Soundproofing, or sound insulation, is a great way of ensuring whatever acoustic happens in a room stays in it too.
Most of the time, people associate soundproofing with recording studios only, without realizing how vital it is for rooms anywhere and everywhere.
Sound travels swiftly and easily. Since it travels through air, it can get in or out through cracks and crevices pretty quickly.
Why do you need a soundproof room?
A sound is a form of energy.
This is something you may remember from middle school science classes.
And just like any other form of energy, sound cannot be created nor destroyed. However, it can change its form.
Keeping in mind the basic concept of energy transformation, we can easily conclude that a particular sound can be converted into a different form, but cannot be destroyed.
This means that a sound clip that seems lovely to you might be unbearable noise for someone else.
We have all encountered party junkies who love to blast their speakers during get-togethers. This results in unpleasant noise in our ears.
For many, it’s relaxing and comforting, but for others, it can be too hard on the ears.
And that is one of the many reasons why you need a soundproof room.
If you wish to blast your speakers or even listen to low relaxing music, having a soundproof room would allow you to do that in peace.
Here is a comprehensive list of reasons why you need a soundproof room:
You need privacy
If you have a soundproof room, you can do whatever you want in peace.
You can have a private conversation with a friend. You can listen to any and every kind of music.
You can watch whatever you want without having to worry about the sound leaving your space. Because it won’t!
You can relax
The best part about a soundproof room is that any unwanted noise won’t enter your room from the outside world.
More often than not, people are more concerned about what they can hear rather than what others can hear because of them.
If you wish to unwind in peace and someone close by is listening to music, having a soundproof room will allow you to do that by filtering out all the unwanted sounds.
You get comfort
Sometimes all you need is quietude. And a properly soundproofed room gives you that whenever you want.
You get to sleep peacefully
Getting a deep 8-hour good night’s sleep is hard in the world of today. People are stressed most of the time and that makes them light sleepers.
Therefore, people don’t get enough sleep. But studies show that quieter environments improve sleep quality.
You get to be more productive
Silence is a great way to ensure augmented brain function, which results in a higher level of productivity.
You get to record in peace
Getting undesirable noise into a recording is one of the biggest banes of any recordist.
Installing soundproofing panels and gear into a room allows you to record in peace even if you don’t have a proper studio.
You can mix music without disturbance
It goes without saying that a soundproof room allows you to make music without any inconvenience.
You can record, mix, tweak, and edit all kinds of musical notes without troubling others or being troubled.
Benefits of Soundproof room
There is a variety of benefits to a soundproof room. It’s great not just for sound artists and experts but also for non-musical experts.
We have already established that sound travels through air, but in some cases, it can also travel through other things too.
It can travel through the concrete of a room into the connecting space.
As succinctly said in the lyrics of a famous song, ‘one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.’
Therefore, when sound travels through structures it can get into the room above or below yours.
This can increase the chances of sound escaping your room even when you are not too loud.
And it cuts both ways, sound from rooms around yours can creep in as well through the walls. Here are some detailed benefits of a soundproof room.
Soundproofing protects you from the noise that can be injurious to your health.
Research has shown that stress is one of the main contributing factors to health issues and noise can cause major stress to humans.
Soundproofing can improve the quality of your sleep which is essential for a healthy immune system. It also elevates brain function making you more productive.
Headaches and light-headedness can also ensue if the brain is bombarded with rough sounds. Soundproofing also slims down the chances of developing a headache.
If you are a recording artist, then soundproofing is a necessity for you. Any form of noise in recording damages the quality of the audio recorded.
Therefore, you get the best possible quality recording due to soundproofing.
Soundproofing also makes it easier for you to concentrate. Even if you are not recording or producing music, it can help you get ideas out of your system.
Silence can enhance brain efficiency, hence make you more productive
Privacy and Comfort
You can do anything you want without the worry of disturbing others.
And when you want to relax and block out the chaotic world, soundproofing will provide you with the liberty to do that.
Now that we have discussed the many advantages of soundproofing, it’s time to talk about the process of it.
How to make a DIY soundproof room?
Before you get into the process of soundproofing you must first figure out what you seek to do? Which surfaces in your room let the most amount of sound in and out of the room? Do the floors echo too much? Or are your walls too thin? Do you wish to absorb the unwanted sounds or deflect them?
You need to know the answers to the question above before DIY soundproofing any room.
Knowing what the priority is for you would help you pay special attention to those areas.
Another thing to keep in mind before sound-insulating a room is that sound travels in the form of vibrations.
So when you want to stop any sound from reaching you or anyone else, you need to stop its vibration from getting out.
Hence, people put up panels in their recording studios or rooms when they wish to soundproof it.
By doing so they lessen the intensity of vibrations so when the wave reaches the end of a thick material it is basically nonexistent.
Let’s dissect the process of soundproofing in detail and learn how to do it yourself.
In order to prevent sound from entering or exiting a room, you need to cover the walls, the ceiling and the floor of the room with thick materials.
Covering up the surfaces of a room with dense material blocks the sound from leaving or entering.
There are many options when it comes to choosing the right material to soundproof a room.
Sheetblocks is one of the best layers for soundproofing.
Dampening is another way of furthering the effectiveness of soundproofing through mass panels.
Dampening converts the kinetic energy of the sound waves trying to enter or exit the room into heat.
And that conversion of energy causes dissipates the sound from the waves.
You do dampening by sticking the mass panes with the wall using dampening glue which transforms sound energy to heat energy.
The most commonly used glue used for this purpose is Green Glue that’s easily available on Amazon.
This part of the process is essential to obstruct sound waves from traveling through structures.
When two surfaces (like the ceiling of a room that’s joined with the floor of another) are connected, their point of connection leads to sound leaks.
Decoupling creates a barrier between that connection by adding a layer of pliable rubber.
It usually works best when you wish to soundproof the ceiling or the floor of a room.
In the case of the floor, an underlayment is laid down to create a barrier between surfaces.
And in case of the ceiling, you can apply a soundproof insulation panel.
Filling Air Gaps
This part of the soundproofing process helps stopping sound leaks from gaps and cracks in the concrete.
You have to inspect the entire structure thoroughly and look for gaps and holes to fill.
Once you have spotted the sound leaking spaces fill them up with acoustic caulks or foam gaskets. You can find both of them easily on Amazon.
Now that you know how exactly soundproofing works you can do the job more efficiently.
Let’s go through the list of items you’ll need to soundproof a room:
- Dense mass panels: Acoustic foam panels or sheetblock panels
- Dampening glue
- Pliable rubber sheets
- Acoustic Caulk
Tools you’ll need to put up soundproofing gear in place:
- Adhesive glue/spray
How to put everything together?
- Get the panels in 12×12 inch sheets and paste them on your walls or ceiling by the adhesive spray you have. Use the pliers to hold the sheets or just use your gloves clad hands.
- You can either directly stick the acoustic sheets on the wall with the dampening glue or after sticking one layer, add another using it. This will increase the thickness of your protective layer.
- Acoustic caulks come with nozzle hands so you can easily squirt the solution out into the holes and fill them up without struggling.
- To install the rubber plies you’ll need an expert if you wish to scrape off the floor. However, an easier solution is to just paste the rubber sheets over the expanse of your floor.
- Pasting and sticking materials on walls is a permanent solution. For a temporary and much more convenient DIY soundproof room you can just hand fabrics while recording audio. Or you can do so whenever you wish to have some peace and quiet.
How to get a temporary DIY soundproof room?
The science behind soundproofing is increasing the thickness or the number of layers a sound wave would have travel though to get to another space.
If you can do that in time of necessity, no matter what means you use, it is going to dampen the sound and prevent it from leaking.
You don’t need to make permanent solutions unless you want to. Or because you are trying to build an in-home studio or movie theater.
For a short span of time, quilts and duvets can help you soundproof a room.
Materials that you’ll need:
- Comforters or Quilts (get the thickest ones)
- Clamps to hold them in place.
We all have windows in our rooms.
First of all, get curtains or blinds that are made of super thick fabric. If you don’t have thick curtains, you can put up quilts or duvets over them as well.
How to use quilts to soundproof a room?
- Hang them by using clamps.
- Especially if you are putting up comforters over thin curtains, you can easily use clamps to hold them in place and hook the clamps on the curtain rod.
- Another way of hanging sheets of thick fabrics is by working a thick thread through any one border of the sheet. Place the thread on the corner of the quilt and turn the edge of it over the thread. Hold the two together by clamps. Use the corner of the thread that’s sticking out of the corner of the quilt to hang the make-shift drape over the wall. Tie the corners of the thread to the door hinges or nails sticking out the walls.
If you don’t want to DIY soundproof a room you can always get professional to do it for you. But that can cause you big bucks.
How much does it cost to build a soundproof room?
The cost of getting a room soundproofed can vary from project to project.
A number of factors play a part in the total cost of a soundproofing job. What material do you choose to install? Which team do you hire? What brand of products you choose? How big is the room that you wish to soundproof? How complicated is the structure of the room that you want to soundproof? What is the complexity of the project? What is the season in which the project will be completed?
These are some major details that contribute to the cost of a soundproofing project.
On average soundproofing a room can cost up to 1800$.
However, it’s just an average.
The cost can go up or down depending on the factors mentioned earlier.
The total of 1800$ is broken down into the cost of labor, the cost of materials and the cost of tools required to complete a job.
The average expenditure in each account head is as follows:
- The cost of new materials: $170 to $250
- The cost of labor: $190 to $300
- The cost of tools for the job: $20 to $36
Most homeowners pay an amount between $1,034 and $2,549.
The team you hire can help you get a soundproof room in the most frugal way possible. But it depends on the team you hire.
When going on the mission to soundproof a room, make sure you contract competent people who can tell you precisely what needs to be done.
A homeowner or a studio owner has the right to know each and every detail of the project.
You must ask for a written quote to know the exact value of things so that you are not unnecessarily overcharged.
Some people don’t have the money to get soundproofing done by professionals and in that case DIY-ing can help.
A DIY job gives you the levy to soundproof a room temporarily or permanently.
So if you do not have the financial resources to hire experts you can always resort to doing the job yourself.
Fair Warning: One thing needs to be clarified at this point for all the budding sound experts out there.
And that is soundproofing is NOT an acoustic treatment. It’s not going to enhance the quality of your audio; it’s only going to keep our undesirable sounds out of your recordings.
For elevating the quality of sound, you need to use good quality microphones and other sound equipment.
Do not confuse soundproofing with acoustic treatment.Last updated on: