Home Upgrade: How To Soundproof A Bedroom With Simple Steps

Do you have noisy neighbours? Do you live in a populated area with the sound of honking cars disrupting your good night’s sleep? We feel you. It gets hard to reclaim your peace and quiet, especially if you live in a hustling and bustling city area. Living in an apartment building or a suburb with various residents, our homes are always filled with noises from the outside. Wondering if there is a way for you to get a decent shut-eye despite the teens next door blasting their music at max volume? 

A woman having trouble sleeping because of the noise

By soundproofing your bedroom, you can do so! In this article, we will tell you how to soundproof your bedroom and effectively block all the noise! Let’s see how you can do it in a few simple steps!

What is soundproofing exactly?

Before we move on towards the steps for the acoustical soundproofing of your bedroom, let’s see what it is exactly. If you live in a noisy area, it is a logical step to look for solutions to reduce the loud noises disrupting your peace. It is a method by which we suppress, absorb, diffuse, or reflect the sounds from various sources. You can do this easily by using insulation, double-glazed windows, acoustic panels, sealants, and a lot more which we will discuss below.

It is not only your home theatre or recording studio that you should get soundproofing panels for. Your bedroom should be your peaceful and quiet place, and it should be free from unwanted, high impact noises and sounds. Whether you are going for complete or partial noise reduction, you can easily soundproof your bedroom with the help of very easy DIY steps that we have detailed below.

What are the benefits of a soundproof bedroom?

Some might ask “is this really important?” and the answer is pretty simple! Yes! Having a place to calm your mind and relax is very essential, especially nowadays. With all the stressful things that we need to deal with, having some tranquillity is vital. So, here are the main benefits of creating a peaceful bedroom:

1. Say hello to privacy

In the fast, digital world of today, privacy is something that is very hard to come by. However, your bedroom needs to remain that one place that is just yours. The foremost benefit of soundproofing your bedroom is that you get that much-needed privacy. With a soundproof bedroom, you will not only be safe from unwanted noise from the outside but your private conversation will remain private as well.

2. Enjoy the health benefits

Excessive noise is not only bad for the environment, it has harmful effects on the human body as well. Various diseases such as high blood pressure, stress, stroke incidents, etc. have been linked to prolonged exposure to loud noises. We can’t make compromises on our health, now can we? From avoiding hearing loss problems to having a peaceful relaxing sleep, there are various benefits of sound absorption and dampening the noise levels outside your bedroom.

A woman waking up after a night of peaceful sleeping

3. Enhance your quality of life

We know that high noises affect cognitive human functions negatively. By soundproofing your bedroom, you will enhance the quality of your life. After having a good night’s sleep, you will be able to perform better in all spheres of life from work to family relationships. 

Things to consider when soundproofing a bedroom DIY-style?

Before you can actually get any physical work done, you need to formulate a game plan. For that, you have to follow a few simple steps and gather your tools. You might need to get your hands on cordless drills, cordless screwdrivers, hammer drills or even impact drivers. Let’s take a look at what those are before you get to the business of actually soundproofing your room.

1. Time frame

The first step in any project is deciding the time frame. You need to set a time period within which you are going to complete your project. Are you thinking of completing your work over the weekend? Or are you going to make it a week-long project? This depends on how much time you have. Once you have decided this, you can move on to the next step.

2. Level of soundproofing

The next step is deciding the level of soundproofing you are looking for. Are you looking for a new build or a full renovation, or are you simply looking to upgrade your already installed measures? Decide the level of work you are going to need according to your requirements.

3. Cost

As with everything else in the world, you have to keep your budget in mind when you are soundproofing your bedroom. Higher price tags are not a guarantee of high quality as well. You should not simply get soundproofing products based on their cost. Make a budget and write down your requirements. Don’t forget to compare the features of different materials. And once you’re done with your bedroom, think about your home office as well!

Smart ways to make your bedroom soundproof

The million-dollar question is: How to make your bedroom soundproof? Well, it is very easy. All you need to do is to take a look at all the places where noise is coming in from and then take care of it by using the right equipment!

1. Soundproof the bedroom door

The maximum amount of noise in your home is going to come from the door. Mostly, the interior doors have a hollow core and do not have a tight seal. Even though this makes them cost-effective, it allows the airborne sound to vibrate right through them. 

You can thicken up your existing door with the help of acoustic foam, MLV, or fabric. Or you can add a layer of fiberboard on both sides of the door. Still not convinced? Remove the current door and install a door that has a solid core. If you don’t want to replace your existing door, then you can seal the door with the help of an acoustic viscoelastic compound that would fill any open spaces or small gaps that are present between the door and the adjoining wall. 

A bedroom door being half opened

You can also use foam insulation for the air gaps. Moreover, you will have to fit the weather-stripping yourself and a door sweep as well. It is not very difficult to install it. Simply measure the door and cut it so that it would fit tightly. It may take you a few tries, in the beginning, to get it right, but don’t worry, it’s not rocket science. You can also get a soundproofing blanket and hang it on the back of your door. 

Another great option is to go for a door sweep. Don’t forget that it needs to be installed along the bottom of the door. Similar to the installation of above solution, all you have to do is measure it, cut it, and then apply it in place. Make sure that it covers the threshold when you close the door but doesn’t scrape the floor as you open it. 

2. Insulate the windows

It is not about being noise sensitive. If you keep hearing sounds from various sources, it is going to stress you out. After a long day at work, you can’t afford to be annoyed and stressed when you finally find time to rest in your own bed. Windows with sound insulation help a lot in making your bedroom soundproof. Plus, noise-blocking windows are usually energy-efficient and reduce cooling and heating costs. So, it’s a win-win situation! Soundproof curtains are a good option for you as well.

However, if you are planning to do it on existing windows, then you have to fill the gaps in between to stop the airborne noise from coming inside. You will need to remove the drywall and the existing moulding, and then fill the empty spaces with some type of soundproofing material like mineral fibre batts, cotton batts, or at times, fibreglass insulation batts. You have to use the same sealing procedure as you did for the door. Apply the viscoelastic compound, followed by foam insulation. Once you are done, you can reinstall the moulding. You also need to apply weather stripping on the windows making sure there are no cracks. Here you can find our detailed guide on how to soundproof your windows all by yourself.

Do you need something more? Then, you can also get window plugs and window inserts for sound reduction. Add blackout curtains to block sound for better results.

3. Soundproof your bedroom walls

Whether it is kids running in the hallways, or construction workers outside your house, there is going to be noise in your home. What you have to do is take measures to reduce the amount of outside noise as much as possible!

When soundproofing your bedroom, the walls are going to take more time than the windows and doors. If you are building a new room, you should use staggered stud walls or double studs, along with resilient channels and sound clips. This will reduce the noise being transferred from one side of the wall to the other. If there is any space between two interior walls, you need to fill it with insulation to reduce noise.

A couple of soundproofing wall materials in different colours 

Now, if you are thinking of soundproofing existing walls, then you should remove the drywall between them and add insulation material in between. Don’t forget to look for crevices, cracks, holes, etc. in the wall. You can either repair them, or you can add an acoustic viscoelastic compound. You can also add the acoustic viscoelastic compound to the seams between the drywall

When it comes to wall soundproofing, drywall, on its own, is also good at absorbing sound. All you have to do is add more protection and insulation. Another option that you can consider is glueing a thin layer of acoustic plasterboard or mass loaded vinyl to the existing drywall. You can buy the acoustic board in the form of tiles and then install it in particular places or all over it, as the need might be. And, you can also add plywood, particleboard, etc. to your existing wall to reduce sound transmission.

Whatever you choose, make sure that you seal the cracks and holes that are present anywhere in your walls to ensure your room becomes noise-free. Use caulk or other sealants to do this. Your wall is going to be useless when it comes to blocking noise if there are holes in it. Fill the holes and cracks with sound-absorbing materials like fibreglass batt insulation.

4. Soundproof the floors

The next thing you have to consider is your floors. Carpeting is a great option for soundproofing. And it’s super easy to do it! How? You can install new carpets, or you can soundproof existing ones. You can add acoustic tiles and carpet padding to your existing for better results. 

It might sound hard but it’s not! Trust us! All you have to do is pull back your existing carpet and remove the current padding and tack strips. After this, you will have to lay the acoustic tiles loosely, and place the new soundproofing foam on the top of the tiles. Place tack strips, and re-stretch your carpet to stop the sound waves from travelling through the floor. 

A beautiful bedroom with capreting to reduce noise

Follow the soundproofing solutions & steps we have mentioned above, and you will have a quiet, peaceful place to relax after a long, tedious day. Plus, if you reduce the amount of noise in your bedroom, you will be able to focus better and increase your work productivity as well!

Here’s to a peaceful, relaxing sleep!

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