How to Soundproof a Dorm Room

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How to Soundproof a Dorm Room
A thick rug is a helpful tool in soundproofing a room. (Rug image by fotoedgaras from

Living in a dorm room is one rite of passage involved with pursuing a college degree. Often small and relatively bare, dorm rooms are blank slates for you to make your own. One unfortunate aspect of living in a dorm room is that in many, the walls seem paper thin. It is often possible to hear your neighbours clearly from your own room, which means they can probably hear you. There are ways to insulate some of the sound from your dorm room to maintain some of your privacy and keep you from disrupting your neighbours.

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Things you need

  • Heavy upholstered rug
  • Fabric
  • Upholstery foam
  • Corkboard
  • Window covering

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    Invest in a heavy rug to cover the floor. The heavier the material of your rug and room fabrics, the more sound they will absorb. A rug helps to minimise echoing and reverberations from sound that may bother your neighbours, especially those who live below you. If possible, lay a mat beneath the rug to further absorb excess sound.

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    Arrange fabrics on the walls to absorb more sound. Again, this will help to reduce noise that may cause a disruption to your neighbours or violate your privacy. Foam or fabric-covered corkboard are great ways to hang fabric on the wall without violating fire codes. Check with your resident adviser for fire regulations in regard to wall decorations.

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    Install removable window coverings. Because you are living in a temporary environment, it is doubtful you will be able to seal off the window with plywood and caulk, nor would you most likely want to lose all natural sunlight. Instead, you can install window screens that can be attached to the inside of the window frame with Velcro strips. This can reduce 5 to 35 per cent of noise.

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