We all know how important it is for kids to have hobbies. That’s why you’re going to be as supportive as possible when your kids come home and proclaim their love for music. The banging, the off-key notes, and the incessant noise will eventually be worth all the learning curves, right? Right. So what can you to do save your sanity in the meantime? Why not convert your metal garage or shed into a soundproof music studio so that your kids can practice in a special place of their own?
The extent of your soundproofing project will probably hinge on the skill level of the child in question. If he simply needs a secluded place to practice you will need to focus on sound isolation and sound absorption. If he is more advanced – maybe even participating in a band – and wants to record his own music you may need to focus on sound diffusion as well.
So what do you need to do in order to get started? Before you even begin your project you need to take a look around your garage. Are there any places through which you can see sunlight passing through the materials that make up your walls, or in the spaces around your garage windows? If so, you’ll want to start by sealing all of those cracks with a high-quality acoustical caulk.
After you’re done you’ll want to purchase enough drywall for two layers around the entire building and some Green Glue damping compound. Install your first layer of drywall on the walls and ceiling. Cover the first layer of drywall with a layer of Green Glue and install the second layer of drywall over top. Seal the seams with more acoustical caulk, paint the walls whatever color your musician (or his band) desires, and the hardest parts will be complete.
The next thing you’ll need to do is lay carpet on the floor of the garage. The carpet will keep sound from reverberating along the floors, reducing the sound both inside and outside of the garage. Finally, check to make sure you have a solid door on the garage as a hollow door is much easier for sound to pass through.
Soundproofing a garage and turning it into a music studio isn’t difficult. The musician in your household will appreciate having a private place to practice and the rest of your household (and your neighbors) will appreciate your efforts as well!