How Much Does It Cost to Soundproof a Room?

Now, the most important question that drives us to some specific methods of soundproofing is: how much does it cost to soundproof a room?

In this article, we will try to give you some insights of the soundproofing prices and what every particular method will roughly cost.

Of course, prices differ, and therefore, we will give some average needed for soundproofing a room with a certain method.

All of the methods that we are about to mention are quite affordable and you will not have to spend a fortune on it. After reading, hopefully, you will have a better insight on how to soundproof your room effectively and not spend too much cash on it.

Let’s start with some of the most popular methods of soundproofing a room.

How Much Does It Cost to Soundproof a Room

The Cost of Wall Soundproofing

When it comes to the wall soundproofing, there are several effective methods. The wall is the hardest area to soundproof so this one should be definitely elaborated first.

Material for Soundproofing Wall

Price

Mass Loaded Vinyl

$100 - $200 for 50 sq feet

Mineral Wool Batts

~$155

Foam Panels

$22 for pack of 12

Fiberglass Panels

$68 for pack of 12

Regular Drywall

$600 for 12x12 sq feet

Soundproof Drywall

$1000 - $1200 for 12x12 sq feet

Mass loaded vinyl

Mass loaded vinyl is a well-known sound blocking material. No matter if there is airborne noise or the impact one- this one will block the whole spectrum of it.

Since it can deal with almost every noise- vibrating, buzzing, or airborne, this is pretty much what you need. Other methods might require a combination of a few in order to block both impact and airborne noise, while mass loaded vinyl will do the job just fine all by itself.

Basically, you can find mass loaded vinyl at an affordable price. It goes around $100 - $200. For example, this mass loaded vinyl can cover up to 40 sq feet for only $109.

Mass Loaded Vinyl cost

There are different ways to put mass loaded vinyl. You can put it on the wall’s surface or inside the walls. Either way, it will prevent the noise effectively since its thickness is admirable and the materials used for its construction specially designed for soundproofing purposes.

Average cost: An average cost of mass loaded vinyl is around $100-200 and can cover up to 50 sq feet.

Mineral Wool Batts

Mineral wool bats are also known as Rockwool batts. It works similarly to any other soundproofing material. The effectiveness is based on its thickness and the density of the material.

Wool batts have found a great purpose in construction. They are most likely inserted between the joists, adding an extra thickness to your walls.

When it comes to affordability and effectiveness, this one is highly ranked among soundproofing materials. For example, this one would be my choice. It costs around $55. When we do the math, it’s a bit pricier than mass loaded vinyl. 

Acoustic Panels

Acoustic panels are another great way of soundproofing. I mean, what can we say more- they are used in soundproofing studio purposes. Now, there are two different types of acoustic panels.

First ones are great for an echo reduction. Those are foam panels. They are, as its name says, thick foam panels commonly used in the music industry. When it comes to price, they are quite cheap. 12 pack of panels 1" X 12" X 12” are something less than $22.

The other kind is a fiberglass panel. These panels are great for dealing with a really loud noise. They are quite easy to install and will cut the noise much more drastically than foam panels. Surely, they are quite expensive, but you will definitely solve your noise problems.

Pack of 12 with the size of 1” X 12” X 12” will cost roughly around $68 which is 3x pricier than the foam panel pack.

acoustic panels soundproof foam

Drywall price

Now, drywall can be an effective way of dealing with the noise. There are two main types of a drywall- regular drywall and soundproof drywall.

As regular drywall is an additional layer of defense, it will easily block the incoming noise. As we know- the thicker the better, additional layer to your walls will just ensure more peace.

When it comes to a regular drywall, we’ve done some math for you and calculated that installing this type of a drywall in the room 12x12 sq feet might cost around $600 on average.

Regular drywall can block the noise, but not as effective as the soundproofing drywall.

Soundproofing drywall is particularly built for that matter- to block some noise. Therefore, additional materials are added to its construction. That results in almost doubling the price of a drywall. So, for the 12x12 sq feet room, you might need to invest around $1000- $1200.

The Cost of Ceiling Soundproofing 

Material for Soundproofing Ceiling

Price

Mass Loaded Vinyl

$100 - $200 for 50 sq feet

Foam Panels

$22 for pack of 12

Fiberglass Panels

$68 for pack of 12

Cost to Soundproof a Ceiling

Due to gravity, you can’t use all of the aforementioned methods. Of course, you can go with mass loaded vinyl and acoustic panels.

The price does not differ from soundproofing the walls. The only problem is the process of installation. These materials (except foam panels) are quite heavy, and you might need a hand of a friend, or a professional to install them on your ceiling.

Of course, there is the cheapest method that can insulate the noise if the level of it isn’t that high. You can ask your neighbor to add some carpet to the floor (if there is anyone living above your room).

We all know that neighbors can be a pain in the neck, and most of the times this won’t work very well for you, but it’s definitely worth trying.

See here for soundproofing ceiling without construction.

The Cost of Windows Soundproofing 

When it comes to the windows soundproofing, there are several different methods to do so. They are specially designed for the windows soundproofing, and most of them won’t take much investment.

Material for Soundproofing Windows

Price

Soundproof Curtains

~$25

Curtain Rod

<$20

Window Plug

<$50 for 2m x 1m

Weatherstripping Tape

< $15

Soundproofing curtains

Soundproofing curtains are quite effective in soundproofing your window. They are thick and specially designed to block airborne noise.

There is a small pro tip for you when buying a soundproofing curtain. You should probably look for those that have eyelets. They are quite easier to install. True, they might be a bit pricier, but that difference in price is not worth the effort of making your own eyelets.

As you can see, this one is around $25 which is really the cheap price for peace.

Along with curtain, you will need a curtain rod to hang that curtain on it. Depending on the size, the price varies. Anyway, it should not be more expensive than $20.

Cost to Soundproof a Window

Window Plug

This method can be done within not more than $50. Of course, it depends on your window size, but let’s say that you have some standard window size 2m X 1m.

The window plug you can make by yourself, there are no plugs that you can buy, because the size of the window differs. Therefore, you can make your own with acoustic foam, a wooden panel, and a handle.

When it comes to this one, you will probably lose a lot of sunlight as well. That’s the only downfall. Anyway, it’s quite easy to make this plug and it will be effective. You won’t need huge investments. We’ve already seen that foam panels are somewhat cheap, and the frame can’t be more expensive than few bucks. Therefore, you can have your panel in less than $20 if you do it correctly.

Seal the gaps

The most common problems, for which the solution is the cheapest one as well, are the gaps on your windows. Sometimes, even the smallest gaps can make a difference and release a ton of noise to your room.

Therefore, you can seal the gaps easily. Use the weatherstrip tape that is a well-known sound deadener and thermal leak reducer. For not more than $15 you will have your room thermal insulated and soundproofed.

The Cost of Door Soundproofing 

Soundproofing a door isn’t that hard job. You won’t need many investments in it, also. Depending on the method that you choose, you will most likely need around $100. Let’s check out each one of the methods for the more precise cost.

Material for Soundproofing Door

Price

Moving Blanket

$40 for 72" X 80"

Foam Panels

$22 for pack of 12

Fiberglass Panels

$68 for pack of 12

Weatherstripping Tape

< $15

Door Sweep

$10

Moving blankets

Moving blankets are great sound absorbers. With the thickness they offer, you will have an additional layer of defense against the unwanted noise. The more layers you have- the better.

For example, the size of 72" X 80" will cost roughly around $40. I have bought this one for myself, and it did a phenomenal job. They are quite heavy, so you might need an additional rod to hang them on. When we sum it, this solution should not cost more than $60 for one door.

Cost to Soundproof a Door

Acoustic panels 

If you decide to put acoustic panels on your doors, you already know the price. This is just a reminder that acoustic panels can literary be put anywhere you have the noise problems in order to effectively decrease it.

Remember that the fiberglass panels are almost 3x pricier than the foam panels, but keep in mind that the price comes with the quality as well.

Weatherstrip and Door Sweep

Sealing the gaps might be the easiest solution for you if the noise is coming through them. The most problematic part is on the bottom of the door, between the door and the floor.

For the rest of your doors, you can use weatherstrip tape, which we already discussed.

However, for the bottom of your doors, the solution can differ. You can go with the silicone door sweep. The price of this particular one is just $10. That is quite a valuable product, which can reduce the noise, thermal leak, and prevent some bugs from infesting the room.

The Cost of Floor soundproofing

Material for Soundproofing Floor

Price

Carpet

<$100

The floor soundproofing is somewhat easy. Since it’s most unlikely to hear the noise coming from beneath, floor soundproofing is commonly used to reduce the echo noise that you create just being in the room.

For this purpose, you can go with some thick carpeting that will reduce the echo. Carpets can be expensive but they offer numerous benefits. All in all, you can find some for less than $100.

The Cost of Soundproofing your Chimney

Material for Soundproofing Chimney

Price

Chimney Balloon

~$50

Chimney soundproofing is not that hard as it sounds. Nevertheless, it won’t take too much of your funds either.

For example, you can go with the most common method of soundproofing a chimney- the chimney balloon. Simply, put it into your chimney and do as with any other balloon. It will block the noise from the wind coming down through your chimney.

It’s not that expensive, and can last for a really long time. You can find chimney balloons at an affordable price of around $50.

Cost to Soundproof a Chimney

So, how much does it cost to soundproof a room?

Hopefully, this article gave you some better insight into expenses that you need to make in order to achieve a bit quieter environment in your room.

As we may conclude, the biggest problem is the thickness of your walls. So, the most of the resources you will need to put in this area. If we set aside the soundproofing of walls, all of the other methods will take $100 tops each.

Soundproofing a room is not that expensive, and you can grab some peace for yourself that you highly need. Here are some cheap soundproofing ideas to help you even more.