There are many reasons why you may want to soundproof your basement. You may want to use it as a recording studio, home theatre, or even a game room for the kids. Keeping sound in or out is very possible with the right materials.
In this article, we're going to show you exactly how to soundproof a basement. So get your pen and paper ready to ensure you have the right tools from your local home improvement store.
Let's get started.
Sealing Your Ceiling
Now, soundproofing a room isn't always about keeping sounds in, but keeping sounds out. This is why it's essential to seal your ceiling. By doing so, you can eliminate footsteps from upstairs.
To soundproof a basement ceiling, you'll need proper insulation. Our go-to product is Safe N' Sound. Next, a layer of cork board followed by Resilient Channel will dampen the sounds of even the most caffeinated toddler. Cap it all off with sheets of 5/8 drywall and you're in business.
Insulating Your Walls
Next, you want to add insulation to all four walls to soundproof your basement. This will take a bit more work - you have to strip away all the drywall down to the studs. Then you can use insulation rolls to fill in the spaces between. Just staple them to the wood, covering the whole area with insulation.
Hang the Drywall
Now, it's time to cover up the openings with drywall. You'll need 1/2-5/8 inch drywall to cover the entire space. Measure this out and cut them into the sheets needed. They should fit squarely together. Next, screw them in and cover the seams with drywall tape.
You'll need mud to smooth it all out before you begin painting.
This will help to soundproof your basement significantly. However, if you need more, then you can take it a step further.
Installing Acoustic Tile
This will act as another layer of drywall. The point is to add a dropped ceiling, which will require a framework. Measure about 12 inches from the ceiling and then several other times in different areas of the wall.
Make a line from measurement to measurement - this marks where you'll place the framework. Measure how far apart the holes are on the framework (these should be pre-existing). Then measure along the line you drew, drill in the framework, and screw it in place throughout the basement.
You'll then have to place the cross pieces. These too should have pre-existing drill holes. You should have no problem attaching the outer frame to it. Then, join them together using nuts and bolts.
Take your time and ensure they're properly secured. Each square should perfectly fit the acoustic tile.
After you complete the framework, just pop the tiles in. Lay them in at an angle - the tile's lip should rest onto the framework's metal. Do this for the entire ceiling until it's done.
Now that You Know How to Soundproof a Basement...
It's time to get started on transforming your lower level. You can try doing this on your own, or you can hire professionals for assistance. You now know the process and can understand what the project entails and if it's something you can take on yourself. It'll also help you to figure out the costs for the materials.
If you would like professionals to manage this home-changing project for you, Custom Drywall would be happy to help with your basement soundproofing. Contact us today to get your free estimate!