How to Soundproof a Room
Soundproofing a room goes beyond mere aesthetics—it’s about curating an environment that offers peace, tranquillity, and a sense of personal space. As we navigate bustling urban landscapes and increasingly share living spaces, the need to create a haven where we can unwind, focus, and enjoy our favourite activities undisturbed becomes paramount.
Whether you’re looking to block out the noise from the street outside, from elsewhere in your building or you’re planning to create a studio space for recording and want to keep sound in, it doesn’t have to be an expensive overhaul of your entire property.
Here are a few handy tips on how to soundproof a room in your property.
Cover The Walls
A huge surface area to cover in most cases, there are a number of ways in which you can add a layer of soundproofing to your walls.
Insulation – Possibly the more expensive but professional option, you can purchase added insulation for your walls. This can either be applied as whole sheets or you can construct a completely new layer of wall to fill and board over. A lot depends on the acoustic qualities you’re looking for.
Bookcase – If you’re simply looking to create an office space or an entertainment space, a bookcase is a great way to soundproof your walls. If you can get a bookcase to cover an entire wall, it then becomes a practical spot for books, films or games, creating a layer of padding.
Extra Padding – To help break sound up, look to soft padding which can be applied to your walls. This could be in the form of blankets, actual acoustic padding squares or egg boxes; all will help to dampen any noise.
Under The Door
Most doors leave a small gap under them, while some – particularly in apartment buildings – have very large gaps under them. This means any conversation had out in the hallway, along with the opening and closing of other doors, will reverberate into your property. The quick and simple solution is to have a weatherproof strip fitted, or put your own draught stopper under the door. This keeps out the cold as well as noise from inside the building, giving you peace and comfort.
It might seem more stylish to have slender, light blinds hung in your window, but if you really want to keep the noise of cars, buses and birds out, you probably want something a little thicker. Big, heavy curtains which go from above your window and down to the floor will limit how much noise gets through your windows – it’s a good trick if you’re living somewhere with single glazing as it also helps keep the heat in during winter months.
As you embark on your journey to soundproofing, envision the possibilities that await – a room transformed into a sanctuary where silence and serenity reign. With these practical tips on soundproofing a room and a dash of creativity, you have all you need to orchestrate your auditory realm, one layer of soundproofing at a time.
The result? A harmonious haven that resonates with your unique rhythm and offers solace from the cacophony of the outside world.