For a number of reasons, many people would like to soundproof a room in their home. Whether it’s a loud teenager and their almost-famous band, or a game room rocking surround sound, or even just an office that requires a little peace and quiet for the work-from-home parent, people like to have some control over the decibel levels of a particular quadrant. And, like most DIYers, the best kind of project is an effective one that is affordable as well.
There are a number of ways to put noise reduction to work in your home, and depending on what your goals are, and your particular tastes with interior design, some of these tips may work for you.
1.Soundproof Spray Foam
For a number of years now, many homeowners have been turning to spray foam to minimize the noise level in a particular room in their home. Spray foam comes in a variety of sizes catered to your specific goals, and most local hardware stores sell the foam in canisters or tanks. Installing the foam is fairly straightforward:
- 1) Cut a hole in your drywall between two beams
- 2) Spray the foam
- 3) Allow foam to expand and fill the space between those beams
- 4) Patch and repaint
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This solution is not ideal for those who place value on the look and feel of a particular space in the home. (Unless, of course, you come across some awesome colors wherever you picked up your carpet!)
If you have access to some inexpensive carpet from a retailer or a construction site that allowed you to scavenge, you can put carpet on all sides of your room, including the floor and ceiling.
Secure it with staples for a quick install, and you’ll have a deadened room that is ideal for band practice or a kid’s hangout.
As we said earlier, this approach is effective, though not ideal for the interior designer in the family.
If you’ve got a room with a lot of glass (i.e., windows, portals, etc.), then sound deadening drapes may be the way to go. They cost more than regular drapes but are designed to absorb sound waves and trap them – an ideal solution for those rooms where you simply can’t knock out a wall for new insulation.
4.Soundproof door bottoms
If you’re looking to just shave some noise levels creeping into your office, consider using soundproof door bottoms. They are quick to install and require no demolition of any kind – and you would be amazed at how much noise is blocked through the bottom of the door. Many of them are nearly airtight, which could also save you some money on your heating/cooling bills! Go ahead, shout for joy: No one will hear you!
5.Soundproof Your Windows Without Replacement
Windows are one of the biggest obstacles blocking people from soundproofing their rooms. How do you get around the whole “glass” thing? Well, if you’re on a tight budget, you might try looking into acoustical caulk, which can be applied around the edges of your window. More often than not, the sound waves that get through the window aren’t actually going through the glass; they’re going through the gaps surrounding the glass. Acoustical caulk will seal those gaps and prevent sound waves from penetrating, thereby deadening the noise level in your room.
Depending on your project, any one (or combination) of these tips might work out great for you. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before you make a decision, and best of luck!
For a number of years now, many homeowners have been turning to spray foam to minimize the noise level in a particular room in their home.