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Soundproof Room Dividers

How to Install Soundproof Room Dividers

How to Install Soundproof Room Dividers

Soundproof room dividers are an excellent, easy-to-install solution for people who are worried about the noise level in a space that is used for multiple functions. Whether it’s a soundproof warehouse, workshop, classroom, or conference room, a sound blocking divider can allow you to use the separated spaced with less interference from outside noise sources.

 

The effectiveness of any soundproof room divider is determined by the materials used and how they are installed. Both the materials chosen and install method will depend on how much sound reduction you want. In some cases, you can set up and install a solution with just a day (or less) worth of work. To ensure you get the right soundproof room divider for your situation, you should understand two key principles of good soundproofing: density and an airtight seal seal. Let’s hop to it!

 

Soundproof room dividers are an excellent, easy-to-install solution for people who are worried about the noise level in a space that is used for multiple functions. Whether it’s a soundproof warehouse, workshop, classroom, or conference room, a sound blocking divider can allow you to use the separated spaced with less interference from outside noise sources.

 

The effectiveness of any soundproof room divider is determined by the materials used and how they are installed. Both the materials chosen and install method will depend on how much sound reduction you want. In some cases, you can set up and install a solution with just a day (or less) worth of work. To ensure you get the right soundproof room divider for your situation, you should understand two key principles of good soundproofing: density and an airtight seal seal. Let’s hop to it!

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Popular Soundproof Room Divider Products


Quiet Quilt™ Soundproof Blanket

Quiet Quilt™ 2-Sided Barrier Blanket

Do Soundproof Room Dividers Work? Are They Worth it?

Soundproof room dividers are great for seperating a large space into two oe more separate space while blocking sound from transferring through. If you pick the right material that both blocks and absorbs airborne noise, it will work great as a soundproof room divider as long as installed correctly.

What makes a Good Soundproof ROom Divider

Whether you’re shop class or a business, the sound from your loud machinery can be disruptive to other operations. A sound blocking room divider will take a bite out of that airborne noise. Airborne noise is just what it sounds like — the sound that travels through the air (think: voices, radio, etc.) The other type of noise is structural noise, which travels through solids as a result of two objects coming in contact with each other (think: footsteps or vibrations from machinery) If you’re interested in learning more about types of noise and solutions to control unwanted noise, check out our comprehensive guide on soundproofing.

Soundproof room dividers create a barrier to stop airborne noise. In order to effectively block airborne noise, the soundproofing material you install needs to do two things:

    1. Add Density. A dense material blocks substantially more sound than a lightweight one. That’s why a heavy material like mass loaded vinyl will block airborne noise, but acoustic foam won’t actually block any sound. Thin materials like fabric curtains (often used as room dividers) are great for creating a visual divider, but they won’t block airborne noise because they simply don’t have enough density
    2. Airtight seal. No matter how dense your soundproof room divider is, if it isn’t sealed around the edges, noise will leak through. Think of it like a swimming pool — any small gap in the pool will allow the water to leak out. The same is true with soundproof barriers — if there is a gap between your barrier and the wall, you will never be able to completely soundproof the space.

With a soundproof room divider, you won’t be getting a true soundproof wall. The sound reduction goal should be more modest (10 to at most 20 decibels). For a room divider, we think of them more like a soundproof fence than a true soundproof wall. The same principles that work for fences apply to them – as airtight as possible and 150-200% taller than the noise source with optimal placement to maximize your soundproofing. Contact us if you want to discuss your specific project!

Another thing to note with soundproof room dividers is that they’re useful for organizing a space as well. The prime example of this is in a manufacturing facility where the way a floor space is used needs to adjust over time. Our Quiet Quilt Soundproof Barrier is an extremely flexible solution in addition to blocking noise. Should you want to reorganize your space in the future, simply take them down and reinstall in a different configuration. If you expect the needs of your warehouse of manufacturing facility to change, soundproof blankets will allow you to organize and soundproof the space without locking you in like a permanent structure.

If after reading more about soundproof room dividers and think a permanent solution may be a better fit for you, we do that too! Give us a call. We’d be happy to help develop a soundproof plan that accommodates your needs.

Best Soundproof Room Dividers

A soundproof room divider must be dense and well sealed. One of the most common solutions is our Quiet Quilt Barrier Blanket, a barrier blanket with an absorptive quilt facing on each side. It comes in 4 different colors and includes grommets/Velcro for an easy install. No special expertise is required – you just need something to hang them on. These blankets are STC rated (29) to block sound and also NRC rated to absorb it.

We have several versions of our Quiet Quilt line, with the Quiet Quilt Soundproof Blanket featuring one absorptive face instead of two. We can do both 1lb and 2lb MLV for this blanket. It also can be manufactured for indoor or outdoor use. These are also great temporary sound barriers on a construction site or warehouse.

Best Sound Blocking Room Divider Blankets

Quiet Quilt Soundproof Blankets are the durable, long-lasting solution for soundproof dividers in warehouses, manufacturing environments, etc. Frequently used in plants around workstations, to create an enclosure around an HVAC unit, or as a soundproof fence on a construction site to meet noise ordinances. Step up your noise blocking game with these industry leading sound blankets!

  • 1 lb MLV for an STC 32 sound blanket and 2 lb MLV for an STC 38 blanket
  • Grommets and Velcro built in for an easy install
  • Each blanket is customizable up to 54" in width and 20' in length (standard size is 54" by 8 feet)
  • Custom notches, vents, baffles, and windows can be added

Soundproof Room Dividers to Avoid

There are many materials out there that won’t actually block noise, but are sometimes marketed ambiguously so you can’t be sure. Now that you understand a bit better how soundproofing works, you should be able to avoid wasting your money. There are a couple of easy tells that you should watch out for when comparing soundproofing materials:

  1. STC rating. Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings measure how much sound is blocked by a material. If the product is not STC-rated, then it’s not designed to block sound.
  2. Acoustic foam. If you see a product advertised as “acoustic foam,” or an “acoustic panel,” it is not meant for soundproofing. Acoustic treatments are designed to improve the sound quality and reduce echo in a room. They do not block sound. Acoustic products are not “bad,” they just serve a completely different purpose. Check out our guide on acoustical materials if you want to learn more.

A soundproof room divider is a very effective tool for controlling noise in a space – both for businesses and homeowners – but you need to use the right materials. The Quiet Quilt Sound Barrier is excellent for anyone looking for a configurable barrier that is easy to install. Depending on your soundproofing needs, there may be other solutions that make more sense. For information on walls and how to soundproof interior walls, check out our article on the topic.

If you have questions about soundproof dividers or would like to work with us on a custom plan for your space, give us a call. We’re here to help with your soundproofing project!

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