Adding a Home-Theater? DIY Tips for Soundproofing

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Advancements in technology have made it easier than ever before for homeowners to create a mini movie theater in the comfort of their own homes.

The affordability of home-theater systems and big-screen televisions-- once deemed a luxury only available to the super-wealthy-- has made it possible for most everyone to enjoy theater-style entertainment at home.

But the one thing that can put a damper on those home-theater plans is external noise. Movie theaters are soundproof so customers can't hear noise from the nearby freeway or their fellow moviegoers "oohing" and "aahing" in the theater next door. Private homes, however, are not so soundproof, so homeowners must take it upon themselves to soundproof their homes to create the ultimate home-theater experience.

The following are some of the ways homeowners can do just that:

* Add some layers of drywall. An extra layer or two of drywall will block sound coming from neighboring rooms. Simply add a layer or two of drywall to the existing wall.

* Install double-paned windows. If it's noise from outside the home that's ruining your home theater experience, then consider installing double-paned windows with acrylic frames. Such a job can be costly, so if it's going to be a budget-buster, then sound-deadening drapes are a cheaper alternative that can also be effective.

* Decorate the home with sound-absorbent items. Another way to soundproof a home is to decorate the house with sound-absorbent items. Furnishings with substantial cushioning, carpeting and fabric on the walls will each absorb sound, reducing the transfer of sound from room to room. Upstairs rooms should be carpeted to further reduce the transfer of sound.

* Install soundproofing tile on ceilings. Soundproofing tile on ceilings is another effective way to reduce the transference of sound from room to room and keep external noise out of the home-theater room.

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