Reduce the impact of noise from home theaters, instruments, sound systems and gaming consoles with soundproof insulation. Build an at-home studio or music room, or simply block out sounds from loud neighbors with these tips for creating a soundproof room.
Types of Soundproof Insulation
Several sound insulation products and techniques can help keep noise controlled. Consider these options:
• Insulated Interior Walls. Hollow interior walls transmit sounds across the air space and through the wall studs. Add acoustic insulation inside an interior wall or between floors. This will help prevent sound from traveling through the wall. These acoustic barriers are usually made of fiberglass or rock wool. The material is sized to fit between standard wall studs and joists. It's a good solution if you’re converting an attic or basement into a media room. It’s also ideal when building an addition.
• Soundproofing Panels. Some sound-absorbing panels are designed to cover an entire wall or to create a soundproof ceiling. Others are meant to be installed separately or in groupings. Many are paintable, so they can contrast or complement the room's color scheme. They’re installed with either an adhesive strip or on clips that are mounted on the wall. These are good choices for rooms in your home that double as music rehearsal space.
• Acoustical Wall Coverings. These products sit on the exterior of the wall and look like wallpaper. Acoustic insulation works best in home theaters and media rooms. Choose coverings in a color or pattern that matches the rest of the room’s decor. They’re easy to install with standard wallpaper paste.
How to Soundproof a Room
Install wall coverings, panels and insulation to maximize acoustic insulation. Keep in mind that hard surfaces reflect sound waves, which amplifies noise. Soft surfaces absorb sound waves. Consider adding new flooring to increase the room’s noise insulation capabilities. For example, a room with wall-to-wall carpeting will be quieter than one with a ceramic tile floor.