Soundproofing Solutions for Walls, Windows and Curtains

How to Soundproof a Room for Drums

Drums are loud, and that’s the whole point of them; to play loud and vibrating music. Of course, all of this is cool when you are at a concert, or you have your earbuds on and are just jamming privately to the music. It is, however, not fun when your teenage neighbour who has decided to be a rock drummer diligently practices every, single, day. And you, unfortunately, have a front-row seat to this concert because your apartment is just below theirs.

Or maybe, you’ve decided to pursue your dreams of a being a drummer, you can’t afford a studio, and you are the kind of neighbour who doesn’t want to bother his neighbours with sounds of drumming every, single day.

So, how then do you practice? Well, whether it’s to help your teenage neighbour soundproof his/her room or yours, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five ways to soundproof a room for drums:

5 Effective Ways To Soundproof A Room For Drums

Get a Drum Rug

When playing, to stop the sounds from vibrating on your floor and echoing all over your room, place a drum rug under it. Drum rugs will absorb the sound of your drumming and keep the vibrations[1] from transmitting to the floor below or echoing all around your room.

To better absorb the sound, place your drum rug on a floor that is already carpeted or has a rug.

That will help the drum rug to soak up the sound better. However, if you don’t have a carpet or rugs, you can still place the drum rug on the floor, if it is of good quality, it will be sufficient enough to soak up the sound. Also, a drum rug will serve as an added protection for your floors.

Apply Acoustic Foam to the Walls and Ceilings

Sounds, especially drum sounds bounce off and become incredibly loud when there are hard surfaces for them to bounce off. So, the best way to handle this is to apply acoustic foams to the walls of your room.

Acoustic foams are thick enough to soak up the drum sounds. Their thickness allows them to absorb the sound to prevent it from ricocheting against the walls. Acoustic foams often come in a variety of colours so you can switch them up, buying to blend into your room’s décor or to give it an artistic vibe.

With acoustic foams, you’d need to buy several to cover up your room, the more you buy, the better soundproofed your room will be. However, if you can soundproof up to 30% of your wall and ceiling, you are good to go.

Identify and Seal the Leaks

Sound travels through air, so a big or slightly big space with a lot of air is just one place for sound to travel through. Now, you don’t have to seal off every single air space in your room, you need ventilation while you play, but you do have to find the areas with the biggest air leaks and close them.

 

 

The most obvious places would be the door and the windows. Naturally, you will keep the door closed and windows closed (only do this if you have an alternate source of ventilation, say a ceiling fan or an air conditioner), you will, however, close the gaps at the bottom and sides of the door. Same with the windows. You can seal these gaps with acoustic caulk.

Soundproof the Doors

Most doors are thin and hollow, so even when you do seal the gaps below and at the side, it wouldn’t do much good because your door is not thick enough to block the noise. That is why you have to soundproof your door.

To soundproof your door, simply add mass and density to it. If you are on a budget, you can add mass and density to your door using thick curtains and blankets. Or if you have the time and money, you can replace your door for one with a solid core.

Soundproof the Windows

A thin windowpane can allow sound to travel through it whether it is open or close, so sealing the bottom or sides will not make a difference.

To soundproof your window, you can hang soundproof curtains on them. That is the affordable and convenient option as you can move the curtains when you are done playing, and they will do their job of absorbing the sound waves.

Another option is to install storm windows or double-glazed windows. They are a more expensive option to soundproof curtains, but they are great at absorbing sound and perfect as a long term solution.

Soundproofing your room can be expensive, and often involves a professional. However, these options are affordable and are simple enough that you can do them yourself.

Glossary

[1] Vibration – Link