There are many reasons why someone would want to sound proof a room. Perhaps they are a musician and do not want to bother their neighbours as they bang away on the drums all day or make their guitar howl. Or, perhaps they are looking to keep outside noise out as they record their latest demo or edit some work. Regardless of the reasons for wanting to sound proof a room, there are two primary options available to those looking to build a room that is entirely sound proof; They can choose to spend thousands of pounds hiring a professional to tackle the job for them, or they can throw on their DIY hat and do it themselves.
This article will focus on how to average person can create an entirely sound proof room in four simple steps.
Do-It-Yourself. Create a Sound Proof Room in Four Simple Steps
1. Shut noise out with a properly equipped door.
There are several ways that a door leading into a sound proof room can be fitted to prevent the transfer of sound. First and foremost, it is necessary to fit the bottom of the door with a door sweep seal. A door sweep seal is little more than a metal strip that utilizes a noise-blocking flap, designed to prevent sound from escaping through the bottom edge of the door. When used properly, a door sweep seal is a cost effective alternative to the more expensive heavier sound proof doors.
2. Use carpeting or soundproof mats to cushion walls.
While the option to have acoustic foam blown into the attic and walls exists, it is extremely time consuming and very costly. Soundproofing walls can be achieved simply, quickly, and inexpensively with the use of adhesive backed soundproof matting. This type of mat can be purchased in many different colours to match design scheme and adheres to walls the same way that wallpaper would. Should the DIYer not wish to adhere this type of material to their wall, the same effect can be achieved with blankets or carpets.
3. Add heavy floor underlay to prevent sound from bouncing off the floor.
The obvious choice for flooring when soundproofing a room is carpet or wood with a heavy carpet padding as underlay. These types of floorings have been proven to effectively reduce noise levels. If using carpet on the walls as well, colours should be coordinated and everything installed at the same time, this way heavy underlay can be used on both the walls and the subfloor to prevent sound from bouncing off either the floor or the walls.
4. Save money by installing soundproof windows behind the original windows. If the room being soundproofed has windows, the expense of completely replacing them would be too costly for the average person. Instead, a great deal of resources can be conserved simply by installing soundproof windows behind the original panes. In some environments, or home that have double paned windows, soundproofing can be achieved simply by installing heavier drapery.
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Graeme is writing on behalf of flooring underlay provider Floors-2-Go