Last Updated: December 19th, 2018
Working from home in your own home office can be great. Because you get to be your own boss and you also get to enjoy the flexibility and all the freedom that comes with it.
Unfortunately, noise is the number one culprit when work productivity decreases in the home office. Noises can be quite distracting whether caused by your lovely children, noisy neighbors or even construction in the neighborhood.
It was then i decided to soundproof my home office. In this article, I will share with you the best way to soundproof your home office without spending much so that you can enjoy a noise-free environment to work in.
While soundproofing your home office you need to think about the amount of noise you are prone to and how much of that you actually want to block out. However, it doesn’t matter which one of the following method you want to implement, you’re sure to hear nothing the next workouts day.
How to Soundproof a Home Office – Cheap and Easy
Before I begin, a very important tip that will likely save you a lot of time and money on this project is to understand the difference between sound deadening and sound blocking!
Sound Deadening a Home Office vs Sound Blocking a Home Office
The difference between sound deadening and sound blocking, for example, suppose you have noisy kids like my (2 boys) in a room adjacent to your office; you want your office to be quieter, so you purchase sound deadening to put over the windows, yea you know those pointed foams panels that you normally see in recording studio, etc.
Unfortunately, you could break the bank on those purchases, and it will do very little to soundproof your office. Those products help with sound deadening – prevent sounds from echoing around the room. However, they will not be sufficient for keeping different types of sound from outside the room entering it.
Sound blocking products will actually keep sound from entering the room completely. Sound blocking requires density to be most effective. This is why it’s much easier to build a home office and make it soundproof than it is to sound block an existing home office. If you are building a house, you can have the builder simply use sound blocking drywall or soundboard to prevent sound from entering.
If you don’t mind spending and want to cut out sound from outside the home, then a new soundproof window can fix a lot of issues for just a few dollars.
1. Seal the Holes
The first and one of the most important step is to seal the holes. A concrete wall with even the smallest holes will allow so much sound to go through. So it’s best if you properly inspect your home office for any holes in the walls and ceilings and seal those first. This will take you some time to finish but it will surely worth it.
You can also use this superb fiberglass material to seal the holes. I have found fiberglass batt insulation to be the best solution.
2. Soundproof the Door
The door is normally one of the biggest culprits for noise entering the room. Because a door has many visible gaps it makes an easy target for noise to come through it. Soundproofing your door can be very challenging. However, there are several ways in which you can soundproof the doors, but I will only discuss the methods that I find to be the most effective and cost-effective.
If you are on a low budget, then the least expensive and quickest way to soundproof your door is to get an inexpensive soundproof weather strip on Amazon to put under and around the door. The weather strip comes with an adhesive so setting it up should not take much time.
Another option is to purchase a solid core door. You can go up to your door and knock on it. If it sounds heavy and thick, then you have yourself a solid core door. Base on my knowledge all exterior doors are solid core door. But most interior doors that are used in homes interior are usually hollow. Which makes it quite easy for noise to pass through them.
If you have a hollow core door, I’d recommend picking up a solid core door at Home Depot or Lowes for around $100 and then hire a handyman to install it for you. Quick fix, but you will still want to put on the adhesive soundproof weather strip I mentioned earlier.
If your doorway is big enough to fit two doors then I recommend using two doors. This made a huge improvement in the quietness of my office.
You may also need to purchase a draft stopper like this one, especially if you have carpet under the door of your home office. The draft stopper will glide across the bottom of the carpet and provide soundproofing.
Another inexpensive option would be to purchase a soundproof door blanket and hang it on the back of the door. These can be as effective as the solid core door in blocking out most of the noise.
3. Soundproof the Windows
As you look closer on your windows you may notice a few tiny gaps, these are what causes noise to come through and affect your peace. The best way to soundproof your windows is to buy soundproof windows and have a professional install them. Soundproof windows are basically double paned windows separated by a spacer.
If you’re on a budget then the cheap way to soundproof your windows is to buy soundproof curtains. Right after installing them you will surely notice the difference instantly.
Here is a guide on how to soundproof windows.
4. Soundproof the Air Vent
I bet you never thought of soundproofing the air vents, yea a lot of people have never taught about the air vent when it comes to soundproofing, which is a mistake because it’s probably the largest hole in your walls, and such as, the biggest way through which sound passes through to your office. The most significant difference between the doors and windows versus the air vent is that the air vent is open while the others are not.
Luckily, there are a couple of ways to soundproof your air vents. You can permanently block air vent using an expanded foam or you can just build your own sound maze. This will help to reduce the amount of noise passing through.
5. Reduce Echo
The first thing you need to do is decide how much of an issue your home office has regarding echoes. While you’re in the room shout “hello” very loud and see if you experience any short echo after screaming to see how much vibration is happening within the interior of the room.
Preventing echo won’t make the room quieter, but it will make any sound more annoying. So this is why we are working to reduce the echo.
Stopping the echo is pretty simple, you can start by filling your room with area rugs, your bed and additional furniture will also help reduce noise. You may also want to hang some large canvas art gallery on the walls with some foam behind it to soak up sound hitting the walls. You can also put up curtains to prevent sound from bouncing off the windows. It probably won’t make much of a difference but it does help to muffle echo noise.
If you don’t think preventing echo is important, go into your bathroom and turn music on your phone. The bathroom is a high echo room and chances are that you will not be able to hear the words clearly. Keep the music playing on your phone and walk into the closet where there are lots of clothes hanging on the walls. You will realize that the soft materials from all the clothes have absorbed all the echoes making it easier for you to hear the words from the song.
6. Work on the Floor
The floor can be another culprit when it comes to noise in your home office. If your home office has a hard surface for a floor, then chances are echoes in your home office are as a result of that. The hard floor makes sound wave travel around easier. This is why an empty room echoes so much. Soft flooring, however, can absorb most of the unwanted noise.
To prevent the unwanted sound, you may need to add some soft rugs in the room. However, if the noise is coming from underneath your home office, for example, your office is exactly above the garage, you may want to install an acoustic board under your carpet. By placing the board underneath your carpet, it will help reduce the intensity of the sound.
7. Soundproof Paint
I know you must be wondering to yourself if this really does exist. And the answer is Yes, soundproof paint does exist and by using this product it will contribute to sound absorption and noise blocking of up to 30%. Soundproof paint is very affordable and the paint that I’ve worked with in the past is called Acousti-Coat (link to Amazon).
By following these steps in this guide, u can make any room quieter. Most of the method and tips listed in this article are relatively cheap and easy, yet very effective as well. I hope this article helps you to soundproof your home office so that you can work in peace and quiet. We wish you the very best on your soundproofing journey.
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