Soundproofing a shed for drums!
There are a few ways you can go about how to soundproof a shed for a drum kit. If you have no budget then we advise that you approach a specialised company who can soundproof your shed for you. But where is the fun in that?
Soundproofing your shed is a fun project that will enable live sessions all year round. You will never fully soundproof your shed however you can greatly reduce the sound escaping the shed, even if you are on a budget.
This is an example that will not break the bank but will greatly reduce sound output.
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 visually give you a better finish and still reduce sound output.
Depending on budget, this is 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 but not 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. From there you will use plasterboard and screw it to the beams on 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 a roll in DIY stores.
If you want to add even more protection then text your family to save all the egg boxes and 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 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 around the door so that when it shuts it covers the gap between the frame and door. Another better solution is to add a rubber seal, trapping and preventing sound from escaping. Key locks should have covers as again sound can escape.
We advise that you to the same as the walls when it comes to the roof. Instead of plasterboard use plywood instead 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.
When it comes to how to soundproof a shed for a drum kit, as long as you take the necessary steps to close all gaps and cover walls, you will find that any loud music will be massively reduced. If you have a long garden and your shed is at the end then it sometimes means that you can never hear the drumming from your house and therefore neither can your neighbours. Maintaining a good relationship is essential to living a stress-free life and by soundproofing your shed you will gain your neighbours respect.
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