6 Ways to Soundproof a Room without Foam

Doesn’t matter whether you live in an apartment or a house, life outside your room can be quite noisy. Whether it’s the noise from your neighbors or your children playing outside the room, it can make it difficult to get some sleep or concentrate on work.

In order to make your room a quiet and relaxing place, soundproofing can be an ideal solution. To soundproof rooms without using acoustic foam, you can install floor underlayment, add a layer of drywall, seal the door gap, cover the window with soundproof curtains or follow other simple solutions.

Soundproofing helps by blocking sound waves from both structure-borne and airborne noise, such as a TV sound, footsteps, etc. Since noise enters and exits a room through different surfaces, you should concentrate on soundproofing the walls, doors, windows, floors, and ceilings. 

In this article, let’s find out 6-easy ways to soundproof a room without soundproof foam and make the place silent and peaceful.

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How to Soundproof a Room?

Soundproofing your room can make a huge difference in reducing unwanted noise. In this guide, we’ll walk you through some simple steps to help soundproof your room and create a more peaceful environment.

1. Make Windows Soundproof

If you reside in an area with a lot of noise pollution, such as honking cars, loud pedestrians, or noisy neighbors, the most effective option to lessen the cacophony is to use soundproofing window inserts. These glass inserts are inserted into the window frame about 5 inches in front of the internal face of your main window. 

Most sound vibrations are prevented from passing through the glass by the air space created between the insert and the window. The best inserts are constructed of laminated glass, which is a thick glass made of two layers of glass and a layer of plastic in the middle that effectively muffles vibrations.


I would recommend installing Indow Window Inserts if you’re looking for a customized soundproof window insert. You just need to deposit a token money for ordering the kit and then the company will send you a measuring kit along with instructional guide.

LayerWindows OpenWindows Open + Indow InsertWindows Closed + Indow Insert
Noise in dB60 db47 db37 db
Test performed on Indow Window Inserts

You can also use Soundproof Curtains or Soundproof Blankets over windows for blocking sound and reducing the echo within the room. Check out this detailed review on Nicetown’s Soundproof Curtains.

2. Sealing Door Gaps

The door is the weakest link in the chain when it comes to soundproofing a room. Even the smallest door cracks allow sound to pass through.

A door should have more mass and be as close to airtight as possible in order to be soundproof. Consider purchasing a ready-made soundproof door but it’s not an option for everyone as it’s an expensive soundproofing product. Or you can replace your lightweight door with a new one that has a solid-wood core for a more cost-effective option. This would increase the amount of mass between the room and outside noises.

Here are simple steps to soundproof a door:

  • Change the Core
  • Install Door Sweeps
  • Seal the holes/cracks with caulk
  • Use Sound absorbers/foam on other side of the door
  • Install Soundproof Curtains/Blankets
  • Use MVL Sheets
  • Fill the hollow core door with Foam
  • Place a rug under the door
  • Install Weather Stripping around the door

Door contributes for almost 30 percent of your room’s noise, so for beginner soundproofing fans it should be on the top priority. I haven’t published an article on Soundproofing door yet, but by the time you’re reading this article I might have uploaded it. So, please search for it on the website.

3. Install Soundproof Curtains

One of the simplest options for soundproofing a room is soundproof curtains. In order to reduce echo in a room, soundproof curtains are excellent for sound deadening purposes. However, it is important to remember that although sound-dampening curtains can significantly reduce noise, they cannot entirely silence it.

These curtains frequently have a porous surface that helps sound waves to be absorbed, making the space considerably quieter, they also help in blocking sound if you choose the right soundproof curtain.

When soundproofing curtains are used to cover windows, you receive two benefits: a lovely, calming aesthetic appearance and efficient soundproofing to muffle the noise of moving traffic, sirens, and loud passersby.

Also Read: Types of Acoustic Materials

4. Make The Walls Soundproof With Mass-Loaded Vinyl

Mass Loaded Vinyl is essentially one of the best soundproofing materials for making the walls soundproof. Given its flexibility, thinness, and exceptional durability, you can use it almost everywhere. High-density soundproofing absorbs sound, whereas its increased mass totally blocks sound.

The MLV is usually mounted above the fiber glass construction and behind the sheetrock or drywall. You can also apply the MLV across the outer wall surface for the greatest results. You can use pneumatic cap staplers, screws with washers, or roofing nails to fix it firmly in place.

installing MVL Sheets

5. Block The Sound Coming Through The Floor

Particularly in multi-family residences, a lot of noise can travel through the floor. Noise that is transmitted through the floor can be reduced simply by laying carpet.

EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam flooring is excellent at absorbing sound and is suitable for high-impact spaces, such as the room where you work at home or sleep. These are perfect for rented spaces because they don’t stick to the floor and are laid over the existing floor like an extra layer. Watch this DIY video to understand how EVA can be helpful. 

When soundproofing your floors, you can consider adding sound-absorbing underlayment for a more extensive solution. Since they are foamy, sound waves will have a difficult time passing through them.

Do you live in a noisy house and finding it difficult to sleep? Check out this article on 10 Tips for Falling Asleep in a Noisy House

6. Add Carpets, Rugs or Mats To The Floor

The worst thing you can do for the acoustics of the room you’re soundproofing is to leave the floor exposed. Fortunately, dealing with the problem can be as simple as adding some rugs or carpets to the floor.

Covering a large area should help to reduce the impact noise created by your footfall. In order to provide even more thorough coverage, you can even think about putting wall-to-wall carpeting. 

The rug or carpet you select should ideally be on the thicker side; this will increase the effectiveness of the solution. If you choose to go for a bohemian style, you could even stack many rugs on top of one another. A shaggy rug like this can come in very handy in not just adding to the decor but also managing some of the outside noise.

Related Topics: How to Soundproof a Room from inside noise?

7. Use Soundproof Room Dividers

Soundproof room dividers help in creating a partition within a room, for example you can can soundproof one corner of a room using these. One more similar product you can use is soundproof booth, you can use it as you personal music room within a room.

Wrapping It Up!

For room soundproofing, it is essential to focus on blocking sound waves. Outside sound can also be reduced by adding additional soft, absorbent materials like curtains, blankets, carpets, and acoustic panels.

While these things can help in reducing sound, keep in mind that it would only be a few decibels. Also, soundproof curtains only absorb noises at higher frequencies. You may also manage the disturbance in your space by making sure that your doors and windows are properly sealed.

No matter your living environment, there are various temporary and permanent sound-proofing solutions available to meet your needs.


FAQs

  1. How to make a room soundproof instantly?

To make a room soundproof instantly you can lay rugs or carpets on the floor, cover the walls with thick blankets, quilts or tapestries and hang soundproof curtains on the windows. Since soft items help to absorb sound, these steps might help to lower the noise coming from outside.

  1. What materials can help to block sound?

Few materials that can help you to block out sound include MDF Fibreboard, Rock Fibre Slab, Gypsum Board, Mineral Wool, Soundproof Curtains, Thick Blankets, Soundproof Window Inserts etc.

  1. How to make a room soundproof naturally?

You can make a room naturally soundproof by using mass-loaded vinyl, adding tapestries on the wall, laying thick rugs on the floor, rearranging the furniture, and a lot more.