Hello, everyone. Today, I’ll talk to you about how to soundproof a wall in your home office or an apartment with millions of people living next door to noisy neighbors. You might be wondering of ways to soundproof a wall soundproofing wall in your home doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated in this guide. I will not only talk about how to soundproof a wall without removing at the drywall, but will also explain ways to do it by removing the drywall and building something for better noise blocking if you are doing the job on your own, please do your resource extensively as well as comprehend the items and sell proven fundamentals after that by following these steps on the most effective ways to soundproof wall as well as using recommended soundproofing products. You can accomplish the desired outcome without blowing your budget to make your house a bit quieter. You’ll need to minimize vibrations filling sound leaks and Absorb sounds so let’s begin with number one fill in the holes and gaps.
I figured I would begin with the easiest and cheapest method to soundproof wall without having to break down walls. You can use this method if you live in an apartment where you’re unable to alter the walls, of course, you will need to crack fill around the window frames. If you see any type of separations green glue noise proving sealant is what I recommend because it not only block sound very well, but it also is very pliable.
So it won’t crack as it ages letting noise through if you’re soundproofing a wall with no windows or doors. Then you might think that you could skip this step. Well think again one place. A lot of people wouldn’t think of noise coming into a room is electrical outlets unscrew the cover of the electrical outlet and you will most likely see a significant gap between the box and the wall. All you need to do is fill in this Gap with noise proofing sealant. And you’re done.
Of course, if you’re soundproofing an unfinished wall than the best way to soundproof. The electrical box is by completely wrapping it with a product called putty pad. Most people however will be soundproofing and existing wall. So the green glue is the cheap and easy way to go. You can also use the noise proofing ceiling to between the floor and baseboard.
Checking For Gaps
If you see any sort of gap that is most of the time you won’t see a significant gap, but it only takes a minute to cop. This section of the wall and could easily decrease the noise transfer from the other room by a couple of decibels just a quick pause.
Number two on our list is double up the drywall a popular way to soundproof an existing wall is by adding an extra layer of drywall over top of the existing drywall one crucial detail a most people forget to mention is not to use the same type of drywall that is already there use a thicker 5/8 inch sheet of drywall for your second layer 5/8 inch drywall will do a much better job at blocking the noise coming from the other side of the wall. Plus it only costs a few dollars more making it well worth the investment another essential tip when doubling up the drywall is to use green blue noise.
Proofing compound between the two layers of drywall. All you need to do is spread the noise proofing compound liberally in a random pattern. So you’re getting some all over the sheet of drywall. This is not actually glued. It’s a compound that is specifically made to help absorb and block sound waves from passing through the wall don’t mistake this with green glue noise proofing ceiling.
It is a different product, but let’s be clear this is noise proofing compound is not a miracle noise blocker. It will however help reduce a few decibels of noise passing through the wall for the cost of a couple of tubes. It is well worth the investment number three masts loaded a vinyl another way to soundproof wall is by using a mass loaded vinyl MLV comes in a roll usually measuring a 4 feet long. It’s a very heavy and dense material, but also relatively thin what you can do to make your wall even more soundproof when adding an Layer of drywall and some green blue is by adding a layer of mass loaded vinyl on top of that while in between the drywall, of course, all you need to do is cut a layer of MLV the size of the wall, you want to insulate and attach it on your existing wall before adding the second layer of drywall.
You will see a significant decrease in sound coming through the other side of the wall with the MLV in place number for resilient channel another great way to soundproof a wall is by using what is called a resilient channel most of the time I would install this in a basement ceiling to eliminate footstep noise coming from above but this can be added to a wall to improve soundproofing make sure that you install the resilient channel as suggested by the manufacturer to achieve the desired effect. I will have a link to a full article from soundproof guide.com in the description below on exactly how to install a resilient channel.
I will also give you a small overview so keep reading. Firstly, you need to remove the drywall then apply the sound clips inside the joints and stud then screw the channel in the clips using drywall screws. Make sure that the screws only enter the web of the resilient channel and does not come into contact with the resilient channel base support.
Do not over tighten the screws as they may tear through the metal channel now attach the second layer of drywall using crop. Opera longer screws. So basically, that’s the gist of it number 5 sound dampening of paint.
Sound Dampening Paint
Yes. There is such a thing as sound dampening paint sound dampening paint or soundproofing paint is gaining popularity in the soundproofing industry due to its Effectiveness versus cost and application.
This paint is certainly not a miracle sound blogger, but it will decrease the noise coming through the wall by a few decibels. Make sure to apply multiple coats for best results.
Let’s say you need extra storage on top of soundproofing a wall in your home or office. Let’s also say that you don’t want to tear down the wall or add an extra layer of drywall. You could use a little known at some Roofing hack a by adding a bookshelf the entire length and height of the wall by adding a bookshelf and then filling it up with books. You will be adding mass.
This mass will do wonders in soundproofing the wall because you will be gaining an ample amount of storage at the same time. You can also add some cupboard doors if you don’t have books to fill up the shelf at least that way you won’t be leaving any gaps where noise could get through a thin wall number seven soundproof blankets or moving blankets.
If you live in an apartment and are unable to alter the walls hanging soundproof blankets could be an option. Of course soundproofing blankets can be quite expensive because there are typically made in the shape of a doorway to use to soundproof adore. You would need to buy several of them to be able to soundproof an entire wall a cheaper.
The last option would be to buy a bundle of moving blankets moving blankets are made of dense material and would help blogging noise. It won’t be as good as an actual soundproof blanket, but it would cost you a fraction of that price. So it would certainly be something to look at whether you’re a soundproofing and existing wall or during construction.