If you live in an apartment or a town-home in which you share a wall with your neighbors, you may want to soundproof your home. Noise can be a common issue for homeowners, and there are actually some simple steps you can take to dull the background noise. Whether you want to dull the noise of crying children, or endless band practices, there are some simple ways to soundproof your home on a budget. Here are a few of our favorite soundproofing hacks for any home.
Soundproof Your Home With These Easy 5 Tips
⎆ Upgrade Your Front Door
The front door is the easiest (and wisest) place for many homeowners to start. If you can hear every conversation in the hallway of your apartment or condo, consider adding a door sweep to the bottom. It’ll block that gap near the base of the door and prevent noise pollution. If you want to take things a step further and make it much quieter, you can add a door sweep to both sides of the door. Alternatively, some homeowners use foam weather-stripping to seal up the areas around the door jam. This works over time by further insulating your home from the elements and noise.
⎆ Reduce Reflecting Noise
A lot of homeowners don’t realize that noise actually reflects off hard surfaces. Have you ever walked into a brand-new, empty home and listened to that echo? Each hard surface reflects the noise making it seem louder than it actually is. To reduce these echoes, you’ll want to reduce the number of exposed hard surfaces in your home wherever possible. The easiest way to do this is to layer soft textiles around the space.
Thick carpets and rugs do the trick, and you can even go a step further by adding a product below the surface like DMX 1-STEP. We also recommend you opt for larger wall treatments. Tapestries and large canvases reduce noise reflection. They also reduce pesky vibrations in shared walls, as well.
⎆ Invest in Some Acoustic Panels
Acoustic panels are a great way to reduce excess noise in any space. They’re available both as solid boards and fabric products which can be hung individually on the walls. These products are commonly used in hospitals and professional office spaces, but they work well in residential areas, as well. They help reduce reflecting noise (like mentioned above), but they also reduce sounds bleeding in through the windows, as well. We don’t recommend using them in all spaces, but they’re great for the most problematic room in the house.
⎆ Opt for a Simple Furniture Hack
Do you have one particularly thin wall that just bleeds noise? A great way to soundproof and improve your room’s aesthetic is to add some large bookshelves. A hardwood, stable shelf that covers the whole wall is a great way to add functional and aesthetically-appealing storage. Furthermore, it adds an extra layer of soundproof protection, all the while limiting and buffering the noise entering your home.
⎆ Consider a Draft Blocker
It’s no secret that people want quiet bedroom spaces. It’s where you rest and relax, and the last thing you want to deal with is excessive noise from outside sources. A simple way to soundproof your bedroom space is to use a draft blocker against your door. It’ll buffer the noise and offer that sanctuary and respite you seek.
It’s Easy to Soundproof Your Space
Nobody wants to deal with noisy neighbors or activity all hours of the day. Unfortunately, it’s a common reality for those in condos and apartments, as well as city-dwellers. You don’t have to give up your comfort though. Investing in simple soundproofing options will ensure your space is comfortable and relaxing for years to come – and you won’t have to break the bank to do it.