How to Soundproof a Door with Household Items: 11 DIY Methods

Soundproof a door? It sounds like something that’s pricey and above your skill level. However, it is possible to soundproof a door with household items. And by the time you’re done reading this guide, you’ll be a pro. 

How to Soundproof a Door with Household Items? To soundproof a door, cover it with carpeting or another thick material. The thicker the material is, the better it will keep sound from getting through. You’ll want to cover any gaps around the door so that no outside noise can get in or inside noise can get out.

Soundproofing a door can be a frustrating process. It’s not hard to get started, but it can be difficult to find the right materials and the right techniques to make sure your soundproofing works.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll walk you through how to soundproof a door with household items.

How to Soundproof a Door with Household Items

How to Soundproof a Door with Household Items

To soundproof a door, try placing a rug on the floor in front of the door. You can also hang thick curtains from inside and outside of the door to absorb some sound. To stop vibrations in your floor, weatherstrip around the edges of your door.

Here are some simple, inexpensive ways to soundproof your home with household items:

1. Place Door Rug on each Side

Place Door Rug on each Side

The Door Rug is a simple, easy-to-use product that can help you soundproof your door. It’s made of a special material that absorbs sound, so it’s perfect for dampening the noise of doors slamming, footsteps, and more.

Door rugs are a great way to soundproof a door, because they help absorb the impact of sound waves. The thicker the rug, the better it will absorb sound.

The material of the rug will make it more or less effective at blocking out noise. Here are some options:

Rubber Door Rugs

Rubber door rugs are the most common type of door rug. They are made of soft rubber and are designed to absorb noise and vibrations. These rugs are commonly used in homes and businesses because they are cheap, easy to install, and effective at blocking out unwanted sounds.

Foam Door Rugs

Foam door rugs are another option for soundproofing a door. They work by absorbing vibrations that travel through the floor when someone knocks on it or opens it up. 

Both rubber and foam door rugs can be purchased from hardware stores around town if you don’t have any lying around in storage.

2. Hang Curtain

Hang Curtain or Blanket

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap way to soundproof your door, you can try hanging curtains. This is a great option if you have a door that opens onto a living room or other open space where you need to be able to hear people talking or the television when it’s closed.

Curtains are great if you have a lot of space in the room, because they allow you to use heavy fabric that will help block out noise. However, they may not be suitable if you don’t have a lot of space to spare. 

Curtains can also be difficult to put up on your own if you don’t have any experience with DIY projects. But if you’re crafty and want something really solid, then curtains are definitely what you should choose

3. Install Door Sweep

Install Door Sweep

If you’ve got a door that’s letting sound through, it’s time to soundproof the door. One great way to do this is by using a door sweep. A door sweep is an inexpensive piece of material that attaches to the bottom of your door and prevents sound from leaking through.

You can buy them at hardware stores like Home Depot for less than 20 bucks, or you can make your own by following these steps:

Make your own Door Sweep

  1. Measure the width of the door, then use the leftover piece of carpet (common household item) to cut a strip that size. The height of the carpet strip should be between three and five inches. You can also use vinyl cove base as an alternative to carpet for better soundproofing results.
  2. Attach the strip of carpet or vinyl cove base to the door using screws and a drill. Attaching the door sweep on both sides of the door will provide better soundproofing results.

4. Weatherstrip the Door

Weatherstrip the Door

Weatherstripping seals up any gaps in the door and keeps air from flowing through, which will muffle sounds. 

Weatherstripping is a strip of rubber or foam that fits over the gap between the door and where it meets the frame. This keeps air from flowing through this gap and making noise as it hits against the door.

You can buy weatherstripping at most hardware stores (for cheap), or you can make your own by cutting a strip of rubber or foam and then attaching it around the door with adhesive.

If you decide to buy weatherstripping, here are some of the different types you’ll find:

Vinyl Weatherstripping

Vinyl weatherstripping is a durable, flexible material that comes in a variety of colors and styles. It’s easy to install, and it can be used for doors, windows, or other openings.

The vinyl material is molded into different shapes and sizes, so you can choose the one that best fits your project. 

The vinyl has an adhesive backing that allows you to stick it onto the frame of your door or window opening. It will stay in place without any additional adhesives or glues needed.

Reinforced Felt Weatherstripping

Reinforced felt weatherstripping is a great choice for your home, as it’s both durable and easy to install. 

This type of weatherstripping comes in rolls, and can be cut to any length you need. It’s made from a synthetic material that has been treated with an adhesive that gives it more flexibility than other types of weather stripping.

Because of this, reinforced felt weatherstripping is able to bend around doors and windows without cracking or tearing, making it ideal for all kinds of locations where there’s a lot of movement.

Rubber Weatherstripping

It’s made of rubber, which is a durable material that can withstand the elements. This type of weatherstripping is flexible and does not need to be removed every time you want to open or close the door. 

Rubber weatherstripping comes in different colors and thicknesses so you can choose one that fits your home’s style.

5. Seal the Cracks and Gaps

Seal the Cracks and Gaps

Sealing the gaps and cracks around your door is key when it comes to soundproofing. Without doing this, your door will still let in noise from outside, even if you’re using other techniques.

Caulk can be used to seal these gaps and cracks. To do so, simply apply a small amount of caulk around the edges of the door where it meets its frame. This will not only help reduce noise, but will also prevent water from getting into those areas.

You can seal cracks with regular caulk, but it’s a better idea to use acoustic caulk for better soundproofing.

How to apply caulk to cracks

  1. Clean the crack with soap, water and a scrub brush.
  2. Apply a thin layer of caulk or silicone sealant over the crack. Check your manufacturer’s directions for how much product you should use.
  3. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before applying a second layer of caulk or sealant, if necessary.

6. Lubricate Door Hinges and Handle

Lubricate Door Hinges and Handle

When you have a squeaky door, lubing the hinges and handle is a simple way to quiet them down. The first thing you’ll want to do is clean the surface of your door and hinges with a damp cloth. 

This will help remove any dust or dirt that might be causing friction between the hinge and the door frame.

Once you’ve cleaned off your hinges and handle, apply a small amount of lubricant on them. Be careful not to overdo it, just enough so that there’s a very thin layer covering all surfaces. 

Wait a few minutes for it to dry before closing the door again so that no more oil gets on anything else in your house.

7. Apply Paint

Apply Paint

If you want to improve the soundproofing of your door, painting it is a good option. There are many paints that are specially designed to be used on doors and windows that help block noise. 

The paint will also help protect the door from wear and tear as well as providing a nice finish.

How to apply paint properly

Here are the steps to apply paint on your door, the best way:

Prepare your door

Before you start painting, you want to make sure your door is properly prepared. It’s best to remove any hardware that might get in the way of applying paint evenly, so take a look at your door and see what needs to be removed. 

If there are hinges on either side of the door, make sure you remove them so they don’t get painted over by mistake. You can also take off any locks or handles that might prevent even coverage over the rest of your surface area.

Cover the door’s hardware

You can also cover the door hardware with masking tape or painters’ clothes. The goal is to keep paint off of any surface that doesn’t need it, so use plastic wrap if you want to avoid taping.

Prime the door

Once you’ve selected the paint and primer that’s right for your project, it’s time to get started. The first step is always to wash and dry your door thoroughly. 

This allows the wood grain of the door to be exposed so that it can take in more paint than if you were painting over dirt or grime. 

Paint your door

Now that you have the right tools to apply your paint, it’s time to get to work. If you’re using a roller, make sure it’s clean and free of any debris. 

Then roll over the entire surface of your door with long strokes. If you’re using a brush or spray gun, load as much paint into your tool as possible before starting.

Once all of your materials are ready for use, start painting. Be sure that when you’re done with each coat of paint on one side of the door (and if needed two sides), let it dry thoroughly before moving on to another coat.

Apply a second coat of paint (if necessary)

Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat. This will prevent the paint from peeling or flaking off in the future. In addition, multiple layers of paint can also help with soundproofing.

To do this, use a roller with a 1/2-inch nap (the kind of roller that comes with most paint kits). Roll on two coats to get good coverage. Let it dry for 24 hours before using your door.

8. Add a Door Gasket

Add a Door Gasket

A door gasket is a strip of rubber that you can install between your door and frame to help seal out sound. The gasket should be at least as tall as the height of your door, and it should be wide enough to cover the entire gap between the door and frame.

To install a door gasket, follow these steps:

  1. Measure the width and height of your door and frame. 
  2. Cut the gasket to size and peel off the protective film on one side of the gasket. 
  3. Press the sticky side into place over the gap between the door and frame, then press down firmly all around to ensure that it sticks well.

9. Place a Towel Under the Door

Place a Towel Under the Door

If you have a door that is too thin, or if you’re just looking to reduce the noise in your room without investing too much money into soundproofing your door, try placing a towel (common household item) under it. It’s an easy way to help make your space feel more quiet and peaceful.

10. Egg Cartons

Egg Cartons

Egg cartons are not only a convenient way to store eggs, but they can also be repurposed as a DIY soundproofing material.

The reason why egg cartons are effective at absorbing sound is that they are made from a soft, porous material. The indentations on the surface of the egg cartons help to trap sound waves and prevent them from bouncing back into the room.

To use egg cartons as a soundproofing material for your door, start by collecting as many egg cartons as you can. Cut them to size so that they fit your door, then attach them using adhesive.

You can use either hot glue or double-sided tape to stick the egg cartons to the door. Make sure that the cartons are firmly attached and cover the entire surface of the door.

Keep in mind that egg cartons are not the most attractive option for soundproofing your door. If you are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing solution, consider using other materials such as acoustic foam panels or heavy curtains.

11. Blankets

Blankets

Blankets are a simple and cost-effective way to soundproof your door. They work by absorbing sound waves and reducing noise levels.

To use blankets as a soundproofing material for your door, start by selecting a thick, heavy blanket. You can use any type of blanket, but thicker ones are better at absorbing sound.

Hang the blanket over the door and make sure that it covers the entire surface. Use hooks or adhesive to secure the blanket in place. If you want to improve the soundproofing effectiveness, you can hang a second blanket on the other side of the door. This will create a double layer of sound-absorbing material.

Conclusion

Soundproof your door by placing a doormat or rug at the base of the door. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, weatherstrip the edges of your door with foam or cardboard. Hang a thick curtain over it to reduce sound from getting out as well as into your home.

There are a lot of ways to soundproof a door, but the most effective methods involve using something you probably already have in your home.

If you follow all the steps above, you should be able to soundproof your door with household items in no time.

If you don’t want to do it yourself, or if you’re not sure how well it will work, there are other options that are more effective, but also more expensive. You can also read our other articles to get more ideas on soundproofing the door.

Frequently Asked Questions (How to Soundproof a Door with Household Items)

What household items absorb sound?

Sound-absorbing materials include rubber, foam, and cotton. These can be found in everything from couch cushions to carpeting to the lining of your jacket. Cotton and foam are particularly good at absorbing sound because they’re soft and porous, meaning that air can move through them easily.

Some of the most common materials that absorb sound are:

  • Foam
  • Rags/fabric
  • Carpet padding
  • Cloth/linen
  • Blanket
  • Thick carpet
  • Pillows 
  • Furniture 

How do I temporarily soundproof a door?

You can temporarily soundproof a door with weatherstripping. Weatherstripping can be applied over existing weatherstripping or directly on the door itself. If you’re using weatherstripping directly on the door, make sure that all gaps are filled so there aren’t any openings for sound to escape through.

To temporarily soundproof a door, you can use sound-absorbing fabric. You can buy it at a hardware store and attach it to the door with double-sided tape. If you don’t want to make that kind of investment, try putting towels or blankets in front of your door.

What is the cheapest way to soundproof a door?

The cheapest way to soundproof a door is to use a door seal. Door seals are made of rubber or foam, and they fill the gap between the door and the frame. They can be mounted on either side of the door, depending on the type of seal you choose.

Does putting a towel under the door help with sound?

It’s true that you can put towels under the door to help block out sound. The towel will absorb some of the sound waves coming through, which will keep them from reaching your ears. It won’t completely stop the sound from getting through, but it will help.

If you have neighbors who tend to be noisy at night, or if you live in an apartment building where there’s a lot of activity on the other side of your wall, this can be especially useful.

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Brendan Ratliff
Brendan Ratliff

As a soundproofing and acoustical professional, I have helped new homeowners, builders and remodelers with their projects. I also help contractors/designers learn how to properly install soundproofing in their clients homes.
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