How to Make a room SoundProof using Egg cartons? (6 easy steps)

Soundproofing your room with egg cartons is a simple and cost-effective way to block out noises coming from neighbors or other sources.

In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps you need to take to turn your space into a peaceful place by soundproofing using egg cartons.

But do egg cartons really work? Is it a myth or reality?

Keep reading to find out as this handy guide is about it and I will also try to answer all the questions running through your mind. So let’s get started!

Do egg cartons really work for soundproofing?

soundproof with egg cartons

Yes, egg cartons can help reduce the sound in a room. However, it is important to note that they should not be relied upon solely for soundproofing purposes.

As an expert in the field, I recommend considering additional soundproofing solutions with egg cartons for optimal noise reduction.

The design of egg cartons helps to absorb sound waves and deflect them away from the room, resulting in less noise entering and exiting the room.

However, as you may already know that, the effectiveness of egg cartons for soundproofing is limited. They can be used to help reduce background noise, but they won’t completely block out all sound.

You must use it in conjunction with other soundproofing materials, such as insulation and acoustic foam, to create a more effective soundproofing barrier.

But some people call it a myth, so what?

To clarify this point, we conducted an experiment by recording raw audio in a room with little stuffs and then installing six acoustic foam panels before recording audio again.

We performed this experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of acoustic panels and to compare their effectiveness with egg cartons.

Then we placed 15 egg cartons and recorded an another audio and compared all three with each other.

And there is a huge difference in that three recorded audios, the raw audio was super echo while the audio recorded while putting the egg trays had less echo than the raw audio and the audio recorded while putting the foam panel had the lowest echo, but it was expected.

But this test doesn’t show exact and clear answer, so to make it more clear I asked my audio editor that how much rating you would like to give to both recorded audio, and first he listened raw audio then he listened both audio and said:

I’d rate it 7 out of 10 for the effectiveness of the acoustic panels, and 3.5 out of 10 for the effectiveness of the egg boxes as soundproof panels are specially made for soundproofing, but the eggs cartons are not.

By the way, egg cartons are so cheap, in fact, that 15 egg trays are much cheaper than single acoustic panel.

But it’s not bad at all, in my opinion it’s good for soundproofing areas where there’s very little noise.

Pros & Cons of Egg Cartons

  • They are relatively cheap compared to other materials.
  • Since egg cartons are a common household item, many people may already have them and won’t need to purchase them.
  • It doesn’t take much effort and time to put them around or attach them to the wall.
  • Egg cartons are not as aesthetically pleasing as other soundproofing materials and appear bulky and unattractive.
  • They are not very effective.
  • Egg cartons are not specifically designed to soundproof.

How to make a room soundproof with egg cartons?

How to make to your soundproof with egg cartons?

Now I am pretty sure you must have come to know the effectiveness of egg cartons in soundproofing, now let us see how you can soundproof your room with egg boxes without spending a lot of money, in just 6 simple and easy steps.

And this would be the same steps I took to my friend to soundproof his room with Eggs cartoons, and you’d be surprised he only spent $86 to soundproof his room.

These six tips will help you eliminate that annoying noise from your next study session, party or private time!

Ok now let’s see how you can do that.

Before you get started

Before you start with this project, there are a few things you should keep in mind, and they are:

  • First, you’ll need a lot of egg cartons – at least two dozen.
  • Second, this project will take some time, so be patient.
  • Third, you’ll need to be careful when working with the egg cartons, as they can be sharp.
  • Fourth, make sure to seal up any cracks or gaps in your walls before starting, as the egg cartons won’t work if there are gaps for the sound to travel through.
  • Sixth, once you’re finished, you’ll need to vacuum the floor and dust all surfaces – there will be tiny pieces of egg everywhere.

STEP 1: Measure the area of the room

If you want to soundproof your room with egg cartons, the first thing you need to do is measure the area of ​​the room you want to soundproof.

You’ll need to know the dimensions of the space in order to calculate how many egg boxes you’ll need.

To do this, simply measure the length and width of the room and multiply those numbers together. This will give you the square footage of the space.

STEP 2: Collects the egg cartons

Now that you know how many egg cartons you need, it’s time to collect enough egg cartons to cover the surfaces you want to soundproof.

You can either ask friends and family members to save your egg cartons, or you can buy them from a local grocery store or online, which should be in your home today, if not then you can buy them.

No matter where you are going to buy from, make sure you buy egg cartons so that you can completely soundproof your room.

For example, if you want to soundproof a small bedroom, you will need about 40 to 50 egg cartons, and if you want to completely soundproof your room, you will need to buy more egg cartons. There will be, depending on your location how big it is. Is.

My friend said he used 120 egg cartoons, some he had and some he bought from Amazon, you can buy the same egg cartoons by clicking on the link below.

Soundproofing with egg cartons

STEP 3: Collects some essential materials & tools

After collecting the egg cartons, you will need to gather some other materials and tools, these can be things like;

  • Glue
  • wallpaper paste
  • Adhesive
  • Nails
  • Staples
  • Pushpins, or
  • Tape

To fix the egg trays, to attach it, and also you will need a knife or scissors to cut the egg trays.

And if you plan to use soft materials like blankets, cardboard, and paper, before adding the egg cartons, be sure to tape these items to your wall first and move on to the next step.

STEP 4: Make the egg cartons ready

Assuming you have egg cartons, now you need to prepare them. This is a very simple task, but it is important to do it correctly.

Begin by cutting off the top of each egg carton. For this, you can use a sharp knife or scissors. Just make sure each cut is clean and clear.

Once all the tops have been cut off, gently open each one so that it forms a cup shape. If any edges are sharp, you can use sandpaper to smooth them out.

Now it’s time to fill the egg cartons with something absorbent. This can be anything from shredded paper to cotton balls. Make sure to pack them tightly so that there are no gaps, it’s not very important to do this but if you do it it will be worth it.

STEP 5: Prepare your wall

Before you put the egg cartons on your wall, there is one more thing you need to do and that is to prepare your wall. I know you will be surprised to hear this, but believe me this is one of the most important steps to do.

And many if you think to create your own means to fill the gaps of the holes you see in your wall, but it is simply not a task.

If you care for the walls of your room, cover them with a layer of cardboard or paper before attaching the egg cartons, just buy some good quality cardboard and attach them to the wall and please do not use any glue or tape to attach the cardboard instead use mini kills because any glue on the tape can spoil your room’s wall.

STEP 6: Attach the egg cartons to the wall

After preparing your wall, it’s time to attach egg cartons to the wall! You’ll want to start by applying a layer of adhesive to the back of each egg carton. We recommend using a hot glue gun for this step.

Don’t put a ton of glue on every cardboard at once – first, put some glue on the individual cardboard and then put the egg cartons after applying glue to the outer portion of the egg cartons, in other word- on the back side of the egg cartons.  

Once you apply that, press the egg carton firmly against the wall. Repeat this process until you’ve covered the entire surface area that you wish to soundproof.

And let the adhesive dry for 6 to 8 hours if you want the best result, and after it dries well, you have to find the gaps that are left, then stuff it, and for this I would recommend you to use cotton.

Congrats! You have successfully soundproofed your room.

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FAQ: Soundproofing with egg cartons

If you are new to soundproofing or are just starting out, soundproofing with eggs can be difficult for you, for this reason- we have decided to include a FAQ section that covers some of the most important and frequently asked questions regarding soundproofing with egg cartons.

Q1. How many egg cartons do I need?

Ans: The answer varies based on room size and sound reduction needs. For a small space like a closet, use 20 cartons. For a medium-sized room like a bedroom or living room, use 30-45 cartons. For a larger space such as a music studio, use 70 or more cartons for better sound absorption.

Q2. Why do egg cartons absorb sound?

Ans: Egg cartons absorb sound due to their unique shape which creates ridges and valleys that deflect sound waves, and their soft material which absorbs some of the energy from the waves, reducing their power. However, their effectiveness are limited.

Q3. Can I use egg cartons as insulation?

Ans: Yes, you can use egg carton as insulation. Egg cartons, made of paper and filled with air pockets, can be used for insulation due to their sound-absorbing properties. However, they are less effective than other insulation types like fiberglass or foam. It’s important to use them correctly, as they can be a fire hazard.

Q4. Why don’t Professional Acousticians use egg cartons?

Ans: Professional acousticians do not use egg cartons for soundproofing because they are not as effective as other sound-absorbing materials specifically designed for that purpose. Egg cartons are a DIY option that can help reduce noise, but they are not the most efficient solution for acoustical treatment. Plus, they’re not very attractive, So they are afraid that the looks of their house may not be erased.

Q5. Are there different types of egg carton materials to choose from?

Ans: The most common type of egg carton is made from styrofoam, which is lightweight and easy to work with, and it is the most common type of material that is used in making egg cartons and other some less popular materials are polystyrene and pulped paper.  

Q6. What other materials can I use instead of (or in addition to) egg cartons?

Ans:- In addition to, or instead of, egg cartons. Some effective options include acoustic foam panels, fiberglass insulation, mass-loaded vinyl, soundproof curtains, and acoustic tiles. Each material has its own unique properties and advantages, so it’s important to choose the right one based on your specific soundproofing needs and budget.

Wrap Up: Soundproofing Using Egg Cartons

Well I am preey you have successfully soundproofed your room and the FAQ section will also be helpful for you and it should have answered all your questions which were in your mind.

If you want to try a more DIY approach, there are a few ways you can soundproof your space using materials you may already have around the house. One popular method is to use egg cartons.

Egg cartons are porous and absorb sound waves, so they can help muffle noise. Plus, they’re easy to attach to walls or ceilings with adhesive or tape and also they are much more affordable than some other soundproofing materials, such as soundproof curtains, and blankets.

And we have recently published a post about soundproofing materials, know more soundproofing materials, here is the link: 17 Best soundproofing materials

In the end I want to say that if you want to make your room soundproof using egg cartons, but you have not tried it yet, then try it and make your room soundproof without spending much money.

Thanks for reading this post. We will meet you in a new epic post related to soundproofing, till then, Stay away from the noisy world.

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Mr. Ashish

Mr. Ashish

Hi there, I am Ashish, the founder and editor of SoundProof Addict, I have more than 3 years of experience in soundproofing, also I've helped people soundproof their bedrooms, studios, cars and other areas where they find noise to be distracting or uncomfortable. I wants everyone to be able to enjoy as much peace and quiet.

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