One of the first things that come to mind when setting up a media room in a home is how to create soundproofing for the room. However, total soundproofing may be quite unrealistic undertaking in an average house. For a room to be completely soundproof, it actually has to be a room within a room, where none of the room's walls, insulation included, touch any part of the walls of the house. This gap between the walls interrupts the sound wave, so that it is not transferred outside of the room. This undertaking can be time consuming, expensive and impractical for the average homeowner.
So for media rooms found in the average home, the best option is to deaden the sound and minimize it rather than attempt to eliminate it altogether. Deadening the sound, a far more practical approach for managing noise levels, can be accomplished in several different ways, and they are all quite achievable by the average homeowner.
Limiting Sound with Insulation
The most common approach for limiting sound to and from a media room is to insulate the room to limit the noise. Using sound insulation is also a good way to ensure that the media room itself retains the best possible quality sound whenever media is enjoyed. Insulation works quite well to limit noise and it is readily available in home improvement stores. Using insulation to deaden the noise coming in and out of a media room is probably the most budget-friendly option for containing sound in a media room.
Installing insulation is easy enough for just about any homeowner to do on their own. Choose from traditional rolls of fiberglass insulation or choose insulation boards that are covered with a layer of drywall; both are easy to install and very effective at limiting noise transference. Both types of insulation are placed behind the walls, so in either case the homeowner needs to install new walls in the room. Of the two types of insulation, to boards are probably a little easier to install, while delivering effective sound control.
The Inside Room
While a real, soundproof room where no part of the room touches the house walls is unrealistic, the same theory can be used to help limit the sound's travel. By simply creating a second wall perimeter within the room leaving about a foot of open space behind it, soundproofing will be dramatically enhanced. Filling the open space with insulation can further deaden the sound. This option works particularly well in a larger room where losing a foot of space on each wall will not make the room feel too cramped.
When attempting to build a room within a room, do some research before you begin and talk to a specialist to find the best materials for the project. While this project is challenging, it is certainly something that a homeowner with a little carpentry skill can accomplish. The methods and materials used to restrict sound in a media room will very much depend on the budget of the project and the carpentry skill of the homeowner.
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