How to Soundproof a Closet When On Budget in 6 Easy Steps

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Did you know that you can turn your soundproof closet into a secret cinema room or a music recording studio where you can practice drumming discreetly?

If you’re looking for ways on how to soundproof a closet, you’ve come to the right place.

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Soundproofing can turn out to be quite expensive, especially when you hire professionals to do the job for you.

Alternatively, you can get to work and soundproof the closet yourself cheaply and in the process, learn a few basics about soundproofing.

Stick around more as we show you different ways on how you can soundproof your closet DIY.

6 Steps on How to Soundproof a Closet Cheaply

How about if I told you that you could reduce noise in the closet in less than $100 and only six simple steps?

Well, let me show you how you can achieve that:

1. Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is one of the most common soundproofing materials. A single weatherstrip tape (50 inches long) will cost you less than $15.

Our recommended tape is the Yotache foam tape that is available in different shapes and sizes.

You will use the foam tape to seal all the gaps between the door and the frame. Below is a step by step guide on how you can install weather tape foam.

  • Clean the door and frame from dust and other dirt that may cause the tape not to stick
  • Peel to reveal the adhesive side of the weatherstrip
  • Stick the tape form on all sides where the door meets the frame.

When you close the door, you should feel some resistance and also notice a tighter seal- this seal will prevent airborne noise from leaking in or out of your closet.

NOTE: Do not weather seal your closet door if your closet lacks a proper ventilation system.

2. Rugs and Carpeting

As previously mentioned in the article on how to soundproof a basement ceiling, adding carpets and thick rugs will help reduce impact sound – hence reducing the vibrations through the floor.

Our most recommended and trusted carpet is the Safavieh California Premium Shag, a 2-inch thick carpet available in over 20 fashionable colors.

Alternatively, you can cover your floor with multiple layers of rugs. This will help dampen any sounds that you make in the closet and also reduce the vibrations traveling through the floor.

Reflection filters are best used in small confined spaces where sound can be quickly bounced off by the walls. Therefore, if you’d like to turn your soundproof closet into a recording studio, why not invest in reflection filters to improve the quality of your recordings?

For best results, go for the densest rugs you can get or choose a deep pile carpet and layer them up for maximum noise reduction.

3. Fill the shelves

Walls are known to reflect sounds hence creating echoes. One of the best ways in reducing echoes in a closet is by filling up those empty closet shelves.

It’s best to fill them with clothes and books if possible. This will also help in absorbing impact noise.

In the long run, reducing echo in a room can improve the acoustics of your room, making recording clearer and audio quality of your stereo even better.

4. Bass Traps

Also known as Superchunk corner traps, bass traps are designed to absorb low frequency (bass) sounds.

If you’ll be using your closet for music practice or recording, you should install bass traps in your closet to help deal with the bass nuisance.

Bass traps are efficient and effective. They usually are installed at the corners of a room.

Grab these NEW LEVEL Charcoal Acoustic Foam Bass Trap and fit them to all the four corners of your closet, and you’ll be good to go. Here is a simple guide on how you can install bass traps.

5. Reflection Filter

Another simple way to soundproof a closet is by installing a reflection filter. It’s a curved panel that sits around a microphone and designed to absorb noise that would otherwise affect the quality of your recordings.

6. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets are not your typical blankets. They are specially designed to wrap your delicate furniture when moving out.

Some acoustic blankets are designed for soundproofing purposes and have grommet for easier installation.

One of the most recommended soundproofing blankets is the Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets.

They are effective in sound absorption and have a 0.85 NRC rating, which is pretty decent.

Hanging moving blankets on your closet walls and door will help improve and sound deaden noise and vibrations before they can hit the walls/door, thus reducing the amount of noise that leaves the room.

Acoustic Foam Panels Will Absorb Echo and not Soundproof Your Closet

Other blogs will advise you to install acoustic foam for soundproofing. While this foam contributes somehow in soundproofing, it is designed only for absorbing echoes.

That’s why you will find them installed in recording studios and cinemas. They won’t block or absorb sounds traveling through the walls.

They only help in stopping sound from bouncing off the walls hence improving the sound quality.

However, if you’re planning on using your closet for recording purposes or make it a cinema room, then acoustic foam should be installed.

You will notice a significant improvement in the room acoustics and your recordings, as well.

Additional Ideas on Closet Soundproofing

If you don’t have the money for a DIY closet soundproofing, you can try using noise-canceling headphones.

You won’t get high-quality recordings, but they will at least help.

Final Thoughts on How to Soundproof a Closet

DIY closet soundproofing doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It’s a simple project that will only consume a few hours- but in the end, you’ll be glad you undertook the project.

Above are the different ideas on how to soundproof a closet. For best results, it’s recommended you combine all the ideas- you’ll likely spend less than $300.