Soundproofing your home or office can be a frustrating task. You might have invested in expensive sound-absorbing materials only to find that they are less effective than you had hoped for. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive alternative to the expensive materials which promises better results and these are egg cartons!
You may be surprised but egg cartons are useful beyond just being great containers for your eggs. You can use them to make a simple soundproofing device that works very well in many situations. For example, if you need quiet on the set of where you work or at home, an egg carton may be the perfect solution for this problem. An egg carton is also a good option when making a DIY recording studio or even a small instrument practice room. It’s not something that will provide world-class acoustic isolation but it does work pretty well and easily available materials combined with some creative thinking make this project easy to accomplish without spending too much money on expensive devices designed specifically for noise blocking purposes. So let’s take a look at how you can soundproof your room or office using egg cartons.
How Effective Are Egg Cartons for Soundproofing?
The effectiveness of using egg cartons for soundproofing will vary depending on which sounds you are trying to cancel out. Also, it depends on the size and thickness of each individual box you use along with what material it was made out of. In any case, there is no way that an egg carton can completely eliminate all the noise coming from a loudspeaker or stereo system, but it can significantly reduce how much they disrupt your daily activities.
In general, egg cartons do a good job of absorbing sound. They are very lightweight and that’s why they can be placed on walls or ceilings without any problems. Egg carton material is quite thick so it will not tear apart even if you place all of them together in one place – unless they were crushed by some really heavy object which I doubt would happen under normal circumstances. The best idea here is to use egg boxes as an initial soundproofing material by placing them in key areas throughout the area where most sounds are present, and then follow up with much thicker and denser soundproofing panels around those main hot spots for maximum reduction rates.
While there may be many DIY projects for making effective noise blockers from materials like foam or cork, these won’t work as well as those made from egg containers because the main purpose of those devices is to block exterior noises instead of just absorbing them. So while professional acoustic panels might cost hundreds of dollars per square foot, an egg box device can easily absorb the same amount of sound for less than $20.
You can easily test the effectiveness of how egg cartons work by trying them in your own room or office and see if it helps with reducing exterior noises coming from outside, neighbors making too much noise, etc. I’m sure that you will be pleasantly surprised at just how effective these little devices are when used properly to block exterior sounds!
Pros and Cons of Egg Cartons Soundproofing.
As with any other material used for soundproofing purposes, there are some pros and cons to using egg cartons as a noise blocker. Let’s start by taking a look at the positive points of this device:
- Egg cartons can help to reduce the exterior noises coming from loud neighbors, traffic sounds, and other disruptive factors which can prevent you from working or studying in peace and quiet.
- They don’t emit any noticeable echo on their own which makes them perfect for recording studios etc.
- Egg cartons are easy to install in most cases because they are quite lightweight so they can be done without the professional tools or assistance required.
- Egg cartons are made of lightweight material that can be placed on walls/ceilings without any problems without having to worry might damage your walls and ceilings.
- They are a cheap alternative to professional acoustic panels which cost hundreds of dollars per square foot.
- It is easy to test the effectiveness by trying them in your own room/office and see if it helps with reducing exterior noises as they can be removed easily.
- Can be recycled and used for other DIY projects over and over again.
Now let’s take a closer look at the negative aspects that you have to consider before soundproofing your walls and ceilings with egg cartons:
- They are not effective against low frequencies. So if you need to reduce such sound frequencies you should better find better insulation.
- Lightweight material may not be strong enough and can be damage.
- Egg cartons for soundproofing purposes will only work in small rooms or office spaces. In larger areas, you might need a lot more of such boxes which can add up quickly when it comes to the total price tag.
- Also, rooms treated with natural materials may smell bad after some time. We suggest installing ventilation systems if you plan to use egg boxes soundproofing for more than a few weeks.
How to use Egg Cartons for Soundproofing: A Step-by-Step Guide
Now that you know the basic information about how egg cartons work to help reduce exterior noises, let’s take a closer look at some soundproofing tips and advice for using these little devices in your own room or office.
Step 1: Gather a Collection of Empty Egg Cartons
You will need to gather a collection of empty egg cartons in order for this soundproofing project to work properly. You can easily get these from grocery stores or restaurants that produce their own eggs at home.
Make sure you only pick the ones with clean surfaces, no cracks, and holes, etc. Also, cut off any labels on them before using them because they might interfere with how well the device absorbs exterior sounds which is what we are aiming for here! Check each container inside to see if it actually has enough space available where air particles have room to move around freely. In this case, the quieter noises can be absorbed better by your new noise blockers/sound absorbers.
Also, make sure to use different types of containers as well because they come in various shapes and sizes which will allow you to adjust the placement inside your room or office according to where exactly you need sound absorption materials more often.
Keep all of the containers somewhere safe until further notice when you start using them.
Step 2: Clean Egg Cartons
To start this project, you need to clean the containers thoroughly before using them. Use warm water and soap with a tiny bit of vinegar in it so they can get rid of all smells which might come from previous food products used with these devices. Make sure there is no smell whatsoever when finished cleaning up!
After that, dry out each container carefully by placing them on some newspapers or towels for at least one day until completely dried through. If not done properly, your sound-absorbing materials may create unpleasant odors or even collect mold inside after long-term use which will affect their performance negatively. So make sure you take enough time here without rushing anything because it is well worth the effort.
Step 3: Prepare the Walls and Ceilings
Next, you will need to prepare your walls and ceilings before installing the egg cartons. This means getting rid of any existing paint or wallpaper so they can get a clean surface to work with for this project. Use either an electric sander or chemical paint remover if needed in order to remove all types of old materials from these surfaces without damaging them further through friction against sandpaper which might leave marks behind as well.
After that, make sure there is no dirt on those areas by using some damp cloths first followed by dry ones until completely cleared out. Finally, use a cleaner made specifically for tiles/walls as it should be effective enough at removing all dust particles left over from the previous cleaning process while drying faster than usual too.
Step 4: Attach the Egg Cartons to the Wall or Ceiling
Now that your walls and ceilings are ready, let’s attach the egg cartons to them. First of all, make sure you place each container at an equal distance from one another using a ruler or measuring tape beforehand so they align perfectly without any empty spaces left between them afterward.
Then use either nails/tacks or adhesive glue by applying it evenly around where you want us sound absorbers attached before pressing down firmly against those surfaces for about 30 seconds until fixed in place completely. If needed, apply more glue onto specific points which might need extra support if too loose already after testing out their position on the wall first because this step is considered as being rather important here.
Make sure you wait for at least two days before doing anything else with your newly installed egg cartons which will allow them to get attached firmly enough so they won’t move around or fall off while in use. If done properly, these sound absorbers will do a great job by blocking sounds entering through doorways/windows while also absorbing any noise produced inside the room too.
Now, go ahead and test them out by playing some music or turning on a radio/TV with high volume levels first for around 20 minutes before checking if any exterior noises can be heard from outside anymore. After that, enjoy your new soundproofed room now where no external noise can come in through walls or ceilings anymore unless they are extremely loud ones too! This means better sleep quality as well as opportunities during daytime hours when everything seems peaceful and quiet instead of chaotic like it used to be before.
Soundproofing a room is not an easy task but there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on acoustic panels when using an old egg box could do the trick so easily and cheaply. As long as they’re not crushed under heavy objects they should last for many years before needing replacement which makes this idea a very practical solution. So don’t throw away those egg cartons for now.