It may at first seem silly to talk about soundproofing a bathroom but don’t fret – we have a good reason for bringing up the subject. There are, believe it or not, several cases that would justify the need to soundproof a bathroom – cases in which bathroom noise can be really bothersome. What if you, for example, work the night shift. You come home early in the morning hoping to get some rest but your kids are getting up, making noise as they get ready for school. The toilets slam shut and flush, the kids argue over who gets to go into the bathroom next, and the sound of running water is absolutely endless. These sounds can become a bit more upsetting than you ever thought they might be.
The average home comes with relatively small bathrooms. The truth, though, is that you don’t need a ton of space to complete a bathroom soundproofing project. You don’t have enough space for a complicated project, like floating the walls, but if you are creative you can soundproof the room without taking up much – if any – space.
Before you start, consider your ultimate goals. Do you have dreams of gutting your bathroom and remodeling? If so, you’re at an advantage because you’ll be able to get into the walls to seal the joists with gasket tape before doing anything else. You might even be able to add some soundproofing materials around the pipes themselves for added, though not necessarily needed, effect.
Fortunately, you don’t need to remodel the entire bathroom in order to soundproof it. All you need to do is squirt a layer of Green Glue on top of your existing drywall (no paint scraping or wallpaper removal required), install a second layer of drywall over the top, seal the seams with acoustical caulk, and refinish the wall. The entire project will only take about 1/2 of surface space, so your room won’t shrink in size, and you can complete the whole thing in less than a day.
Finally – check that bathroom door. A thin or hollow door will let a ton of sound pass through. Replace it with a solid door and your new bathroom will be stunning and quiet!