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How to Soundproof a Bathroom: 10 Tips & Tricks

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Nobody wants to hear noises coming from the bathroom, and when you’re in the bathroom yourself, it’s nice to get away from things. But when noise is traveling farther than it should around your bathroom, what can you do?

Here are ten different tips and tricks that you can use to start soundproofing your bathroom and give everyone extra peace and quiet.

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The 10 Tips & Tricks On How to Soundproof a Bathroom

1. Add Rugs

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Cost: Low
Effectiveness: Moderate
Ease of Installation: Easy

If you’re having problems with soundproofing the floor, one of the easiest things that you can do is add easily washable rugs to the room. This will help soften the sounds coming from the room, and it’s far more convenient and sensible than reflooring the entire room.

Rugs also easy to install and typically don’t cost all that much. However, keep in mind that this only helps if the floors need better insulation, and the floors often have the most insulation in the entire room.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Moderately effective results
Cons
  • Floors are often already well insulated

2. Add a Door Sweep

door sweeper
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Cost: Low
Effectiveness: Low
Ease of Installation: Easy

One of the least insulated parts of most bathrooms is the door, and one of the easiest things that you can do to help with this is to install a door sweep. It doesn’t cost much, and it will seal the gap underneath the door that sounds typically go right through.

However, while it’s a useful and necessary addition if you want to soundproof the room, it only covers one small portion of the bathroom.

Pros
  • Low cost
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • Only soundproofs the door

3. Add Weather Stripping

Weather Stripping
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Cost: Easy
Effectiveness: Moderate
Ease of Installation: Easy

To finish insulating your bathroom door, you should take the time to add weather stripping. This seals all the gaps around the door, which does quite a bit for soundproofing it.

The only gap that weather stripping won’t seal is at the bottom, and a high-quality door sweep should take care of this for you. It won’t soundproof the rest of the bathroom, but it’s a great step to handle one of the most troublesome parts of the room.

Pros
  • Does a great job of soundproofing a door
  • Easy to install
  • Low-cost option
Cons
  • Only works for doors

4. Add Cork Floors

cork floor for soundproofing
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Cost: High
Effectiveness: High
Ease of Installation: Complicated

If you aren’t getting the soundproofing benefits that you want from your current flooring, one flooring material option to consider for a bathroom is cork. It does a great job of absorbing noise, and it doesn’t come with the same concerns that you would get with carpet.

It’s a great sound buffer, and you also get a softer flooring option to stand on compared to tile. It’s not a perfect choice, but when it comes to soundproofing your bathroom, it’s outstanding.

Pros
  • Great flooring choice
  • Effective at soundproofing floors
  • Softer than tile
Cons
  • Expensive option
  • Challenging installation

5. Add Extra Towel Racks

hanging towel rack
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Cost: Low
Effectiveness: Low
Ease of Installation: Easy

Towels do a great job of absorbing noises, and if you strategically place a few towel racks around the room, the results might surprise you. Even better, you already need the towels in the bathroom, so they won’t look out of place.

Since towels are a necessity, this is a low-cost way to add soundproofing elements to your bathroom. Still, it’s not the most effective option compared to dedicated soundproofing choices.

Pros
  • You already need them
  • Easy to install
  • Low-cost option
Cons
  • Not the most effective choice

6. Use Caulk

applying silicone sealant with caulking gun
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Cost: Low
Effectiveness: Moderate
Ease of Installation: Easy

If you have any cracks throughout your bathroom or if noise is coming in from the window, a small amount of caulk can go a long way. You simply use it to fill in cracks and openings, which will help prevent noise from getting through. It can also help prolong the life of a few of the deteriorating things in the room.

Even better, caulk doesn’t cost much, and it’s something that you can use by yourself. But while this can be a great soundproofing tip, it only helps if the bathroom needs caulk. It’s not something that you can add to an otherwise functional bathroom.

Pros
  • Low-cost option
  • Easy to complete
Cons
  • Only helps if the room needs caulk

7. Add a Toilet Lid Cover

elongated toilet with wall handle for pwd
Image Credit: Point3D Commercial Imaging Ltd., Unsplash
Cost: Low
Effectiveness: Low
Ease of Installation: Easy

This is a low-cost and easy-to-complete job that can help muffle the sounds from your bathroom. A toilet lid cover will help eliminate any noises coming from lowering the toilet lid onto the seat, and it even protects both the toilet lid and seat. You also can pick a different design or color to go with the style of the room.

But when it comes to actually soundproofing the room, it only affects one thing, and that’s not likely to make a huge difference. Considering how affordable and easy it is, though, you should get a toilet lid cover, anyway.

Pros
  • Low-cost option
  • Easy way to help soundproof a toilet
  • Adds to the décor of the room
Cons
  • Only helps with one thing

8. Add White Noise

Cost: Low
Effectiveness: High
Ease of Installation:  Easy

In fairness, this won’t technically “soundproof” your bathroom, but it’ll give you the same results. A white noise machine will drown out any noise either entering or leaving the bathroom. White noise machines also don’t cost much and are extremely easy to install, making this an attractive choice.

Still, if you’re looking to legitimately soundproof the bathroom, this isn’t it, as you’re just masking the underlying problem.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Helps hide bathroom noises
  • Low-cost option
Cons
  • Doesn’t actually soundproof

9. Add Soundproofing Art

elongated toilet beside the bathtub
Image Credit: Point3D Commercial Imaging Ltd., Unsplash
Cost: Moderate
Effectiveness: Moderate
Ease of Installation: Easy

While there’s no such thing as “soundproof art,” there are picture frames that come with extra insulation and padding that help with soundproofing. If you strategically place these picture frames on the walls in your bathroom, you can add to the overall décor and help soundproof the room.

It’s also easy to set up compared to many other soundproofing options. But to get the best effects, you’ll need more than one soundproofing picture frame, and the more you get, the higher the overall cost will be.

Pros
  • Helps soundproof walls
  • Adds to the décor
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Can get more expensive

10. Add More Drywall

person fastening drywall with fiberglass
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Cost: High
Effectiveness: High
Ease of Installation: Challenging

This is a labor-intensive way to soundproof your bathroom, but it’s also quite effective. If you have the extra space, you can add a layer of insulation between the two layers of drywall, and that will go a long way when it comes to soundproofing.

It’ll take more work, time, and money, but this is one of the best ways that you can soundproof the walls in your bathroom.

Pros
  • Effective method
Cons
  • Expensive option
  • Challenging to install

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Conclusion

If you want to soundproof your bathroom as much as possible, it’s best to combine as many of the tips and tricks highlighted here as possible. There are plenty of low-cost options that provide nominal benefits, but if you put enough of them together, you can make a big difference in soundproofing your bathroom!


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