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Drums are awesome, in fact, it is one of my most favorite instruments ( Although I suck at it) Unfortunately they can be really loud and This article will show you cheap ways to soundproof a room for drums.
Since you are looking for inexpensive ways to do it, then I think it is important to say that the methods I’ve described below won’t hundred percent soundproof your room but will significantly reduce the amount of noise leaving your room when you play drums.
In reality, soundproofing costs a lot of money but luckily there are cost-effective ways to lower the noise when you play your instrument, without further ado let’s jump straight to things you can do today.
Find and Seal the Door air gaps.
This is probably the best place to start because the door has so many air gaps in which always on only the air but also the sounds to pass through it.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to find these gaps because they are visible and all you have to do is seal them using some sort of sound dampening weatherstrips. I personally use kanzy soundproof weatherstrips ( Click here to see the current price on Amazon).
to use this simply:
- Find the gaps
- Measure the door gaps
- Cut the weatherstrips accordingly to the size of the door
- Simply attach it to seal the gaps.
For even better sound dampening you can use a Quilted Fiberglass Panel which will drastically reduce the noises and sounds from your room. Alternatively, for a free method, you can attach thick blankets on your door.
2. Use Bass Traps
As the name suggests, bass traps are created to trap low-frequency sounds inside a room and they work like magic!. what I like about the bass traps is the fact that you don’t need an expert to help you install them.
Bass traps will stop the bass coming from your drums, from leaving the room by absorbing it, There are a lot of bass traps on the market but unfortunately, not all of them work the same way.
The ones I recommend for instruments are Acoustic Foam XL Bass Trap Studio Soundproofing by foamily (See Image on Amazon).
3. Get a Sound Absorbing Drum Rug
Getting a good sound-absorbing drum rug is essential in lowering as much noise as possible and totally worth the investment.
Inserting a good rug under the drums will dramatically reduce the noise. One of the best sound absorbing drum rug designed to reduce noise is Meinl Cymbals MDR-BK Drum Rug.
By investing in a good rug you should hear the difference as soon as you use it.
4. Block The Windows in the Room
Just like the door, It is important to block out the noise going through the windows. There are a lot of ways you can go about soundproofing the window including:
- Window Weatherstrips: just like the door weatherstrips, these are designed to block out the gaps you find on the windows.
- Soundproof Curtains: These are curtains designed to absorb sounds, they are thicker and denser than regular curtains and absorb echoes and sounds ( here is a buying guide on the best soundproof curtains).
- DIY window Plug: This a window plug that you create with the purpose of blocking sounds, if you want to learn how to create a window plug then search it on this website, I have written a detailed tutorial.
5. Try Floor soundproof mats (Optional)
If your room doesn’t have any mats, then bass finds it easier to travel using the floor route. you can alternatively use mats on your floor plus that will also insulate the room so it’s like killing two birds with one stone. Interlocking noise-proofing tiles are a great option too.
6. Use Acoustic Foams on the wall.
Since we are looking at cheaper ways to sound dampen a room, Acoustic foams are a go-to option, There are many ways to soundproof a wall including adding drywall using green glue (works great) and building a room within a room ( Much more expensive).
If you are looking to save money then you can use foam panels, Foam panels are designed to balance the sounds in a room, reduce reverb and echoes.
what I like about these, is the fact that you can also use them on the ceiling and they are very easy to install ( don’t have to hire a professional) and pretty inexpensive too.
7. Get Electronic Drum Set
What I like about electronic Drumset, is the fact that you can adjust the volume at which you play, which will help you to keep the place quieter while you practice.
8. Add more furniture
An empty room makes it easier for sounds to move around freely and bouncing up and down and as a result that creates echoes, adding more furniture not only it will make the place look more nicer but it will also help deflect the sound waves.
So you can start by adding any of your favorite decorative furniture and you will deflect some of the sounds especially when playing drums
Final Thoughts on Sound Dampening a room for Drums
here we go this is the best inexpensive way to soundproof a room for drums. I hope this article helped you reduce noise coming out of your room, and now you can freely enjoy playing your instrument without destruction. If you have any questions feel free to ask me.