Whether you are a musician or voiceover artist looking to improve the acoustic of your home, or someone who is looking to block out the noises of the neighbors, there are effective ways to soundproof pretty much any room in your home. From your bedroom to your home theater to the baby’s room, we have tips to help you get that perfect sound oasis that you desire.
Both renters and home owners can take steps to soundproof both ceilings and walls to obtain the desired level of quiet. The nice thing about soundproofing a home that you own is that it actually increases the value of the home. This is why a lot of home owners opt for sound insulation materials when remodeling a home or when putting the finishing touches on building a new home.
If you have looked into doing this sort of thing before, then you’ve likely been led to believe that this process is not only difficult but costly. Well, I am here to tell you that you have been told wrong information. With my tips and help, you will be able to soundproof any room on your own.
Which Rooms Do You Need To Soundproof?
The fact of the matter is that you can soundproof any room in the home that you think would benefit from it. And, honestly, most rooms will benefit from better acoustics and outside noise blocking.
Furnace and Laundry Rooms
As a result of the noisy appliances and equipment that you find in laundry rooms and furnace rooms, a bit of soundproofing in this area goes a long way to keep those unwanted loud noises isolated to this small space. Personally, I find this especially beneficial when it comes to dealing with the loud bell noise of the clothes dryer once the cycle is complete.
If your home has a basement space that is finished, then soundproofing it gives you a lot of options for using the extra space. You can turn it into a home theater or band practice space without disturbing the rest of the home’s inhabitants. Or, turn it into a soundproof rental suite and make a little extra income on the side each month.
Since quiet is vital to a good night’s sleep, it’s obvious to see why having a soundproof bedroom is so important. It gives you the perfect space for the ultimate quiet sleep environment.
I think it goes without says that having a soundproof bathroom is a good idea. No one wants to hear what other people are doing in the bathroom. Sure, we all know what goes on in there, put we don’t want to hear the kerplunk in the toilet bowl to remind us!
Do you ever work from home? If so, then you already know how important it is to have a workspace that is free of distractions like noise. And when you work from home, everything from your kids to people mowing their lawn to loud neighbors can interrupt a productive work session. A little bit of soundproofing in your office goes a long way towards productivity.
We all crave that movie theater experience in the comfort of our own homes, right? Well, part of that experience is amazing surround sound, which can easily travel through walls and ceilings. That is why a soundproofed home theater is vital to the experience. It gives you those perfect acoustics that you achieve in the movie theater, and prevents everyone else from knowing that you’re watching a film.
Instructions For Some DIY Home Soundproofing
Now that you know why you should consider soundproofing your home, and the benefits of doing so in different rooms of the house, let me give you some pointers on doing it all on your own. To soundproof a room, or several rooms, of your home, you do not need to bring in a professional under most circumstances. Instead, you can order all the materials that you need online and then take care of it all by yourself.
Before we go any further, I am assuming that you already have all the equipment and materials that you need to get started. And, your home is ready for this finishing or remodeling – that means plumbing and wiring are already done, but there is no drywall and the ceilings and walls are open just waiting for your preferred type of soundproofing insulation to be installed.
Some of the basic tools that you will need include: a tape measure, an electric drill, a utility knife and a serrated knife.
Soundproof your walls
Getting your walls soundproofed is one of the areas where you might need to bring in a professional in order to make sure its done properly. Your home should have those standard wood stud cavities exposed. So, you just take some of the soundproofing panels and batts and they actually go in the walls cavities. They should fit in the spaces snugly without too much effort.
As you install the soundproofing panels and batts in the wall cavities, you will come to areas where you have some wires or pipes that are in the way. When you encounter obstructions like this, just take your knife and cut the panels and batts to fit around the obstructions. This is not quite as easy as it sounds, so approach it carefully as to not waste any materials.
To get a visual idea of how you’re going to be doing this, take a look at the Roxul video below on how to add soundproof insulation to interior walls.
After you have installed all the soundproofing insulation materials in the wooden stud wall cavities, it is time to put up the drywall. Again, this is another time when you might need to bring in a professional.
An important thing to remember with the drywall is that the thicker it is, the better the soundproofing. Soundproof drywall sheets give the walls that extra thickness that is needed to absorb more sound waves, which results in better soundproofing and rooms that are more quiet than normal.
Soundproof your ceiling
For a ceiling, your biggest noise problem often comes from people moving things around up above the room, such as heavy furniture. Sometimes you also have noise problems from heavy walkers and pets. to deal with noise from things like the furniture moving, you have to target vibrational noise by installing resilient channels. To deal with the noise coming from people, music and television sets, you need to install soundproofing insulation because it takes care of airborne noises.
Before you attempt to install the ceiling insulation, you need to look for plumbing and wiring that will be in the way of the insulating materials. You need to plan how to work around them because if you leave too much of an air gap, then your insulation will not be as effective. That’s where a good acoustic sealant will come into good use.
Next, move onto the floor joists as you need to install your soundproofing batts in between them. Installation is just like it is with the walls wood stud cavities. Now, once you have the batts installed, it is time to mount the resilient channels to the joists. And finally, the drywall is added once you’re done with the resilient channels. Just remember to not mount the drywall on the joists, otherwise you’ve defeated the purpose of the resilient channels.
Roxul has another great instructional video on this process. Take a look at it below to gain a better understanding of this process.
More Soundproofing Tips
Now that you have taken all those soundproofing steps, your home is likely pretty darn quiet. Of course, there are still going to be a few areas of the home that cause some sound leaks.
Windows are one of the biggest problem areas when it comes to noise problems at home. Obviously, buying the thickest windows that you can afford goes a long way in keep the sound out. But, if you’ve moved into a home that already has windows that let in too much noise, you can still get some relief without replacing the windows.
Some good acoustic curtains are the perfect way to reduce sound coming through windows, especially in the bedroom. This type of noise blocking curtain is typically made of thick material so that it absorbs sounds that sneak through the windows.
Floors can often be the cause of noise problems, especially for people who have a home recording studio since sound bounces off the hard surfaces of the room. An easy way to deal with this is just covering the floor with some nice, quality rugs. That helps reduce the effect of sound bouncing off the hard floor.