I'm getting in late on this discussion, I know, but there is one thing that hasn't been discussed. In the U.S. there's something called Building Standards. Every city has an office with inspectors that can tell you what kind and method of construction/ modification is allowed. I advise anyone living in the U.S. to check with the office of City Ordinances or Building Standards (the two are usually combined and may be called something different). Check with them The considerations are centered around life safety.Hello all,
I have acquired a tenor sax (thanks for all the help on my last post!) now I just need to get started practicing. I searched soundproofing on here and found a lot of comments about adding "mass" but no real recommendations on what materials to use.
Now, I realize it is not possible to completely soundproof a room on a budget but here's my goal: being able to practice without waking my sleeping almost-3 year old or disturbing my husband trying to relax in the evenings.
The location should help on it's own - it's a small room that's in the corner of my basement (roughly 5x7'). My husband will be on the main floor (so one floor above me) and my daughter will be sleeping upstairs (so two floors above me.)
Here are my thoughts so far. Something like these Rockwool panels covering the ceiling:
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Acoustic foam panels on the walls:
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And then soundproof curtains over the window and door and either carpet tiles or area rugs on the cement floor.
Does this sound like it will be sufficient enough to dampen the sound enough that it's not completely annoying upstairs? Or maybe should I do the rockwool all over and then the foam acoustic panels on top of that?
My other question is do I cover literally all the wall/ceiling space in the stuff so that none of the wall is visible or do I space it out?
Thanks in advance!
If one intends to build a permanent addition or modification, it's best to call to find out what is allowed and what isn't allowed. Failing that, check with someone who actually works in residential construction. If you intend to build something that's temporary and can be disassembled easily, this isn't much of a problem.