How to Soundproof a Laundry Room Door for under $50
Laundry rooms do make our lives much easier. I mean, getting all those clothes clean in a matter of minutes not only saves our time but our energy as well.
But let's face it:
The noise from the laundry room can be pretty distracting. Imagine you are relaxing in the house, trying to read a book or catch up on the latest episodes of your favorite show. To save time, you decide to put the laundry into the washer. The noise from the laundry room is so loud, you will probably not be at peace till the laundry is done.
When the noise gets too unbearable, you will start to consider options. Getting a new, quieter washer may be a great idea, but why go to the trouble of all those expenses?
You may consider moving your washer or shifting your laundry room. This, however, won’t solve the problem. Noise from the washer tends to echo throughout the house, no matter where your laundry room is located.
The best and most convenient option would be to soundproof your laundry room door. This will help minimize the noise coming from your laundry room, and what's better is that you don't have to spend your entire savings while at it.
With the few tips in this article, you can soundproof your laundry room in under $50. Take a look.
How to Soundproof a Laundry Room Door
1. Get a soundproof door blanket
The thing with modern doors is that most of them are hollow inside. So, as much as they provide the physical barrier, they are not that good when it comes to acting as a noise barrier.
Getting a new door all together is a viable option, but an expensive one at that. Not to mention all the time that will be wasted while installing it.
You can consider getting a soundproof door blanket. This is probably the most cost efficient option you have. These blankets are hung on the laundry room door and are made to absorb all the noise from the washer and dryer.
Although they do not always look good, soundproof blankets are easy to install. All you need are some nails, or tacks to pin them to the door. It won’t even take you more than 5 minutes!
I recommend pinning them to the inside of the door. This will ensure they do not interfere with the interior décor of the rest of the house.
You can easily get soundproof door blankets on Amazon. Check out this one that has amazing reviews. It is a double quilted fiberglass sound dampening blanket that compensates for your hollow laundry room door.
It is made of double faced material, making it not only a good absorber of the noise, but also a combination of barrier/absorber.
This particular soundproof blanket comes with four heavy grommets that enable you to easily hang it onto your laundry room door.
2. Get a door sweep cover
If you want to ensure that no noise at all gets through the door, you can get a door sweep. As much as you have made sure that the door is completely soundproof, if there’s a gap between the floor and your door, some noise will still get out.
A door sweep is placed at the bottom of the door to seal the gap between the floor and the door. The great thing about door sweeps is that they also come at a cheap price.
Just like the soundproof door blankets, you can get the door sweep covers from Amazon.
Compare the size of the gap at the bottom of the door to know what size of door sweep you should get. If your door is already a snug fit and is very close to the floor, then a simple door sweep should do the magic.
However, if the gap between your laundry room door and the floor is big, an efficient door sweep is a must have. For this huge gap, you can try out Loobani Self adhesive door sweep.
This door sweep is quite easy to install and is suitable for gaps of up to 22 mm. I especially love that it is made of three layers and can therefore reduce sound for up to 5 times!
In case the soundproof door blankets didn’t do the trick, then you can be sure that the door sweeps are exactly what you need.
3. Use soundproof door seals
Another option would be to use soundproof door seals which you can also get from Amazon. These are simply weatherproof seals that you can place either under or over the door to minimize the sound coming from the room.
These seals are inexpensive and for under $10 you can get this one. You only need to ensure there are no leaks when you are putting the seals on, otherwise, it will all be a waste.
You can also try putting some absorbent panels and foam on the doors as they will certainly help.
With the above three steps, you have done just about everything necessary to soundproof your laundry room door.
Alternatives to Soundproof Laundry Room Door
If the noise is still irritating, you can take a few other measures to minimize it.
- Get anti-vibration pads for your washing machine. These help to get rid of the structural noise (the low rumble from the washer and dryer). These are extremely cheap and you can have a set for your washer and another for the dryer.
- If you are on an extremely tight budget, or you need a quick fix, you can make your own using corks. Simply cut the corks to fit under the feet of your washing machine and dryer.
- Alternatively, you can use some thick cloth (like towels) as your anti-vibration pads.
- You can also use old boxes and other stuff you do not use to act as soundproofs for the walls. Just stack them up in your laundry room and voila! The sounds from the laundry room will be minimized if the walls are filled up. You can stack as much stuff as you so wish. After all, who, besides your family goes in there anyway?
On Soundproofing the Laundry Room Door
The noises from your laundry room can be a bother, but they don’t have to be. With just a few dollars, you can make your laundry room door soundproof.
Getting anti-vibration pads and door sweep covers is quite cheap. Both will take you around $20. Buying a soundproof door blanket is a bit more expensive, but trust me, it is a worthy investment. You will love the serenity in your house.