I hate it when I try to take phone calls in my room and everyone in the house can hear my conversation, or when I get really angry and want to scream at the top of my lungs. I just wish that there were some way for me to have true privacy, not just from the eyes of others, but from their ears as well. Well, it turns out there is. Soundproofing. What is soundproofing; how can it be done?
In order to understand the concept of soundproofing, we must first understand the concept of sound itself. All sound really amounts to be is a series of vibrations in our airwaves. The concept of soundproofing would be to buffer those vibrations from traveling into unwanted places (such as the ears of others).
How can soundproofing be done?
1. Carpet, Carpet, Carpet. Understandably, carpet can be a pain in the butt. Hardwood my look nicer, be easier to upkeep, and be the obvious choice for your favorite room, however it is not very efficient in the absorption of sound.
2. You would never believe how much sound comes through your door, even when it’s closed. Having something soft and sound absorbent under the door can be very useful and affective when soundproofing. Another useful tip is to make yourself a door cover. Chose your fabric, measure the door from side to side, multiply the width by 2x , and then add 2in to both the length and the width. Cut small slits in the top, bottom, and sides. Wrap the fabric around the door, tie the top slits together, the bottom slits together, and then carefully tie the slits at the side of the door that hangs from the door hinges. This might seem silly, but can greatly reduce the effects of traveling sound waves. You can also get creative with the fabric and decorate it anyway you wish!
3. Rugs, EVERYWHERE! No really, everywhere. Not just the floor. The walls. The ceiling. Everything that was once hard and solid should now have a rug on it. In order to hang them I have found that a good, strong, reliable brand of blue tack and attach it to the underside of the rug. If that doesn’t seem to be strong enough, duct tape can fix even the biggest of problems.
4. Curtains aren’t just for windows. Granted, you will need some good, thick, sound reducing curtains around your window as well, you will also need an additional set around the entirety of the room. This includes and is especially important around the door. The curtains shouldn’t open directly at the door, but should be close by to make it possible to get in and out. The curtains do place a critical role in the reduction of vibration and are not a step you want to skip.
5. Start singing! You’re set! Scream radio head at the top of your lungs! Well, maybe not. Depending on the quality of the materials you used, and the proficiency of your setup, that will determine the amount of sound reduction. Test it out a little bit. Play with it. Dance to the “sound” of your own beat (if you can hear it that is).