In this guide, we shall be looking at some of the effective ways on how to soundproof a room from outside noise.
Soundproofing is one of the fun and yet affordable DIY hacks you can implement today.
To reduce outside noise from leaking in your room, it’s important first to understand the biggest culprits in this case.
A-List of Ways on How to Soundproof a Room from Outside Noise
Sound travels through walls and air.
Low-frequency noise such as bass sound will travel through walls, while high-frequency noise, such as traffic noise, will leak through open spaces in your room.
You will have to soundproof the windows, doors, as well as walls to ensure that you reduce outside noise to minimal.
1. Soundproof the Doors
As earlier mentioned, when soundproofing a room, you will need to approach each and every element/aspect of your room differently.
There are different ways in which you can soundproof a door from outside noise.
Luckily you can soundproof a door using household items (click the link to read the full guide).
Alternatively, you can spend some money to fix the problem and without the need for a professional.
Generally, soundproofing a door mainly involves replacing the existing hollow door with a solid core one.
You can also invest in door sweeps such as Holikme 2 Pack Door Draft Stopper.
This product will help reduce noise and help you get rid of small crawling insects, and improve the thermal insulation of your home.
2. Soundproof the Windows
Another biggest culprit in leaking unwanted noise in your home is the windows.
Whether opened or closed, gaps on the windows will always leak noise into your room.
Luckily, there are different hacks that you can implement right now to entirely sound deaden the room.
One of the simplest methods you can undertake right now involves the use of soundproofing curtains.
One of my most recommended noise reducing curtains are Deconovo Room Darkening Noise Reducing Thermal Insulated Curtains.
Another effective hack involves using a weatherstripping seal, which helps seal the gaps between the window and the frame.
You should also consider replacing the existing windows with double pane windows.
3. Soundproof the Walls
Unlike windows and doors, walls are mostly prone to low-frequency sounds such as bass noise.
If you have a kid playing bass music in their yard and find that it’s really affecting your stay in your room, then you will have to undertake DIY wall soundproofing.
You can start with the simplest method, which involves finding the weak spots on the walls- they include cracks and small holes that may have been drilled.
Seal these cracks and walls with something like Green Glue Soundproofing Sealant.
You can also add a layer of drywall to your existing walls- this will help create a tight air space between the walls- hence limiting sound transmission, both airborne and impact noise.
To make the drywall technique above more effective, I would recommend you to add a layer of Mass Loaded Vinyl in between the walls.
Acoustic foam panels are also a great way of supplementing existing soundproofing methods for effective soundproofing.
Pair them with other soundproofing materials such as drywall highlighted above.
They are highly effective in dealing with airborne noise and not impact noise.
4. Soundproof the Air Vents
While air vents play an important role in terms of air circulation in the room, they can also be among the main culprits in leaking noise into the room.
One of the best and effective methods to soundproof an air vent involves creating a sound maze, as illustrated in the video below.
It’s important to note that this method won’t interfere with airflow in your house.
Alternatively, you can block the air ventilation entirely, but this method will interfere with airflow.
You can achieve this by cutting to size either mass loaded vinyl or acoustic foam panels and hang them against the vents.
They will help prevent airborne noise from the outside.
5. Try a White Noise Machine
Sometimes all this DIY stuff may seem too technical for an average person with zero DIY skills.
If you fall into this category or don’t want to get your hands dirty simply, then I’d recommend you to invest in a white noise machine.
This device does not soundproof but rather helps mask the noise from the outside world.
One of my most recommended white noise machine that’s readily affordable and popular is the Homemedics White Noise Sound Machine
Alternatively, hundreds, if not thousands of white noise apps are available for download on Google Play Store or iOS store.
6. Install Noise Screening Fence Around your Property
If you’re dealing with noise problems coming from traffic, then why not install a noise screening fence that will filter the noise problem.
This will also create a quiet environment in your yard allowing you to enjoy a peaceful stay and relaxation in your yard.
You can achieve this by planting trees or shrubs along the fence of your property.
The fence will help reduce traffic noise and filter dust and air pollution, hence supplying you with clean air to breathe.
You can also plant the shrubs/trees close enough to ensure that the fence becomes thick enough for this purpose.
Wide-spaced trees won’t effectively reduce the noise problem.
Conclusion on How to Soundproof a Room from Outside Noise
Above is a list of some of the best methods on how to soundproof a room from outside noise.
Before we part ways, it’s important to highlight that you will have to deal with all the aspects of your room and not leave any stone unturned.
This means that you have to address the vents, windows, doors, and even the walls.
And just like a white noise machine does, you can setup a fountain just outside the house to help mask out traffic noise.
Are you ready to begin? Let me know in the comment section.