I know you bang on upon the stage with your drumming skills. I know you’re talented enough to make everyone smile with your drumset.
But while practicing your beats at home, you face too many problems. Sound bounces off and triggers your ears, and all that motivation flushes out.
Here is what you need to do, you’ll have to soundproof your room for drums. Now, if you search over the Internet, there are an endless number of ways to soundproof your room for free.
But trust me, none of them works. If you are a professional drummer and you want a soundproof room for your drumming practice, you’ll have to spend some money over it.
I don’t like making things complicated, so we will start from the basic root and then talk about more stuff for ultimately making your room soundproof. All you need to do is follow this step-by-step guide and checklist all of the following steps.
1. Seal the Corner Gaps
Are you wondering, Like Travis? Which gaps are you talking about? Let me answer, you need to fill up all the gaps around the corner walls and doors of your room.
Even if you leave a small hole, thinking that it may not be a big problem. But trust me, that tiny hole helps noise come in and out of your room.
Now you need to inspect your room and checkout for gaps in every corner of your room. It includes the differences between your door & frame, door & floor, door & ceiling, window & frames, etc. Once you find all those small little gaps, make sure you cover them completely.
You can use weatherstrip tape to fill up those gaps and get rid of the gap problem.
One more thing I’d like to suggest is to use a door sweep to fill up the gap between floor & door. You can just cut it out around your door & floor gap size and use it to seal that gap properly.
For window frames & other usual holes, you can simply use weatherstrip tape to cover them up.
After doing so still you’ll have a lot of tapes left, no problem, you can use it later to soundproof other rooms too. After sealing all the gaps, most of the noise will be reduced.
2. Use Fiberglass Blankets on the Door
We all are living in a century where most of our homes have metal doors.
Days are gone when we used to have wooden doors that didn’t reflect sound. So next thing you need to do is invest in a good fiberglass blanket that will help you reduce the noise that your door makes itself.
Fiberglass is very popular among musicians because it is specially used for soundproofing rooms. When you are beating drums, there will be a lot of noise-producing with the door, using fiberglass blankets will help you remove that unwanted part of the sound in your drumming practice.
Installing them on your door is too very simple. All you need to do is hang your fiberglass blanket on the door from the top using some screws. Just take care that no gap should be filled with air in between your door & the blanket.
Also, if you don’t want again & again to remove wash and hang blankets, you can use fiberglass panels. This is yet another excellent option, and you can install it one time on your doors. Although these will cost you a bit more money, it’s worth it.
One more thing, if you think you can use cheap foam panels on doors, then I won’t suggest those because metallic doors create impact noise and fiberglass panels are specially made for removing that impact noise.
Also, just like doors, you can install soundproofing curtains over the windows. It will do the same for the windows too.
Prefer getting the ones with eyelets because it will be much easier to hang them with rods from your ceiling to down underneath windows.
3. Invest in your Room Walls
Now here comes the major investment, room walls. This is the major part of your room as all of our rooms are made of closed walls. We sealed off doors & windows, but now we need to soundproof our room walls too.
This depends upon walls to walls depending upon the thickness and other kinds of stuff.
It is a major problem, so you need to put your major efforts. There are two ways, and you can place soundproofing over your walls or inside them too.
One important thing is that they don’t use those normal acoustic panels on walls. Even some music studios use that, but they don’t work right and can’t resist the impact noise caused by drums.
So what you can do is soundproof your walls with the material inside the walls.
If you are a musician, you should do it while constructing your walls. But no problem, now you can remove the drywall, insert material and build that back too. This is possibly the best way to soundproof your walls.
But if you don’t want to insert soundproofing inside the walls, you can use it over your walls too. But definitely, inside walls option will reduce much better noise than the other one. Also, that is the permanent solution to the problem.
4. Prefer Acrylic Drum Shields
I know you love drums, so I’d suggest you buy an “acrylic drum shield.”
Yes, I know it’s one of the expensive tools in the drumset, but trust me, it will help you a lot, and it’s worth it. Nowadays, you can also look for cheap & affordable drum shields.
This is yet another amazing option to reduce the noise and have better drum practice experience at home.
5. Use a Drum Rug
After you soundproof your doors, windows, and the walls, the next thing you need is a drum rug that can hold your drumset tightly in a single place. As you know, drums are one of the most vibrating musical instruments.
So they must be placed on some still ground.
Also, you should use some carpets between your floor and drums. As you beat your drumsets, they vibrate.
They may damage your floor too. So just for a better finish, if you’re done with windows, doors & walls, you can use a drum rug to get a much better experience.
Final Words on soundproofing drum room
At last, I’d say whenever you’re trying to soundproof a room for some musical instrument. The first step you should proceed with is to find the sound leakages from where the sound can travel in and out.
Just filling up those tiny gaps can give you some fantastic results. But if you live nearby some noisy area, you should invest in my suggested instruments. These are personally tried and tested methods by myself — so no need to research more about this topic too.
Again, don’t ever use foam panels to prevent noise for drums.
They are not good enough to cancel the noise caused by drums. I hope you find this article interesting, and it gave you in-depth knowledge about how to soundproof a room for drums.