When the rest of the people in your house don't particularly want to have front-row seats for your guitar practice sessions, soundproof the room where you practice. There are several inexpensive ways to soundproof a room using scrap items and items you can easily find in a hardware store. Take stock of windows, cracks, vents and other openings that allow sound to travel through them, and be sure to address these areas first.
Things You'll Need
- Drapes or curtains
- Egg cartons
- Sound-dampening ceiling tiles
Block all open cracks, such as those under doors or around windows that don't close well, using blankets, towels or a rolled-up rug. Air offers the least resistance to sound waves. This step is crucial, but offers only negligible results by itself unless the walls and ceiling are thick and the windows have additional shutters.
Hang thick curtains over windows that may not have the benefit of double-glazing. The curtains act as a sound "dampener," so the thicker the material, the better. A double layer of curtains is even more effective.
Lay carpeting down over hard floors, such as wood, concrete, tile or stone. A large area rug will also help dampen sounds. Hard floors reflect sound very well, while carpeting and rugs absorb it.
Create texture for wall surfaces. Although not as inexpensive, sound isolation pads made of thick, ribbed neoprene are the best choice for blocking sound waves that travel through the wall. They come in kits with adhesives and installation instructions based on whether you want to attach them directly to the wall or suspend them from the ceiling to create dead air space. Further dampen the sound by hanging thick cloth or thick curtains over this layer.
Purchase sound-dampening ceiling tiles from a hardware store. Most come with an adhesive on the back of each tile. Peel off the back coverings and stick the tiles to the ceiling.
Decorate the room with cushions and soft furnishings, which absorb noise just as carpets and drapes do. Avoid wooden, metal or hard plastic furniture as much as possible, since these reflect sound instead of dampening it.
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