Do you live in a noisy area?
Is the outside noise coming from a construction site near your home driving you nuts? If that’s your story, we’ve got you covered.
What you need is soundproofing, SPECIFICALLY… door soundproofing.
Hint: Doors play a significant role in it. It’s the largest opening noise passes through.
“But I don’t have the budget for sound-proofing!”
In this article, we’ll teach you how to soundproof a door with HOUSEHOLD ITEMS!
Household Items You Can Use to Soundproof a Door
Here are some household items you can use to soundproof a door. Having some of these brings you closer to a soundproof door!
You can avoid hurting your wallet or bank account by using any of these as soundproofing tips too!
- Carpets or rugs
- Soundproof curtains or drapes
- Foam tiles or yoga mats
- Soundproofing paint or regular paint
- Weathering strips and door sweeps
- Batten, whether it’s wooden, plastic, or metal
- Thick tape (e.g., duct tape)
- Pillowcase, towel, and rice
- DIY insulation
Before Anything Else: Inspect Your Doors
Do all of this before you attempt to use household items on your doors. You should understand how and why it’s allowing noise to pass through.
Inspecting your door lets you know which household item is best to soundproof a door.
Make sure to check all the following factors.
What Material Is Your Door Made of?
One key thing is to know what your door is made of. Every material has its capacity to absorb sound or let the noise pass through it.
- Solid wood is the BEST MATERIAL for soundproof doors.
- MDF, cardboard, and a hollow-core door ALLOW NOISE to pass through.
- Metallic doors MAGNIFY SOUNDS bouncing on the door.
Look At the Design of Your Door
Some doors have air spaces as part of their design, and these need to be fully blocked.
Any air space on your door will allow noise to pass through.
Check Your Door for Air Gaps
Does your door have any cracks or air gaps?
If you see light passing through a gap between your door & the frame, the frame & the walls, or right under the door, that’s an air gap.
Since light or air can pass through air gaps, so can noise.
How to Soundproof a Door With Household Items
The biggest benefit of using household items is that almost all of them are immediately available. Well, this applies most of the time.
Another advantage is that it’s an option that allows you to forego the HASSLE of budgeting your money.
Most situations that call for swift sound-proofing don’t happen on a typical day. It’s just that there are situations that call for it.
TIP: If you’re thinking about long-term sound-proofing, however, we still recommend seeking professional help.
What if professional help isn’t an option or within budget?
Then you should at least make use of material meant for sound protection.
All of these steps are quick fixes that you may find helpful. Some of them are either temporary solutions or can be long-term solutions.
It’s up to you which one you choose to utilize.
Let’s get started.
1. Inserting a Carpet or Rug Under Your Door
Thick and dense materials are essential when it comes to choosing soundproofing materials.
To give you an idea, think of sound-proofing as being about adding more mass-loaded materials. Carpets and rugs are good examples of that. They’re items that are great when it comes to sound absorption.
A DOWNSIDE, though, is that they do little when it comes to blocking sound.
The sounds they absorb are sound waves that have already penetrated the door. Just to reiterate, they should be THICK to absorb those sounds effectively.
So instead of using plain tiles that just reflect sound, thick carpets or rugs are better for soundproofing doors.
You can also use a carpet or rug just before your door, right outside.
Adding this to your door’s surface can result in a more effective noise reduction.
This will DOUBLE the sound absorption and make your house look most welcoming. The absorbency is twice as much, and your house would look more “homey.”
2. Hanging Drapes or Curtains Over Your Door
When soundproofing around your home or your room, heavy drapes or curtains can be very helpful. In fact, drapes or curtains are some of the BEST solutions!
Curtains can act as a soft barrier that disrupts incoming sounds. This lessens the noise coming from around your doors.
Not just ANY CURTAIN will adequately do the job, however. Don’t just use the flimsy or ordinary curtains you keep over your other windows.
You should grab the thickest curtains you can find. The thickest curtains available are actually soundproof ones!
A soundproof curtain is obviously the best choice. This is about household items, though. Let’s use regular curtains instead.
PRO TIP: If the curtains you have aren’t thick enough, several layers of heavy curtains would do.
You should note an important thing: Completely cover your door and have some of the material pool on the floor.
It’s better if the curtain is long and touches the floor.
This ensures the blocking of noise coming from the gap between the door and the floor.
Installing a curtain rod right above your door frame is a good step. This ensures the curtains ARE WIDER than the door itself.
It’s also convenient! You can keep the curtains pushed to the side where they won’t prevent the door from functioning.
Want to skip installing a curtain rod but have huge gaps between the door and the door frame? Just tuck the blanket entirely around the door.
3. Placing Blankets Over Your Door
Looking for something better than soundproof curtains? Or are you in a rush to address that sudden noise problem?
If so, thick blankets are the way to go. Blankets are thicker and denser, so they can dampen noise better.
Just grab your thickest blanket and hang it over your whole door. A winter blanket is a good choice! But an ordinary blanket doesn’t give you the best noise reduction.
Want some type of blanket that’s better for soundproofing?
Here are some examples below.
Specifically speaking, use moving blankets if you can. What are moving blankets?
They’re strong, dense, and durable. They’re used to protect furniture, appliances, and other large items when you move. That’s why they’re heavier than a regular blanket.
You can pin them over your door with nails, even apply glue to mount them over your door.
Soundproofing blankets are more effective blankets. They’re designed specifically for soundproof homes and offices.
Soundproof blankets usually have grommets, so you can hang them over your door like curtains.
It gives BETTER RESULTS than a moving or ordinary blanket. It’s made especially for dampening noise that passes through it.
They absorb echoes that bounce over your door, and they actually help improve your home’s acoustics too!
4. Using Foam Tiles or Yoga Mats
Do you have kids who’ve outgrown their foam play tiles? Are you over your health craze?
If you answer yes to one of those questions, you have foam material at home to make use of.
Attach these household items onto your door using TACKS or A SPRAY ADHESIVE.
This solution thickens your door, but it’s not attractive. These foam materials aren’t as effective as actual acoustic foam panels either.
If you aren’t thrilled with the idea of making your door ugly, there are still other options to counteract noise.
5. Painting Your Door With Soundproofing Paint
Yes, there’s such a thing as soundproofing paint.
Soundproof paint is a type of paint that can dampen vibrations and noises.
It can be a useful solution if you want to control the amount of noise pollution that enters your house.
You can use it to paint your door! The color is your choice, of course.
However, we’re talking about soundproofing a door with household items. In this case, regular paint won’t do much.
For the purpose of sound-proofing, you have to LAYER IT. And by layer it, we mean as many layers as possible (without going overboard).
Soundproofing paint requires several layers (at least 2 more layers). Regular paint will obviously demand more.
Just make sure that your door receives the right thickness of paint.
Your door won’t be completely soundproof, though. You have to use this method with another solution or two from this list.
The advantage of this method is you make your door visually pleasing and sound protected at the same time.
NOTE: It’s much better to spend on actual soundproofing paint, even if it means running to the store.
6. Changing Your Weathering Strips and Door Sweeps
Do you know what a weathering strip is?
This strip is a plastic or metal-like material that you use on the bottom of your doors. It’s also known as a soundproof door sweep.
It seals the gap between the bottom of your doors and the floor.
Whether it’s for soundproofing or another purpose, what’s important is you know what it looks like and what it does.
It’s useful for several things:
- It prevents noise from coming beneath the doors.
- It provides thermal leaking protection. The temperature will be a few degrees higher during cold winter nights.
- It defends against small insects from entering your home.
- It has a role in preventing rainwater as well.
HINT: This is for a situation where your front doors need sound-proofing.
Make sure of one thing first. See if the old stripping is a problem. If you have an old weathering strip, it means you may have tried this before.
Inspect if they’re damaged or incomplete. If they are, either repair them or replace them entirely.
Changing your weathering strip is crucial since even new ones don’t last a lifetime.
Improvising Your Own Weathering Strip
If you need to do this immediately, soundproofing a door with household items will help. Since there’s no time to shop, one way is to use foam.
Here’s what you should do:
- First, remove your old weathering strip and door sweep.
- Second, clean the spot where the weathering strip and door sweep used to be (get rid of all the residue — using soap and water is fine).
- Third, measure your door’s dimensions.
- Fourth, cut your improvised weather strips or door sweeps.
- Fifth, install it using adhesives or nails.
- And lastly, test it to see if it works.
You can also use material such as batten, whether it’s wood or metal. They can effectively prevent noise from coming in and out of your door.
7. Using Tape
Even if it isn’t a HUGE extra cost, using tape isn’t your best bet when you want to soundproof a door with household items. Although, it’s a way to quickly fix the problem bothering you.
Here’s how you do it:
- Check your door for holes or openings.
- Mark those holes or openings.
- Tape over the ones you’ve identified.
- Layer it until you achieve the thickness you’re after (remember, thickness is important).
- Remember to use the thickest tape available (duct tape is thicker than packing tape or scotch tape).
If the result is noise reduction, but the door looks funny and bothers you, cover it with some wallpaper. Do this if your door is plain and smooth.
8. Apply DIY Insulation
Have the time, but also have a tight budget? You can actually make your own insulation to prevent doors from slamming loudly!
Surprised? Just look around your house.
Your door is the BIGGEST PATHWAY for all that noise. It’s challenging to insulate if you can’t spend money.
Using Styrofoam (Polystyrene Foam)
Yes. That white stuff can absorb sound, but not as much.
Just cut the Styrofoam according to the dimensions of your door and then glue it to your door.
It’s not visually pleasing, but it works. You can use something to cover it too. Maybe paint, wallpaper, or a curtain.
That would help it dampen sound more too!
Using Egg Cartons
You read that right. They’re also an option, but Styrofoam is the better choice.
Who would’ve thought soundproofing your door with household items like egg crates is an option?
9. Making a Draft Stopper From Towels or Pillows
A towel is an easy way to soundproof your room. Just stuff it in the opening under the door of your room.
However, you have to readjust the towel most of the time you move your door.
To avoid this, you can make a double-sided draft stopper using this tutorial below:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fabric material like a pillowcase
- Glue or a sewing machine
You can also use rice, cotton, pillow stuffing, or a combination of these things.
Another way to soundproof your door is to add bulk to the door using pillows or towels.
If you don’t have some of the spare items we’ve covered on this list so far, it’s a good option.
10. Using Your Spare Mattress
People would attest that mattresses are suitable for soundproofing. We’re skeptical about that.
Mattresses are useful in other ways, and bulky mattresses would prevent you from using your door too.
Plus, who can afford to have extra mattresses sitting on walls or covering doors in their home?
Why make your life harder?
However, there is one type of mattress you can use just to add mass to your door.
A thin mattress topper may work.
There’s an issue with getting to the door handle, though. This presents a problem with this type of method as well.
Hint: If this is your only option, you’re better off getting some real soundproofing materials.
One Step Closer to a Soundproof Door
We’ve talked about many ways on how to soundproof a door with household items in this article.
We’d like you to remember a couple of key points:
- Thick and dense materials are essential when choosing soundproofing materials.
- If you have some budget constraints, a little creativity goes a long way.
Isn’t it surprising how you can use household items for more than just their usual purposes? What makes this list of fixes most appealing is almost all of them are readily available items too!
Aside from that, it costs little to none if you want to soundproof a door using household items.
We live in a noisy area. We’ve tried most of these fixes out and felt the benefits.
All in all, we can confidently say they’ll help you too!
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