If you want to afford a little more sound in your house than the buzz of a mosquito but can’t soundproof your house, there are some decorative ways to increase the soundproofing. This is especially useful for those who live in a rented house or apartment where the walls are paper thin and noise regulations are strict, or for those who want to organize a home theater or music studio. There are different ways to make your home soundproof: acoustic panels, curtains, dry stone walls, upholstered walls or cork walls – and much more. Acoustic panels are perhaps the most cutting edge idea as many designers create fantastic bright acoustic panels with different patterns that can complement any room. Check them out and other ideas below!
Dry stone walls
Noises are vibrations. Damping these vibrations is best done with heavy, dense materials that stop noise in the tracks. When it comes to heaviness, brick and stone are great, but impractical for retrofitting your interior walls. The simplest strategy is to add a second layer of drywall to create a thick, sound absorbing barrier. You don’t have to add drywall everywhere – you can insulate the noisy room or the quiet room. You’ll need to refinish and repaint your new drywall, and likely expand outlets and electrical boxes, but these are relatively easy and inexpensive DIY projects.
Bulk Loaded Vinyl (MLV) is specially made for noise reduction and is a flexible material that comes in 4 foot wide rolls. It can be hung on walls or installed on floors to muffle noise. Place it between drywall to greatly reduce sound transmission through walls.
Acoustic panels absorb sound before it can bounce off walls and ceilings. They are designed to improve the sound in a room like a home theater, but are also helpful for reducing sound transmission through walls. The panels are made of porous expanded polypropylene (PEPP) and are available in various sizes and thicknesses. Most of the styles for home use are covered in fabrics from which there are dozens of colors to choose from. Some manufacturers offer custom printed fabrics that will turn your sound blocking panel into a piece of wall art. The panels are attached with clips or Velcro, and installation is a simple do-it-yourself job.
Adding soft objects to rooms – carpets, rugs, curtains, potted plants – will help reduce vibration and ambient noise. An interior door with a solid core absorbs sound better than a door with a hollow core. Add a sweep to reduce airborne noise. A wooden wall or cork can also absorb excessive noise, so adding a statement wall made of such materials is a good idea.