If you are living in an urban environment, noise can be a big problem. It can interfere with your sleep and leave you insomniac. While it is very difficult to completely get rid of all the noise, there are certain things that you can do about it.
1. Using an earplug
The most obvious but effective one on our list is a foam earplug. If you use it properly it can cut down the noise dramatically.
Here is a tutorial of you can insert earplug in your ears. I know it may sound stupid to show you this but many people get this wrong.
They are far better than other methods of blocking the sound at your ear such as noise cancelation earphones or listening to songs using earphones at night may seem tempting. But in the long run, you may develop hearing problems due to the.
2. Soundproof the bedroom’s door
Your door may not as sound proof as you think. Large gaps between the door and floor aids noise transmission. Sound travels on the air, so leaving air gaps invites the outside noises.
You need to cover any air gaps between the door and floor by using a draft stopper. You can either make them at home or buy them online on Amazon.
The purpose of these stoppers is cover any air gap between the doors and the floor. Because sound travels through air, blocking air pathways definitely helps.
I found this magnetic draft stopper has quite a lot of good reviews. If you decide to buy one, this could be your best bet. It can easily attach/detach from your door.
3. Hang Soundproof curtains
You can muffle down a good amount of noise by using soundproof curtains. These curtains are basically thick curtains made of different
They help to muffle down the noise from outdoors as well as indoors. If you have never bought one look for curtains that have extra fibres in them. Usually, your best bet would be curtains made with either suede or velvet material.
Make sure you choose heavier curtains as they are best at absorbing the sound. If the noise is still unbearable you can triple or even quadruple the layers of the curtain to achieve a better noise reduction.
4. Muffle sound with a book case
If your neighborhood is not that quite and you constantly hear noises from the hallway you can use this unique method to soundproof your home.
All you need to do is either readjust the bookshelf that you already have or get a new one with a thick base. Place it against the wall that you suspect is responsible for most of the noise. Fill out this
The good thing about bookshelf idea is that with a bookshelf, you can get soundproofing without excessively distorting beauty of your place.
5. The Best Acoustic Panel Material: Towels
If you are soundproofing your room, It is best that you avoid any hard surfaces. The hard surface reflects and transmits sound very effectively. The reflection of sound increases the echoing effect making the noise appear more tha the actual.
To dampen this effect, you can use different soundproofing materials to cover your room’s wall. The more your cover, the better.
But before you go on all crazy to buy and research for best soundproof materials, let me tell you the soundproofing material that works best.
Towels! yes, you read it right. After performing several tests, I found out that towels are the ones that works best.
You can make frames to support these towels and hang in your room to get its benefits.
Here is a simple tutorial to build one for yourself.
What you will need to build your towel frame for soundproofing
- Wooden planks
- Some glue for binding the frame
- Some screws
- A lot of towels
- Needle and thread for sewing
How to build your own towel frame for sound proofing.
- Take the wooden planks and measure them to make sure they are of perfect size for a rectangle. If not make some adjustments using a saw.
- Join the planks by using glue and screws as shown below.
3. Secure the towel on the frame by using staples.
4. Take some other towels and sew them together so that they form a thick enough layer.
5. After you are done with it, you hang it on your walls as sound absorbers.
Tip: You can also use an artwork to hang on wall and cover its back by towels.
6. Window Inserts for Quieter Windows
A window insert is simply a frame that is made to fit air-tightly in your window area. They are very helpful and convenient as a temporary sound reduction technique. Because you can easily remove/add them whenever you want. If done properly, they can be quite good for blocking external noise. Here is a little video that showcases its effectiveness.
Making one of these window inserts is quite easy. You can use 2 inches of this soundproofing foam material for your inserts. If your window is small(less than 3 feet), all you need to do is cut an acoustic foam 1 inch greater than the size of your window area. This will ensure a snug fit.
If your window is larger than 3 feet you will need a frame to support foam insert.
Here is how you can make window plug for your larger windows.
For this project, you will need a wooden board, soundproof foam/ acoustic sponge, soundproof mat and some weatherstripping tape.
- Measure your window’s frame as accurately as possible because for this to work, you need a snug fit.
- Cut your wooden board to make a frame equal to the size of your window area.
- Stick the soundproof mat in the frame. Use glue or bond to stick it properly.
- Cut the acoustic foam to a size a little wider than your window’s frame. This is required for a snug fit.
- Attach shell handle to the external side of your insert so that you can remove it easily once installed.
- Use weatherstripping tape to seal any leftover gaps.
7. Consider adding white noise
Sometimes, to kill the noise you may want to add some rhythmic sounds to the room so that they can overpower the background noises.
Something as simple as a fan can reduce the influence of external noises. You can also get a full room white noise machine such as this one on Amazon.
The idea it pretty simple and you don’t need to anything other than installing one at your home. But this simple idea works quite effectively.
8. Thick rug pads
Whether your hallway is creating noise, your indoors or even your neighbors below your floor. Nothing muffles down noise more than thick rugs. Just place them at places you suspect most traffic and reduce the annoying pesky sounds.
Tip: You can add thick density pad below your rugs to increase its noise reduction power.
On Soundproofing your bedroom for a good sleep
Today, I have given you a lot of tips regarding soundproofing your bedroom for a good night’s sleep. There are some things that you can do easily and some require a little more skill.
You got to pick what works best for you. For some people, earplugs may be the best solution but it may not be feasible for them in the long run. For many, a white noise machine does wonders. Just pick what works best for you.
I hope you can take some the ideas from this post and implement it in your own home. Don’t forget to share it with someone who really needs this.