Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Use rugs, carpets, and drapes.By far the cheapest and the simplest to install -- rugs, carpets, and drapes serve as padding which can absorb and minimize the amount of sound that can travel through the walls and floor. Cover the whole floor with a thick carpet. Hang drapes along the walls, using extra thick material over the windows. Place a rug beneath the door to keep sound from passing through. Opt for specially-designed noise-blocking curtains, if necessary.Use a door with a solid core.Replace the door in the room: use a heavy door with a dense, solid core instead of the standard, lightweight door, which typically consists of a hollow core that can, in fact, amplify sound. A solid core, on the other hand, will act as a barrier, muffling the sound in the room.Install soundproofing panels.A costlier option, but one which may prove necessary for louder rooms (say, a band rehearsal space, or a carpentry workshop). Acoustic panels are specially designed to absorb sound. Certain types of acoustic panels may even be custom-built for specific kinds of sound.Line the room with bookcases.A fairly innovative approach: install a row of bookcases along the walls of the room. Pack it with books and other printed matter, like magazines. The bookcases will act as a sound barrier -- and, of course, they'll double as a library to boot.