Most people look forward to returning to a quiet and peaceful home after having a long and tiring day. However, this isn’t always possible for those of us who live in busy metropolitan areas.
Children screaming while playing, neighbors playing loud music, speeding cars and dogs barking constantly are all part of modern living.
All these commotion can make it difficult for you to rest peacefully or concentrate if you work from home.
Because of that, you may have even thought of moving to another city or state that’s more quiet.
However, before you do that, try these six simple tips to make your home soundproof:
Seal any gaps on your doors
Since sound travels through air, any gaps on your doors are likely to let in outside noise.
If you’re tired of hearing conversations happening in your building hallway of your neighbor’s house, then consider sealing the gaps below, above and on the sides of your doors with weatherstripping strips.
This will go along way in blocking external noise and preventing heat loss in your home.
Change your window dressings
Did you know that you can soundproof your home simply by replacing your window dressings?
Yes, that’s right.
By switching to sound deadening curtains, you can reduce the level of noise coming into your home considerably.
These curtains are made from heavy-duty material with multiple layers that are very effective at absorbing outside noise.
Therefore, installing them can greatly help to improve the quality of your sleep and focus at work.
You can also use them to block excessive light and heat from coming in. Doing so can significantly reduce the frequency at which you use your AC system to cool your home, which in turn, reduces your utility bills.
Consider adding window inserts
If you want to block outside noise from coming in and still be able to enjoy outside view, then window inserts are your best bet. Window inserts are clear panes of acrylic or glass that can be installed over your current windows.
They’re able to block 50% or more of outside noise majorly because of their design which creates an airtight seal on the windows.
Seal any cracks on the walls
Also consider repairing any cracks or holes in your walls to prevent outside noise from coming into your home.
You can do so yourself using a caulk or hire a professional to do a better job.
Use thick rugs to soundproof your floors
Many people love hardwood floors because of the warmth and character that they add to their homes. However, loose floorboards can make your home life unbearable with constant squeaking. In such cases, replacing the floor with a new one can help solve the problem.
But if you’re financially constrained, the next option is to use a thick rug to muffle the noise. To squash the noise further, slip a high-density rug pad under the rug.
Insulate your walls
Lastly, if you usually hear every conversation from the next apartment, it’s highly likely that you have very thin walls. You can reduce the amount of sound coming in by arranging larger pieces of furniture such as bookcases against the shared walls, or by hanging acoustic panels on the walls.
It’s possible to enjoy a quiet and serene environment at home, even if you live in a noisy neighborhood.
As you can see above, there are several things you can do to reduce the amount of external noise coming in.
The best part is that most of them are simple to do and cost effective, so you have no reason not to try them out.