If you’ve got a home theatre room, it’s a safe bet that you take home entertainment seriously. But there are some things that are hard for even a DIY expert to master, and soundproofing is one of them!
It’s one thing to have the best sound system setup, but it’s another thing to enjoy it undisturbed, and without disturbing anyone else. That’s why soundproofing is an important part of your home theatre room, and in this guide, we’ll run you through some of our expert tips on acoustic maintenance. And the best part? It doesn’t need to cost much.
How do the professionals soundproof a home theatre room? With acoustic panels!
To get some inspiration on how to soundproof a home theatre room, we can look to professional solutions. They can be a little expensive, but they offer some good guidance on what to look out for in your soundproofing project.
In terms of professional fixes, acoustic panels are up there with the most popular. You might have seen them in cinemas or even concert venues—the square foam panels that have a “crinkle cut” look to them. The advantage of acoustic panels is their effectiveness and their easy installation. In most cases, they can be secured onto the wall easily.
If you need a quick fix, here’s how to soundproof a room with everyday items
Acoustic panels may not work for everyone. To be effective, they need to occupy a fair bit of wall space, which home theatre rooms may not be able to spare. Luckily, there are some pretty easy DIY alternatives, which might not achieve quite the same effect, but will still offer you and your neighbours a little reprieve.
Our favourite on-the-fly solution is a combination of carpet and drapes. Carpeting the floor is a must in home theatres, because harder flooring reflects sound more easily. But where do drapes come into it? Drapes and curtains both place a soft and more acoustically absorbent layer between your home theatre’s sound system, and the hard echoey walls of the room.
Here’s how to make a room soundproof without breaking the bank
If you want to get as close as possible to a pro fix, without the price tag, you’ve got a few options. It might not be quite as glamorous as an expert fix, but old or cheap carpet is one place to start. If you’ve got a few rolls leftover from a past renovation, you can simply unfurl them and prop them up against the hard surfaces in your home theatre room.
Remember, soundproofing a home theatre room is all about softening hard and echoey surfaces. You don’t need to cover the room head-to-toe in carpet—just cover a few of the more expansive surfaces and you’ll be amazed at the impact.
If you want to go all out, you can soundproof a home theatre room structurally
On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the option of structural soundproofing. This method is the most effective way to soundproof, but it’s expensive. Structural soundproofing requires guidance from a sound engineer, but the effects will blow you away. A complete soundproofing renovation is how you can transform your home theatre room into a professional-standard home entertainment powerhouse.
There are lots of different ways to soundproof a home theatre room, so talk to the experts first
As you can see, there’s no shortage of ways to make a home theatre room soundproof, so making a choice can be challenging in itself. Do you go straight to the top shelf, or do you try out a few budget-friendly options first? Ultimately, it’s your call, but if you want to know how to soundproof your home theatre room specifically, give us a call.