Who doesn’t appreciate quiet surroundings and peace when you’re spending a day off from work at home? Unfortunately, that is a luxury few can afford these days, especially those living in metropolis. Apart from being extremely infuriating, noise pollution has serious setbacks for your health as well.
Various researches have suggested that community noise levels above 40 dB result in greater chances of developing heart diseases overtime. Soundproofing your home is an easier way to get rid of all the unwanted noise for a better an peaceful lifestyle and definitely a cheaper option than shifting to areas with lesser noise pollution.
In this article, we learn everything from how to soundproof your door, to your ceilings and walls whether you’re making an in-house studio or just trying to save yourself from all the noise pollution
What Should I Sound Proof?
When it comes to soundproofing, the first question you ask yourself is what exactly do I need to soundproof? Does the entire room need to be made soundproof? Or will simply soundproofing your door work?
The answer to this completely depends on your requirement. A person building an in house recording studio will obviously need to soundproof the entire room while someone looking for a restful night’s sleep can simply resort to soundproofing the door.
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The easiest way to soundproof doors is by using door sweeps. All you need to do is install the door sweeps at the bottom of the door, since that is where the majority of the noise comes from. Another added benefit to using door sweeps is insulation.
Your air-conditioned room stays cool and a heated room keeps its warmth inside. Its a win-win if you take our word.
An alternative would be caulking. A more permanent method for soundproofing, caulking adds an additional layer around the outline of your door, which restricts sound flow through the door.
Among the many ways to soundproof your ceiling, using a drywall is the best. Tested by many, drywall installations work great when installed by leaving some gap between it and the ceiling to minimize the transmission of sound.
Acoustic insulations is another widely used method of soundproofing your ceiling. A common mistake people make is to use acoustic foam panels for ceilings. Although acoustic foam is a widely used material for soundproofing, it is used inside walls and isn’t recommended for ceilings.
How to Soundproof using your Furniture?
Carpets & Rugs
To soundproof your basement, you need to use more padding everywhere that absorbs sounds. This can be done with the help of carpets and rugs. Using carpet liners under carpets significantly improves their soundproofing capacity.
If you have wooden flooring installed or are planning to do so, that would require underlayment beneath the flooring to keep sound from travelling everywhere.
Curtains & Drapes
Similarly, using heavy materials for curtains and drapes also does half the job of absorbing sound. Whereas, using cottons and linens might block out light for you but aren’t that great an option if you’re looking to soundproof your room using existing items. Materials like velvet are great at minimizing that sound that comes in as well as sound that goes out.
Another interesting feature you might not have known earlier is how using soft, foamy furnishings helps in soundproofing your room as well. Compared to hardwood furnishing, upholstered furnishing helps minimize the sound produced.
How does soundproofing benefit me?
Soundproofing serves multiple purposes and you might be able to benefit from it if you have any of the following interests.
1. Home Theater System
If you own a home theater system, you’ll only be doing justice to it by allocating a separate soundproofed space for it. Why go to a cinema when you can create one at your own place? Sound wall panels do an amazing job at giving you a cinema like experience from the comfort of your home, by blocking any sound from coming in. Likewise, by trapping the sound inside, anyone sitting outside the room doesn’t get disturbed.
With soundproofed home theater rooms, you get to create an entertainment space of your own, whether you want to invite friends over for a movie night or simply enjoy a Friday night to yourself.
2. In-House Recording Studio
A lot of underground bands and amateur musicians start playing at home. If it is anything more than just a pastime, you need a separate recording space, for which soundproofing is a must. Preferably, recording rooms are made in the house’s basement as it qualifies for a secluded section with minimal use.
Sound wall panels and acoustic ceiling accessories can be installed to make your room/basement completely soundproof so that you can practice freely for hours, whether you’re a pianist, a guitarist, a violinist or are starting your own band, without disturbing anyone or being disturbed.
3. If you live in a loud community
Loud metropolis are the worst. The honking of horns, noise from construction sites, trains passing, subway and your noisy surroundings are a potential hazard to the health of those living in urban areas. This is especially dangerous for heart and anxiety patients whose stress levels may rise as a result of living in such an environment.
Noisy neighbours make it all the more worse, ending the few moments of tranquility you could’ve had. All of this can be avoided by a one step solution called soundproofing. Insulating windows and doors with soundproofing material considerably reduces the noise entering your house, so you feel calmer and at ease, when at home.
4. If you work from home
Working from home has its perks and its set of disadvantages too. While you get to manage your house chores and work simultaneously, kids, pets and everything in general can be a big hurdle when it comes to accomplishing work related tasks.
If your job requires a lot of telephonic and online communication, then getting a room soundproofed for work is a must. Same goes for jobs like recording voice-overs or composing sounds and music which require complete silence.