Friday, July 19, 2024

How to Soundproof a Gaming Room: Game on!

If you enjoy playing video games, you already know how important it is to have the volume of your game turned up while playing so that you can completely appreciate all of the sound effects, music, and voices, as well as fully immerse yourself in the gameplay. Have you ever think of how to soundproof a gaming room?
If you share a house or an apartment with someone – whether it’s your spouse, a roommate, or your parents – your noisy game playing might become an issue for them, especially if you play late at night. Unless you live with a very obnoxious roommate in a dorm room, you’ll want your roommate to get adequate sleep and enjoy their privacy. You don’t want to, and you certainly shouldn’t give up gaming!

How to Soundproof a Gaming Room

All you have to do now is find out how to create less noise, and luckily for you, we’ll show you some of the best ways to do it!

Measuring The Gaming Room’s Dimension

Why don’t you take a break instead of racing to Amazon to get those soundproofing materials? When it comes to soundproofing a gaming room, the first and most important step is to determine the space’s size.

It’s similar to the old adage, “know your enemy”. Before we start running without all over the place, we need to get to know the room. Let’s get started with the game plan first, people!

So, How to Soundproof a Gaming Room?

There are several advantages to using noise reduction for gaming. For starters, it’s more considerate to your neighbors, relatives, and housemates. A soundproof gaming room can also keep annoying noises out if you’re doing some hard gaming or streaming your skills online. Follow the methods below to keep your gaming a breeze!

1. Soundproofing the Door

Anyone who wishes to hear some big changes should pay attention to the entrance that leads into a gaming area. It will be quite simple for noises to enter through the door itself, or any of the space and gaps between the arrangement, even when the door is closed.

Soundproofing the gaming room door to make it appear more like a wall may be done in a variety of ways. It’s not as difficult as it appears, and most people can accomplish it on their own.

1. Add thickness to the door Doors, especially those found on the inside of a home, are notoriously hollow. Because most gaming rooms do not have access to the outside, they have extremely thin doors. Thickening the door as much as possible is one technique to help control the sound.
To begin, knock on the door and listen to and feel how it sounds. If it’s hollow, it’s probably constructed of cardboard (inside lining) or something with a density close to that. The bad news is that it doesn’t do much in terms of soundproofing, but the good news is that it’s quite simple to remedy.
Adding sound dampening materials to a door is the simplest and easiest technique to enhance thickness. Consider shifting blankets, foam, and other alternatives. There is also the option of installing soundproofing material within the door, although this may be difficult to do.
2. Install soundproofing blankets or curtains The beauty of soundproofing blankets or noise-reducing curtains is that they are lightweight and portable while still being highly effective.
They’re thick in general, and while they’re hanging, they don’t allow much sound to get through. One thing to keep in mind is that these hanging soundproof door panels, especially those that are custom-built, may be rather costly.
Some people prefer a more permanent hanging option, while others just hang it over the door when they’re gaming. Either option is acceptable because the amount of time required to get things up is minimal.
3. Seal the gaps When it comes to gaming, the gaps between doors must be handled in order to make a room soundproof. A door with the finest soundproofing coating will only be able to accomplish so much otherwise. Although there may not appear to be much room, sound can easily escape if they are not properly sealed.
Weatherstripping is the cheapest choice. The application of weatherstripping on an inside door may look odd. But it will be a wonderful sealant that will not only assist reduce sound but will also help control temperature inside a little bit. To set up the strips, all of the measuring and cutting is quite simple. To achieve the finest overall aesthetic, just plug the holes from the inside of the soundproofing room.

Video: Soundproofing Doors DIY – What Works & What doesn’t

2. Soundproofing the Windows

If the entrance is the most common source of poor sound in a gaming room, windows are just behind it. Soundproofing the door is one thing, but if the windows aren’t replaced, soundproofing a window will get difficult. Some of the procedures for installing windows are the same as for installing doors, which is wonderful news for those who want everything to be done correctly.

1. Install soundproofing curtains or moving blankets Noise reducing curtains are by far the most effective soundproofing solution for a window. This is because most people already have curtains installed, so choosing something thick and able to regulate sound will not be an issue. Simply purchase them and set them up, and they will protect you for years.
Alternatively, blankets can be used to create a more temporary effect that isn’t quite as professional. This is primarily for individuals who wish to soundproof a room temporarily in preparation for gaming. They are simple to take down as needed, which is always a plus.
People will be able to get exactly what they need to match the rest of the design because there are so many various color options for curtains and blankets. Keep in mind that this method also aids in regulating the amount of light that enters the space. The main disadvantage is that curtains must be closed in order to be effective.
2. Install soundproof window panel This option is unquestionably the most costly, but it may also be the most effective. It will be difficult for single-pane window users to provide sufficient soundproofing. Having a two-pane window installed is unquestionably beneficial. Anything more than that is usually considered overkill, as people perceive as diminishing returns.

Video: Window Soundproofing – 8 DIY Methods From a Pro!

3. Soundproofing the Walls

Walls are supposed to be a little more robust than the other two areas in the room, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require any care. Interior walls are often thin, and any fractures make them considerably more susceptible. How can walls be properly maintained to ensure that the space sounds as good as possible? Some of the solutions below are a little easier to implement than others, but they all work.

1. Seal wall cracks If the room appears to be getting near to being fully soundproof, this simple modification is worth the effort.
The reality is that walls are susceptible to cracking. It just takes a little gap for sound to leak through, and the best approach is to walk around and fix things.
Look for any cracks around the room. They are usually rather tiny if they do not stand out. It will make a difference if you apply a coating of Acoustic Sealant on everything.
2. Install acoustic panels to the wall The acoustic foam may be mounted to walls, and there are those that mix in nicely with any room’s style.
Because acoustic foam is so popular these days, many companies, especially those that need a studio, are doing everything they can to make it appear as if it were simply another element of the space.
All noises that would typically bounce off the wall will be absorbed by acoustic foam panels. It helps to attenuate echoes that bounce off flat surfaces, and gamers will enjoy how everything sounds!

Video: How to Soundproof a Wall – 7 Easy DIY Ways!

4. Soundproofing the Floor

Although each arrangement is unique, soundproofing the floor and ceiling is essential for completing a high-quality game room. This is especially true if there are rooms above or below the gaming area since the noise level will be impacted.

Hardwood flooring may be beautiful, but they are ineffective in terms of soundproofing. A rug or carpet is especially vital to install if the game area is not on the first floor. This will benefit both space as a whole and everyone who is below it. Many people are startled by how much noise can be heard in the gaps.

A rug is clearly much easier to place on the floor and have it function well, but a carpet may be a better long-term choice that provides more comprehensive coverage.

Video: Soundproof a Floor – 8 Cheap & Easy DIY Ways!

5. Upgrade Your Gaming Devices

If soundproofing a gaming room sounds like too much of a headache, there is an option to soundproofing a game room that is considerably easier overall. A good Gaming Headset or noise-canceling headphones can keep things as quiet as possible for everyone else, despite the fact that they are a little pricey.

Gaming headphones are comfortable, have a lot of functions, and are available at a variety of pricing points. There are noise-canceling settings available, so the player does not have to cope with excessive noises. You can even look for a soundproof mouse or a quiet mechanical keyboard! (How to build and upgrade your own extreme gaming PC – read here)

In Conclusion

In most households, playing video games is very polarizing. Generally speaking, most people either enjoy playing video games or can’t take the incessant loudness that comes with them. Rather than isolating a gamer in a room and attempting to ignore them as much as possible, it is preferable to spend a little money to soundproof the room.
Not only will the gamer have a better time, but everyone else will be able to live a little more quietly as well. It doesn’t take much work to put things up correctly, so what are you waiting for? use this article to guide your soundproofing needs for your gaming room!

Flick Emil Henricus

I'm a 34-year-old freelance musician and soundproofing specialist, DIY enthusiast, blog author, and Silence Wiki founder originally from the Netherlands. I've been a musician for over 15 years now - playing all sorts of instruments but especially guitar and saxophone. As a soundproofing specialist, I help people with their acoustic needs in order to make them happy! I also enjoy DIY projects around the house or wherever else they are needed - thanks to my wife who always has great ideas!