How to Soundproof a Room Cheaply

No matter whether it is for rehearsals or due to noisy neighbors, soundproofing a room can be done affordably and effectively. In this article we’ll cover some effective strategies.

Hard surfaces reflect and amplify noises, while soft materials absorb them and make rooms quieter. Hanging thick blankets, moving pads or tapestries on walls is an effective way to quickly make spaces quieter.


Soundproofing involves more than simply stopping vibration; it involves also absorbing and diffusing it. Noise pollution typically enters through its most vulnerable entrypoint – be that through windows, doors, or an entire wall (shared walls in apartments are common culprits). Once identified as the source, it’s essential that an appropriate solution be found.

If the sounds are coming from outside, adding insulation can help block sound transmission while simultaneously improving energy efficiency and decreasing electric bills.

There are various economical and straightforward approaches available to you to achieve this. Installing batting between your walls is one option, while you could also use acoustical caulk (water-based recommended) to seal cracks and seams (be sure to select an option without damaging paint or other finishes) or installing acoustical foam panels – designed specifically to absorb low and high frequencies and feature adhesive peel backings are more permanent solutions that may provide lasting improvement.

One way to reduce noise pollution from outside is with double-layered walls. This process, known as decoupling, works by isolating different layers so less sound travels between them – the easiest way is putting up another layer of drywall over existing walls; doing this can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life in your home.

Add acoustic curtains or thick blankets to your walls as an effective noise absorber, and they can look stylish as well. Another cheap solution would be installing large built-in bookshelves filled with heavy books; these will reduce noise from neighbors’ rooms significantly.

If the noise is coming from above, insulation could help alleviate your situation by reducing impact noise caused by footsteps and heel strikes on the floor. There are various inexpensive DIY solutions such as adding acoustic foam or installing acoustical ceiling tiles which could provide relief.


Soundproofing an inexpensive room involves making sure outside noises cannot enter, while internal ones cannot leave. This may involve sealing cracks and increasing mass of materials in walls and floors; covering hard surfaces with soft ones which absorb more sound; as well as using sound dampening methods like carpet padding or wall to wall carpet to reduce echoes or noise echoes in the room.

Cork underlay can provide an easy solution to soundproof a floor. This low-cost material is easily found at most home improvement stores, making it the ideal solution for concrete and wooden surfaces, where even a thin pad can help reduce outside noise or sound coming in from above.

Acoustic panels offer another effective DIY solution, using advanced noise-dampening materials like acoustic foam or mineral wool that can easily be fastened to walls and ceilings for fast noise abatement. Unfortunately, however, such panels may look industrial and might not complement your decor in terms of aesthetics.

For a less obvious solution, hanging acoustic panels as accent pieces might be just what’s needed to help absorb unwanted noises in any room. There’s an assortment of colors and styles available so as to complement any decor; and their absorbency capabilities make them very efficient at doing their job of dampening down unwanted sounds.

Reducing noise entering and leaving a room requires simply redoing its flooring, from installing acoustic underlay over existing floors to adding carpet that covers an entire room with added layers of underlay beneath it. Doing this will significantly decrease noise from both outside sources as well as within.

If you don’t feel like investing in an area rug, an air purifier like the Levoit Vital 100 may also help mask background noise and white noise from neighbors, traffic, music etc. Additionally, adding pillows or blankets under mattresses will further dampen any noise coming from below or around your room.


Soundproofing a room serves a key purpose of deadening noise that travels through the air. While expensive acoustic products may help, simple things such as hanging drapes or using furniture with plush padding may do just as well. The key is creating dense materials thick enough to stop noise waves passing through; this may involve insulation of walls and adding thick curtains or blankets, sealing gaps with caulk, etc.

If you want to go further, an inexpensive soundproofing panel can be constructed using mineral wool or acoustic foam in a wooden frame, which can then be mounted on either the ceiling or walls to absorb noise and help block out sound pollution. However, this process requires some construction skills as well as additional expenses.

At an economical cost, dry padding offers another cost-cutting method of soundproofing rooms: packing the walls with thick material to dampen noise and silence conversations. While not as aesthetic, dry padding can still provide effective soundproofing solutions and is available at most home improvement stores for around $10 per box.

Add thick blankets or rugs to the floor of any room as an effective and cost-effective way of reducing noise levels in an easy and affordable manner. Soft materials absorb soundwaves, helping reduce reverberation. You could place these under heavy furniture for further noise dampening effects or place them at doorways to block noise entering into the space.

Sound absorbers not only serve the purpose of sound absorption, but can also add warmth and a decorative accent to a space. Their versatility extends across rooms of all sizes; larger spaces may benefit from positioning these items between floors to prevent noise travel between levels – an especially helpful strategy if living in high-rise apartments. Including these items in your home will significantly decrease noise pollution from both external sources (such as street traffic) as well as neighbours; providing effective results at an economical price.


Furniture that absorbs noise is an effective way to soundproof a room without spending a lot of money, which makes this approach especially helpful for renters who cannot make permanent changes. By adding natural decor pieces such as sound-absorbing chairs or cushions into the mix, noise from noisy neighbors will remain at an acceptable level.

Sound bounces off of hard surfaces, amplifying it and creating an echo effect in a room. While you could easily decouple surfaces by padding with absorbent materials such as foam padding or fabric padding, this may not always be possible in apartments and condos. One way rugs and soft furnishings may help soften echoes or absorb ambient noise before it travels between rooms.

The First step to soundproofing any room is identifying its source of unwanted noise – whether that means sharing walls in an apartment complex or condominium, exterior windows, or an interior door – then blocking them off from entering your home.

If an interior door is the source of noise, adding weatherstripping and a sweep can help create a tight seal to block sound from passing through and entering your room.

Step two in soundproofing a room involves blocking external noise from entering. While this may seem difficult, even the slightest gap can allow in unwanted noise. Luckily, soundproof window coatings or double-paned windows are effective solutions that can significantly decrease this source of intrusive sound.

If you need to soundproof a room for use as an office, recording studio, or music space, purchasing professional acoustic panels or tiles designed specifically to block noise can be costly. There are more cost-effective DIY methods such as pushing bookshelves up against walls or mounting acoustic wall panels onto existing walls that may work more effectively at noise reduction; you could also add foam padding and drapes for even further noise suppression capabilities.