor. Make sure each type of wood is of the same size. Take your plywood and cut it down to size. It should fit all over the floor from wall-to-wall. There is no need to use any adhesives. All you have to do is lay it over the neoprene padding. The drywall layer is next. It has to be 5/8-inch thick. Secure it to the plywood with drywall screws. Add another layer of plywood over the drywall. Secure it to the drywall around the edges with screws. Lay the last layer of hardwood floor over the second layer of plywood.
  • Safety tips. Wear thick rubber-soled boots while walking around your floor so that you are protected from nails and sharp objects in case you step on them. Do not strain yourself carrying heavy objects. Most recording studios do not have windows, so make sure that you open the door so that you have proper ventilation.

It will take a lot of time and manpower but it can be done. A floating floor in the studio solves acoustics problems and helps to soundproof the recording room. Follow the steps above and you too will be able to build your own floating floor.


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