How to Soundproof an Existing Ceiling

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Due to technical advancements in music engineering equipment, you can put together a relatively cheap home recording studio with a basic computer and a set of sound monitors. For those who take home recording more seriously, soundproofing a room is essential. Soundproofing tiles prevent sound from the speakers from bouncing off the walls and creating noise. Soundproof your ceiling you plan to use a microphone to record vocals or live drumming or for recording guitars though an amplifier. Acoustic foam tiles on the ceiling will prevent reverberation from these instruments.

Things You'll Need

  • Acoustic foam tiles
  • Construction-grade adhesive
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Place a bead of construction-grade adhesive around the top edge of the first tile and then place an X from corner to corner.

  • Press the tile against the ceiling starting in one corner of the room. Hold the tile for approximately 30 seconds while the adhesive bonds with the ceiling.

  • Place the adhesive on the second tile in the same manner as the first tile, and then press this tile against the ceiling. Position the tile so it butts up tight against the first tile. Any gaps will allow acoustical noise to hit the ceiling and bounce back into the room. Repeat this process until you get to the last tile in the first row.

  • Measure the distance between the last tile you installed and the edge of the wall with a tape measure. Transfer the measurement to a tile and then cut the tile with a utility knife or pair of scissors.

  • Apply adhesive to the final tile for the first row and then press the tile into place.

  • Install each additional row in the same manner as you installed the first row. Again, make sure that each tile in subsequent rows butts up tight against the tiles in the previous row and against the tiles in their own row.

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