Individuals might decide to sound proof a door in their home for a number of different reasons, all of them valid. Maybe you work at home and desperately need a quiet working office space. Soundproofing the “office” door would certainly help with that. Perhaps you have learned that your little children sleep better when they have a sound proof door leading to their bedrooms. It is not important why you want to have a sound proofed door; the important factor lies in your being able to reduce the noise drifting into a room by upwards of a full fifty percent if you sound proof the door in question.
The first thing that you must do to begin sound proofing a door is to take the door’s width measurement so that you can buy a door sweep seal which is the correct length. Gingerly affix the door sweep seal at the door’s base. In such a way, you will be able to seal off the opening at the bottom of the door and yet be able to close and open the door still. This is very important to be done properly, otherwise, you may have difficulties in opening and closing the door going forward.
Next, you will need to buy a specially designed foam gasket tape which is a very little bit less wide than the door jam is wide. Affix this foam tape all around the inside perimeter of the door jam. You must make certain that you leave sufficient room for the door to close and open, or you will struggle with this for the rest of the door’s natural life.
The third thing that you must do is to affix a sound proofing, or acoustical, curtain to the frame of the door in question. The most effective means of doing this involves screwing curtain rod brackets in the frame of the door, so that you are able to dangle the curtain itself from the curtain rod.
The fourth procedure for sound proofing your desired door involves repeating the previous step on the door’s reverse side. In so doing, with the two sound proofing, or acoustical, curtains, you will ensure that you achieve the greatest possible sound proofing results.
The final step in the door sound proofing project requires you to first measure the total surface area of the prospective door, meaning both its height and width. You will next take these measurements to buy a matching sized acoustical foam mat. You will then carefully cut this foam mat to fit the door exactly. Gingerly affix this adhesive lined foam mat to the door itself. Make sure that you work out the bubbles by smoothing it down as soon as possible.
Some final suggestions and tips for the project are in order here. We suggest that you obey the time tested adage to measure your items twice, so that you will only have to cut them one time. You will also want to investigate whether or not your door frames possess, or do not possess, insulation. To do this, simply take off one of the sidings of molding to determine whether it has insulation. If there is not any included by the manufacturer, then you should put insulation in place of the empty spaces in order to alleviate noise. Finally, remember our advice from earlier, to make certain that there is enough space remaining in the door’s frame. If you insert excessive amounts of foam tape, or improperly affix your door sweep seal, then you will be rewarded by a door which no longer closes properly, if it closes at all.