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June 25, 2009

Soundproofing Don’ts: Mattresses

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Today we’re going to take a look at another huge “DON’T” when it comes to soundproofing. Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to soundproof a room in your home by nailing old mattresses to the wall. It’s a myth – it’s a mistake – and it doesn’t work. Plus – it looks terrible!

Ok, so the theory behind wanting to use old mattresses may seem a bit logical. They’re thick, so some people think the mattresses will add insulation. The problem is that there is no feasible way of sealing the mattresses together to ensure that no sound was able to pass through a seam or open edge.

To make matters worse, the mattresses you nail to the wall will eventually start to smell pretty bad. No expert will ever recommend nailing a mattress to the wall, nor will anyone with any level of soundproofing knowledge. If you want to soundproof your room you’ll need to invest in a better material (and one that’s a bit more eye appealing) like mass loaded vinyl.

June 23, 2009

Soundproofing Don’ts: Egg Crates

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We certainly understand the desire to save money when attempting to soundproof your home. Unfortunately, the moment you choose your soundproofing materials is not the time to worry about how much money you’re going to spend. Even still, we’ve heard of individuals making some pretty interesting (and useless) material choices thinking they’re going to save in the process.

One such mistake is the incorporation of egg crates into the soundproofing process. While it may seem like egg crates would make a gerat sound proofing material they really don’t. They’re soft and pliable and are meant to do one thing only – protect the eggs they’re carrying. The material used to make egg crates is very porous and sound can easily travel through.

So, yes – you may hear rumors about egg crates making great soundproofing materials. Try to ignore them. Instead save your money and buy some proper materials from the start. Otherwise you’ll just end up spending more to buy the right materials later on down the line!

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