Are you annoyed with the amount of background noise in your home?
The good news is, you can transform your headache-inducing living space into a peaceful abode with quality soundproofing materials.
Because any home improvement project is a big investment, it’s important to have an idea of the various material costs, labor costs, and other cost factors involved.
In this article, we’ll help you determine the average cost of your desired soundproofing project so you know what to expect moving forward!
How Much Does It Cost to Soundproof a Room, Floor, Ceiling, Wall, etc.?
Average Soundproofing Costs for a Room
How much does it cost to soundproof a room?
Well, it depends on the area you plan to cover with soundproofing material. Will you be soundproofing the entire wall, the ceiling, the floor, the door, and even the windows?
Material costs also differ depending on the products you use. Will you be buying foam insulation, foam insulation tape, wall panels, acoustic tiles, or soundproof drywall?
Here’s the average material cost plus the labor cost to soundproof different parts of a living room:
- Cost to soundproof windows: $250 to $1,500
- Cost to soundproof walls: $100 to $350
- Cost to soundproof the ceiling: $100 to $500
- Cost to soundproof the door: $300 to $4,000
- Cost to soundproof flooring: $100 to $1,500
On average, it costs $1,000 to $3,000 to fully soundproof a room. It can be a lot cheaper if you use more affordable soundproofing materials, though.
For a more accurate picture of room soundproofing, check out the detailed material cost below!
Average Soundproofing Costs for Windows
If you feel like a lot of unwanted noise is coming from your windows, you should consider installing one or more of the following materials for window soundproofing:
Soundproof curtains absorb internal AND external noise, so they actually perform two functions: (1) They block airborne noise, and (2) They prevent echoing, improving the overall acoustics in your rooms.
You can even purchase blackout soundproof curtains for your windows, which will block out light and sound from entering the room.
Generally, curtains made of thicker materials are best to achieve soundproof windows, but you shouldn’t expect them to COMPLETELY block out loud noise—they’re just made of fabric, after all!
The average cost of soundproofing curtains for your windows is $100 to $400. You might be able to find budget options for less than $50, but these will typically be thinner and less effective.
Soundproofing blinds won’t work as well as soundproofing curtains because they have small spaces where sound can enter. However, if they suit the aesthetics of your house better, then they’re still a pretty good option for soundproof windows!
For the best soundproofing results, choose soundproof blinds with FULL coverage (floor to ceiling length, if possible) for your windows. You can even layer curtains on top of the blinds for maximum soundproofing.
On average, soundproofing blinds for your windows cost $50 to $80, depending on the material and design you choose.
Don’t want to use soundproofing material that’ll cover up your windows? Consider getting a window plug to block sound instead.
The best window plugs are usually made of water-resistant foam or mass-loaded vinyl because these materials are more durable. Just make sure it creates an airtight fit once inserted into your windows.
Otherwise, the unwanted noise will still pass through!
The average cost of a window plug is $20 to $70, so it’s relatively affordable compared to the other options. Plus, you can make your own window plug as well!
Acoustic Caulk/Sealants (Green Glue)
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution for soundproof windows, acoustic caulk or green glue might be the way to go!
These chemical sealants subtly fill in any gaps between the frame of your windows, the glass, and the walls so that sound cannot enter your house.
Just make sure you get good-quality materials so they don’t crack or shrink over time.
At only $15 to $30 per tube (around 30 oz size), this is one of the most cost-effective soundproofing methods for your windows!
Average Soundproofing Costs for Walls
Now, if a specific room in your house has a lot of unwanted noise, you should probably look into soundproofing the walls. Here’s the cost to soundproof your walls using different methods:
Mass Loaded Vinyl
Mass-loaded vinyl is often used when soundproofing a room because it’s affordable, effective, and easy to use.
This thick and dense material comes in huge rolls that you can cut to your preferred size. Once installed on your walls, it reduces sound transmission instantly!
However, note that mass-loaded vinyl is heavy and adds bulk to your wall, so it may make your entire room look (and feel) a bit smaller.
This product will cost you around $2.50 to $5 per square foot.
Mineral Wool Batts
Mineral wool batts are an environmentally friendly, fiber-based insulation material that functions a bit like fiberglass.
What’s great about mineral wool batts is that besides soundproofing your wall, you can also use them as fire protection AND a way to maximize energy efficiency in your home!
If you want to install this on your walls, you’ll need to buy the material at a cost of $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot.
Acoustic Foam Panels
Acoustic panels are popular options for home theaters and recording studios. They don’t just absorb sound and prevent echoes; they’re lightweight and come in a variety of designs too!
With that said, they’re not as effective as other options for complete soundproofing, but they’re ideal if you want to keep sound IN.
The cost of acoustic panels is around $3 to $10 per square foot.
If you want them to be as cheap as possible, you can even consider making your own acoustic foam panels.
Soundproofing drywall or double drywall is a great (and more permanent) solution to noise entering through your walls.
All this entails is constructing an additional layer of soundproofing drywall (gypsum walls) to add mass to your existing wall. A denser and more solid wall will block out sound better AND provide better insulation too!
Each sheet of soundproofing drywall costs around $40 to $60, including the labor cost.
RockWool Sound Insulation
RockWool sound insulation is another type of fiber-based material that’s eco-friendly, fire-resistant, and very effective at soundproofing a room!
Because it only costs you $1 to $2 per square foot, it’s very affordable too, which is great if you need a lot of material to cover your walls.
Soundproof paint is another permanent soundproofing solution that’s suitable for your existing wall. It’s one of the preferred methods of homeowners because it won’t mess with the interior design of a room.
However, know that while this can block out some sound, it won’t perform as well as thicker and denser materials such as double drywall.
To soundproof your walls, you’ll need to pay around $30 to $40 per gallon of paint.
Acoustic Caulk/Sealants (Green Glue)
We’ve talked about using acoustic caulk for windows, but did you know that this is useful for soundproofing walls too?
If you have any cracks, gaps, or holes in between and around your walls, all you have to do is apply some caulk to seal them up!
One tube of sealant (30 oz size) will cost you around $15 to $30.
Decoupling With Resilient Channels & Sound Isolation Clips
Sometimes, too much noise requires professional decoupling with resilient channels and isolation clips.
Although this is one of the more complicated soundproofing methods, it works well if you want to reduce sound transmission in your house or building.
Basically, a professional will create a gap between two layers of walls so that it’s more difficult for unwanted noises to pass through.
A basic project cost for decoupling is around $15 to $60 per hour of labor.
Wall Hangings (Paintings, Tapestries, etc.)
Want a soundproofing product that doubles as a design element in your home? Consider getting different hangings such as wall panels, paintings, art, and tapestries to decorate your wall.
Remember: Thick layers absorb sound waves and prevent sound transmission!
Wall panels and other types of decor are also ideal if you’re just renting your house—they can easily be taken down if needed without causing any damage to the wall. They also require zero installation (unlike drywall!)
Just make sure they’re the right size for your wall before buying them.
Now, the prices of art pieces vary, but you’ll probably be able to find beautiful, quality ones that only cost $100 to $300.
Average Soundproofing Costs for a Ceiling
Having problems with both impact and airborne sound from noisy upstairs neighbors?
If you live in a building and don’t have access to the floor directly above your room, then maybe it’s time to install soundproofing material on your ceiling!
Acoustic Foam Panels
Because acoustic panels are so lightweight, they’re ideal materials when soundproofing a room—especially the ceiling, where they’re working against the force of gravity! This also makes them incredibly easy to set up.
Now, although acoustic panels can absorb noise from outside the room, their primary purpose is to keep sound within.
Foam insulation is great for reducing echoes and improving overall sound quality in an enclosed area.
The average cost of acoustic foam panels is $1.50 to $5 per square foot of material. They’re also usually sold in a pack of 12 panels for around $30, so they’re quite affordable!
Mass Loaded Vinyl
Another good option for soundproofing is mass-loaded vinyl—it’s extra thick and dense, so it’ll absorb sound very well!
The thing with mass-loaded vinyl, though, is that although it’s easy to cut to fit your ceiling, it’s also pretty heavy, so we recommend asking for assistance during the installation.
Like acoustic panels, mass-loaded vinyl isn’t very expensive, as it will only cost you $2.50 to $5 per square foot of material.
Average Soundproofing Costs for a Door
Did you know that noise can enter directly through your doors or through the tiny areas below them? Here’s what you can do for door soundproofing if you don’t have sliding glass doors:
Door Sweeps/Door Seals/Draft Stoppers
To seal the bottom of your doors and stop noise, dust, and dirt from entering your home, use a door sweep!
Simply slip on the door sweep and secure it using adhesive, screws, nails, or staples. Installation instructions will depend on the specific model you buy.
A door sweep will cost you around $60 to $100.
Mass Loaded Vinyl
We don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, but MLVs are so versatile you can use them for several projects!
If you’re really concerned about noise and vibrations, you can try installing mass-loaded vinyl on your doors.
However, although this thick and dense material is effective at soundproofing, it’s also quite bulky, so you might not like the look of it on your doors.
For a door that’s around 25 square feet in size, expect to shell out $50 to $125 on the materials. That comes out to a cost of about $2 to $5 per square foot!
Acoustic Foam Panels
Acoustic panels are a little sleeker because they’re meant to be placed on walls, doors, and other visible surfaces in your home. Acoustic foam is also highly affordable and easy to install.
However, you should know that acoustic panels are primarily used to improve the acoustics in a room. Though these sound-absorbing materials can also reduce sound transmission (mostly for airborne noise), they’re not very good at blocking impact noise.
If you plan to use acoustic panels, make sure to choose thicker options that contain fiberglass insulation for optimal soundproofing.
The cost of acoustic panels is around $100 to $300.
If you want a product that requires zero installation, a soundproof blanket might be the one for you! All you have to do is cover the door to block out sound.
Now, because soundproof blankets might look sloppy, try to choose a neutral color so that they’ll blend with the aesthetics of your walls and doors.
Most soundproof blankets cost $20 to $50 (72″ x 80″ standard size), but some options cost a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the brand and the fabric used.
Replacing Your Hollow Core Door With a Solid Core Door
Hollow-core doors let in more sound because they have less mass. To solve that problem, you can replace your hollow doors with solid core doors.
Popular materials for the core include metal and wood—the latter is more expensive but also 3X MORE effective for soundproofing a room.
This soundproofing project costs around $150 to $2,000.
This is a wide range, but it’ll definitely be cheaper than installing brand-new soundproof glass doors. Glass doors typically cost upwards of $2,000!
Average Soundproofing Costs for Flooring
One of the most effective methods to block impact noise is by soundproofing your flooring.
Because you’re addressing the problem at its source, you’re much less likely to hear (or feel!) any noise when you’re in the room below.
Thick Soundproof Carpet + Soundproof/Acoustic Floor Underlayments
For a heavy-duty solution to impact sound, try combining both soundproof carpet and carpet underlayment.
How does this work?
Well, the soundproof underlayment (which is installed under the top layer of your flooring) blocks sound and provides some insulation.
Laying area rugs on top of it will add even more mass, which will significantly reduce sound transmission and impact vibrations on the ceiling of the room below.
If you buy them together, the cost will amount to around $2 to $5 per square foot of materials. However, there are also pricier rugs available in the market if you’re after a special design.
Interlocking Floor Mats
If you’re not quite ready to invest in the product above, you can also opt to purchase interlocking floor mats instead.
These are typically used in home gyms to keep exercise equipment stable and to prevent scratches/damages on your flooring.
People like this product because it’s affordable, it requires zero installation, plus it’s very easy to move around!
While it won’t be as effective at blocking out noise, it’s a quick and easy solution to minor impact and airborne noise in your home.
The average cost for interlocking floor mats is $1 to $2.50 per square foot.
How Much Does It Cost to Soundproof Different Kinds of Rooms?
Small-scale soundproofing projects can be pretty affordable, but the project costs can quickly add up if you’re trying to soundproof a large area.
To give you a better idea of how much money you have to spend on this home improvement project, check out the average cost of soundproofing different parts of your house below!
Remember, these values are just estimates, as there are many cost factors involved in a project.
Soundproofing Costs for a Bedroom
Project cost to soundproof a bedroom: $300 to $1,500
Most people want total peace and quiet in their bedrooms, but to get that, you’ll need to use a combination of soundproofing methods.
Projects of this type will typically include the use of carpets, underlayment, soundproof drywall, and curtains, so you can expect to spend anywhere between $300 to $1,500 (and maybe even more!)
Soundproofing Costs for a Garage
Project cost to soundproof a garage: $2,000 to $3,500
Because a garage is located at the exterior of the house, it’s much closer to outside noise. Motorized garage doors can also be very loud!
To significantly reduce sound transmission, people usually purchase quiet operation motors, acoustic tile panels, thick insulation, and weather stripping tape.
Now, projects that involve new equipment can cost thousands of dollars, so you might want to soundproof a room (or even multiple rooms!) instead for the same cost.
Soundproofing Costs for a Basement
Project cost to soundproof a basement: $500 to $3,000
Basements can be prone to both impact noise and airborne noise from upper levels in your home.
To combat this, you can install acoustic ceiling panels, thick insulation foam, or even double drywall in the room! This will also help keep the sound from escaping the room and annoying your neighbors, especially if you hold events and parties in your basement.
The cost of soundproofing projects like these is around $500 to $3,000 depending on the quality and quantity of the materials you use.
Soundproofing Costs for a Bathroom
Project cost to soundproof a bathroom: $100 to $300
Because the size of a bathroom is quite small compared to a different room in your home, soundproofing it is low-cost too!
All you need are some rugs, foam/insulation for the wall and door of the room, and some foam insulation tape to seal any gaps.
Small-scale projects like these will cost you less than $500.
Soundproofing Costs for a Laundry Room
Project cost to soundproof a laundry room: $200 to $800
A laundry room is similar in size to a bathroom, but it has huge sources of noise: Your washer and dryer.
With that said, soundproofing a room like this will require thicker floor mats and double drywall; otherwise, you might get a huge headache during every laundry cycle!
How much does soundproofing this room cost, then? Around $200 to $800, including installation costs!
Soundproofing Costs for a Home Gym
Project cost to soundproof a home gym: $300 to $900
There are multiple factors to consider when soundproofing a room like this.
A home gym usually has speakers, a TV, and heavy equipment that make a lot of noise, so it’s important for the room to be outfitted with the proper soundproofing materials.
Usually, projects like these will need complete soundproofing on the wall and on the floor (using mats, acoustic panels, insulation, double drywall, etc.), but you can even opt to completely cover the ceiling, windows, and door too!
Soundproofing Costs for a Home Office
Project cost to soundproof a home office: $300 to $1,000
When you’re fully concentrated on your work, the last thing you want to hear is NOISE.
To soundproof a room like this, you should use only high-quality materials such as double insulated drywall, thick carpets, as well as wall, door, and ceiling panels.
Soundproofing prices for these types of projects might be a bit steep, but we think that out of all the places in your house, this room should be the one with zero distractions.
Soundproofing Costs for a Kitchen
Project cost to soundproof a kitchen: $400 to $1,500
All kitchens have some level of noise because several appliances are used in that room.
If you want to soundproof a room like this, it’s best to use multiple methods to effectively control noise transmission. In fact, we recommend using double drywall, thick insulation, acoustic panels, soundproof blinds/curtains, and window caulk.
How much will soundproofing this room cost? Expect to spend between $400 to $1,500 on the project!
Soundproof Insulation Cost for a Roof
Project cost to soundproof a roof: $1 to $6 per square foot of insulation
The best way to soundproof a room ceiling or roof is to use a combination of double drywall, insulation, sealants, and acoustic panels for both functionality and aesthetics.
Now, this part of the house is in direct contact with outside elements, so unfortunately, it’s really prone to both airborne and impact noise.
With that said, we advise you not to skimp on the soundproofing material you plan to cover it with!
The total cost will really depend on how large the area you have to cover is, but you should know that prices usually range from $1 to $6 per square foot.
How Much Does It Cost to Soundproof a Room for Drums and Music?
Worried that your neighbors will complain about the noise from your music room or sound system? Soundproofing your drum and music room is the way to go!
To soundproof a room that contains a lot of noise elements like instruments and speakers, you’ll need a variety of high quality and dense materials—all the bells and whistles of soundproofing, basically.
- Cost of soundproofing the window: $250 to $1,500
- Cost of soundproofing the wall: $100 to $350
- Cost of soundproofing the ceiling: $100 to $500
- Cost of soundproofing the door: $300 to $4,000
- Cost of soundproofing flooring: $100 to $1,500
Overall, you should expect to spend $2,500 and up to fully soundproof a media room.
It’s very pricey because you need to cover any exposed areas where sound could escape or enter, but you’ll definitely notice the difference in acoustics after installation.
Conclusion: Is the Cost of Soundproofing a Room Worth It?
Clearly, while the cost of room soundproofing will differ—especially when you factor in the area and the type of materials used—soundproofing is still a big investment for most people.
With all that said, should you spend your money to soundproof a room in your house?
For us, the cost is definitely worth it if it means you get peace, quiet, and comfort in your home. Just make sure you budget and research well so you get your money’s worth!