Soundproofing a shed for drums!
Posted: January 13, 2017
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.
So, how do you soundproof a shed for drums?
Believe it or not but sound even escapes through the floor. To reduce this, find some old carpet and tack it down like any other carpet. This will reduce vibrations and escaping sound. If you want a more professional look, get yourself some rubber gym mats that interlock together. You will have to cut sections down in order to cover the entire floor; however this will give you a better finish and further reduce sound output.
Depending on budget, walls are the biggest factor when soundproofing your shed.
First of all, if you can afford it, lots of music stores will sell an acoustic foam which are big squares of insulation that have sticky backs and can be stuck directly to a wall. If they are too expensive for you, ordinary insulation foam can be used and this will still reduce output though not quite as well as the specialised materials.
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.
Rock Wool is a great insulator and is around £4-5 a roll in DIY stores.
If you want to add even more protection then ask all your family and friends to save all their egg boxes. Gradually you can cover the walls which will again reduce output and cost next to nothing!
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.
We advise that you insulate the roof as you did the walls; howeever, instead of plasterboard, use plywood as it is a lot lighter but will keep the insulation in place. Again cover the outer section in egg boxes or acoustic foam as this will reduce sound escaping.
So now you know how to turn a shed into a music room for your drum kit and other musical instruments, why not take a look at our extensive range of sheds? Which one will become your music shed?