Q&A Soundproofing 101

How To Soundproof A Home Office

Home Office Soundproofing

The latest statistics show that 55 million Americans consider their home to be their office.

No, this doesn’t mean that Americans are going mad due to overwork. It means that a radical shift is taking place in the way (and where) most people work. And in order to effectively work from home, you need pin drop silence (literally).

I’d go so far as to say that soundproofing a home office is essential in order for you to be able to focus on the work. Unless you want to blast your eardrums with loud music to suppress the noise (which is not recommended), soundproofing is the only way you can work productively and sanely at home.

So, how can you actually soundproof a home?

Don’t worry! Just sit back, grab a can of soda, or a cup of coffee/tea, to create the preferred environment, and read the tips to achieving a quieter office.

1. Soundproof the Windows

Windows are the often the prime source of external noise. Fortunately, you can soundproof the windows in many ways.

The first way to soundproof a window is to replace existing windows with double-pane windows. The glass panes in double-pane windows are separated by a spacer, which ranges from 14 to 20 mm in size. The more the spacer width, the greater the noise dampening quality.

The spacers do not just reduce the flow of noise, but heat as well.

So, installing double-pane windows will make your home quieter and more energy efficient as well resulting in reduced energy bills. You can usually buy double-paned insulated windows for under $100.

Also, you should at least consider the option of installing sound-blocking curtains and window barrier panels, both of which you can buy online.

Editor’s Note: For those of you interested in these types of curtains, we recently published an article on the effectiveness of “sound proof curtains”.

2. Install Acoustic Ceiling Panels

Install acoustic ceiling panels is another way you can reduce the noise at the home office. You can buy different styles, colors, and design ceiling panels.

A good example is the Armstrong acoustic ceiling panels that have step-edged detail. They are also washable and resistant to scratch and impact. You can watch the video below on how to install acoustic ceiling panels.

3. Use Sound Absorbing Paints and Wall Foams

Sound absorbing paints is not science fiction: they really exist, though most people don’t know about it — just like the UFO.

Companies such as Accousti-Coat create paints that can absorb excess sound. The paint can reduce the outside noise by as much as 30 percent.

If you’re facing a really difficult soundproofing challenge, you can further reduce the noise transfer from walls, by installing acoustic wall foams which are available on Amazon. The following video shows how to install acoustic foam on the walls.

4. Soundproof the Doors

The door is also a major source of the noise. Most doors in the homes are hollow inside. As a result, noise easily passes through the doors.

To make it difficult for the noise to pass through, you should replace the hollow-core doors with solid-core doors. These days, you can buy a solid-core door at a reasonable price online. Solid-core doors are effective in blocking the transfer of noise. It won’t completely block the noise but should provide a significant sound reduction.

Final Remarks

Nothing zaps the zen more when trying to work at home than a noisy neighborhood. Soundproofing the home is important if you want to work at home without pulling your hair out. Following the above tips will help you to create a peaceful and quiet environment, a place that allows concentrated activity, so that you can focus on your work, instead of cursing those noisy neighbors under your breath.

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1 Comment

  • Excellent tips. With video conferencing, podcasting, and vlogs soundproofing and sound quality matter. So many of us work from home in whole or in part. A great office makes a difference. We’re in the middle of a home office build-out and are already doing new double pane windows and a solid-core door (to replace a hollow-core). We may yet need acoustical panels with the room’s vaulted ceiling. There are also construction tricks like acoustical rails to limit sound transmission through drywall.

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