Our home is our safe place, and when we are in our space, nothing should disturb our relaxing setting, especially noise from neighbours and outside sources. Soundproofing your rooms can help keep the peace in your home and it doesn’t have to break the bank if you follow these design tips and solutions.
#1 BUYING A HOUSE? DO A SOUNDCHECK FIRST
Viewing a home? Ensure that you’re listening to and looking at all your surroundings.
Subway stations, bus stations, train tracks – Keep your eyes open for things that can cause potential disturbances throughout the day and night.
Keep in mind, a seller is legally obligated to advise you if there have been any formal complaints made about neighbours.
#2 ADD SOFT FURNISHINGS TO SMOTHER SOUNDS
It may be just a small sound problem, one room tends to echo noise more than others, sometimes you can reduce the effect with soft furnishings.
Are you dealing with noise issues at night when your sleeping? Thick blackout curtains or double layers, a thick fabric headboard and a cozy rug can all help to keep noise issues at bay.
#3 ADD LARGE FURNITURE TO ABSORB SOUND
You don’t want your rooms to be jammed with furniture however, larger, and heavier pieces can help to absorb sound in your space. You can add layers of insulation by using cabinets and bookshelves.
#4 PUT UP PANELLING
Traditionally wall panelling was used to add insulation between a room and bare wall or brick, now it is used as more of a decorative feature. Get dual benefits with this barrier on walls, as not only does it have an aesthetic appeal, but it will also have an impact on surrounding sounds.
#5 INVEST IN SOLID DOORS
Are outside noises a problem? A solid front door and inside doors can assist in blocking out sound and insulating your home.
Looking for doors? Timber FD30 fire doors are the perfect sound barrier from the outside world.
#6 USE CURTAINS AND WINDOWS TO BLOCK SOUND
Blackout curtains or insulated window blinds will help to keep noise out. Use weatherstripping tape where doors and windows touch the frame.
#7 ADD FELT BACKING TO PICTURES AND FURNITURE
Attach felt to the backs of pictures and mirrors, it’s invisible and you will deffinately notice the impact it has.
#8 UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS
Windows are the eyes and ears of your home; you look through them and hear through them. If consistent noise from outside continues to be an issue in your home, investing in upgrading your windows is a great solution.
Double or triple-paned windows will help to reduce the sound entering your home.