Do you want to do soundproof more than one room in your home? Then it helps to remember to do some interior door soundproofing as well. Why?
That is where the bulk of your noise leaks in and out. For a tranquil living space, it helps to mix and match strategies to seal those gaps adequately.
It helps to do a meticulous job, so decide whether you want quietness for falling asleep or need total silence for recording in a basement.
Once decide what your noise-canceling needs are, look at the different methods here to soundproof doors.
How to Soundproof a Bedroom Door?
When it comes to soundproofing interior doors, major alterations need to be done to the door frame. Your bedroom door or any other door can have a weight assembly ranging from 300 to 500 pounds.
So the best is to invest in using a thick door, or you can consider an acoustically rated door. Yet going this route can become expensive. Great, so how do I soundproof my door? We are here to help with some alternative cost-effective methods to help with soundproofing doors in your house.
These methods will helps save you energy, time, and money.
How To Make a Soundproof Door?
Before starting with your soundproof DIY project, determine where the sound leaks through in or out the room. Once you determine this, you can use the following methods to block the noise.
1. First Method: Using Spring-Metal Strips
Creating an ultimate door seal to prevent the noise from seeping through cracks using spring metal weatherstripping can help. The weatherstripping works similar to using a foam stick-on or vinyl weatherstripping. However, it works better and lasts longer, and works best around doors leading outside. So it will keep out noise and bugs. For a quick DIY soundproofing door guide, you will need:
- Your tape measure
- A marker
- Tin snips
- The Bronze Spring Weatherstripping
Instructions to Follow
- Start by removing any other weatherstripping if you have it on the door. Next, measure the door frame width and length of the vertical parts of the frame, which the door hangs on.
- Next, unroll the weatherstripping and take your marker, and mark according to your dimensions. Then, use your tin snips and cut the stripping to the length required. You may find that some of the products have pre-punch holes.
- But if it does not, dot it along the lip every 1-1/4 inches to know where you need to hammer in the nails.
- You might want to pre-punch some holes manually using the awl by marking and tapping it with the hammer for the top section.
- Take your first cut and hang it along amidst the door frame from which your door hangs, allowing the material to touch the threshold. Next, take your snips and trim all the metal away to prevent it from impeding the hinges.
- Now drive in the nails where the pre-punched holes are in the first hole at the top and the last one at the bottom but not all the way in.
- Inspect how the strip appears and if straight to adjust accordingly. If you have no pre-punched holes, you can put the nails on the first and last dot marked with your marker. Now give the nail a light tap in the middle as well, and continue adding your nails.
- Do the same for the second strip by repeating the steps. Once all the nails are in place, you feel it needs no adjusting to drive the nails or even screws into the weatherstripping.
2. Second Method: Using Rubber Weatherstripping
Similar to the metal weatherstripping, you can use a rubber one to soundproof a bedroom door. It helps to seal out drafts and block noise. You can find vast versions of rubber weatherstripping, but the easiest one to use is one with an adhesive backing. So to get this DIY soundproofing door project started, gather your:
- The first step is to measure the thickness of your door with the gap between the frame and the top of the door. The best is to do this before buying your weatherstripping.
- The step is optional and applies if you already have old weatherstripping on the door. Depending on the goods you use, you need to remove them using your putty knife or a flat-head screwdriver if there are screws.
- Scrape any remnants away and wipe them clean with your damp rag to remove the residue and dust. Then, follow it up using a clean, dry cloth.
- Next, take your tape measure and measure, as with the previous method, the door frame’s width, and length, and cut the stripping according to size, leaving you with three strips in your hand.
- Or you can line up the stripping end with the corner of the base and run it along the base until reaching the other corner and cut.
- Peel off the backing, and with your door open, apply it to the frame. The best is to stand on the side of the frame where your door opens and start by the door jamb without the hinges.
- Stick one in the top of the door jamb and run it down along the slim edge you see facing out.
- If you find the stripping interfering with closing the door, notch it or remove the excess with a utility knife or blade.
- Next, go to the opposite side of the doorpost and run the stripping along the edge where the hinges screw in.
- Take your final strip and run it along the top edge of the frame facing outwards for the door to close. Press each of the strips firmly to seal.
Other Soundproofing Door Methods
The above are two of the best soundproofing door methods you can use. But you can also look at the following ones:
- Place a door sweep if you want to close a sizable gap allowing noise to leak in or out your bedroom. You can use the above methods and use the door sweep at the bottom to close that gap. To install, you will need some screws and a drill.
- Another method is placing acoustic panels to provide soundproofing on a door. You find the panels made of foam or solid wood to diminish the sound waves passing through.
- Or you can use acoustic drapes to dampen the sound that travels into your room but only provide a new ambiance in your living space. Installing them is simple with a rod to position them over your door. You can even hang them on your bedroom window to block out the light as well.
As you can see, there are different ways to soundproof a bedroom door or any other door in your home. However, these are only some methods you can use for interior door soundproofing. Here is an excellent video that provides you with added soundproofing doors using items around the home.
Frequently Asked Questions
First, it helps to reduce noise and provides temperature insulation at the same time. Further, it can improve the air quality if you live near to place where air pollution is high. Finally, interior door soundproofing also keeps air impurities from entering your living space for healthier living.
While soundproofing metal doors are a challenge, it is not impossible. First, you can add a door threshold of rubber or neoprene to fill up the gaps at the bottom of your closed door. Then, you attach them to the floor at the bottom instead of the door. For carpeted floors having a threshold helps to seal the carpet with the door. Alternatively, you can use a soundproof blanket to absorb the sound.
It can help when filling up the gaps when the door is shut. But it helps to mix and match your strategies using the above methods combined.