Tips to sound proof your home or office.
You’ve heard of people having home studios and gaming rooms that are popular for video game streamers having a soundproof room, but did you know even when you work at home, you can often be distracted and stressed by numerous little things that happen, background noises, the everyday hustle and bustle of commotion, and even people coming in and out of your home. In this handy little guide, we’re going to tell you how you can soundproof your home office, and still give it the life you need in order to make it a much more peaceful environment so you can focus on your task at hand – work.
Fill in the gaps:
Believe it or not, your walls should be solid and sturdy. Unfortunately, most homes don’t have this luxury and their walls are hollow, with some insulation. However, you can simply add more fiberglass insulation (so it is packed extremely tight), and fill any holes that you see which lead to other ends of the house. Don’t forget underneath the door. Put a strip of weather stripping underneath there according to the Soundproof professionals.
Replace the door or fill it too!
We already mentioned using a door jam or weather stripping, but keep in mind that most doors in a home’s interior are hollow. They don’t have to be though. You can actually find some solid doors and even try using that as well. If you have any way to fill a hollow door with foam insulation (like spray-in insulation), this can be done too. Otherwise, if you don’t have the budget for weather stripping, you’ll be surprised at how much a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door can dampen the noise!
Air vents travel:
While you do want to make sure you are comfortable and getting plenty of heat and cool air in your home office, you may be surprised at how much noise can actually travel through a sound vent, especially if it’s the primary source of sound. You can block the air vent (we don’t really suggest this), or you can build a sound maze which traps the sound in the vent, and still allows you to get proper ventilation.
Remove those echoes:
Taking echoes away is crucial because this can be distracting. If you can yell loudly and hear an echo or ringing sound bouncing off the walls, then you’ll want to buy some foam padding to cover the walls. But believe it or not, you don’t have to go the expensive route. You can even pin up an artistic blanket which appears like wall art, and also deflects sound (like a microfiber blanket with an interesting design on it). If you have hardwood floors, you can use an area rug. Don’t forget to fill your room too. The loudest rooms are empty rooms.
Last but not least, there are other things you can do to drown out the sound. Listening to the right music in the background, like instrumental music, calming music, or whatever you like (mainly instrumental) can greatly enhance the amount of work you do and create a drive. You can find numerous music players, and even free ones online like Spotify® or other software to stream free music on. Don’t want ads? The pro versions are completely worth it!