A love of drumming may not be shared by the whole family or, indeed, the whole neighbourhood. Therefore, a soundproofed shed or summerhouse is a great 'music room' for all that drumming practice. Of course, it will work just as well with other musical instruments.
If your budget allows, you can employ a specialist company to soundproof your garden building. However, if you are working to a budget and want to try a bit of DIY, our ideas should help you. You will never fully soundproof your shed; however, you can greatly reduce the sound escaping the shed, even if you are on a budget.
In order for you to do this, you will have to essentially build another shed inside your shed. To do this is very easy. Take your rolls of insulation and tack it to the pre-existing wall. Next, use plasterboard and screw it to the beams of the existing shed wall. This will insulate the shed and reduce the amount of noise escaping. Noise escapes through the screw fittings so assess the wall and use as few screws as possible whilst maintaining a safe build.
Windows can be one of the biggest problems when it comes to escaping sound. Especially in older sheds, windows will be a thin layer of glass. All DIY stores have plastic sheets that you can glue to your window and this essentially doubles up the glass and makes it tougher for sound to escape. For opening windows make sure the rubber seal is still in good condition and if not replace it as this will lead to lots of escaping air and therefore more escaping sound.
The door on your shed is probably the leading factor for escaping sound when it comes to a shed. Most shed doors will have no rubber seal and air and sound can escape through the tiny gap between the frame and door. A cheap way to fix this is to attach plastic sheeting around the door so that when it shuts it covers the gap between the frame and door. A better solution is to add a rubber seal, trapping and preventing sound from escaping. Key locks should have covers as, again, sound can escape through these.
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There can be a big variation in 'sheds' and timber structures. A flimsy garden shed is going to be different to a more sturdy garden room or summer house. Any wooden frame with more substance and weight will always be a better starting point than a thinner, more flimsy prefabricated timber structure such as a garden shed.
A garden shed does not offer a heavy or substantial enough starting point to soundproof and turn into a music studio. More sturdy wooden structures such as garden rooms can be adapted as they are often much more substantial. If you are unsure if your wooden structure (whether it be a shed, shepherds hut, summerhouse or log cabin) is a suitable structure for a music studio, then feel free to send images and dimensions (ceiling height is important) to us and we will happily advise you.
However, we have successfully soundproofed 100's of garden sheds providing that the structure is more substantial than a standard garden timber shed and there is enough head height for a secondary ceiling.
For optimum results when soundproofing to the high level required for a music studio it is important to create 'a room within a room'. The new soundproof resilient walls of ReductoClips and high mass and vibration absorbing materials are built in front of the existing wooden structure, along with a suspended ceiling and floating floor above the subfloor. Basically creating a soundproof box. This stops any energy vibration from transferring through the structure of the original wooden building and spreading through the walls, floor and ceiling. This is why it's important to soundproof every surface. e.g if you only soundproof the walls the vibration will just travel through the floor and ceiling.
As highlighted, it isn't possible to soundproof a flimsy garden shed and turn it into a music or recording studio. However, if the shed or wooden structure is more substantial the recommended solution would be to use the ReductoClip Independent System.
With concrete floors there is the added benefit of them already having a great deal of mass. The Soundproofing Store have a number of floor solutions which also include thin acoustic solutions to minimise any floor height buildup. However, if the floor is timber then it's a little more complex as the wooden floor doesn't provide the same level of 'natural' soundproofing qualities as that of a heavier floor such as concrete.
Firstly remove the existing wooden floor and add acoustic mineral wool between the joists. Acoustic mineral wool isn't a soundproofing material, but is important to use as it stops any sound reverberating and amplifying within what will effectively become a mini sealed chamber.
ReductoClips can be added directly to the joists of the ceiling. However, this depends if the existing timber joists are strong enough to take the weight of the soundproofing which is then added to the ReductoClips and Reducto Furring Channels (similar to the walls solution described at the start).
If removing windows isn't an option then it is important to double them up. Because of the new soundproofed independent wall on the inside of the timber structure there will be one window on the external structure and another window (secondary glazing on the inside). This will still be a weak point, but this is the best way to minimise this weakness.
The heavier and more mass a door has, the more sound it will block. As with any windows the preferred option would be to double up the door with one door on the external structure and the other door on the internal soundproof wall. Upgrading to heavier fire doors is also recommended.
Acoustic ventilation within a music studio is tricky a it's basically the complete opposite of what is trying to be achieved when soundproofing. With the soundproofing described above the objective is to create an airtight room within a room. A barrier of sealed mass to stop air from passing in and out. When air can pass in and out, so can sound. However, when soundproofing a music studio the likelihood is that acoustic ventilation is needed. The practicalities of a musician in an airtight studio working long hours without any airflow, just isn't an option.
The weaknesses of a wooden structure as a starting point of a music studio have been highlighted. If the wooden structure is more substantial than the likes of a garden shed then the key steps to soundproof a music studio within a timber structure include:
The walls are usually a major source of unwanted noise from both outside and inside your shed. To create a good acoustic environment, you must add mass to the walls , seal any gaps to prevent sound from escaping or getting inside, and absorb sound vibrations.
When it comes to soundproofing a shed, the roof has similar requirements to the walls. However, because plasterboard is heavy, it may be wise to use a single sheet of plywood for each section of the roof.
As you're asking this question, you've probably come across some ineffective soundproofing in the past. Perhaps you or a friend attached some egg boxes to the inside of a garage to stop the noise from your band rehearsal from annoying your parents in the past. But while you may have heard that egg boxes can soundproof your shed, they really can't. While egg boxes CAN reduce the echo inside the shed by diffusing soundwaves, they do not stop sound escaping. By contrast, the materials described in this article are a much better fix for your soundproof shed.
If you fail to soundproof your shed your neighbors may not be too excited about your new purchase.Soundproofing your shed is necessary if you want to be able to use your drum kit in there without making enemies or if you simply want to use it as a place to reduce the sound of your generator.
Soundproofing a shed is perfectly feasible however it does have a few unique challenges. While the basic principles of soundproofing still apply, you will generally be working on a fairly basically built structure with little pre-existing sound resistance.When you soundproof a room in a house, a garage, or a basement you normally have a solid structure to start with whereas most sheds are not as thick or solid. The wood and other materials used are generally thinner and the finish is not as perfect.This means that there will be more gaps and more areas for sound to escape from.
That is not to say it cannot be done just that it will require a fair amount of effort. Obviously, you can call in a professional crew but that will add significantly to the cost. If you want to tackle your shed soundproofing as a DIY project, we will guide you through the options and the process.The first step is to determine how comprehensively you want your soundproofing to be. To get it close to perfect for sound recording will be difficult and rather costly. If you want to reduce noise coming in and out you could go for a less expensive solution. You could add some mass to the structure and use foam or other ideas to absorb some sound.Your requirements and available budget should be considered.Things To Consider Before Soundproofing Your ShedTo properly soundproof your shed, you will have to sacrifice a fair amount of space to complete the box within a box method.Most sheds are not very big.
Take measurements and calculate the amount of space you will lose with the soundproofing process.You do not want to invest in the supplies and start, or even finish the project, only to find that the shed is no longer large enough for your needs.Also, consider that the existing windows might be an issue and you might have to cover them up to achieve quality soundproofing. This will mean that more light is required. Be sure to budget for this.Tools You Will NeedBefore you get start