In this guide, I’m going to show you cheap ways to soundproof a room for drums for anyone wishing to practice in their apartment.
You don’t want to be the noisy neighbor everyone complains about. If you’re a beginner or experienced drummer trying to practice at home, you can either invest in a quiet drum set or soundproof your music room for your acoustic drums. (*)
- 1 A List of Cheap Ways To Soundproof A Room for Drums
- 1.1 1. Find and Seal the Gaps
- 1.2 2. Add Mass to the Drum Room Door
- 1.3 3. Use Soundproof Curtains for Windows
- 1.4 4. Get a Drum Rug for Your Drum Set
- 1.5 5. Soundproof the Floor
- 1.6 6. Soundproof the Ceiling
- 1.7 7. Use Blankets to soundproof the wall
- 1.8 8. Work out a Schedule with Your Neighbors
- 1.9 9. Choose the Right Room for Your Drums
- 2 Final Thoughts on Cheap Ways To Soundproof A Room for Drums
A List of Cheap Ways To Soundproof A Room for Drums
1. Find and Seal the Gaps
Cracks and gaps in the drum room could be a significant source of noise leaking in or out. So you need to locate and seal them.
Start from the door, windows as you go up to the ceiling, and finally the walls. Any crack or opening, no matter how tiny, has the potential of sneaking too much noise.
Once you have located the cracks and gaps, you need to use the appropriate sealing products to seal them completely. An affordable product to use is a weatherstrip tape.
This tape is used between the window and its frame and other cracks or gaps in the home.
For the big spaces that are between the door and the floor, you can use a door sweep like this one. When you purchase it, make sure you cut it to fit the gap appropriately.
You can also use fiberboards and use green glue to cement it. The boards are cheap and even a natural soundproofing product to fix.
Green glue is an adhesive and a soundproofing product which is also quite affordable. So using it with the fiberboards is like killing two birds with one stone.
2. Add Mass to the Drum Room Door
Adding mass to your door is another cheap option if you don’t want to spend money on replacing your current door. The weight acts as am absorption material to rid the room of excess drum noise.
There are so many products you can use, including fiberglass, mass loaded vinyl, and acoustic panels.
Acoustic panels come in different colors and designs, and they are effective at minimizing noise in any room. Acoustic panels such as this are placed on the wall and are perfect for absorbing echo.
A fiberglass blanket is a good option when it comes to reinforcing the door for noise. The thickness and the density of the blankets make it an excellent choice for absorbing reverberations caused by the drum.
The blankets are quite affordable and also easy to clean.
3. Use Soundproof Curtains for Windows
Windows are also a common place where noise can easily leak out or in. Sealing the gaps on the windows might reduce noise, but only is the window is well soundproofed.
One way to achieve that is by using soundproof curtains. There are several of them, including blackout curtains or the regular soundproofing curtains. Soundproofing curtains come with eyelets that attach curtain rods easily.
Blackout curtains are effective too. They are available in a variety colors so you can choose the ones that go well with your acoustics wall panels.
4. Get a Drum Rug for Your Drum Set
Drug rugs are also a good option when it comes to soundproofing your drum room. The noise produced by the drums travels through the floor and creates vibrations, which can be a nuisance.
One way to prevent or minimize the noise is by getting a drum rug such as Meinl Cymbals MDR-BK Drum Rug for your drum set, for best results place the carpet on top of your existing carpet.
The drum rug absorbs noise and echoes while protecting your floor destruction.
5. Soundproof the Floor
Soundproofing your entire drum room floor is a good idea instead of only beneath the drum set, especially if you live in an apartment. You have to choose the right soundproofing material depending on the type of flooring in the building.
Choose a rug that is soft and fluffy but also dense for efficiency. The fibers on the carpet will absorb the excess noise and prevent them from leaking out while the softness is ideal for your feet.
You can also use a rubber padding, unlike a carpet that absorbs noise; padding blocks the sound from leaving the room. The padding is made from dense rubber, which enhances its efficiency.
Remember, the thicker the material, the better chance it has at reducing noise.
The ceiling is also a major source of drum noise leakage. Besides using a weather strip tape or green glue to seal the cracks or gaps, you’ll need to adopt other measures.
You can try putting installing acoustic foam panels on the ceiling. The materials are cheap and easy to install, so you can make it a DIY project.
You can also use Soundsulate Mass Loaded Vinyl for the best results. The material can be glued anywhere from the floors to the ceilings.
Mass loaded vinyl is also affordable and easy to install
7. Use Blankets to soundproof the wall
Your drum room’s wall can also sneak out drum noise. If you don’t have the money to rip the wall apart, you can use soundproof blankets.
The blankets absorb excess noise and prevent them from leaking out.
You can also use mass loaded vinyl; it’s not only for ceiling or floors. These products are also cheap and effective at reducing drum noise.
8. Work out a Schedule with Your Neighbors
Another way you can prevent noise from interfering with your neighbors’ peace of mind is merely talking to them.
You are probably wondering how that’s going to solve the problems, well, here is how. When you know your neighbor’s schedule, you can work out a way of how you are going to play your drums without affecting them.
If they work from morning to evening, you could switch to playing your instrument when they are not there. This is a win-win situation for all of you.
9. Choose the Right Room for Your Drums
Finally, if you think all other methods are not possible, you could always choose a different room in your home or work for your drums. If your current drum room is separated from your neighbor by a wall, choose the central room in the house.
You can choose the basement area if you don’t live in an apartment. It is unlikely that noise will be a bigger issue unless you are living with other people.
Remember the room you choose should not have windows because they can let in too much noise. Also, even when you are choosing the right room, remember you’ll have to soundproof it slightly with the above options.
Final Thoughts on Cheap Ways To Soundproof A Room for Drums
Above are 9 effective and cheap ways to soundproof a room for drums. Although the above hacks won’t make your room 100% quiet, you’ll be able to reduce noise leaking outside to considerable levels.
As I’ve always recommended, try to implement two or more hacks for more effectiveness.