Soundproofing a home office provides a way to stop noises from entering the room and disrupting your work. Aside from rebuilding existing walls with soundproofing materials, a way to reduce and eliminate the level of noise in the room is by sealing all areas where noise may enter. These include doors, windows and any cracks and holes that have developed in the walls.
These small fixes may be sufficient to reduce significantly the noise level in your home office. The following steps will be less expensive then a complete renovation of your home office, and they will help provide you with a comfortable working area.
Step 1: Fixing the Door
A large percentage of the noise that enters your home office comes in through the bottom of the door. This can be addressed by changing the existing door with a solid core door that is designed to reduce noise and sound vibrations.
You should also place weatherstripping along the sides of the door to further reduce noise. Install a door jamb or and another device designed to cover the small opening at the bottom of the door.
Step 2: Caulking and Drywalling
If your office is located in a basement or utility room that houses the electrical box or has outdated access panels, use caulk or a sealant to cover any exposed openings.
Acoustic soundboards are a tile-like material designed to reduce the noise level. It acts as a sound barrier and can be installed over drywalling to provide a soundproof element.
Replace drywall that is cracked or exposed. Glue a piece of acoustic board over it to further soundproof the room.
Step 3: Soundproof the Ceiling
You can further soundproof the room by attaching a sheet of drywall to the ceiling and add acoustic soundboards to it. This will give you a new ceiling that is designed to lessen sound that is coming from above the home office.
Step 4: Seal Ductwork
Use foam insulation and fiberglass batting, which is standard insulation used in attics, to wrap any pipes or exposed ductwork. This will reduce the noise that is being carried through these pipes. Any wall and ceiling areas that are exposed can also be filled with the fiberglass batting.
Step 5: Soundproof Flooring
To reduce the sound that is coming from below your home office, gently pull up the carpeting and place sound acoustic boards underneath to reduce sound vibrations that cause noise. Save the tack strips and carpet matting so that it can be reused once the boards have been laid.