How to soundproof a room cheap and easy

There are tons of reasons to soundproof a bedroom or bathroom. Whatever reason you decide to soundproof, we are here to provide you with some tips and tricks to help achieve that goal. Many applications of homes and business require the soundproofing of rooms and studios, and we are going to discuss many techniques and methods used to keep sound out and also keep sound in. If you want to get rid of noise, or at least reduce the total amount of annoying sounds near your house, consider following this extensive guide.


How to soundproof a studio

You can soundproof a room by using a couple blankets or curtains. Use a hammer and some nails to mount a couple heavy comforters to your wall to help absorb some of the noise being generated inside your studio or bedroom. If you’re not on a tight budget, there are actually sound curtains on the market which do a much better job than normal blankets. You will have to pay more, but it will definitely help. Keep in mind that if the walls in the room are already heavily insulated with insulation or other sound-absorbing material, this method may not be as effective.

Bookcases have also been used to effectively lower the noise level of sound in a room. You can make the walls thicker with the length of the books, which will help keep the sound inside the room. Not only will this improve the quality of your lifestyle by implementing the availability bias and reminding you to read daily, it will also drown out all of the noise from the room next door. Some people love showing off a wall full of interesting and captivating books to their guests, which is a plus.

Many readers may have come here because they want to soundproof their bedrooms, for obvious reasons. Whether you want to keep the loud moaning noises inside, or keep the annoying beeping construction trucks outside, it is very reasonable to have a soundproofed bedroom.

If you need to, use foam or other material to mount moving objects. See, noise that doesn’t come from people generally comes from shaking objects, such as a rustling picture frame or an uneven chair. Mount these items properly to ensure that they don’t move and thus don’t create any vibrational frequencies. Some stuff buzzes, rattles, and shakes when a note is played, or a drum is hit. If you have a drum set in your room and want to soundproof it, make sure that everything is stationary and won’t move when the drum is hit. Since drums are very loud in volume, you may need more than couple hundred dollars for adequate soundproofing. Vibration insulation and sound pads can be purchased from Amazon pretty cheaply

Soundproofing a computer

There are tons of ways to soundproof a noisy computer. This is especially important since most studios have large, expensive computers making a bunch of noise in the background. First, I would recommend investing in some quieter, more efficient fans. The noisiest thing on your computer should be the fans. If your hard drive is making some eerie scratching sounds, you should get it checked out. Measure and purchase a fan that produces less vibrations and noise from an online store like Amazon. I recommend checking out Newegg, or purchasing a pre-built computer when special instructions to keep it quiet. There are tons of sound dampening accessories available for purchase, but these aren’t always the cheapest to buy.

Egg cartons and DIY soundproofing

Egg cartons have been used for years to provide some very basic sound dampening. There are tons of other ways to lower the amount of sound in a room, especially if you want to go the DIY route. The idea is that dead air space in objects, such as the space between the cartons and your wall, will help dampen out the sound. I’ve heard that for some, this method doesn’t work at removing echoes, but it will make the room seem darker, in an acoustic sense. There are tons of tutorials and guides on how to DIY eggcarton soundproof your room. It has been proven that egg cartons can be used to effectively soundproof any room, but clearly it is not the best reason for a multitude of reasons.

First, they look trashy. I don’t mean this in a mean way, but you don’t want to conduct a business deal in a room with egg cartons glued to the wall. Second, they aren’t the best method at dampening sound. Seriously, they do help soundproofing, but there are tons of other ways that can lower the noise levels in the room. The acoustical value of most egg cartons is around .4 NRC. Third, they are extremely flammable. Even though some acoustic panels can be flammable too, they are currently being manufactured with flame-retardant chemicals.  Fourth, it would literally take hundreds of egg carton packages to accomplish.

Some people even think that this method is a myth and won’t even try it simply because it produces a huge fire hazard and doesn’t produce viable sound-proofing qualities. Not very many people would trade the sound barrier quiet effect for a bedroom with egg cartons glued to the walls. In other words, this method is usually never chosen.

You can purchase acoustic wedge panels from places like Ebay and Amazon. They generally are manufactured in 1 foot by 1 foot squares with about 2 inches of depth. These are prefect for absorbing a large range of frequencies. Many panels come with an adhesive backing that once removed you just place directly on the desired spot. Others require nails or screws to place. Some homemakers only place these pads on a single wall, but you can decorate an entire room with these pads. Oh, and by the way, they come in a variety of colors, so it is very easy to create patterns and use these for wall decorations as well. Sound-proofing a room can be done extremely easily with these, however, when it comes to multiple rooms, this method can be quite expensive. These will not only cut down on the sound garbage going from room to room, but will also reduce the total amount of reflective sound inside the studio.

Note that the best sound panels seem to be made of mostly fiberglass and are coated in a thin Mylar face. They absorb sound very well, and are used all over the world to dampen annoying echoes. Removing echoes from a room can be very simple by just installing some of these. Also, sound panels made of fiberglass are also the most cost-efficient and will give you a better deal in the long run.

What does it cost to sound-proof?

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about soundproofing a bedroom or bathroom is simply the cost. Many homeowners that are wanting to soundproof a room are on a tight budget and want to save every penny. On the other hand, those looking to soundproof a studio want the best quality and will fork out major bucks to keep it high quality. You can literally set almost any budget. If you choose to opt for the egg carton method, the price is only the amount of time it takes to save up hundreds of egg cartons. Others will choose the square foot acoustic panels.

These can be bought anywhere from $10 a panel to $100. Look around on Ebay and Amazon for the best deal, and don’t forget to read the reviews to ensure you are buying a great product and aren’t being scammed. For a general room, you can expect to spend around between $1000 to $5000 to get studio-rated quality. The cost of sound absorbing material depends on the value; you get what you pay for. There are many colorful designs on Amazon in 12 packs for $30. These are great for small home offices that need sound reduction. The average rating is 4.3 out of 5 stars, which suggest that many customers are happy with the results and would purchase again. Clearly, this is a great deal on 12 square feet of soundproofing. An average wall is 120 square feet, and there are 4 sides in a room. This adds up to about 480 total square feet, which is about $1200 if purchased from Amazon. Sometimes sellers on Ebay will have special deals, or an auction may go unnoticed and sell extraordinarily low, so keep your eyes open for amazing deals!

Building a soundproof wall

If need be, you can also build a new wall, or add to an existing wall to ensure that there will be no sound travelling back and forth. First, I must remind you that the construction and modification of your property may be subject to legal terms, so always check with your local landlord or contractor. Also, unless you are highly skilled in carpentry, or another craftsmanship trade, the following instructions should not be done without the help of a professional.  Aim for using dense, thick material that absorbs sound well. Try using drywall that is thicker than 5/8″ to prevent leaking noises. Don’t forget to build a basic wall frame to screw into. Strategically plan the placement of studs on the wall. Another great idea is to include some insulation into the wall to increase the noise-cancelling effects. Fill the walls with some damping compounds.

They can be purchased at almost home improvement store and work wonders at converting sound vibrations into heat. The special thing about damping compounds is that they are great at absorbing low-frequencies, unlike other methods. Some compounds require days to dry, so read instructions carefully. Fill any gaps or holes with acoustical caulk to reduce the amount of sound leakage. Even the tiniest hole can make an enormous difference of echoes and sound manipulation. Generally, acoustical caulk is available in a basic colors. I recommend painting this wall a dark color with thick paint after done.

Also, don’t forget to soundproof the ceiling. I personally recommend using an additional layer of drywall to dampen the sound between floors. You can also use the acoustic panels and glue them to the ceiling. For many single-floored homes, this may not be a problem, but for apartments and multi-storied buildings, sound-proofing between stories is necessary. You will hear more noise from the floor above or below you than the ones across the hall or to the sides. If the ceiling already contains concrete, or some other massive building material, these techniques may not seem effective. Carpet is also a great option. I recommend laying down a thin layer of sound-absorbing material, and then installing thick, soft carpet. Note that there are tons of expensive luxury carpets on the market, but all you need is one that will not reflect echoes.

Some situations may require the need for a soundproof door, and we are going to give you a few tips on how to keep noise from travelling through a door. Many doors are hollow, and the best way to soundproof a door is to simply cut a discrete notch in the top of the door. Since the notch will be at the top, not very many people will see it. Fill the inside of the hollow door with some cheap insulation or Styrofoam. The denser you place this insulating material into the door, the better it will be soundproofed. Also, adding this extra material to the door will also increase the total mass of the door, so make sure the hinges don’t break or squeak when opening or closing the door.

I hope after reading this awesome guide on how to soundproof, you will leave with some critical information that will affect your decisions. Remember, egg cartons are extremely flammable, and soundproofing any room will require quite a substantial amount of capital. Don’t forget to share this article on Facebook, Twitter, and Stumbleupon if you found it interesting!

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