I really enjoy playing the drums with my brother, but they can be incredibly loud.
Our sessions were starting to make the neighbors annoyed, and we needed a quick solution to our problem, so we decided to soundproof our training room. We thought this would be very expensive, but we’ve managed to complete the job while spending only several hundred dollars.
In this guide, we’ll outline the methods we used so you can try out the same ones in your own music room.
5 Cheap Ways to Soundproof a Room For Drums
Let’s look at some of the simplest ways in which you can insulate your drum room—so you can keep your neighbors happy and the police away from your residence.
1. Find and Seal All The Gaps
Even the smallest hole can release noise, and drum noise is one of the hardest types to deal with. Drums can actually produce sounds at a volume of 100 to 120 dB if they’re struck aggressively.
Keeping that in mind, you’ll need to take a day and seal all the major gaps in your music room. It won’t take long for you to find these gaps, because they’ll be highly visible. You may notice them between the door, the doorframe and the floor, or between the windows and their frames. You should also seal any cracks in the wall that you find.
If you’re wondering exactly how to seal the gaps, it’s a good idea to use sound-dampening weatherstrips. I personally use Kanzzy soundproof weatherstripping, as it’s one of the more affordable options out there.
Even though you could completely seal off your room to achieve the ideal level of soundproofing, this isn’t the best thing to do, as it’ll make your room very hot and uncomfortable. Just do your best to find the major gaps and seal them up by using weatherstripping or high-density foam tape.
However, to seal a large gap beneath your door, I recommend that you use a door sweep.
You may also be interested in my guide to quieting drums for practice.
2. Soundproof the Windows
Just like soundproofing the door, it’s also important that you soundproof your windows, as this will stop noise from traveling through them. As with your door and its gaps, you can also use weatherstripping tape to seal any gaps between your windows and their frames.
We also recommend soundproof curtains, which have been specifically designed to absorb sounds. They’re thicker and denser than regular curtains, and even the best ones are affordable and easy to install. Best of all, they significantly reduced the noise level in my music room, and if you get a set that’s long enough, they’ll run all the way from the ceiling down to the floor.
For more information, check out my guide to soundproofing windows by yourself.
3. Soundproof the Walls
If you’re looking for the cheapest way to soundproof the walls of your music room, acoustic foam is the way to go, as it’ll help trap some of the noise and reduce the amount of echo. However, there are many other ways to soundproof the walls. For instance, you could add drywall by using Green Glue, or build a room within a room, but these methods are very expensive.
The best thing about acoustic foam is that you can also use it on the ceiling. Ideally, you should cover up as much of the walls and the ceiling as you can, so you must make sure you purchase enough foam for the job.
4. Get a Quality Drum Rug
Once you’ve finished with your walls, you’ll need to get yourself a good sound-absorbing drum rug. You can simply place the rug underneath your drum kit to reduce the amount of noise and vibrations it can produce. This type of rug will also help protect your floor, if it’s not already carpeted.
5. Consider Buying Some Silent Pads
Another superb way to silence your drumming is to buy a silencing pad for all the drums and cymbals in your setup.
It’s important to know (approximately) how much it’ll cost to soundproof your drum room before you start, so you can plan your budget accordingly.
We constantly thought of our readers while putting this guide together, so we tried to include the most cost-effective tips and methods that would still bring about positive results. We hope you can now enjoy your music room in peace, without complaints from others!
If soundproof blankets sound appealing to you, you may also want to read our guide to soundproofing a room with blankets.