How to Soundproof Your House


Soundproofing your house can greatly enhance the overall indoor environment. Most of the time, soundproofing can be achieved without spending an arm and a leg. Many tools and materials help make this possible, depending on your soundproofing needs. Soundproofing can incorporate two approaches. Noise reduction involves stopping sound before it arrives at a listener's ears. Noise absorption involves changing various characteristics of each room to create a quieter and more soundproof interior.

Things You'll Need

  • Drywall
  • Silicone caulk
  • Screws
  • Acoustic panels
  • Carpets
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Add extra drywall to your walls. Apply a layer of silicone caulk to all the studded surfaces. Attach the drywall with screws. Apply a second layer of drywall using the same process to maximize sound reduction.

  • Add one to two layers of drywall to your ceiling utilizing the same steps outlined in Step 1. Alternately, you can floor the attic space above the ceiling with a layer of drywall to maximize floor-to-floor sound reduction.

  • Attach acoustic panels at different points on your walls to create additional noise absorption. Screw the panels where sound is most likely to bounce off the walls. Leave a small space between each panel and the wall to maximize sound reduction.

  • Place carpet at various points on the floors to prevent unnecessary noise reflection off the floor.

  • Introduce upholstered furniture that does not reflect sound.

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