It’s hard to work in a home office with constant noise all around you. This article shows you DIY strategies to soundproof your office and block the racket. Use some or all of these solutions to have a peaceful, quiet work area.
Install weatherstripping along the top of the door to block noise that would seep through the opening.
A door sweep keeps noise from coming in along the bottom of the door.
Insulate and caulk around outlets, switches and ductwork.
The way to stop the common problem of a noisy home office (other than evicting all teenagers) is to block the avenues sound uses to get into the room. Sound transmission reduction is a complex subject, but keep it simple by considering this basic scenario: A massive wall, whether it’s concrete or built-up drywall, is a great sound absorber and blocker, but it becomes useless if there’s even a tiny hole in it.
The lesson? Start small. First seal openings into your office, and then consider strategies for absorbing more of the sound as it passes through the wall, ceiling, floor and door materials.
Try these solutions in the order shown.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
If you're tearing open the wall to add insulation behind electrical boxes, you'll need tools to retape the walls, apply joint compound and repaint. If you’re installing acoustic board under carpet, you’ll need carpet stretching tools.
This tool list is for every solution. If you're only doing a few these, you won’t need every tool.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.