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Nowadays, many people are looking for a way to soundproof their home. Whether it’s to keep the noise out or in, there are plenty of DIY methods you can use to soundproof closet that won’t break the bank .
In this blog post, we will go over 9 different DIY techniques on how you can soundproof your closet and turn it into a personal music studio that is perfect for practicing any time of day.
A-List of Ways on How to Soundproof a Closet
It’s every musician’s dream to have a soundproof practice space, but not everyone has the resources or time to build one.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make your closet more soundproof, then read below detailed guide.
1. Install A Layer Of Drywall
This method is highly effective for a walk-in closet. An additional layer of drywall can make a considerable difference where soundproofing is concerned.
While the method is costly, it is effective and worth every penny in the long run.
Most modern homes have a layer of drywall in the closet.
However, the single-layer might not be as effective in keeping sounds in or out.
When adding the extra layer of drywall, it’s important to sandwich green glue soundproofing sealant or something like mass loaded vinyl in between the layers.
This will enhance the soundproofing ability while ensuring that the two layers stay in place just like you want.
For a detailed guide on how to install drywall like a pro, I would highly recommend you to read this awesome article by Family Handyman.
2. Add Acoustic Panels
If you are looking to add sound quality to your closet, use acoustic panels alongside a layer of drywall.
Acoustic panels are also easy to install, and you do not need to hire a professional to help you.
The market offers a variety of acoustic panels, so you are sure to find one that will match your décor and suit your personal taste.
There are even fabric-wrapped panels that will transform that dull closet into a small haven.
Acoustic foam panels are highly effective in sound absorption, and make at the top list of my most recommended sound absorbing materials.
By sound absorption, they don’t block sound transmission inside or outside a room where they are installed.
Instead, the help absorb sound waves from being reflected on the walls, hence effective in absorbing echoes and reverbs.
As such, you get high quality audio recordings and clearer sounds when you have the foam panels installed.
I have previously written a detailed guide to help you hang the acoustic panels without damaging the walls.
3. Install Mass Loaded Vinyl
Mass Loaded Vinyl is excellent for soundproofing. The material is thick, durable, and easy to install and it’s impregnated with tiny metallic particles that help increase the mass.
In most cases, MLV is used to add mass to the walls, ceilings in order to help block sound transmission.
All you need is to cut it to size and spray some adhesive before installing it.
Mass Loaded Vinyl can be used on the walls and floors, making it versatile.
Additionally, this product is also paintable allowing you to paint it over with the desired color of your choosing.
The only downside is the industrial smell which can be too much for people with medical conditions.
If smells trigger your allergies, then I would highly suggest you check out these mass loaded vinyl alternatives.
4. Use Bass Traps
Just like acoustic panels, bass traps are perfect for Improving sound quality in your closet.
While these foam sound absorbers are designed to absorb low-frequency sounds and clean the sound in recording studios, there is no reason why you should use them in your home.
Unlike panels that need installation, bass traps do not.
You just drop them wherever you want, and you are guaranteed remarkable results.
You are free to move them around until you get the desired results. If your is a small closet, you can still hang the bass traps using hanging strips.
Bass traps are also great when you want to block bass noise from transmitting to your neighbors.
5. Soundproof The Closet the Door
Most of the sound getting into your space likely comes through the door. Your door may have gaps and cracks, or it may be too light.
To solve the problem, hang a soundproofing blanket on the door.
You can hang it on the outside or inside, depending on whether or not you are concerned about aesthetics.
You can also add a cute soundproofing curtain by the door.
Just install a rod above the door so it easy to hang and draw the curtain as needed.
Sound-blocking curtains are pretty affordable, making them a great choice if your budget is tight.
They are also available in different colors and styles, so you can also turn them into décor pieces.
Both soundproofing blankets and curtains take care of cracks, gaps, and thin doors.
They are perfect if you want to soundproof your closet without having to spend too much time making improvements.
If you’re on a budget, it won’t hurt trying to soundproof the closet door with household items.
6. Replace The Door
Sometimes it is cheaper to replace that paper-thin door than trying to fix it. If you notice that most of the noise gets in through the door, just make plans to replace it.
You should also consider getting a new door if your current one is cracked or the gap below and above the door is too big.
A solid core door will do your closet a lot of good.
These doors come in different styles and prices, and if you take your time to compare, you will find one that fits your home and matches your budget.
7. Seal All Cracks
See all those cracks and gaps on doors, windows, and walls? They are notorious for letting sound out.
Use acoustic sealant or weatherstripping to seal them. Here is my detailed guide on my most recommended acoustic sealants on the market.
A standard sealant may work for a short time, but because it cracks and shrinks over time, you are better of with the acoustic variety if you are looking for a long-term solution.
Foam tape is also good for sealing cracks and gaps.
It is easy to use, comes with its own adhesive, and you can cut it to whatever size you want using scissors.
8. Use A Carpet On The Floor
That hard floor in your closet could be contributing to the echo and awful acoustics.
A carpet on the floor is one of the many different methods to soundproofing a floor on budget.
Carpeting your closet floor will add some warmth in addition to soundproofing it.
The good thing with carpets is that they come in a variety of colors and textures, so you will be spoilt for choice when you go shopping.
You can also choose an area rug to fit the floor as opposed to installing wall-to-wall carpet. Soft tiles also do a good job of blocking noise and reducing echo.
9. Add Reflection Filters
Reflection filters are great for soundproofing rental properties where the landlord doesn’t want you making any changes to your space.
They also work great in small closets.
This curved foam piece comes already treated for sound dampening.
You can put two or more at different points in the closest to absorb any unwanted noise and minimize the noise getting out of the closet.
The number of filters to add to your closet will depend on its size.
The larger the closet, the more filters you will need to make any considerable change in soundproofing.
10. Don’t Forget The Ceiling
If you live in an apartment block, you must not forget the ceiling while soundproofing. Most materials used on the wall and floor also work for the ceiling.
You can read a detailed guide on this by reading my article on ceiling soundproofing without construction.
You can add a drywall layer with an air gap in between.
For enhanced soundproofing, add some fiberglass insulation inside the gap.
You can also use acoustic panels on the ceiling. This job may take some climbing and an extra pair of hands to help with the fixing.
11. Soundproof Paint and Acoustic Wallpaper
If you’re converting your closet to a recording studio or drum room, then I would highly recommend you take care of echoes and reverbs.
Soundproofing paint also known as acoustic paint is a water based, thick latex paint that’s formulated with sound absorbing fillers and ceramic microspheres.
Check out my guide on acoustical paint to find out how it works, it’s effectiveness as well as it’s applications.
Sound absorbing wallpaper is also a great sound absorber that works similarly as the soundproofing paint.