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Looking to record clear, professional vocals on a budget?

A DIY vocal booth is your answer.

In this guide we’ll be covering how to build your own vocal booth at home for a quarter of the price of a professional booth.

But before we start, make sure to download a FREE copy of the blueprints to the Blanket Booth. Having this can save you hours of frustration – trust me.

Not only that, but we’re giving away a free size calculator so that you can make the dimensions of your vocal booth any size you want. You can customize it to exactly fit your space.

Don’t start building the Blanket Booth without it. Grab it here:



The BEST DIY Vocal Booth On A Budget (STEP-BY-STEP)


Why Do I Need a Vocal Booth?

If you imagine a band in your head, where is the singer on stage?

That’s right. Right in front, with the spotlight on them, commanding attention.

solo vocalist singing on stage

The same is true for your song. Your vocals need to be the most upfront thing in the mix.

That’s because your vocals are usually the melody. They’re the thing that your listener pays attention to the most.

So the next question is this: what pushes an instrument back in the mix?

That’s right. Reverb!

Your ears use the sound of the room to create a sense of space around yourself. When you hear a sound accompanied by reverb, it sounds farther away.

But when a sound is “completely dry,” or has NO reverb, then it sounds right up in your face.

That’s what vocal booths do. They absorb the sound of the room around you, making your vocals dry and clear.

Most professional vocals are recorded inside a vocal booth. It’s difficult to get that “pro” sound without one.

However, most vocal booths can cost a fortune. They usually range from $800 to $5,000 – a nightmare for a home studio artist.

Luckily, there’s no need to blow all that cash when you can build your own for a fraction of the cost.

Here are four common DIY vocal booth designs you can use at home.


DIY Vocal Booth #1: The Closet

This is the classic choice.

When you start recording at home, you hear this from all your friends…

“Make sure to record your vocals in closet! You’ll get a better sound!”

a closet can be a great place for a vocal boothAnd it makes sense. After all, you already have a closet. No assembly required. Zero dollars needed.

Before you get too excited, I’m going to stop you there.

DO NOT use the closet.

You’re actually going to hurt your vocals more than help them.

Here’s the idea behind the Closet Booth: it’s a small, enclosed space with a bunch of clothes in it. It’s small, so you don’t get much reverb, and the clothes will soak up extra room sound.

But you don’t have enough clothes to make this work. Trust me.

Even though you may have dozens of shirts hanging around you, it’s not enough material to absorb the amount of sound necessary for a good vocal booth. So most of that room sound is still there, getting picked up by the mic.

What this means is that rather than sounding like you’re singing in a vacuum, it sounds like you’re singing in a tiny, tiny room.

And the more you compress your vocals, the more obvious that will become.

If you’re wanting dry, radio-ready vocals, I’d resist the temptation to use this easy option.


DIY Vocal Booth #2: The Mattress Fort

Want to feel like a kid again? Try out the Mattress Fort.

a mattress fort can make a great vocal boothThis design is simple. You surround yourself with mattresses so that you are covered behind, above, and to the sides.

The actual design will vary on how many mattresses you have. If you only have two, place both behind the singer in a V-shape.

If you have three, place them behind the singer in a C-shape.

And if you have four, keep the C-shape and place the extra mattress on top of the others, over the singer’s head. If you’re wanting to use the Mattress Fort, I’d recommend using this four-mattress version.

The nice thing about the Mattress Fort is that it’s extra thick material, meaning it will catch more frequencies in the mids and low-mids. This means a more balanced vocal.

The not-so-nice thing about the Mattress Fort is that it’s difficult to store and assemble. Unless you use small mattresses, carrying them into the room and setting them up is a two person job. Finding storage for an extra two to four mattresses is also pretty difficult for most people.

It’s important as well to make sure you’re using the right kind of mattresses. A spring mattress won’t do much of anything – it’s just metal wrapped in fabric.

The rule of thumb here is the heavier the material, the better. Try to use thick mattresses like memory foam. That will soak up a lot more sound.

Overall, this booth will cost you between $50-400, depending on where you get your mattresses.


DIY Vocal Booth #3: The Reflection Filter

You’ve probably seen these around your local music shop.

condenser microphone with a reflection panelThey’re basically a half-cylinder made of acoustic foam that goes up on your mic stand, behind the microphone.

Reflection Filters are very popular. They’re cheap (usually between $50 and $150), easy to store, and easy to assemble.

That said, they’re not actually doing much.

The area behind the microphone is known as the “null point.” It’s the place where the microphone picks up the least amount of sound.

So of all of the places that need to have acoustic treatment around them, the back of the microphone is the least necessary.

It doesn’t cover above, behind, or around the singer. That’s where most of your recorded room sound comes from.

That said, it does help. It just doesn’t do that much.

I’d recommend using one of these along with another vocal booth design. For example, using it with the Mattress Fort would be great. The only part of the Mattress Fort with no protection is behind the mic, which is exactly what the Reflection Filter covers.

It’s a perfect match.

Just don’t use one of these on their own. They’ll help, but you won’t get the results you’re hoping for.


DIY Vocal Booth #4: The Blanket Booth (My Favorite)

Alright. Now for my personal favorite.

This is the one I currently use in my own home studio.

The Blanket Booth is basically several acoustic blankets hanging from a frame made of PVC pipe.

diy blanket booth

It works great. It soaks up room sound on all sides, leaving your vocals nice and dry. Plus, it can be torn down and built back up, making it much easier to store.

I also like that it gives you an enclosed space to be in. Whenever I’m tracking my own vocals, I feel like I’m in my own little world. I actually give better performances inside it.

This design will run you between $200 and $250, depending on where you get your materials. It’s a quarter of the cost of a professional vocal booth.

Let’s show you how to make one, step-by-step.

How to Build the Blanket Booth (Step-By-Step)

Before we start, make sure to grab a FREE copy of the blueprints for the Blanket Booth design. I made these blueprints myself – they’ll save you from the 10+ hours of trial and error I went through to make this design.

Plus it comes with a size calculator so you can make your booth the exact specs you need!

It’ll make this whole process ten times easier. Grab it here:

Step 1: Get Your Materials

To create your own Blanket Booth, you’ll need…

Note: Most PVC pipe comes in ten-foot-long segments, so to create my exact design you’ll need about 7 pipes. However, if you download the blueprints and size calculator, the amount of pipes you need may change depending on how big or small you want your own booth to be.

Acoustic blankets are specially designed to soak up sound waves. Most of the expense from this design comes from them – everything else is fairly cheap.

I’d recommend getting your blankets from Vocal Booth To Go. They make high quality acoustic blankets that come with grommets so you can hang your blankets from hooks or rings.

If the acoustic blankets are too expensive, a cheap alternative is packing blankets. These are the blankets you use to cover your furniture during a move. They aren’t as good at soaking up sound, but they get pretty close for a lower cost.

Step 2: Cut the PVC Pipe

Once you’ve downloaded the blueprints and decided on your custom size, it’s time to cut your pipes.

If you get your pipes from a hardware store, they’ll likely cut the pipes for you at the custom lengths you specify. If you can do this, do it. It will save you the work of cutting the pipes yourself.

If your hardware store doesn’t do custom pipe cutting, then use a tape measure and a Sharpie to measure out the lengths yourself.

Once you’ve done all your measuring, lay out some newspaper, hold your pipe off the side of a table, and use your junior saw to cut it.

Make sure to cut the pipe in as straight a line as possible. The straighter the edges of the pipe are, the more sturdy the booth will be.

Step 3: Build the Frame

Once you have your pipes cut, it’s time to build the frame.

This shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes. Just follow the blueprints I’ve provided.


It’s like adult LEGOs!

Step 4: Label Each Piece

Congrats – you’ve built the frame.

Before we put up the blankets, take a few minutes and label each piece of pipe with a Sharpie.

This will cut your setup time in half the next time you build the booth. It’s way easier to just grab a piece of pipe that says “top left” and put it on the frame than to individually measure each piece all over again.

Step 5: Hang the Acoustic Blankets

Before you start this step, make sure to hook your shower hangers in the blankets’ grommets. It’ll make your life a lot easier.

Once that’s done, just hang your blankets. You’ll use three blankets as the walls of the booth.

You’ll hang your blankets on the OUTSIDE of the frame, NOT the inside. That will make the blankets conform to the frame’s shape. Make sure to overlap two of them in front of the booth’s door so you can get in.

Then put the fourth blanket over the top of the booth. Try to drape it evenly so that it has the same amount of slack on all sides.

If you want the roof to be tight above your head, then use the clamps to fasten down the slack to the edges of the booth. This is optional, of course. I’m a pretty tall guy, so I like the roof to stay well above my head while I’m recording.

Step 6: Set Up Some Lights

All you have left is to give yourself a little light.

It’ll be pretty dark in there when you walk in. You’ll need a light source of some kind.

A bedside lamp would work just fine. I also like hanging some Christmas lights for ambience. It helps to set the mood nicely.

And with that, your booth is done! Congrats!

And remember, before you go, grab the free blueprints and size calculator here:

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25 comments on this article

  • Musician On A Mission

    Didn’t this article used to end with the ability to buy ready-made DIY kits for differently sized blanket booths? I know that’s why I bookmarked this page. Now they’re gone. Any way I can still access them? I’m not handy enough to buy and cut everything.

  • Musician On A Mission

    The calculator is read-only. Cannot change the dimensions.

  • Musician On A Mission

    I have my studio in Iceland ( but needed to do a project when I was visiting family back in the UK so I built this at my Dad’s, with a view to bring it back with me. I have mixed reviews;

    Firstly – it worked…kinda. For a weeklong project it was fine but this wouldn’t be a long-term option for me.

    The pipes were just not strong enough, 4 of my corner pieces cracked – the soundproof curtains are amazing but really heavy – pvc pipe just couldn’t take it. It twisted and warped, I ended up with a bed, a wardrobe and a wall propping it up so it couldn’t move.

    The soundproof curtains recommended were fab and I have brought them back to Iceland for extra insulation in my permanent booth.

    If you are going to use this design consider cross bracing to stop the twisting which should stop the cracking. Personally, if I have to record abroad again ill use mattresses for the walls and one of these blankets as a roof.

    Thank you for the idea though! As I said it kinda worked, and I brought those soundproof blankets back with me :)

    Jennifer Rose

  • Musician On A Mission

    You say 7 10 ft pipes are needed but in the blueprint you need 848 ft of pipe… wtf

  • Musician On A Mission

    Does not look like pvc pipe, its metal!

  • Musician On A Mission
    Thomas F Beecher says:
    March 23, 2021 at 07:58:15 pm

    Hi can u send me a link for the size calculator, I have tried the link but just get a odd

  • Musician On A Mission

    Firstly, thank you for posting this. I knew this was what I wanted, but didn’t have the terminology or know-how to make researching for a DIY solution easy. This will fit my beginner needs perfectly.

    Secondly, I did have a question. Do you have any recommendations for the floor? Your picture shows this sitting on a hard surface, so I doubt there’s any sound dampening happening there.

  • Musician On A Mission

    Not getting an email for the Blueprints

  • Musician On A Mission

    Is this a good solution if i dont want my loud belting to reach the neighboors? Does it reduce the sound going out noticably?

  • Musician On A Mission

    Thank you so much for this amazing video! I have an office I record in, where my walls are lined with sponge brinks and on the other side, nothing but books! They work great, but my mic is so good, it pics up on all the chatter all the way in my living room- and that’s with Noise Gate! So, thanks to your video, I am boing to make a sort of crescent booth with roof, so I can be near my desk station and record, cutting out all the extra chatter that I was picking up with my cleaning blankets and crescent booth! You rock!

  • Musician On A Mission

    These blueprints are absolutely terrible

  • Musician On A Mission

    Would’ve been helpful if the blanket booth in the picture was the one that was described…

  • Musician On A Mission

    I have to tried to download the PVC VocalBooth Blue Print and Size Guide several times. It will only download 50% each time. Can you help. Thanks

  • Musician On A Mission

    I just wanted to say that I really liked this article, and even more when I saw Chester’s photo over there.

    Thank you.

  • Musician On A Mission

    Forgive me if this is an odd question but will the blanket booth still work if one side is longer than the other?

  • Musician On A Mission

    Hi, I have tried to download the calculator and the blueprints 4 times. no email comes. can someone help ??

  • Musician On A Mission

    I’m a little confused looking at the plans for this booth. I see that the diagram that is provided is of the side construction, but the cross beams that would be connecting the two sides are just the 3 centerish ones that go along the top, and the two that would be what I’m assuming to be the back, with one going across the floor and one just above the floor? Is there no cross beams that make the full frame on the corners themselves?

  • Musician On A Mission

    How well does this dampen noise on the OUTSIDE. I’m looking to build a booth so I can sing at the top of my lungs in my apartment, but not have angry neighbors. XD

  • Musician On A Mission

    I tried to download the blueprints and calculator five times. And nothing is happening. Pls help!

  • Musician On A Mission

    How big is your booth

  • Musician On A Mission

    Can you please link me to or send the pvc pipe dimensions for your vocal booth?

    All I’ve been able to locate is the calculator, which is great for custom, but I’m considering building a replica to yours.