Soundproofing

In this age of podcasts and Youtube superstars, a soundproof room can be an attractive concept. Alternatively, you may just want a quiet place to practice music without disturbing anyone, or you might be suffering from noisy neighbours. 

There are a number of DIY methods for soundproofing a room that are not too complicated, but any methods beyond these usually involve erecting additional walls and require a good knowledge of joinery. A builder or carpenter will be able to give you a quote for soundproofing a room in this way, though when looking for hires it will be useful to check if any have had experience soundproofing spaces in the past. Adding carpeting to your room will also help your effort. A flooring specialist should be able to advise you on the best type of carpeting to use for this.

If your home is insulated then you are already at an advantage, as insulated walls, ceilings and floors do a great job of controlling sound as well as heat. Adding insulation to your property will save you a great deal on your energy bills. If you are interested in pursuing this option, an insulation specialist will be able to help you.

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How can I soundproof my room?

One of the first ways you should consider for soundproofing your room is to install bookshelves along the length of your wall. Filled bookshelves will essentially make the walls thicker and more soundproof.

A lot of sound can get in through the gaps around your door, but you can prevent this with a door sweep. Nail it to the bottom of your door and the brush should cover the gap nicely. Alternatively you could fit a door gasket around the sides of your door frame to create a secure seal. A good number of cheap doors are hollow and will not do a good job of blocking sound whatever you do; if this is the case with your door, you may want to consider replacing it. 

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Look at the solid objects in your room. If there are any that vibrate, such as a set of speakers or an amp, you can keep them quiet by placing them on top of insulation pads. If possible, separate your solid objects, as sound travels well along solid surfaces.

For a more comprehensive affect you could consider fitting your walls with acoustic panels. These are great for absorbing sound, and many even come with an adhesive peel for easy installation. If not, you can buy a can of spray adhesion from any local DIY store. 

Look for panels that are about 12” x 12” in size and around 2” deep, making sure to take measurements of your wall beforehand. You will not necessarily have to panel your entire wall to get your desired effect, and the tiles do not have to be directly side by side, so plan carefully before you buy enough to completely cover your wall.

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Soundproofing and home improvement

Some of the more effective ways of soundproofing a property can be achieved as an unintended bonus from home improvements. If you have any other projects in your pipeline, try to consider how they might have an impact on your soundproof room.

I have already talked about insulation, which is great at absorbing sound. However, insulation is also an extremely effective way of heating your home efficiently and will save you a great deal on your energy bills. 

Another multi-purpose method is to install a new carpet. Carpets are another material that can effectively absorb sound, particularly when installed with an acoustic mat below. If you hired a builder or interior designer to help you soundproof your room, they may well be able to recommend an insulation or flooring specialist.