It may shock you to hear that moving blankets don’t only come in handy when you’re moving house: they’re also great for soundproofing!
That’s right: using moving pads for soundproofing is a relatively widespread phenomenon with many people across the US using them to reconfigure their home environments.
Fancy creating a makeshift music studio? Kit out it cheaply with moving blankets instead of professional soundproofing.
Want to stay up late playing loud video games? Moving pads are your new best friend.
But before you get all jazzed up and order a bounty of these products, there are a few things you should know before you get started.
Here’s everything we think you should know about using moving blankets for soundproofing…
Moving Blankets For Soundproofing: What You Need To Know
They Absorb Sound
Let’s clear one thing up straight away: using moving pads will not compare to professionally soundproofing your room or studio.
This is a cheap and easy way to achieve some of the benefits of soundproofing — great for those on a budget, renters who can’t soundproof their rental home and people with minimal technical know-how in the insulation department.
Moving blankets — especially the thick ones — will absorb sound and, if installed correctly, will reduce the number of sound waves able to bounce off hard surfaces and walls.
They’re not a perfect solution, but they’re a good place to start. Rather than ‘sound-proofing’, moving pads will provide sound dampening.
The Heavier The Better
If you scrimped on price and bought the super cheap, thin, economy moving blankets, you may find that you don’t have much luck when it comes to soundproofing.
In this case, heavier is always better.
The weightier the blanket, the more sound it will be able to absorb and, therefore, the more effective it will be!
Choose Pads With Grommets
As you’ll be hanging the pads off the walls, the most convenient thing will be to buy moving pads with grommets or eyelets already built in.
These will allow you to simply hang the blankets off wall hooks without you having to do anything at all.
If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, however, you can still buy grommet kits which will let you manually create your own grommets in the blanket. Just allow yourself a little extra time to get started!
You can Buy Specific Pads for Soundproofing
While this option won’t be appropriate for people on a tight budget, it would be remiss of us not to include it.
As we know, moving blankets are primarily used to protect your furniture during the stressful process of moving house.
They’re not really intended for soundproofing and haven’t been optimized for that purpose.
Having said that, some companies have cottoned on to the fact that many musicians and vocal artists are looking for low-cost sound-proofing alternatives, and have produced similar blankets that have been configured specially for sound absorption.
Companies like Audimute Soundproofing, for instance, have created ready-made pads that are already grommeted, made of 100% natural fibers and specially engineered for acoustic performance.
Sure, they’re more expensive than regular moving blankets — a 2 pack of ‘Acoustic Sheets’ is priced at $138, but you do have to pay for quality.
How to Hang Moving Blankets for Soundproofing
Once you’ve bought your moving blankets, your next question is probably along the lines of how you hang them for the best effect.
There are no strict rules here and you may want to experiment to find what provides the best results for you and your space.
Most people simply line the walls of the room in question with the blankets, with some also opting to cover the ceiling and floor as well.
Other people choose to create a virtual space by free hanging four blankets from the ceiling to create a small square space. This will work best for people who live in a studio or who don’t wish to sound proof an entire room for whatever reason.
Some people argue that you’ll get the best results — particularly if you’re recording vocals — when you hang the blankets in a V shape behind the singer.
Here’s one person’s experience from using moving pads to soundproof:
As we said, what’s best will vary widely from person to person. Feel free to experiment!
Have you used moving blankets for soundproofing?