There are many reasons why people would want to soundproof a room. Sound pollution can really be destructive, especially when you have noisy neighbors. Soundproofing is also necessary when you need a music room with little or no echo.
This piece will show you how to soundproof a room using cardboard. This is a fairly simple project but may be disastrous if not done correctly. Because it’s a low budget project, it may take you a while to get everything you need.
== Finding the Right Material ==
Remember that smooth surfaces reflect sound, the phenomenon is called echo. Rough surfaces on the other hand absorb sound waves.
This means you have to find cardboard with a rough surface than smooth. Luckily, this sort of cardboard is easy to find.
When you purchase eggs, they come in a grey cardboard with a rough surface. But put your attention to egg packages that carry 60’s. The size of the sheets will enable you to cover a wider area quicker.
This will be the longest step of your project. You will need to collect those cardboard sheets from wherever you can find them. They may be free but not as abandoned as you may think. So, ask your friends and family to help you collect them. With enough effort, you should have enough sheets in a couple of weeks.
== Pre – Installation ==
The second step of your project should be straightforward. You have to find a means to put and keep the sheets on the wall.
Of course this depends on whether you want to permanently soundproof the room or temporarily. This will enable you to decide what type of glue you need to buy.
Like with any other installations, it is important to make sure your base surface is cleaned properly. Dust and dirt may prevent the two surfaces from sticking to one another. This installation works best on smooth painted walls. If you have a wall with no paint, you may need to add a little bit more glue on both the wall and the cardboard sheet.
Visit your local hardware store and find glue that is suitable to stick the cardboard on the painted wall. There are many names and brands but look for something with the words “contact adhesive”. Otherwise ask for assistance from staff members.
== Installation ==
At the back of the cardboard sheet, under each point of the egg casings smear some glue. Make sure the glue is thick enough to stick to the wall.
Start at the bottom corner of the wall and work your way up. Stick the first sheet of cardboard and make sure each casing has made contact with the wall.
Continue this process until all the walls are completely covered in cardboard. As the glue dries up you should have a room that is echo-free.
There are other means to soundproof a room. This is the simplest and cheapest method. If you are looking for something that is 100%, you may need to find a professional. But this project should give you a room suitable for a homemade studio.