If there’s one room in the house that could really use soundproofing, it’s the bathroom! I don’t really want to hear any toilet sounds from anyone else and I definitely don’t want anyone to hear toilet sounds from me!
This is how you can soundproof your toilet door for less than $100. I’ll give you a number of options for your toilet room soundproofing project, including some more expensive options and some less expensive options.
Reinforce the door.
The main culprit in noise leaving the bathroom and traveling to the rest of the house is the door. Most doors throughout your home are probably hollow.
Hollow doors let sound through. In some cases, a hollow door can even amplify the sound a little bit. That’s the exact opposite of what I want when I’m doing my business.
There are a number of ways to soundproof a door. Unfortunately, some of them are pretty expensive.
You could always buy or custom order a new door that is not hollow. You may be able to get a decent price at a place like Home Depot. It will really depend on the exact size of your door. I’m not sure why but door sizes aren’t standardized. That means that the size of your specific door might be more or less expensive to make.
A solid door will be heavier so it will feel a little strange at first to open and close it. The solid door will, however, significantly decrease the amount of sound that will get through.
Another option is to buy a soundproofing blanket. This quilted fiberglass panel hangs on the inside of the door. If you’re all about magazine-worthy home decor, even inside your bathroom, you might not like this option.
It’s not ugly but it does jump out at you. This panel works by absorbing the sound. But don’t worry, it won’t absorb any smells!
What I ended up doing just happens to be the least expensive option. You will need to be a bit handy to do this step. That said, it’s pretty easy to do so even if you are new to the DIY lifestyle, you should be able to handle it. Read on for instructions.
Reinforcing your door with wood.
First, you need to buy a piece of wood that is the same size as your door.
Then, carefully measure your door. Next, head down Home Depot or Lowes or the local lumberyard and buy some wood.
You can also just use drywall, if looks aren’t important to you. Drywall will be the cheapest option. If looks really matter to you, though, I’d recommend using MDF wood. This wood is smooth and thick and it paints really beautifully. Unfortunately, it’s more expensive
In addition to the wood, you’ll need Noiseproofing Glue Compound. Install the compound on either the wood or the door itself. Next, tightly screw the wood to the door.
Soundproof the Molding
Although the door itself is the major way that sound gets through, sound can also escape through the little cracks around the molding.
To deal with this, you’ll need to apply some Soundproofing Rubber to the gap between the door frame and wall framing. This is pretty cheap and it can make a really big difference.
After you apply the soundproofing rubber, you’ll need to fill in any remaining gaps with Acoustical Caulk. This is basically the same kind of process as caulking around a bathtub.
Apply a door gasket.
To fully seal the gap between the door and the door frame, you’ll need to apply a door gasket.
You have a few options here. The cheapest option is to use self-adhesive weatherstripping. I like the cheap stuff, but I’m told that it will wear out over time. I’m okay with that, though, because it’s so cheap that I won’t mind buying a roll every year or so.
Another option – more expensive but still pretty reasonably priced – is to use an actual door gasket.
This attaches right to the frame. It will also last much longer. If I’m honest, it will also most likely give you a slightly better seal than the weatherstripping.
Cover the door sweep.
The final step of the toilet soundproofing process is to cover the door sweep.
I had no idea what a door sweep was before I started this process.
A door sweep basically seals the gap between the door and the floor. I found out that I already have a door sweep on my front door.
You typically don’t see door sweeps on the doors inside a home. That said, adding a door sweep can really help with soundproofing. They are also great for stopping drafts but that shouldn’t be a problem in your bathroom!
This gap between the door and the floor is the last remaining gap you need to fill in order to block out the maximum amount of sound.
This door sweep is a great choice and it’s my favorite price: super affordable!
Another option for covering the door sweep is installing an This door sweep . This is a pretty innovative tool. It drops a seal when the door closes and automatically raises the seal when the door opens.
Like the door sweep, this will also help block out both drafts and light as well as sound.
One day, I might invest in my toilet door soundproofing project a little more heavily and go with the more expensive options.
Right now, I don’t care too much about how the door looks. This let me complete the job pretty cheaply. I spent just under $100 but I probably could have finished the job for around $50.
That said, it would cost $300-500 to do the job well and to have it still look beautiful.
Soundproofing might be a bit of chore to complete and it requires some effort.
However, if you ask me, there’s just a great feeling about knowing that nobody is going to hear any sounds coming out of the bathroom when I’m in there.
For that matter, it’s a great feeling knowing I don’t have to worry about ever hearing anyone else’s toilet sounds ever again either!
Good luck with your toilet door soundproofing project! I hope that what I learned during the process will help you.