How to Soundproof a Bedroom

How to Soundproof a Bedroom

Soundproofing a Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most important places to soundproof. It is where people sleep, play loud music, video games and more making it important to soundproof the room for the benefit of the occupant and people in surrounding rooms. Soundproofing a bedroom is also important to ensure a development meets Part E Building Regulations.

Soundproofing an Existing Bedroom

It may be appropriate to soundproof an existing bedroom to improve living conditions. The bedroom can be soundproofed by installing acoustic flooring and an acoustic wall lining system to reduce impact and airborne noise from/to rooms below/above and adjacent to the soundproofed room. It is recommended that at least the floors should be soundproofed.

Acoustic Flooring

For best performance the following combination of acoustic materials should be introduced to an existing floor and the ceiling below.

  • The ceiling below the floor is replaced with acoustic plasterboards and resilient bars
  • Soundproofing materials should then be installed in-between the existing joists.
  • An OSB chipboard or the existing floor boards should be installed fitted on top of the joists followed by and acoustic floor board. An acoustic chipboard or dry screed board is suitable for this application.
  • Acoustic Flanking strips should then be installed around the floor perimeter to complete the system.
ResoDeck 28 acoustic floor board laid on solid joist timber floor
An upgraded floor: The ceiling below is upgraded with acoustic plasterboards and resilient bars. Soundproofing wool is installed in-between the timber joists. A acoustic chipboard floor is installed on the sub-deck followed by an acoustic flanking strip around the floor perimeter.

Soundproofing a Wall

A walls soundproofing properties can be enhanced through the introduction of a high performance acoustic wall lining system. Soundproofing wall boards can be installed directly to an existing wall. For enhanced acoustic performance the entire wall can be upgraded:

Timber Stud Walls

For timber stud walls, soundproofing material can be installed in-between the timber frame. Resilient bars can then be fixed horizontally across the width of the wall followed by soundproofing wall boards:

ResoWall on timber stud wall wide angle view

Masonry Block Walls

On masonry block walls, resilient bars can be fixed to the wall, followed by acoustic wall lining boards. Soundproofing material can also be fitted in-between the boards and resilient bars for improved acoustic performance.

Change of Use Bedroom

If a building is being refurbished into a new apartment, greater attention needs to be paid to soundproofing. If the apartment is above a shop or commercial property it is essential that everything is done to reduce the noise below in order to meet the demands of Part E Building Regulations. To meet these standards it is essential that every component of an acoustic flooring system is installed:

Ceiling below can be replaced:

  • Acoustic plasterboards and resilient bars fitted to the underside of the joists
  • Soundproofing material installed in-between the joists
  • OSB chipboard or existing floor boards fitted on top of the joists
  • Acoustic floor boards installed on the sub-deck
  • Acoustic edge strips installed around the floor perimeter to prevent acoustic flanking

Existing Ceiling Retained

As with upgrading an existing bedroom, new apartment bedrooms can also upgraded with acoustic wall lining boards fixed directly to the wall or as part of a complete soundproofing wall system.

Soundproofing Your Bedroom

Whether your are soundproofing an existing bedroom or changing the use of an existing property it is important to pay careful consideration for occupant living conditions and Part E Building Regulations. For technical advice specific to your project speak to our experts. Call us today on: 0116 464 7212 or send us an email here.