If your bedroom is noisy, it’s time to take action and soundproof your room. A quiet, dark bedroom is key to getting deep, healthy sleep. Even if you can sleep through the noise, researchers are finding it can stress your cardiovascular system!
To soundproof a room, you need to think about 2 main things. First, you want to block as much noise as possible from getting in. Second, you will want to absorb the noise that still penetrates your walls and windows. As you begin your project it’s also helpful to understand where the noise is coming from and how it’s getting in.
Blocking outside noise
The loudest noise you will hear will come through the weakest points in your room’s perimeter. Often that weak spot is your windows, because they have cracks and pulley holes and may be be made of a thin, single pane of glass. Double pane windows only reduce noise modestly because the sound vibrations transmit readily from one pane of glass to the next. But it’s important to understand that noise will also penetrate your walls, doors, ceilings and floors. And you may find noise entering your room through electrical outlets, vents, and other more subtle locations.
Sound Blocking Solutions
- Install a door sweep: these will prevent sound from entering under your bedroom door.
- Add weather stripping 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 outside and inside.
- Insulate electrical outlets
- Replace hollow doors with solid wood ones.
- Use sound dampening 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.*
Absorbing noise that makes it through
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 you can achieve sound absorption.
Avoid minimalist style
Recognize that today’s trending minimalist style with its hardwood floors and exposed brick, is not good for keeping things quiet. Traffic noise can just ricochet around. Soft furnishings like sofas and bedding will help dampen noise.
Hang acoustic panels
Acoustic panels can be made to any size and you can even find places that will make them with custom artwork. They will help absorb sounds already in the room. Hanging acoustic panels on a wall can 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, giving you multiple health benefits.
*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 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.