Worried About The Noise? How To Soundproof Your Home Theater On A Budget

The beauty of a home theater is that you can watch your favorite movies in the way they were intended to be watched. The bad news is, this means disruptive sound may permeate other areas of your home.

Placing your home theater away from bedrooms or living areas where family members tend to congregate will help reduce the effects of leaking sound, but in some cases, you’re going to have to get creative with ways to reduce the noise.

Acoustic paneling is what theaters use to ensure no sound disrupts movies playing next door. However, these panels are often quite expensive and depending on the size of your theater’s room, may not be a reasonable option. Instead, try these four tricks to cut back on disruptive sound without needing a big budget.

  1. Place Curtains At The Door

Home theater doors can be the weakest spot for sound to escape, so cover your entries in a heavy-paneled curtain. Not only will it feel more like a theater when you walk through them but you’ll help reduce sound significantly.

  1. Hang Rugs Or Textiles

A similar technique can be used on walls either by draping heavy curtains or by placing adhesive squares of carpet or textile around your theater’s walls. If possible, hanging rugs can transform your space into a more intimate one while blocking escaping sound.

  1. Use Cork

You can also try using cork or other low-cost acoustic dampeners on your walls. Find self-adhesive cork with a significant enough depth so sound won’t be as apparent on the other side of the wall.

  1. Ask For Help

Working with a home theater installation company to customize your room’s acoustic properties is the ideal way to solve any sound problems. You won’t need to guess about where to place tiles or other items, and you’ll learn more tricks on how to improve sound control.


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