The sound is the most essential energy that invisibly connects us to each other and to nature. The beauty of sound lies in its acceptable intensity with regards to the recipients, and hence, any sound that we hear out of place can put us off quite easily.
After a long day, what we long for the most is our private little space of quietness. Nobody likes to entertain blaring music from the other room or to be unwillingly overhearing a neighbor's over the top conversations. On the contrary, it can also be such that we tend to turn up the volumes more often than not, which is quite obviously not always welcomed by our family members and neighbors.
Either way, the solution seems to be soundproofing your room to maintain the sanity of your surroundings while respecting your personal preferences too. Sounds great, isn't it? But in the true sense, making your room soundproof is not a one-step procedure, but rather involves a whole lot of steps to be followed, in order to ensure foolproof and maximum results.
Here's a quick guide to achieving your perfectly soundproof room. Read on to find out more.
#1. Mastermind your construction plan
Having a clear idea of one's preferences helps in finding the perfect solution for any problem. If you wish to soundproof your room(s), the construction plan is right where it needs to start.
Use thick materials instead of thin ones while constructing the room walls. For extra efficiency, you can go for decoupling – a technology where two or more adjacent layers of thin dry walls are constructed keeping enough distance in between.
Use layers of acoustic fibers as fillers between layers to maximize sound absorption, hence reducing the flux across rooms. Studs and sound clips can also be fitted within to allow sound to get completely filtered.
#2. Make use of dampening compounds
Layers of walls, ceiling, and floor can be filled with visco-elastic adhesive, a noise-proofing glue that absorbs the lowest frequency of sound traveling in or out of the room. Dampening compounds such as fiberglass and foam insulators work best in ruling out the possibility of sound leakage in and out of your room.
#3. Check out for cracks and crevices
This is one of the most important but often overlooked point. Cracks in the walls can contribute to failing all your other soundproofing tricks. Special acoustical caulk helps in filling up the finest looking crevices, window, and door seams, thus making your room 100% soundproof.
#4. Install acoustic wall panels and tiles
Custom-made acoustic wall panels are a great way of soundproofing your room post the construction phase when you really do feel the need for it. Not only do they block sound waves entering your room from outside, but they also add up to the aesthetics of your space by beautifying your walls.
You can choose from a wide range of colors and textures of acoustic wall tiles to complement a particular theme, too. Acoustic panels made from breathable fabric are a huge hit in the market these days. They look glamorous when teamed up with the right décor in your room.
#5. Use thick curtains, window blinds, and blankets
To additionally soundproof your room, you can get some thick black-out curtains to cover up the windows. Soundproofing curtains made of breathable fabric are a must-have if you want to keep the outside noise at bay. Mounting heavy blankets onto the walls can also do your job, but it is good for thermal insulation and hence does not work well in places with higher room temperatures. Window blinds made of acoustic materials are a great add-on to your soundproof haven.
#6. Install a door sweep
Doors can be pretty tricky to be soundproofed. They usually have a thin gap at the base, which is exactly where the noise can creep inside from. More often than not, this crucial detailing gets overlooked when you set out to make your room soundproof. To avoid this from happening, get a door sweep fixed at the lower end of the door, ensuring that the rubber loop is firmly secured.
#7. Get a large bookshelf
Dedicating a wall to put up a bookshelf can be a simple yet smart solution to block sound from leaking, especially when it is a common wall. Use acoustic wood paneling to put up the bookshelf and arrange heavy and thick books for a fairly strong sound barrier. An artistically arranged bookshelf also adds up to the décor of a room.
#8. Fix shaky items in the room
Playing loud blaring music can cause a rattling vibration across a room and can make objects like wall hangings, wall clocks, wall-mounted speakers, etc. to shake and reflect multiple sound waves. Get these fixed with the help of vibration insulating pads that absorb the buzzing sound, giving your room the much-needed calmness.
#9. Throw in some rugs and mats
Although this sounds impractical, covering your floor with heavy rugs and mats made of thick material can also absorb excess sound. Giving extra padding of acoustic foam underneath the rugs further helps to make your room a perfectly soundproof place.
#10. Use sound reducing paint for the walls
Yes, you read it right! Sound reducing paint for your walls is one of the greatest innovations of all times. This works best when you are looking for a moderate range of soundproofing and are keeping a low budget too.
This involves a two-step process. First, layers of the resilient base coat are applied followed by a sound deadening spray to increase the credibility of the products. This method can also be easily used over existing wall paints of all kinds – acrylic, enamel, etc. You can get professional help to ensure that you get the best results.
Making your rooms soundproof seems to be the most practical solutions in enabling you to rejoice your personal space. These 10 steps will definitely help you a lot in making your surroundings a haven of tranquility.