How to Build a Home Studio Drum Room
For the drummer who has just bought his first set of drum and wants to play them without driving his family and neighbors crazy, he will need to find a place to play them without others hearing it. The ideal place will be a drum room, a soundproof booth where he can play his drums and symbols as loud as he likes, without being heard by others. Sound simple? Not if you haven't done it before. You'll need special material and special building know-how, such as the information you'll find below. With this material and information, you'll be able to build a drum booth in your garage.
Laying the Floor Foundation
Lay the 2" x 4" pieces on the floor and line them end-to-end along the edges of the space you'll be using for your booth. These pieces will be your floor plates and will be part of your foundation to which you'll later attach your wall studs. Then, lay your insulation on the floor inside the area you just made with your 2" x 4" pieces. The floor area inside this perimeter used should be no smaller than 20'x 20'. This will give you enough space for your drum set. Apply glue dobs to the surface of the insulation you laid, with two or three feet separating each dob. Next, lay the wood flooring on the insulation and glue. Allow an hour or so for the glue to dry.
Install your Walls
Begin installing your wall studs by nailing their bottom ends to the wood floor plates you installed earlier. When finished installing the wall studs, attach drywall or wood panel sheets o the studs. To attach them, you can use nails, screws, or glue. Leave a space for your door to be installed. You'll need to install a door header and double studs on each side of the door frame. This should give you the base you need to install the door when you're ready for it.
Install ceiling joists using more of your 2"x 4" boards laid across the room so that each end of the joist is supported by the wall joists. Nail each ceiling joist to the wall joists to keep them held firmly in place and to give you a base on which to attach your ceiling panels. Next, glue or nail wood panels or sheet rock to the underside of the ceiling studs. When finished, place soundproofing insulation on top of these panels.
Install Sound Proofing Insulation
Apply soundproofing insulation to the outside of all your walls. For faster installation, glue insulation panels, rather than stapling or nail them.
Carpeting your Floor
You can often find used carpet. If you know any carpet layers ask them to save carpet for you that they remove from their customers when they lay new carpet. Use these carpet pieces to cover your walls and ceiling.
If you can't afford to buy a new door, drape a large piece of your used carpet from the top of the doorway.