Late-night karaoke sessions across the street. A crying baby from the house next door. A train passing by. Neighbors above partying and stomping. A noisy dog barking out of nowhere. Do these things annoy you or disturb your peace at home?
If you’re highly sensitive to noise, live in a busy neighborhood, or simply like your home to be quiet and peaceful, then, you need some soundproofing. So, to make your home a quieter and peaceful sanctuary, here are some tips you can follow:
Seal both your doors and windows.
To prevent outdoor noise from entering your home, seal your doors and windows using door sweeps with rubber seals, window inserts, draft blockers, and weatherstripping. Aside from blocking chatter and noise from the outside, these items can also keep bugs and dust from entering your home.
Check your doors and windowpanes for any gap, crack, or hole. If you find any, fix and seal them as soon as possible.
Fill your space with soft materials.
Bare, hard surfaces usually reflect sound waves; soft surfaces and materials absorb them. So, if you want a quieter space, you need to fill your home or room with soft materials like thick curtains, area rugs, and other textiles like felt, wool, or cotton. These can block outdoor noise and absorb interior room sounds.
Other materials you can use for soundproofing include carpets, tapestries, blankets, and thermal and blackout curtains.
Repair squeaky floors, stairs, and doors.
Aside from preventing outdoor noise from entering your home, you also need to repair and silence the noises that are already inside your home. These indoor noises to be fixed include squeaky floors, stairs, and doors, noisy pipes, and a poorly designed entertainment system. They need immediate attention.
Although these indoor noises aren’t usually much of a bother during daytime, they can be a real annoyance at night.
Install acoustic foams or panels.
If you have a part of your budget to spare, installing quality acoustic foams or panels is greatly recommended for soundproofing your home. These acoustic foams and panels are usually found glued around a recording studio. If your budget allows to install these, consult a professional for help and assistance.
Acoustic sound deadening foams and panels come in a variety of colors and usually cost about $15 to $40 per dozen.
Add in strategic decors like furniture.
The same with soft materials, decorations like furniture items can lessen the outside noise. By filling a room with multiple objects, there will be higher chances of softening the sound in the room. The sound will bounce off the furniture and will take more time to reach you. Furniture items can dampen noises for you.
The furniture pieces that work best for soundproofing are those made with soft materials. Padded ones are also effective.
Although noise can’t be eliminated completely, you can make it more bearable. With the right soundproofing, you can enjoy the peace and quiet while at home. So, follow the above tips and make your home a more conducive place for relaxation.