Some people react to sound quite early and are quick to keep this on top of their agenda when revamping a room or constructing a new home. It’s a subject we all don’t earn much about and as such it’s quite normal if you don’t know where to begin the process of soundproofing your bedroom, or maybe you want to soundproof your study room. The simplest solution is to hire professionals with the knowledge of soundproofing but that isn’t going to come cheap. So you might want to try some solutions yourself if you are looking for soundproofing solutions on a budget. So here are tips and tricks for soundproofing your room and home.
What is soundproofing a room all about?
There are 2 Key aspects here. One is to ensure no external sounds are entering the designated room and another is that there is very low or little sound echo and reverberations within the room to be soundproof. The concept of Soundproofing works if the materials that either reduce or absorb sound are used while working on the decor of the room. The objective is clearly to avoid any noise from disturbing the core sounds within a particular room.
Let’s look at how to soundproof a room using some simple techniques. Typically high-end recording studios use commercial products to soundproof rooms which can become an expensive proposition for a home. But soundproofing rooms in small Budgets is possible and that was the objective of some research done by us for our readers.
Thick Curtains for Soundproofing:
Absorbing sound is among the important aspects of soundproofing. Think curtains will do this job well and in case it’s a temporary kind of need then you can replace the curtains with blankets too. You will be glad to note that soundproofing curtains are available too.
Open Book Shelves or Book Cases for Soundproofing:
Yes, your books are indeed an interesting proposition for soundproofing. A bookshelf (with books in it of course) is quite an efficient method of blocking echoes as well as blocking the sound going out through the walls by acting as a sound-absorbing wall. This will allow you to add a nice look to one part of the room too.
Have you heard about the Door Sweep:
A nifty little innovation made of rubber not only helps keep the space under doors clear but is the door sweep. This is a thick rubber strip that helps you to seal the door threshold. It will not only keep away the noise but also dust, insects and air drafts too. The door threshold at the floor level is among the major noise pollution culprits. Let’s say you need an instant solution, just pick up a thick towel and jam it against the closed door at the floor level and it should do a good job.
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Door thresholds and Seals Strips for Soundproofing:
It’s not just at the floor level that you will find noise leaks but also along the complete door threshold. You might wonder how? The door locked, there should be no noise? Well, that’s true in a way but not really as there is always a small gap between the door and the threshold required to ensure doors don’t jam due to change in weather. It is this gap that needs to be plugged and worry not, the solution is Door Seal Strips or weather stripping which is available at any nearby hardware store or you can even order a packet online. In my experience online is not always the best price so check it out the next time you are at the market.
Heard of window inserts for Soundproofing rooms?
You haven’t?! This is an excellent and low-cost method of soundproofing your room. Just like the door, noise seeps in from the edges of the windows panes where the glass meets metal with a rubber seal. These seals sort of wear out and noise leaks in. Enter Window Inserts – made of clear glass or acrylic these are inserts that you can install right on your existing window panes. They are used to create an airtight seal to reduce noise. Some are designed to quickly pop out when they aren’t needed, making it convenient to open the window for fresh air.
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Reduce Reflected Sounds:
Yes, it’s true, the noise bounces back creating myriad effects. Hard surfaces like bare walls, floors add to the noise level inside any room. So what’s the solution? Turn reflective surfaces to absorbing ones. Think Carpets & Rugs to start with – isn’t that wonderful? I mean you get to soundproof your room with a decorative effect with carpets. On the walls, some rugs and paintings will also add to the soundproofing ability of the room.
Acoustic Caulk for Soundproofing Rooms:
Caulk is used to filling cracks and gaps in walls and many other aspects of interior design and is a very important product to know about not just for better acoustics in your room but also for small repairs. Acoustical caulk or locally it might be called sound sealant is used to fill in walls with a sound-resistant material made of elastic. Use it to fill wall cracks and window seams and remember to buy soundproofing acoustic caulk that can be painted on and before you jump to order try your hand at normal crack filling caulk.
How about using acoustic panels for soundproofing?
If the word ‘panel’ makes you feel expensive, well it isn’t if you go looking for bargains. Acoustic panels are made of various materials such as fabrics mounted on boards, just boards themselves or even foam panels in the shapes of an egg tray but larger. YOu can buy acoustic panels for soundproofing your room and hang them on the walls or even stick them.
Happy soundproofing. Just so you know these are solutions are not for 100% noise elimination, creating a perfect 100% soundproof room that begins at the construction level. Using a combination of the above tips and methods in your home will go a long way to soundproof your bedrooms and other spaces to your satisfaction.
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