Wednesday, January 28, 2015

4 Simple Ways to Soundproof a Room

Does your home come with a music room; an entertainment area; a recreational den? Look to these four simple tips 'n tricks to keep the racket from the rest of the house.

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.


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