One of the things I hated about living in the metropolitan area was how busy and loud the street was, It was filled with traffic noise, Dog barking all the time, people shouting and I could even hear the cars and vibrations all the time.
It was really unpleasant especially when I was studying or trying to sleep. Fortunately, I eventually discovered things that really helped me to dramatically reduce the noises and echoes in the house.
In this article, I will share with you how to reduce noise when living on a busy street without wasting too much time or breaking a bank.
1. Find out where the street noise is coming from
Before we work on the solution, it is essential to find out where the most noise is coming through from.
Is it the windows, Doors or wall? this will simply help you prioritize the most important areas to soundproof without wasting too many resources on things that are not important.
2. Start with the windows
Now, that you figured out where the most noise is coming from it is time to start soundproofing the areas. The number one area that most sounds go through is the windows because of the thin layer used is not enough for sound dampening.
Also, there are huge gaps between the window and frames which allows outside noise to come through easily. Luckily it doesn’t really cost much to help combat the noises. Here are a few things you can do
2.1 Install Noise Blocking Drapes
These Drapes are incredibly Amazing because of not only they reduce noise but also help eliminate echoes that usually caused by cars driving past.
The Drapes are really heavy and dense and according to science, the thicker and denser the material, there more it is able to absorb and block out sound waves.
Fortunately, these curtains don’t cost a fortune ( Click here to see the current Price on Amazon). They come in different colors and styles so you can choose any style that will fit well with your interior design.
2.2 Use Window Weatherstrips
You can also use the weatherstrips to seal the gaps between the window frame and the glass. Soundproof weatherstrips are very easy to use and will significantly block out any noise coming from the street.
You don’t need an expert to use them all you have to do is, measure your windows, cut and past the strips accordingly.
Very effective and affordable ( Click here to see Real user reviews on Amazon).
2.3 Purchase Acoustic Thermal Insulated Windows
If you have the right budget, one thing you can do is to get soundproof windows, These are windows created to block out noises. They really work but a bit pricey for my liking, However, with the right budget it is a way to go.
3. Work on your door
There is only so much you can do to reduce noise coming through the door, however, I find that using some of the following things will dramatically lower the sound waves.
3.1 Try Soundproof Door weatherstrip kit
These are the same as the window strips, the only difference is they are designed for doors. Alternatively, you can purchase only one long weatherstripping kit and use it for both the windows and the doors.
3.2 Place a Noise Blocking Door Sweep
Noises and sounds can easily slide through the gap at the bottom of the door. One thing you can do to prevent that is to install a door sweep
3.3 Cover the door with Blankets
This is not the best option but it works especially if you don’t have any money to sound dampen your room. You can just place blankets to close off the gaps and create a second layer.
3.4 Get an Acoustically Treated Door
As expected the doors are custom made for lowering noise levels. They are quite expensive but worth every penny.
4. Sound Dampen the Walls
Even the tiniest cracks on the wall can cause a chaos in terms of the amount of noise and bass can come in. Walls are harder to soundproof but one of the essential areas to cover.
Fortunately, there are a few cost-effective you can go about lowering bass noise and sounds from the streets.
4.1 Use Bass Traps
Often if you live on a busy road, I am certain you often hear some vibration like sounds from passing cars. The sound is low-frequency so it travels far.
One way to prevent it by making use of bass traps, these are designed to absorb some of the bass sounds coming through the walls.
They are simple and straightforward, all you have to do is put one on every corner of your walls. By installing these, you will dramatically reduce some of the low-frequency sounds (Click here to see Reviews on Amazon).
4.2 Build a Room within a Room
Sure, this is quite costly but it’s the most effective thing you can do to soundproof your walls. Building a room within a room simply means adding new layers of drywall to the walls using a noise-proofing sealant as adhesive.
This is very effective because the new layer of drywall will block out most noises coming through especially if your current walls are thin.
The good news is, you don’t have to hire someone for the job as you can do it all by yourself. All you need is to get some drywall and use a noise-proofing adhesive like Green Glue.
There are a lot of tutorials on youtube to apply these. including this one.
4.3 Acoustic Foam Panels
Now, depending on the place you trying to sound dampen, you can use studio acoustic panels to help lower some of the noise. These are probably not as effective as using green glue but if you are looking for something cheaper and temporarily then this may be a viable option.
If you would like to know how to hang these see this guide on mounting foam without using glue.
5. Install some Carpets
Anything you can do is to install carpets in your house to help balance the sound levels and prevent sounds bouncing on the floor creating the echo effect, which makes the outside noise even louder.
6. White noise Sounds
Another great thing you can do is to get a white noise machine and play white noise calm relaxing sounds when the external sounds are disturbing you.
7. Plant/Purchase Sound absorbing Plants
Now, this is more focused on the long-term because these plants take a while to grow alternatively you can purchase them and install them on your backyard or where you hear the most street noise.
You can wear earplugs whenever you feel distracted or when trying to sleep. This may not be the best option but will certainly help if you are looking for a quick solution.
Everyone deserves to live in a quiet peaceful home and that is why I decided to help you get rid of the unwanted noise/ I hope this article helped.