We all wish and deserve to live in a quiet peaceful place, where we can get to relax, feel at ease and also being able to sleep better at night.
Unfortunately, sometimes outside noise can ruin all that, from traffic noise to dogs barking even loud music and bass from our neighbors.
Fortunately! There are certainly some things you can do today that will significantly reduce the noise. In this article, I will show you exactly how to soundproof a room from outside noise.
1. Noise-proof the Door
As you probably guessed it, the door is filled with a lot of gaps that makes it simple for the noise frequency waves to go right past it. This is one of the areas that you get it wrong, all your sound dampening efforts may go down the drain.
Since the noise is coming from the outside, then, you are limited to things you can do, but luckily the available options work like magic! Here are the few things you can do to block out the noise and vibrations.
Install a Door Weatherstrip Kit
One of the best effective method you can use to seal the gaps on your door. Weatherstrips are great because they don’t help with reducing noise from the outside but also help insulate the room, especially during the cold winter days.
Again just like the windows, the process is the same, you just have to cut the weatherstrip then just close off the gaps. This is by far what I recommend you do because of not only it works but pretty affordable too. ( Click here to see reviews on Amazon)
Use Moving/Thick Blankets
Again, This can help you have a couple of dollars here and there. The idea comes from the science of soundproofing, that in order to dampen any sound you must use a thick material with specific properties like micro-fibers.
If you want to try this method, I recommend you use moving blankets if you have, while you can use anything I just find them better at absorbing sounds.
Try Acoustically Treated Doors
Just like the windows, they are created with materials that block sounds, but they are harder to find and a bit costly too. I would recommend you only go for this option if the other ones don’t solve your problem.
2. Sound Dampen the Windows
I am sure you are aware that most noises and sounds coming from the outside, can easily go through your windows. Windows are not really designed with sound absorbing in mind so they contain a lot of gaps in the frames and noises enjoys exploiting these.
Working on soundproofing your windows will dramatically lower the noises coming through. There are things you can do to block the noise coming through the windows including:
Installing Noise absorbing curtains
These are curtains that help with reducing and lowering echoes and noises, they are made from really dense materials with an intention to combat noises and echoes.
They are no different from ordinary curtains in terms of style, In fact, most of them look really amazing and you can find different styles and colors to help fit in with the theme of your room.
By installing these you will hear a difference, but it’s important to know that these will not sound dampen your windows completely but you will see the significant change right after installing them.
What’s great about these curtains is that they are really affordable and anyone can finally reduce the noise by using these sound absorbing curtains.
The one I personally recommend is Nice Town Noise Reducing Curtains ( Click here to see the current Price on Amazon).
This is by far the easiest way to block out some of the noise and reduce echoes.
Window Soundproof weatherstrips
Another thing you can do is make use of weatherstrips, weatherstrips are great at closing gaps. Very easy to install and they will help you seal the gaps on your windows that bring in a lot of noise.
What makes weatherstrips great is the sound dampen the window gaps directly and when used with the absorbing curtains it makes the soundproofing stronger. Again very affordable (See Image on Amazon).
To use them, all you have to do is:
- Measure the window frames
- Cut the weatherstrips accordingly
- Close of the visible gaps between the window and the frame(self-adhesive)
Covering the window with blankets.
Did you know that you can cut the noise levels by a huge margin by simply placing a thick blanket with that it is certainly not the best-looking approach, but If you really don’t have any money and desperate to cut down the noise then you can go with this option.
Also, you can use this method if the room you are trying to sound dampen a spare extra room that you don’t really care about how it looks or you can use this as a temporary method until you have saved up some cash.
Make your own soundproof window plug
This is a bit time-consuming but it is really effective and cheap, you can create your own window plugs that you can place whenever you want. Creating these plugs takes a little bit of effort but anyone can create them really.
If you are interested in learning to do these, I recommend you check out this article about sound dampening a window cheaply.
Purchase an Acoustic Treated windows(a bit costly)
These are windows that are designed to block out noises from both inside and outside the house. They are a bit costly and if you are considering purchasing them, make sure you have the right budget. Since these acoustic windows are created specifically to block out noise this makes them more efficient and effective.
3. Soundproof the walls
The walls are culprits of bringing in some significant low-frequency noises like bass or traffic noise. Most walls are acoustically untreated especially the new modern thin walls.
It is a bit harder to sound dampen walls, but because you are reading this, I will show two ways you can go about achieving this.
Modifying the wall using Drywall and Green Glue (Most Effective)
One thing you can do to combat external noises is to add an extra layer of drywall to your existing wall and using green glue as a noise0-proofing sealant.
This is effective because of it’s like you building a room within a room, by adding drywall and using green glue then you will be separating the old wall from the new one, and this makes it harder for external sounds to come through due to green glue stopping it.
Green glue is definitely one of the best noise-proofing sealants on the market, no wonder why people talk so great about it ( See Real User reviews on Amazon)
Attach Acoustic Foam Panels
Foam panels are great for absorbing sounds and echoes, I am sure you came across some in recording studios. Although these do work, adding drywall is still the most effective option.
Foam panels are used to acoustically treat a room, so they should at least reduce the noise coming from the outside.
Another great thing about acoustic foams is the fact that can be a temporary thing, so if you are planning to move or do some wall renovation, then you can easily remove them.
Also if you don’t want to damage your walls then Foam panels can be convenient.
4. Sound dampen the floor
This is not as important as the things discussed here, but sound dampening the floor can be beneficial especially you want to reduce reverbs and echoes. there are a lot of methods you can do to soundproof a floor but those are complicated and would require an expert. So I choose the easiest thing you can do.
Add a Thick Home Floor Carpet
By just adding a mat, you can combat the noises and prevent the sounds from bouncing up and down creating unwanted echoes.
5. Noise-proof Air Vents
If your room has air vents, it important you soundproof them too because external sounds will just ignore the rest and go straight through the vents.
Here is an article I wrote about sound dampening air vents.
6. Plant or Purchase Absorbing Plants
This a long-term strategy you can start doing right now, these plants will help significantly minimize outside noises. If you don’t like the long-term approach you can simply purchase them and plant it in your backyard.