Noise pollution is the worst but total soundproofing is crazy expensive. Quiet is really important to me, especially in certain rooms of my home.
Because I didn’t want to spend a ton for a total remodel, I decided to go the DIY route.
In my bedroom, I want to keep outside noise out to improve sleep quality and also keep private sounds from being easily heard throughout the house.
A completely soundproof bedroom lets out no sound, period. Building a bedroom that is fully soundproof is a big, expensive job. It can be done, and if you’re set on truly soundproofing. Audimute has the products and expertise to get you there. But hold on, let’s consider what most peaple really need. In most cases, a completely soundproof bedroom is not necessary. Simply reducing the amount of sound that escapes from the practice space will keep the neighbors happy and the police away.
It works the same way with soundproofing. Because of the way our ears perceive sound, a “soundproof bedroom” may not need to be soundproof at all. It only needs to reduce the volume by as little as 10dB to make the noize half as loud outside the room.
This natural fact is your best friend if you’re soundproofing a practice room. Noises can sound a whole lot better inside and a whole lot quieter outside the practice space with just a couple of simple steps.
Step 1: Sound Absorption Sheets
The least expensive way to stop loud music from leaving its intended space is to add sound-absorbing material to the walls. If you use the right product, such as Audimute’s Sound Absorption Sheets, even heavy metal band practice won’t bother the neighbors.
The absorption sheets, which attach easily to the wall with a hanging clip, clean up the sound and may reduce sound levels by up to 60 percent. Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets have an impressive NRC (noise reduction coefficient) rating of .85. They use all-natural, environmentally friendly materials, rather than fiberglass or foam, to reduce sound effectively and economically.
Step 2: Find the leaks and seal them
Sealing a room off completely with no air flow in or out of the room probably isn’t a good idea because, inside the room, it will get hot and stuffy.
But sealing off as many of the big air leaks as possible will do a lot to reduce the sound. After all, if air can get through from inside the room to outside the room, so can that noise.
Start with the door.
The door is the most obvious source of air leaks. Something like the Soundproof Weather Stripping will help you prevent sound from getting through around the sides of the door or through the bottom seam.
Be a leak detective.
Go around the room searching for leaks. Use your eyes but perhaps even more importantly, your sense of touch. Feel for air flow. This isn’t a super fun process, but you’ll probably be surprised by just how many little leaks you find. Seal up the leaks with some Foam Seal Tape or even caulk.
Man insulating a door with soundproofing material Sound goes where air goes, and in a perfect soundproof bedroom, air can’t get in or out. This is great for making the room quiet on the outside. It’s not so good for the musicians inside. Since complete air-tightness isn’t practical or advisable, take the time to find the major air leaks to the outside and seal them. You’ll want to do this whether you’re building a bedroom or optimizing an existing one.
Use a flashlight or feel for airflow in the seams and cracks of doors, windows, and walls.
Apply a good acoustic seal to the door sweep and sealing areas. Audimute Acoustic Door Sweeps and Acoustic Door Seals close up these trouble areas, keeping sound in.
Seal seams and other obvious gaps with caulk or tape.
Step 3: Next
Steps for a Soundproof Bedroom
With absorption products in place and air leaks minimized, the practice space will function more like a soundproof bedroom. Care to take it to the next level?
Isolate walls, floors, and ceilings.
Install sound blocking material, like Audimute Peacemaker®.
Refine the interior acoustics for great recordings.
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“The pro is that the panels worked as advertised. The application is for my bedroom with a hardwood floor, a vacant room is what I have and want. The echo and reverb. made tuning of the noises difficult, I actually had to leave the room to do it. Playing and listening to the noises was not enjoyable. As a starter, I purchased five of the two by four-foot acoustical panels. I had my doubts but they did not disappoint! Next are bass traps and a few more panels. My TV room is the next project.”
Below are the 5 best ways to help deaden the sound in a room for noises. All of these steps are pretty easy to implement and they won’t break the bank.
Step 3: Further reinforce the door
Unless you’re living in an older home with solid wood doors, chances are good that your door is hollow.
This actually helps to amplify the sound which is the opposite of what you want. Reinforcing the door with something like the Singer Safety Double Faced Quilted Fiberglass Panel will do a lot to minimize the amount of sound that bleeds through the door itself.
If the price for the Singer panel is a bit too steep for you and you don’t mind a less pleasing look, you can also just screw or glue a big piece of wood to the door. A few sheets of Jack Richeson Medium Density Untempered Hardboard would do the trick.
fiberglass soundproofing material
Step 4: Buy a good rug.
Placing a rug underneath the bed will do a lot to soak up some of the sound. There are rugs designed especially for this purpose, like the Drum Mat 2,00m x 1,60m.
The rug should ideally be laid on top of a floor that is already carpeted. If your room isn’t carpeted, you’ll want to either install carpeting or cover the entire floor with rugs.
Step 5: Add acoustic foam to the walls and ceiling.
What makes noises sound extra loud is when there are hard surfaces for the sound to bounce off of.
The walls and the ceiling of your room create an effect where the sound ricochets back and forth from one hard surface to another. This effectively amplifies the sound.
One way to reduce this ricochet effect is to cover the walls and even the ceiling with acoustic foam.
This can actually end up looking pretty cool if you want it to. You can buy acoustic foam in different colours and different designs. This lets you arrange them in unique and artistic ways if desired.
Diamond-style panels like these Acoustic Foam Sound Absorption Wall Panels are a good option. These panels reduce the reverb and echo that makes you sound louder. To cover the whole surface, you’ll need to buy several packs. They are available in several colours so you can mix it up or just keep it simple with one colour. If you can’t afford enough to cover the whole area, covering even 25% of the walls and ceiling will make a difference. The more surface you can cover, the better, but even a few panels will help.
Step 6: Cover windows with thick drapes.
If you’re worried about too much sound getting outside in addition to within the rest of the house, you’ll want to do something about your windows. After sealing up any leaks, your best bet is to buy some thick drapes or curtains.
Blackout curtains will usually also be pretty effective at blocking sound but there are some drapes that specifically feature noise-reducing thermal insulation as well.
These NICETOWN Blackout Curtains Panels are a good choice. Luckily, they are available in several colors, so you can choose ones that will go with your acoustic foam panels if desired.
Will these ten steps completely soundproof your bedroom? No, but they will do a lot and your drum noise will be significantly reduced.
While soundproofing is preferred, it is not always feasible. A kit made with Auralex, a room-dampening material, can cost upward of $500. That s essentially $500 for pieces of foam. There are far less expensive ways to soundproof your audio recording studio. Here are some more affordable methods and materials to dampen a room’s sound-reflection qualities.
If you are a run-of-the-mill renter, then your best bet is to consider some quick fixes to give you some respite from noise. If you have a little bit more scope, a few simple fixes could go a long way towards preventing noise spilling into your apartment. If you can go all out then remember the soundproofing rules of density and decoupling!
One of the first tips to soundproofing a room is to make sure that doors are properly and totally sealed. Sound can slip through crevices beneath doorways. Installing a door sweep is relatively cheap and easy to do and will stop sound from escaping and intruding from underneath the door. For crevices around light fixtures or windows, acoustic sealant can trap sound from escaping. Heavy drapes over the windows will help sound from escaping.
The floor is an important factor in sound travel. A hardwood or concrete floor will induce sound travel and echo. Having a carpeted floor will reduce the amount that sound bounces around in a room. Since it can be expensive to carpet an entire room, placing rugs on the floor can do wonders to reduce sound travel.
There are a handful of ways to prepare the walls in a room to dampen sound. One of the cheapest ways is to hang thick blankets or tapestries along your walls. If you have a preference about the room’s appearance, try to hang aesthetically pleasing quilts or blankets to keep the room from becoming an eyesore. You can also stand unused mattresses against the walls to dampen sound. This works well but is an ugly alternative.
Egg cartons can be used to redirect and thereby deaden. They are a cheap alternative to sound-dampening material, but filling an entire room with egg cartons is both time-consuming and unappealing. Proper placement of a handful of them will help nearly as much. Stagnated placement on large walls will help reduce additional noise.
Soundproofing a room does t have to be expensive. A combination of the tips above will reduce the amount of echo and sound.
Most people find that this more affordable process is all they need. That said, it’s also important to remember to be considerate.
If you and/or your have sex while other people are in the house or are nearby, try to be thoughtful about it. Choose times that are respectful of others and always remember to let them know in advance when you’ll about to start.