Easy Soundproofing

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Recording studios use soundproofing to increase audio quality.
Recording studios use soundproofing to increase audio quality. (Image: Dave Hogan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Soundproofing to keep the peace with neighbors, or increase audio quality, is a major undertaking. Easy soundproofing means avoiding construction and instead choosing a do-it-yourself method that offers the benefits of a soundproof room without the high home remodeling costs. Adding layers to the walls, sealing windows and padding doorways are all ideas that will help increase the soundproof quality of your room. Churches, workout rooms, recording rooms and music-rehearsal rooms can all benefit from adding soundproofing.

Wall Panels

The walls of a room offer the most flexibility in the type of soundproof coverings to use. Acoustic panels can hang like artwork on the walls for a minimalist look or completely cover a wall for maximum soundproofing. These panels are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Covering walls with these panels reduces reverberating noise issues, which lessens the echo in large and small areas. "Image" panels look like pictures, but are made from the same acoustic material and work in the same way as solid standard panels.

Wall Coverings

Blankets made from sound-absorbent material have hook openings in the top so the blankets can easily be put up on walls and taken down. Draping these absorbent blankets over furniture and windows also helps prevent sound from leaving the room. Wall foam is another option for professional soundproofing without construction costs. You can tack or nail foam directly to the existing wall. Foam is easy to cut to fit all areas of a room, including ceilings, doors and windows.

Ceilings

For maximum whole-room soundproofing, you can add an acoustic drop ceiling to any room. Measure around the room an equal distance and make sure the line is level around the entire room. Screw the drop ceiling frame to the wall and place the soundproof tiles into the frame. To fit tiles on the edges of the ceiling, score the tile first on both sides, then bend it back and forth until the tile breaks on the score line. If installing a drop ceiling is too much work, add foam wall covering to the ceiling, or nail soundproofing blankets to the ceiling.

Doors and Windows

Covering doors and windows with soundproofing material is a difficult part of soundproofing any room. Doors and windows must be accessible, especially in case of an emergency, so soundproofing material cannot close off doors or windows from being operational. Usually doors and windows are soundproofed only if the room is being used for voice recording or loud music. You can attach heavy-duty weather stripping around the seams of both windows and doors to prevent sound from leaking from the room. If you hang a blanket above a window, you can roll the blanket up when you don't need soundproofing and unroll it when the room needs to be soundproof. Foam is the best option for doors because you can attach it directly to the door and it will not prevent the door from opening and closing.

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