Soundproofing Solutions for Walls, Windows and Curtains

How to Soundproof a Basement for Band Practice

If you are looking for the perfect spot to practice, look no further than your basement. It is under the house, away from prying eyes and rather than using it exclusively for storage; you can finally use it for something cool.

When you want to soundproof a basement, you want to stop sounds from going to the above floor, and you also want to prevent sounds from coming down so that you can practice without any interruptions.

So, let’s look at the ways you can achieve that:

Ways To Soundproof a Basement For Your Band Practice

Find and Seal Any Gaps

Like most spaces, before you start soundproofing, you should find and seal any gaps around.  These gaps are essentially open spaces for sound to pass through. So, before you begin soundproofing your basement, find any holes and seal them.

To do this, you can use acoustic caulk. Acoustic caulk helps to reduce vibrations when playing, which will, in turn, significantly reduce your noise transfer. Any quality acoustic caulk will do the trick.

Use MLV

MLV is also known as mass loaded vinyl, and it is an effective soundproofing material. It is dense, and it comes with soundproofing properties that allow it to deaden sound waves. Using MLV ensures that sounds from the basement will not pass into the top floor. MLV is effective because it not only reduces structure-borne noise; it also reduces airborne noise too.

To use MLV, install on the walls or ceilings of your basement using nails, screw or glue. Make sure to measure your basement before you commence, so you know how much to buy. There are many MLV brands available in the market; any quality MLV should suffice.

Acoustic Foams

If you haven’t considered acoustic foam tiles, you definitely should and no, egg crates are not a better substitute, at least not long term.

Acoustic foam tile can be used to decrease the transfer of noise that go in or are trying to come into the basement. It is also great because it will improve the acoustics for your basement. So, you are essentially getting a two-for-one with this material.

To use, install the tiles to your walls using glue or screws. Whatever works for you is fine. Some acoustic foam tiles come in colour, so you can use colours that complement your basement if you like that. If you are going to use just acoustic foams, you should know that they don’t block sound, they only reduce it. So, this, in addition to other soundproofing methods, should keep your basement appropriately soundproofed.

Use Carpets and Rugs

Thick rugs or thick carpets are perfect for soundproofing, especially if you have speakers or if you will be drumming. Using thick carpets or rugs will help you reduce the noise that could travel through the basement ceiling.

To make this very effective, install the carpet or rug on the floor directly above the ceiling. That will keep the noise in and keep the footfalls out. That is because rugs and carpets add mass to the floor, which in turn enables them to absorb the sound. Furthermore, to truly make it effective, you can add underlays beneath the rugs and carpets, this will significantly enhance its absorbing qualities.

 

Use Soundproof Curtains or Blankets

With this, you can install the blankets on the walls or doors. Soundproofing blankets are more effective, but if you don’t have them, then any regular thick blanket will do. The effectiveness will vastly depend on the thickness of the blanket, so make sure that you get a very thick one. You can use more than one when installing to reinforce its absorbing property. However, it’s just really better to get a moving or soundproofing blanket. To use them, attach them to your walls or doors using glue or nails.

You can get soundproof curtains, get rods and hang your curtains on them. Again, if you don’t have soundproof curtains, get your thick curtains or blankets out and use them. But if you can help it, definitely get a soundproof curtain. Their fabrics, both blankets and curtains when thick enough can help to absorb or deflect the noise.

You can also soundproof the window. There are a lot of ways you can do this, but not all of them are advisable. For instance, because it’s a basement, you might think that it’s okay to brick the window, but it’s not. Windows in the basement are there for emergencies like fire outbreaks. If you brick the window, you may be stranded when this happens.

So, instead, opt for a window plug. They are effective, and even better they can be taken down after your band rehearsals[1] or in the event of an emergency.

Regardless of how much help you have this soundproofing should take a little or a lot of time but it is worth it to keep the music going.

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[1] Soundproof your rehearsal space – Link