How can I effectively, safely, at a low cost, sound proof a room? The Size of the room is 12 ft x 10 ft.
Hi! From prior experience, I knew that soft surfaces, such as heavy curtains work, but, I learned even more from this article. Hope it helps!
Here's a few more ideas for you that may help
There are two components to “sound proofing” a room:
Sound Transmission STC
Sound Absorption SAC
If for example, you want to play your drum kit in the house, you need a high STC. I would buy Homosote panels and line the walls & even prop one over the window.
Homosote makes many many kinds of panels & sound attenuation system. They will teach you different methods on how to install them, if you dig around on their website. They are the manufacturer, not the retailer.
I would look at both their website & what you can find at your local DIY store, or a contractors supply store.
My local Menards carries some affordable & high quality Homosote panels.
It will depend on if you are wanting to truly sound proof the room or you want to reduce the noise. It is rather expensive to truly sound proof and would involve quite a bit of work. If you want to reduce the noise, you can add panels or sound absorbing materials to the interior of the room, Items that help are furniture upholstered in something other than leather, rugs, heavy drapes, wall hanging that are cloth or decorative rugs.
Building out the walls and using foam board insulation then 5/8" drywall. Carpet squares on walls will deaden sound transmission. Egg crate foam taped or stapled to walls and ceiling will absorb sound.
Easy Ways to Soundproof Your Room or Apartment
My hubby hung heavy blankets on the wall and ceiling. He is a musician and I don't want to hear his practices. LOL
Here are some more ideas for you: https://soundproofcentral.com/soundproof-room-cheap-diy/
Insulate with sound attenuating insulation. It is sold next to the pink stuff and is slightly more expensive. It fits into the stud bays like any other insulation.
Fabric is a great way to help with sound. You can put up window treatments/curtains or hang it on the walls like a tapestry.
Hanging rugs on the walls will help sound proof a room. You might be able to buy remnants from local home improvement stores.
Foam from a fabric store. You could do some liquid nails or a staple gun (depending on thickness of the foam/length of staples) to attach it.
Bookcases full of books also works great. I use that technique when designing homes.
Most people use foam like this: https://amzn.to/32yf1iq