True soundproofing comes into play during the construction phase, using specially designed materials. But if tearing down a room’s walls isn’t in your home improvement budget, try these easy ideas for dampening sound.
Plan A: Soundproofing Your Interior Design
You can dampen noise with some clever interior design choices. Consider these soundproofing home improvement ideas:
* Hang drapes
* Lay down carpet (or rugs)
* Choose rough-surfaced furniture, which absorbs sound
Plan B: Soundproofing Home Improvement Projects
A spare hour or two is all you need to complete these home improvement projects for soundproofing rooms:
* Weatherstrip It. If doors and windows are admitting a draft, they’re also admitting sound waves. Weatherstrip the gaps around the doorway and windows to create an airtight seal.
* Replace windows. Window replacement can do wonders to soundproof a room. Vinyl frames and double-paned windows are designed to keep out the environment–wind, sleet, snow, and street noise. Consult Repair-Home’s directory to find a qualified window replacement specialist.
* Replace the Door. For soundproofing purposes, the best door is a heavy door. One contractor recommends a ‘sandwich’-style door filled with sand.
* Treat the Walls. Any heavy material applied to the walls will help soundproof the room. Manufacturers offer special soundproofing panels designed to blend in, but you can use just about anything–carpet, blankets, even cardboard egg cartons.
* Texture the Ceiling. If the 70s ‘popcorn’ texture isn’t your style, apply an acoustic spray texture or any rough material to the ceiling.
Plan C: Call in the Home Improvement Experts
If these DIY measures don’t do the trick, it’s time to call in a professional contractor, who can address problems such as inadequate insulation, insulation gaps, or holes in the attic.
Everyday noise pollution doesn’t necessarily call for the expensive soundproofing materials used in recording studios or home theaters. Try these home improvement ideas, or call a contractor for expert advice. In addition to keeping noise out, you are insulating the rooms and saving money on your energy bill.