Soundproofing Your Home Theater
You’ve found the perfect home. It has the right number of bedrooms, the perfect number of bathrooms, a wonderful kitchen and – the room you’re most proud of – a designated room in which you plan to build a home theater.
Truth be told, many people spend more time planning the layout and choosing the electronic accessories for their home theaters than anything else. What they tend to forget is that for their theaters to have the effect they really want, the electronics and speakers are going to emit tons of sound – sound that other members of the household (or the neighborhood) may not want to share in hearing.
So what will you do to promote proper home theater sound control? You’re going to implement a few simple soundproofing techniques that will keep everyone else in the house happy while at the same time enhancing your viewing or listening experience!
Start by adding some mass loaded vinyl or a similar material to the walls of the room in question. These materials add weight and density, making it more difficult for sound to pass through. You’ll protect the other rooms of your house from noise while at the same time ensuring you aren’t disturbed while you watch your favorite movie.
The next thing you’ll want to do is replace the door to your home theater. Simply closing a door will not provide adequate sound control. You’ll either need to replace your door with something solid or fill the door with some type of insulation.
You have a few different options when it comes to the windows in your home theater, if you have any at all. The least expensive option is to use acoustical caulk around the edges of the windows to ensure there are no gaps or cracks. Your next option is to make soundproof window covers such as the ones we described using for your music room. Last, but not least, is the option of replacing the windows you have with double pane windows.
Make sure you consider the types of materials used within the room. A plush carpet will absorb more sound than a hardwood floor as will furnitures made with soft fabrics. Even your window curtains, which should hang from the ceiling all the way to the floor, will absorb sound.
Soundproofing your home theatre won’t be difficult and, in the end, will prove a worthwhile project!