Let’s face it: your family and neighbours are likely not as excited about your new drum kit as you are!
An outdoor music room, such as a log cabin or shed at the bottom of the garden is the perfect solution. You’ll want to make sure as little noise can escape as possible with effective soundproofing. Your next-door neighbours will thank you for it!
Noise can escape from all parts of your building, not only the walls. You’ll want to consider doors, windows, flooring and even the roof.
You could hire a team of professionals, but that can get costly. If you love DIY projects, there are plenty of options to suit all budgets!
We’ve got you covered: here’s how to reduce the noise and keep your neighbours happy.
1) How To Soundproof Walls
Walls are one of the biggest factors in soundproofing a room.
Make sure you plan and account for all cables and lighting needs. Seal all areas where cables go through soundproofing materials, so there are no gaps. We don’t want your hard work to go to waste!
One easy way to achieve a soundproofed log cabin is to use acoustic foam from music stores. They may gather dust due to their shape though, so you’ll need to keep them clean.
Or, create a sandwich effect with two firm panels and a filling of damp compound, known as ‘damping’.
‘Damping’ is a way of neutralising sound, by changing the kinetic energy in sound waves to heat. You can buy ready-made panels of soundproof drywall, but this may be more expensive.
If you attach panels to existing walls, you risk losing part of the soundproofing effect. This is because it allows vibrations to travel through the walls frame.
Instead, the ‘decoupling’ method works by separating the two walls. It connects the inner wall to a ‘decoupler’, reducing any vibrations.
Apply the same techniques to soundproof the roof of your garden building. Plywood is a popular choice, as it is a far lighter option.
2) How To Soundproof Flooring
Soundproofing your flooring adds another layer of noise reduction. Laying carpet is a quick solution that will reduce any vibrations. Make use leftover or unused carpet to keep to budget. Thicker carpet offers better insulation and it’ll keep the building warmer, too. Bonus!
Rubber matting or gym mats that lock together to cover the entire floor are a great alternative. It’s more durable and will also be easier to clean than carpet.
3) How To Soundproof Windows
Often overlooked, windows are another crucial area for sound to escape. Make sure the rubber seal stay in good condition to trap as much sound as possible.
Use plastic sheets to double up the glass and make it tougher for sound to escape.
We offer double glazing options with our log cabins. If you know you’ll want to use the cabin as a music room, it’s a good idea to upgrade your windows.
For a quick fix, soundproofing curtains and blankets can help to keep the noise down. These will only have a minimal impact, though.
4) How To Soundproof Doors
Last but not least, don’t forget the doors!
Adding a rubber seal to the door will help to trap sound and prevent it from escaping. Be sure to seal up any visible gaps. Any areas not soundproofed with care will reduce your efforts elsewhere.
Acoustic caulk is another easy noise proofing option to add around the door frame.
If your door has any windows, follow the same steps that you used on other windows.
Final checks One two, one two….
Before you start to play your favourite tunes, double check your work. Make sure you haven’t missed any areas of your log cabin.