How to soundproof your home
Moving into a new property can be quite a thrilling experience. That is, until you realise that various noises leak into your home. From street noises to your neighbour listening to music loudly, these noises can drive you insane. However, before you succumb to despair, there are several measures you can implement to soundproof your home. Here’s what you can do to get started and how to soundproof your home.
Identify the weak areas
Firstly, you need to identify the source of the noise problem. Where is the noise really coming from? In most cases, you will find that there is no need to soundproof your entire home. Rather, focus on the source of the noise leak and concentrate on that specific area. Whether the leak is from a shared wall or your front door, focus on the one area to stop noise from leaking into your home.
Secondly, you can consider using soundproofing blankets to considerably cut noise. Soundproofing blankets are usually used in professional recording studios, but they are an incredible noise-reducing material that you can use in your home. Soundproofing blankets can work wonders when used in conjunction with other soundproofing techniques. By using decorative curtains, you can transform the soundproofing blankets into a stylish and décor-worthy look.
Similar to soundproofing blankets, soundproof curtains work by blocking sound from your windows. Soundproof curtains are available in a variety of styles and colours, thereby giving lots of options to choose from.
Seal your doors and windows
Another highly effective soundproofing technique is to seal your doors and windows. Sealing your doors and windows will keep sound from seeping through the cracks in your doors and windows. In addition, sealing your doors and windows will also work as insulation thereby helping lower your energy bills. Weatherstripping your doors and windows is one of the means by which to eliminate gaps in them. If your doors are hollow then will also contribute to sound carrying through your home. As such, you can also consider replacing your hollow doors with more solid ones.
You might be wondering how bookshelves could possibly solve your noise problem. Adding bookshelves and filling them with books will help absorb the noise as well as aid in solving your space issues. You would be surprised at just how effective this could be in solving your noise problem.
Cover your floor with a rug
Hardwood and tile floors are especially problematic as they carry sound. To counter this and decrease sound bouncing around your home you can cover your floor with a pad and rug. Adding a rug, pad or carpet is most effective when paired with other soundproofing techniques.
In the event that all else fails then you can consider adding pleasant sounds that will counter the noise. Soft sounds can be a pleasant distraction from the more annoying noise around you. If the source of your noise problem are your neighbours then you can politely approach them and ask them to be a little quitter.