Whether you live in an apartment building or a gated community, there’s no escaping the organic noises that flow from one property to another or from the street.
However, there are measures such as noise insulation that you can take to minimize the noise so it doesn’t affect your sleep or quality of life.
“There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep. – E. W. Howe
How to Eliminate Noises
Let’s face it, life can be noisy. From crickets and mosquitos all night long to dogs barking, kids playing, neighbors blaring music loudly and teenagers playing video games – all of these noises can converge and bounce off of your walls, affecting the quality of your sleep.
The good news is that with proper bedroom insulation you can effectively shut out all of the noise in order to get some decent shut-eye.
Seal the Door Gap
One of the areas in your bedroom through which sound can travel is underneath the bedroom door. If the gap is large enough, then you’ll hear everything, from someone watching TV in the next room, to a roommate chatting on the phone.
One noise insulation method that you can use to keep the noise out is to install rubber weatherstripping to close the gap.
Replace the Bedroom Door
An older bedroom door might develop a hollow core and become flimsy over time. This often happens with plastic-based doors and is not as common with solid-wood doors.
Therefore, in this case, your solution would be to purchase a heavy-duty solid wood door to replace the flimsier model and keep out unwanted noises.
Use Acoustical Foam Cloud
Another effective bedroom insulation method involves hanging an acoustical foam cloud from your bedroom ceiling.
This helps to absorb all the pesky sounds and noises that you don’t like, and although it may be pricey, it’s well worth the price for your peace of mind. It works really well in a high-ceiling bedroom.
Rearrange Bedroom Furniture
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to soundproof a bedroom is to rearrange the furniture. The great thing about this method is that there’s no need to purchase anything particular yet it’s incredibly effective at absorbing sound.
However, you must place the furniture against the wall strategically so it’s able to absorb sound right as it comes through. Heavy furniture pieces like bookcases and heavy dresses are ideal noise-blockers, especially when placed against the wall which absorbs most noise.
Hang Sound-Catching Curtains
Sound-catching curtains offer a two-in-one solution. You’re blocking noise from entering your room and adding a nice decorative touch at the same time.
These types of curtains can be very effective at blocking all types of sounds from loud pedestrians and sirens to the sound of cars passing in the street.
Wallpaper is one of the most popular wall coverings right now and it’s not surprising to see why. In addition to its decorative qualities, wallpaper offers cheap soundproofing, especially the kind that’s made from thick polyethylene foams.
Tip: You can add a bold wallpaper to the wall of your bed, or choose a simpler pattern and add it to the whole room.
Panel Bedroom Walls
Block noise from entering your room by paneling some of your bedroom walls. This will instantly prevent any noise from entering through its normal channels and you’ll have different colors and textures to choose from in order to match your room’s decor.
Although it won’t completely eliminate noise, paneling certainly softens noise so that it’s not as sharp and irritating enough to wake you up. And besides, it looks super fancy!
Seal Bedroom Windows
One of the best soundproofing methods out there is to seal the windows with rubber weather stripping. This will definitely seal up all those cracks in your window that allow noise to enter and interrupt your sleep.
This step can also be helpful at getting rid of any draft that comes in through your windows, keeping your house warm and saving up on HVAC costs.
Air carries sound, so the less air that comes in through your windows, the less sound will penetrate.
Here’s a surprisingly common idea:
Add some color to your bedroom with ‘noise insulation’ art. Okay, there’s no such thing as noise insulation art, but canvas art can help bolstering your efforts to soundproof your walls. Simply place some acoustic foam on the back of the canvas to help keep out the noise. It works wonders!
Get a Thick Rug Pad
Carpets are another well-known form of sound insulation, especially in high-traffic areas. They help absorbing the sound of footsteps and noises coming from other parts of the house.
But that’s not the only way you can use rugs to soundproof your bedroom. You can also install a density rug pad right under your carpet to bolster up your efforts to completely eliminate noises.
From soundproofing walls to getting rid of foot traffic noises, there are many ways through which you can soundproof the bedroom for a peaceful night’s sleep. Request a free quote today!