If your bedroom is noisy, it’s time to learn how to soundproof a room. A quiet, dark bedroom is key to deep, healthy sleep. Even if you can sleep through the noise, researchers are finding it can stress your cardiovascular system.
This guide will walk you through how sound moves through your home as well as how window treatment can help with noise reduction. Finally, it’ll go over the health impacts of long-term noise exposure.
To soundproof a room, you first want to block as much noise as possible from entering through your windows and walls. Secondly, you want to absorb any noise that does get in. As you begin your project, it’s helpful to understand exactly where the noise is coming from and how it’s getting in.
Blocking outside noise
Noise enters the weakest points in your room’s perimeter, which is often your windows. They have cracks and pulley holes and may be made of thin, single-pane glass. Double-pane windows do a better job of reducing noise, but not by much since one pane readily transmits sound vibrations to the other. It’s important to understand noise can also penetrate your walls, doors, ceilings and floors. And more subtle locations too, like electrical outlets and vents.
Sound Blocking Solutions
Once you understand how noise enters, you can use a range of solutions to make your space quieter including:
- Install a door sweep to prevent sound from entering under the door.
- Weatherstrip around doors and windows.
- Insulate your walls and ceiling. You’ll be more comfortable and save money too!
- Caulk cracks around your windows on the interior and exterior.
- Insulate electrical outlets.
- Replace hollow doors with solid wood ones.
- Use sound damping curtains.
- Install Acoustic Grade window inserts: these block 70% of outside noise coming through operable single-pane windows and up to 50% of the noise coming through double-pane windows.*
Despite your best room soundproofing efforts, some noise will still make it through. The sound that does penetrate your windows and walls can be absorbed once it’s in the room to minimize its reverberation and improve acoustics. There are many ways to absorb sound.
Avoid minimalist style
Recognize that today’s trending minimalist style with its hardwood floors and exposed brick, doesn’t make for a quiet room. Noise can ricochet around these surfaces while thick rugs and upholstered furniture will absorb it.
Hang acoustic panels
Acoustic panels can be made any size and you can even find places that will make them with custom artwork. Not only will they help absorb sounds already in the room, hanging acoustic panels on a wall will also reduce noise coming through that wall.
Use textiles to absorb sound
Use indoor house plants
Not only will houseplants absorb noise, they also remove odors and toxins from the air.
*Please note the 70% sound deadening performance is based on tests where Indow Acoustic Grade window inserts were placed over operable single-pane windows. When placed over operable double-pane windows, Acoustic Grade inserts reduce noise by up to 12 dBA, equivalent to a 50%+ reduction in noise and an STC rating of 42 to 45. Overall sound reduction depends on the sound coming through your ceiling, floors, walls and doors. Indow inserts are not recommended to reduce noise coming through laminated double or triple-pane windows.