Should I Soundproof My Bathroom?

Here’s the deal. Most people don’t sit in their bathrooms wishing they were protected from the sounds in the rest of the house penetrating in. In reality, most people are in rooms near the bathroom wishing they didn’t have to listen to running water and flushing toilets. If this is the case, you may want to consider soundproofing the bathroom.

It’s not uncommon. Say, for example, you work an evening shift and come home as the rest of your family is trying to start a new day? You’ll have a hard time getting to sleep if they’re making a ton of noise in the bathroom. Believe it or not, creating a sound proof bathroom is really easy to do.

Now, the average bathroom size is pretty small but that shouldn’t hinder your efforts at all. The size of a bathroom will actually make your job easier because you won’t have to do the same amount of work you would have to do in a standard sized room. You may not be able to float the walls in your bathroom but there is definitely enough space to build a creative sound barrier.

Have you thought about remodeling your bathroom? If so, you’re going to tear the walls out anyway. If you do, you can get inside to seal the joists with gasket tape or even wrap soundproofing materials around the pipes before closing the walls back up.

Afterwards, you can create a simple sound barrier by adding a layer of Green Glue to the new drywall. Apply a second layer of drywall on top, seal the seams with acoustical caulk, and refinish the paint job. It’s an easy task to complete.

If you’re not remodeling, you’ll skip right to the Green Glue. You don’t need to remove any existing paint or wall paper first, either. Simply apply the damping compound to the existing wall and add the new drywall. Follow the same procedures for finishing the wall and you’ll be finished in no time flat.

To finish the entire room properly, remove the hollow bathroom door that came with the house and replace it with something heavy and hollow. Sound will have a much more difficult time passing through.

Enjoy your new bathroom!

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