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How To Soundproof A Room Without Tearing Down The Walls

When people get home after a stressful day, we all always want one thing, peace and quiet within our homes, a safe space devoid of noise and disturbances. A place we can freely play our music as loud as we want and occasionally throw a party without any complaints from the neighbours. These are the primary reasons people learn how to soundproof a room. 

I bet the concept of soundproofing isn’t new to you, especially since we all know, soundproofing is any means of reducing the pressure with respect to a specified sound and receptor. Basically, insulating the noise we make inside our homes and blocking out unwanted noise from coming in. However, we also know that soundproofing is quite the tenacious task and at times it seems impossible.

But that’s a bit over the top, as soundproofing your room isn’t impossible, it is rather easy especially when you understand the basics of it. However, what may be difficult is attempting to soundproof an already built room, that is, soundproofing a room without tearing down the walls.

 

Ideally, when soundproofing your room, the ideal situation would be to soundproof it while building the house itself and if it’s an already built room, you would most likely be advised to tear down your drywall. However, we know that there are a lot of reasons why anyone may not want to or be able to tear down their walls.

For example, it may not be your home as you’re just a renter, which would make undergoing a major reconstruction not so likely, or your budget may be too small for that level of reconstruction, or you simply don’t have the time to go through the stress of major construction.

Whatever your reason maybe, if you’re searching for a way to soundproof your room without removing or tearing down the drywall, then I’m here to tell you there are ways to do so, which will be highlighted below. However, before we shed light on the easy and effective methods that exist for soundproofing without extensive reconstruction, let’s highlight for you exactly what soundproofing is.

Basic Principle of Soundproofing

As already stated above, soundproofing is simply placing the necessary materials around a particular area to reduce the transmission of unwanted soundwaves[1] from the source to a reluctant listener. However, another aspect of soundproofing you ought to know is that the method of soundproofing to utilize is largely based on first determining the type of sound you’re dealing with.

And if you aren’t aware, you should know that there are two different types of sound, which are, airborne and structure-borne sound. The former is simply as the name implies, a sound that travels through the air, while the latter is sound gotten from the impact of hitting a surface or rather, sound waves that are generated from vibrations. On that note, once you’ve distinguished the type of sound you are working with, the next step is to choose your preferred method of soundproofing, of course, without tearing down the walls.

In light of this, bearing in mind that you may have to use a few different techniques to achieve your goal of soundproofing your room, due to the particular type of sound disturbing you, here are some proven techniques that can help block out both airborne and structure-borne sound.

How To Soundproof a Room Without Tearing Down the Walls

  1. Blow-in Insulation

Blow-in insulation is an effective way to soundproof without removing drywall. In utilizing this method, what you simply do is add blow-in insulation into your existing wall, which increases your walls sound absorption potential. An amazing feature of this type of insulation is its loose nature, as well as the aspect of it being comprised of low-density cellulose material, which effectively minimizes the transfer of soundwaves.

Now, you should also note that the cellulose material contained within the blow-in insulation works by trapping little pockets of air which ultimately traps the sound waves and drains its energy, thereby cancelling out the noise before it reaches the other side. An added advantage of this method is that it is quite cost-efficient and affordable. Also, the fact that the cellulose material is non-toxic, and it’s made up of newsprint that has been recycled and treated with fire retardant, makes it an eco-friendly option.

  1. Installing Another Layer of Drywall

When it comes to soundproofing, adding mass is a reoccurring feature and for this particular soundproofing, an easy way of doing things is by adding another layer of drywall to your already existing wall. Adding a new layer to the wall increases the mass and thickness of the wall, thereby making it more difficult for noise to penetrate the wall. Basically, the thicker the wall the more soundproof it will become.

This is a relatively simple method that anyone can do themselves by learning the process, however, it is advisable to use a professional. For this method, utilizing sound deadening drywall will be the best bet, especially when merged with a noise proofing compound placed over the already existing wall. Additionally, making use of acoustical caulk to seal any gap on the edges is highly advised.

  1. Soundproof Materials

For soundproofing, there are a wide array of materials that are used to insulate, as well as block out noise. These soundproofing materials range from heavily weighted materials like specialized drywall to simpler materials like fabrics, foams and specialized paints, which all serve to help soundproof any area. However, for the particular type of soundproofing in focus, the simpler soundproofing materials are obviously more needed here.

On that note, let’s shine a little light on these easier to apply soundproofing materials. The first easy soundproofing materials that come to mind for our main topic is soundproofing curtains or sound deafening blankets, which help to soundproof your room when utilized on a large scale, or better still is utilized with an extra layer of drywall.

The next material you can make use of is acoustic foam panel, which is created for the specific purpose for absorbing and nullifying sound. Furthermore, for acoustic foam panel, you should note that it better serves and it’s highly used in areas like a recording studio, especially since it not only absorb soundwaves but also improves the sound of the room. Finally, another material you can use is specially made paint which helps by minimizing soundwaves.

Conclusion

As stated above, if you want to soundproof your already existing room without the need of extensive reconstruction, then you should know that a plethora of ways to soundproof your personal space exist for you to pick from. Also, if the major methods of achieving a soundproof room without tearing down the walls given above don’t do it for you, there are other methods you can try, like sealing the cracks and outlets of your room or using the furniture to your advantage by picking furniture that can absorb sound.

Glossary

[1] Soundwaves – Link