Thursday, May 29, 2014
Soundproofing a room can be costly, and for the average consumer the price may be a bit too much to ask. However, a myriad of DIY methods exist for budget soundproofing, and can provide you the space you need at a fraction of the cost.
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Egg cartons, while commonly suggested, don't actually work well. They’re also a fire hazard as cardboard burns easily.
As an alternative, try using bookcases to line the walls. The different densities between the books and your wall, as well as the thick wall-like bookcase, will help dampen the sound in the room.
Installing irregularly-shaped pieces of foam and other porous materials on the walls enables them to act as diffusers, which help to minimize bouncing sound waves between walls.
Thick curtains can also work well if placed strategically, and can reduce volume by up to 10 decibels, which is the difference between the noise in a busy restaurant and a quiet evening at home. Area rugs also help to dampen the sound bouncing off a hard floor, but carpeted rooms do nothing for sound absorption.
If you do have a small budget for soundproofing, you can find cheap acoustic panels, but make sure you shop around and be aware of the quality of panel you can afford. You also need to be sure that you can install the panels, as they often require sturdy surfaces for mounting.
A notable soundproofing compound, Green Glue, is used much like caulk in order to laminate the wall or ceiling. This helps quite a bit, as the ceiling is one of the more difficult areas to soundproof, especially if you have upstairs neighbors. It's also a much cheaper alternative to building a drop ceiling, which can be found in professional studios.