Step 1: Find The Space
Pick a spare closet in your house and organize it according to your needs. If the closet is small that's okay. You just need to feel comfortable standing inside it.
If you want to record with instruments you'll need a space large enough to play the instrument comfortably.
If you don't have a spare closet in your house this post is of no use to you.
Keep Everyday Use In Mind While Organizing
How much you use your recording booth will be entirely up to you. The space can still be functional for everyday use after you've converted it into a recording booth. You just have to plan accordingly in your organization phase.
Vacuums, ironing boards and other household items that can be easily removed can be stored in the recording booth when you're not "On Air."
Warning: Don't make getting access to the booth a big hassle because that will decrease your willingness to use the recording booth.
For example, if it takes you an hour to clear out the closet before you can record in it you probably won't be recording a spontaneous Vlog, song or audio to-dos.
Step 3: Build It
If you are using foam padding you will need a staple gun and scissors.
If you are using thick blankets, depending on the thickness a staple gun may work but small nails may be needed.
Cut the foam to fit and then using the staple gun cover the walls and ceiling with the paddling.
Decorating Tip: Use old towels, t-shirts and the like to create accents or to cover open shelving. This will better insulate the closet while adding some personality to the booth.
Don't Forget The Door
Cover the door with foam, a sleeping bag or thick blanket. Cut a hole for the knob.
Don't Forget The Floor
If you have carpet you don't have to worry about the ground but if your home has hardwood floors or tile you'll need to pad the floor. Rugs work well. Just make sure they cover the entire area.
If you're a creative type, a musician, and the like have you considered building a recording booth in your house to give your videos and artistic endeavors a professional leg up?
Even if you don't fancy yourself a creative type, if you have kids a recording booth is a great way to give your kids a unique and educational activity to do on rainy days or when the weather gets too cold to be outdoors.
Regardless of your intended use recording booths are easy and relatively cheap to build, depending on how "state of the art" you want to go.
All you really need to build a recording booth is a good closet and some solid padding. Add in a decent microphone and some personal touches and you're ready to record a podcast, voice-over reel or the next Top 40 song.
Step 2: Padding
You'll need to pad the walls of your closet to insulate the sound. There are several options to choose from.
Recommended: Foam Bedding
Foam bedding provides adequate padding, is relatively cheap and easy to install. This is our number one recommend.
Economy Tip: Hit the Dollar Stores in your area to find foam bedding. Though foam bedding at other stores is a bit thicker, depending on your space, you might be able to cover more space or double layer for a cheaper price. You'll have to price shop your local stores to be sure.
Also Works: Old Blankets
The key to getting adequate insulation out of blankets is the thickness of the blanket.
Also, you don't want to use good blankets, family heirlooms and the like because you are going to be cutting up these blankets.
Economy Tip: Hit Garage and Estate Sales to find old blankets you wouldn't mind cutting up. You can always give them a good washing.
Warning: Thin blankets don't work well at insulating sound. Thick, padded blankets work best.
For Those Wanting Fancy
You can order foam insulation from a variety of online dealers.
If your closet doesn't come with a shelf or natural place for a laptop then you'll need to add one to make recording easier.
Step 4: Get Mic & Record
To get the best performance out of your booth you need to invest in a decent microphone. Take the money you saved by recycling old blankets and shopping for foam bedding at the Dollar Store and reinvest in a quality microphone.