Some people who are thinking of soundproofing their room or their basement think that it would cost them a lot of money to get the work done, as most of the soundproofing materials that people see online and in stores are a bit pricey. What most people don’t realize is that you do not need to spend a huge amount of money just to be able to do the project that you have been thinking about for so long. Here are cheap soundproofing ideas that you can try and are sure to be within your budget.
Drywall – Drywall, or also known as wallboard or plasterboard is used to make walls and ceilings. Drywalls come in sheets and they are placed all around the house, the thing that people do not realize is that drywalls reduce the flow of soundwaves thus minimizing the noise that you can hear from around your house. If you have the budget or enough money to spare, then it will not hurt to add more drywall into your walls and ceilings as it is also proven to be as one of the most effective and cheap soundproofing ideas or alternatives.
Ceilings – Soundproofing does not only include walls, but it also includes ceilings. This is especially true for those who want to soundproof their basement as most of the noise come from the ceiling of the basement, which is also the floor of area above. You can use acoustic tiles to layers of texture paint and these will serve as the soundproof system of your ceiling. The texture paint that you are going to use will not just help keep the acoustic tiles intact on your ceiling, but it can also cover and fill the holes and cracks of your ceiling, which can then prevent the noise from upstairs from coming through.
Weather Strip – One of the most popular cheap soundproofing ideas is the application and use of weather strips. As seen in movies or television shows, weather strips are used in order to seal the cracks on the doors and the windows of the room, this prevents drafts from getting inside the room as well as sound. It reduces the sound transmission from going in and out of the room.
Mats – Another cheap alternative to soundproofing your room or basement is by placing mats. The rubber foam that are placed under mats can help absorb the sound. This can also be done on speakers as you can cut individual mats with thick foam that measures from 1 to 2 inches, by doing so you can reduce the noise that is transmitted from the floor.
Wall Hangings – Placing or installing any thick material or accessory on your wall can help reduce the sound that comes in from the outside. It helps in reducing the sound transmission and all of these can be used as a cheap alternative for soundproofing. The best part about this alternative is that not only can you soundproof your room, but you can also design it, as the wall hangings will be up to you to decorate and be creative about.
Interior Decoration – Remodeling your room or basement is a bit expensive, so if is not within your budget then you have other alternatives. You can decorate your room or your basement in the way that you want to, in this way you have the control over the amount and level of sound that goes in and out of your room or basement. You can decorate your room or basement by placing carpets on the floor as it reduces the noise versus keeping the hard wood floor on its own. You can also hang drapes that are thick to reduce any kind of sound. Even your furniture can be decorated as it can be upholstered to help reduce any sound.