Converting a shed into a soundproof studio shed can take a lot of work and requires attention to detail. The key in effective soundproofing is sealing all the gaps that sound can travel through. Given that sheds are typically made of thinner wood, soundproofing a studio shed well can be challenging at times. However, it is certainly not impossible. You will need to take the following 4 steps to ensure your studio shed is soundproofed properly and in the necessary areas.
Step 1: Insulation
Insulation is the first and primary step towards sound proofing your studio shed. Insulation is tremendously important for significantly reducing the amount of sound that will travel through the walls. Insulation provides extra layers of material that absorbs sounds instead of the sound just traveling through the wall and reaching outside. Even more importantly, having the right type of insulation is important when soundproofing your portable studio shed. Below are a few insulation types for you to consider as you soundproof your studio shed:
Spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation is one option you can use for providing insulation to your studio shed. Spray foam insulation works on your ceilings and walls, and gives you an advantage in being able to insulate any tight cracks and crevices in your building. There are a few DIY spray foam products that you can purchase online at Amazon or purchase physically at Home Depot, Walmart, or most local hardware stores.
Using standard fiberglass insulation overtop your spray foam insulation can help provide supplemental insulation, therefore slightly more sound tight. Beware though, if fiber glass material gets on your skin, it can make you tremendously itchy. Make sure you have the proper safety gear on before handling fiberglass. You can find fiberglass insulation at Walmart, Home Depot, or any other hardware store.
When soundproofing your studio shed, mass-loaded vinyl is an excellent choice. Mass-loaded vinyl is known for being a low-cost and effective option for soundproofing your studio shed. Mass-loaded vinyl can be installed on your studio shed walls with simple measuring, cutting, and installation.
Step 2: Soundproofing Windows
Windows are a common place where sound waves travel through, therefore reducing how soundproof your studio is. Soundproofing your studio shed’s windows will significantly reduce noise coming in from the outside and noise coming out from the inside. Using a soundproof window insert is an affordable option for soundproofing and makes for an easy install.
Step 3: Soundproofing Floors
Soundproofing the floors of your studio shed will help you avoid sound traveling through the floors. There are Soundproof Floor Underlayment goods that you can buy and put on the floor of your studio shed to save a lot of money. You will want to seal the corners between the walls and the floor before putting soundproof flooring in your studio shed to prevent sound from traveling between the interior and outside.
Step 4: Soundproofing Doors
Soundproofing your studio shed’s doors will greatly improve the soundproofs of your studio shed. You can use several methods, but we’re going to explain the most economical way to soundproof your studio shed.
You can simply use weather stripping for your studio shed’s door frame and door sweeps for the bottom part of your door. Additionally, you can use acoustical caulking under the door sill and install the exterior door sill plate on top of the acoustical caulking to prevent the sound from traveling in and out through the door.
Should You Do it Yourself or Hire a Contractor to Soundproof Your Studio?
A key factor in determining whether to do this work yourself or hire a contractors depends upon how much money you are willing to spend, and your skill level with this type of work.
Sometimes knowing something is done right makes it worth the price of a professional contractor. At the same time, if you are confident you can do it yourself, it will most likely save you some money. It is really your decision.
Doing it yourself typically costs around $500 – $3,000, depending on how large your studio shed is. On the other hand, hiring a contractor typically will range between $1,000 – $4,000, depending on how large your studio shed is. There are other minor things you can do such as purchasing reduction curtains, sound deadening paint, or acoustic panels that will assist you in soundproofing your studio shed.
Well! There you have it, four simple ways for you to soundproof your studio shed!