Having a soundproof closet does deaden any instances of echo, allowing you to use the closet for a variety of purposes such as recording clean signals for singing, relaxing or any other vocal work. Assembling such a unit at home is a relatively simple process which you can do on your own even if you are one of those people who are uncomfortable with remodeling projects. To make the closet soundproof, you have to make changes to the walls, doors, windows, ceilings and any other cracks or openings that may be present. All you need is some patience and creativity.
Generally, soundproofing the closet does centre on how to absorb any unwanted noise. If you are willing to re-do existing walls, you should consider using two layers of sheetrock with some small space between them. You can easily glue together the sheetrock using a special type of sound dampening glue or a layer of silicone. For an existing wall, you can simply add a layer of sheetrock. You can also add various sound reducing materials such as Rockwool insulation, fiberglass insulation or certain types of soundproofing foam panels. It is worth mentioning that sound waves are generally reduced as they travel through any mass and as they move through substances of different densities and that’s why it is recommended that one uses two or more layers of any substance since two layers are bound to be twice as thick.
Windows and doorways can also contribute to unwanted noise. Solid, thick doors and triple or double paned vinyl framed windows will significantly block more sound than single paned windows and thin doors. Caulk and weather-strips can also be applied to any gaps around windows and the door frame so as to reduce the amount of sound that sneaks through the gaps.
It is also possible to soundproof your closet ceiling and floor as well. You can install some carpet over carpet padding on the floor. There are also special sound reducing mats which can be laid under the carpeting. Depending on the size of the closet, it is possible to soundproof the ceiling by adding a false, drop or what is also known as a suspended ceiling. This type of ceiling usually consists of special panels which are hung from the ceiling. A word of caution though, if you have to re-install your ceiling then you are better of seeking the services of a professional who is well experienced in this particular area as you don’t want to mess up your ceiling and have it dripping.
Additionally, smooth, hard surfaces in a room do nothing to help you eliminate sounds, as a matter of fact; they might just make the problem worse. Rough surfaces of ceilings and walls such as a sprayed texture can help reduce noise emanating from your closet. Soft rugs, thick curtains and carpet can also absorb sound that’s either coming from the room or that’s coming from outside.
In the event that money is a concern or you have limited time, then an inexpensive and less drastic approach to making the closet soundproof may be required. You may opt to simply place a large bookcase or some other furniture against a wall; this will effectively make the wall thicker. Alternatively use some thick curtains over windows to help keep sounds from traveling through the windows as easily. Other simple techniques that can reduce the noise in a closet room simply involve absorbing the sound that’s already in the room, rather than blocking the sound from leaving or entering the room.
It is also worth noting that simple wall decorations or treatments can also help make the room soundproof. You can simply hang or tack some sort of heavy material that will effectively block any sound waves. The material used can range from carpeting to blankets and even manufactured paneling. In some situations, even some egg cartons or card boards may be a viable option. Always keep in mind that the thicker the material the better.
In conclusion, tips on how to soundproof a closet vary depending on which part of the closet you are ready to remodel or interfere with. The choice is usually determined by other factors such as the budget, technical expertise and the amount of time allotted to the exercise.