You may not be able to enjoy an isolated experience until you soundproof your room or man cave with the right elements. Here’s a guide on how to soundproof a room where you’ve based your man cave, without taking away the charm of the space.
We all need our personal space, but for most men, especially when you share the space with your partner and a family, this is nonexistent. The only way to create that personal space is with a man cave, which can either be the basement, the attic, or a spare bedroom that needs to be put to good use. Since most of us can’t afford to build our Fortress of Solitude in the Arctic, like Superman, sharing the man cave space with the rest of the house means there will always be commotion around the living space.
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Affordable and Free Ideas to Soundproof A Room
Whether you want to keep the blasting music or your rage quit screams during online gaming sessions in control, or wish to drown out the noise of the kids fighting in the room next door, you will need to soundproof your man cave right away. While you could always tear down the walls and add extra sheets of drywall, and install acoustic sound “cloud” foam to the ceiling, all of these can burn a hole through your wallet. Here’s our take on how you can achieve better sound isolation in your man cave, or any room for that matter, with some cheap, and mostly free tips and tricks.
Start with the door
The door is not just a passage for you to enter the room, it is also the single largest point of entry for noise to come in and go out. Keeping the door closed at all times is a no-brainer, but getting one that is built out of dense wood is one solid way to block out the sounds. Even with the existing construction, adding a simple rubber door sweep can do wonders. Installing it at the bottom of the door will not only keep critters and crawlers out, but provide a decent amount of soundproofing too.
Work on the windows
Most windows are made out of wood and glass, which can vibrate with the passing by cars and isn’t the best material for proper acoustics. For a complete noise isolating experience, the insulating glass would be the dream scenario, but there are cheaper ways of soundproofing the man cave with curtains. Not only would a thick curtain absorb sounds and reduce echoing around the room, but also block out all of the sunlight. If you don’t plan to open the windows open, sealing them off with a weather strip seal or window inserts can do wonders for soundproofing by reducing vibrations and sealing air gaps.
Smart furniture placement
You’d be surprised to know that something as simple as rearranging the furniture in your man cave can be an effective soundproofing technique. Most American homes have drywall partitions, which isn’t effective in isolating sound, so placing the furniture against the open walls adds an entire layer of objects to reduce the sound passage. Placing a bookshelf against the wall, or adding aesthetic elements such as large canvas paintings or tapestry to the wall will not only elevate the look but effectively sound proof man cave, drowning out the sounds.
Padding up the floor and walls
If you are planning to give the walls a makeover, adding acoustic wallpaper can add texture to the walls and proactively stop sounds from echoing. Additionally, acoustic foam panels are the more effective way of soundproofing the walls, if you’re not too concerned about the aesthetics. While thick curtains can take care of the exterior noise, most of the sound is reflected off the floor. Tiles, concrete, and hardwood aren’t the best elements when it comes to noise dampening. Pick a carpet for noise isolation if you have the luxury to do so, but throwing a thick rug on the floor will do a decent job too.
Barricade the air vents
Just like the door, air vents are a direct passage into the room, and while you do close the door to keep the noise out, you probably aren’t blocking out the air vent. If the air vent is in place for ventilation, you could probably do without it, so block it out entirely using drywall or insulation foam, which can keep the sound out significantly. However, the air vent for air conditioning is something you can’t do without, so you will need some acoustic foam placed strategically in layers to let the air pass, while dampening the sound that passes along with it.
Noise isolation gadgets
When you decide to sound proof the man cave for noise isolation, it all comes down to understanding where the external sound is entering from and blocking those points of entry. However, there’s only so much you can do to keep the noises out, but here are some effective noise-canceling products that can add the element of noise isolation to the room. Invest in a good pair of noise cancellation headphones that can do wonders for your entertainment and gaming experience, or install a white noise machine to train your senses, allowing a relaxing experience as you enjoy a book or just kick back and relax in your man cave.
Final Words on How To Soundproof a Room
Here’s everything that you can do to soundproof man cave and ensure that when you enter your personal space of relaxation, you’re isolated from the surrounding environment and the annoyances that come with it. Although the methods mentioned above are universal, the degree to which you will be able to soundproof the space is directly dependent on the room too. For instance, a man cave in the basement with no windows and a few points of sound entry would benefit more from soundproofing than a spare bedroom would, with the additional windows and shared walls.
IF you’ve got any ideas of your own of how soundproofing the man cave can be done on the cheap, be sure to mention it in the comments section below.