Whether you’re trying to create a music studio for cheap or you’re just looking to quiet down a noisy apartment, it can be hard to soundproof a room cheaply. The cost of acoustic panels adds up fast and when you’re limited on space, you may not have room for all the padding you want. But whether you want to keep noise out or keep noise in, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn what soundproofing material will get the job done for less.
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Make DIY Soundproofing Panels
Acoustic soundproofing panels can be expensive to buy fully assembled. But if you know how to put together furniture from IKEA, you can definitely figure out how to make your own acoustic panels. There are a ton of tutorials online to help guide you on your way.
In general, as long as you have access to some basic tools, making your own soundproofing panels won’t be hard. You can keep it cheap by buying wholesale fabric online and reusing or repurposing wood and supports from the furniture you already have or buy second-hand.
Once they’re finished, hang the acoustic panels up on the wall opposite from where the sound originates from. This will help absorb the vibration and bounce it back, helping to block excess noise.
Stock Up on Area Rugs
If building your own soundproofing fixtures isn’t in your wheelhouse, there’s a much easier alternative: area rugs. Area rugs are a time-tested way to add extra padding to rooms to help block out sound and keep the noise down.
Instead of laying the area rug on the floor for a nice bit of decoration, hang old area rugs up on the walls of the room you’re trying to soundproof. The rugs are thick and often have some kind of padding that will help absorb sound.
You can even layer the rugs to add to the effect. Area rugs don’t have to be expensive. You can often find them for cheap at your local thrift store.
A Soundproofing Alternative
If you’re not looking to keep sound out of the room for recording purposes, there may be another alternative to these soundproofing measures. Instead of keeping noise out, you could try to introduce quiet noise to the environment.
White noise, like the noise from an air purifier or a sound machine, may help you block out unwanted noise from traffic or noisy neighbors. You can find white noise machines on most major marketplaces for under $20!
How to Soundproof a Room Cheaply?
Now that you know how to soundproof a room cheaply, you can get started on setting your perfect noise level. It doesn’t have to be expensive to create a soundproof space that works for you, no matter what your needs are.
You can skip the expensive acoustic foam and sound booth and opt for something less expensive (and greener!)
For more hope tips and tricks, keep reading!