Do you want to sing your heart out without disturbing your family or your neighbors? Well, do you have a closet in your home? If the answer is yes, then this article will be of help. By soundproofing your closet, you’ll be able to produce whatever noise you want without anyone from the outside complaining about it!
There are many soundproofing techniques that you can do and materials that you can get in order to make your closet soundproof. In this article, we’ll go over some affordable, yet efficient ways that you can soundproof your closet!
Declutter Your Closet
You need to make space for all the material you’re going to put inside the closet before you start soundproofing it. Remove anything that would be an obstacle when it comes to putting the material on the closet walls. This includes racks that might be placed on the closet, boxes, and any clothes.
However, if for some reason you can’t remove a rack, that’s fine. You can easily work around these racks by using scissors or a knife to cut the soundproofing material to fit to your closet.
Use Mass Loaded Vinyl
MLV, otherwise known as mass loaded vinyl, is an extremely strong material when it comes to blocking sounds. In order to soundproof a closet, you don’t necessarily have to use thick and heavy material, since the closet itself usually isn’t that thick. MLC is a heavy material that can be placed on many surfaces and efficiently soundproof any room.
In order to install MLV, you’ll need to take a knife and cut it to the size that you require. In order to stick it to the surface, you will need to use either screws, nails, or a spray adhesive. However, you need to keep in mind that the smell won’t go away for several days. Before installing the MLV, we recommend that you leave the box open for a couple of days.
Some of you may think that we’re overreacting; however, some people are more sensitive to smells than others, so we’re giving out this advice for those that are more sensitive.
In order to get the best results, you need to make sure that the vinyl covers all sides of the closet. If you notice any gaps between the vinyl sheets, all you have to do is add soundproofing tape to take care of that problem.
MLV blocks both low and high frequency sound waves, and it will reduce the echo significantly. It’s one of the best methods you can use for soundproofing. However, if you’re not into MLV, we’ll go over some alternative materials that you can use!
Keep in Mind the Power Outlets
If you’re soundproofing your closet to play instruments or if you’re planning on using anything electronic in your closet, you need to make sure that there are power outlets in your closet. If not, you can utilize an extension cord or call a professional electrician to add one in for you.
If you’re going with the extension cord option, you might need to make a small hole for the cord to go through the closet. The reason for this is that the soundproofing won’t be as efficient if you leave the door open for the extension cord.
Use Acoustic Foam Panels
When people try to turn their closet into a vocal booth, one of the most common materials they use is acoustic foam panel. We can say that those people are right, since acoustic panels do a great job at echo reduction. Another benefit they offer is that they are a super affordable option.
However, when it comes to soundproofing, they aren’t very efficient. The thing is, acoustic foam panels aren’t as dense as drywall, mineral wool batts, or mass loaded vinyl, and they’re also pretty light. When it comes to blocking sounds, they simply don’t have the mass that’s needed to do the job efficiently.
If you’re looking to reduce echo, we suggest that you place the acoustic foam panels on top of the mass loaded vinyl or directly on the wall. However, if you’re just interested in better acoustics in your closet and you aren’t too concerned about unwanted noise reduction, then we suggest that you try out acoustic foam panels. You can install them by using a regular spray adhesive or hanging strips!
Invest in Moving Blankets
When doing a soundproofing project, many people use moving soundproof blankets. Even though they won’t block the sound as efficiently as mass loaded vinyl, they still do a good job at muffling a substantial amount of sound. If you use heavy and thick moving blankets, the aforementioned statement is even more accurate.
If you plan on using moving blankets as a method to soundproof your closet, make sure that you get a blanket that’s heavier. You can use blankets that are lighter; however, in order to get the best results, you need to use more than one layer of lighter blankets.
So, the question is, how do you use moving blankets in order to properly soundproof a closet? The procedure is similar to soundproofing a closet using mass loaded vinyl. All you need to do is tack or screw them onto the walls of the closet.
Before you install moving blankets, make sure that you cut the blanket into a size that’s appropriate for the closet that you’re soundproofing. To do this, use scissors that are sharp so you can have an easier time cutting the blanket.
If you want to cover the closet from all sides, this usually costs around $100. However, the price depends on your closet size since the closet size determines how many blankets you will need.
Hang Noise-Blocking Curtains
Using noise-blocking curtains can be especially useful if you own a small closet. The reason for this is that you can hang the noise blocking curtains on the outside of the closet. All you need to do is hang a curtain rod on the wall above the closet door. Then, on the curtain rod, you need to hang a thick and heavy curtain, or even a blanket.
One of the best things about these noise-blocking curtains is that they are very effective at what they do, and they’re also super affordable. They also come in a variety of colors, that way you can choose whichever one will go best with your room. They are also available in many dimensions and sizes, so you can be sure that you will find something that will fit your closet perfectly!
A lot of bad acoustics and echoes are caused by hardwood floors. Another reason to use carpets or soft mats is that sound travels through the floor, so by adding a thick and soft material on top of it you will help prevent the sound from doing this.
We recommend that on the closet floor, you use carpeting or a thick rag. Another thing you can do is use soft and thick floor tiles. If you can, cover the entire floor. By doing this, the sound won’t be able to bounce off the floor!
Use Foam Tape to Seal Any Cracks
Every closet has a door, so if you see that there are gaps that haven’t been covered with the material that you’ve chosen, no matter if they’re small or large, use some foam tape in order to cover them. Remember that sound can easily pass through these gaps, which means that they can be a weak point in your soundproofing.
With foam tape, you can choose from many different dimensions, and it is also extremely cheap. You can use scissors, a knife, or even your hands to cut it into the size you require, because the material itself is very thin and can be easily torn apart. You don’t need adhesive to put it into place, since it’s self-adhesive.
Foam tape can make a very big difference in the quality of your soundproofing, and the whole process of sealing the cracks and the gaps you’ve missed should only take about 5 minutes. We also recommend that you use the foam tape around power outlets if there are some cracks around them.
If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a sound-resistant closet, then get to work! If you remember our tips and tricks, we’re sure that you will be able to build a nice, beautiful soundproof closet in no time! You’ll never have to worry about your family, neighbors, or anyone else complaining about the noise again!
We hope that this article helped familiarize you with soundproofing and that you’ll have an easier time soundproofing your closet! Please feel free to check out some of our other soundproofing tips and tricks on our site!