There are many reasons for why you might wish to make one or more soundproof rooms in your home. Perhaps you are a musician, and you want to be able to practice without disturbing the entire neighborhood. Perhaps you have a pack of noisy little dogs that annoy you and your neighbors, and you want to shut them up once in a while. Maybe you live in an apartment building with very thin walls and you simply want your privacy. I could go on all day listing the many reasons for which a person might wish to do this.
Yet in spite of all those possibilities, not a lot of people actually soundproof their home. Think about it? Do you know anyone with a soundproofed room in their home? Unless you have a friend who is running a home recording studio, the answer is probably no. I personally am in favor of improving the standard home as much as possible. With all the new technological advances that have come along in the last decade or so, it is exciting to think about how that will translate into our day to day lives. Already, people have designed smartphone apps that can control various systems in their home. Remember when a phone was just a phone? Now they send messages, surf the web, check email, connect you with others through social media, and a half million other things. So now, on top of all that, you can also control your home security system from anywhere in the world. there are also apps to remotely control your thermostat and apps that control home audio systems, among many other things. We use all these things, so why do we neglect a simple technology that can greatly improve our personal privacy?
If you really want to do it right, the answer is simply to purchase some fiberglass wall panels. These are the real deal. I have seen fellow musicians soundproofing rooms with Styrofoam and cardboard and all manner of other padding, but such materials are far from optimal. When someone is building a train station or some other place where heavy duty noise reduction is needed, they don’t use Styrofoam and cardboard. They use fiberglass panels. Imagine if someone tried to soundproof an airport using cardboard and Styrofoam!
As you can see from this video, installation of these fiberglass sheets is pretty easy.
They also have a nice attractive look that will blend in with most walls. Chances are, people won’t even notice them!
Another thing that can help to close those little gaps is an acoustical sealant. This is simply a specialized sealant designed to deaden sound. After you have installed your fiberglass panels, you can use this stuff to fill in any little gaps and cracks to achieve a truly silent setting.
While soundproofing is not a new technology, it is an under-appreciated one. Many people seem to think that only people with something to hide should be concerned about this. I would make the argument that privacy is something that everyone needs to one degree or another. Even if a person is doing absolutely nothing wrong at all, they have every reason to keep their business to themselves.