The need for entertainment and technology in every family keeps growing. Audio-visual devices such as home theater sets have flooded the market and make it easier for buyers to get them. Without thinking, we might think like “Why not ?” We then buy it with the hope that with a reasonable budget we already can have facilities like a private cinema at home (home theater).
To have a good entertainment corner for the family we indeed need a soundproof room. It is very crucial when privacy becomes an important part for family members, moreover when the room is adjacent with a neighbor’s house. It will be just annoying if the neighbors are complaining about the loud sound when we are enjoying a movie.
The primary key of the problem lies in the quality of the wall because the wall is a surface that directly restrict one room to another room. Compared to the roof and floor, the wall becomes significant in improving the quality of the acoustics of the room.
Here we will discuss some of the techniques that can be applied to improve the quality of the acoustic wall in your family room to make it soundproof.
1. Conventional way
In the conventional way, the wall is coated with fibrous material similar to wool and then covered with a layer of carpet. This technique is often used in music and recording studios. Unfortunately, the carpet layer has pores which are less dense so that it is prone to dust. Therefore, this material often causes allergies in breathing, and of course, can be detrimental to the health of family members.
2. The use of hypoallergenic material
Sponges are one of the preferred materials for a soundproof area. Compared to carpet, sponge more strongly absorbs the sound caused by the reflection on home theater loudspeaker. Sponge is also made of a synthetic material that is not easily weathered, making it more durable and long lasting. With such characteristics, the sponge can be a good wall coating material to muffle the sound.
3 . The use of layers of empty space on multiple partitions
If possible to add space, partition walls can be the right alternative to improve the acoustic quality of a room in your home. The thickness and the material type of a partition wall are two things that most determine the level of soundproof. The thicker wall of partition, the more soundproof the room. To increase the thickness of the material and save it at the same time, you can apply the principle of cavity between partitions. This means giving gaps to the two layers of the partition to create an airtight chamber that can store a sound reflection maximally.
Similarly, the more tenuous the pores of a material, the more the reflection of sound is not heard in the room. The suggested partition wall is a wall of gypsum or hardboard. Another type of partition you can use is a glass partition. Glass partition placed between the rooms is not only able to provide a visual freedom but also reduce the intensity of the sound produced by the loudspeaker into the room in next to it. Glass is also included materials that do not cause allergies .
4. The use of some kinds of soundproof paint
If the ways listed above you feel a little too much to be able to improve the acoustic quality of your living room, do not worry. Finally there is a way that is quite simple and can immediately be done to bring private cinema for family entertainment; repainting the walls of your room with some kind of soundproof paint. However, it is dedicated for a room which is covered by at least three parts of wall for the maximum results.
Good luck and enjoy your home cinema!
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