5 Clever Interior Design Hacks that Can Help Soundproof Your Home
When you are getting your own house, the only thing that you can really control is how
your house is going to be and not what your neighbors are doing.
I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences with noisy neighbors and let me tell you, they
are not great experiences at all.
Fortunately, you can actually do things that will help soundproof your home. So, if you
are thinking about a home makeover that helps shield your house from unwanted
external noise, do read the rest of the article to find out some interior design hacks.
Cover Your Walls
You can invest in materials that are known to help dampen external noise. Buy things
that are known to have a noise reduction coefficient of at least 0.85 (1 being the highest
and represents total noise absorption).
One of the best and cheapest options that you can take to help dampen the sound that
you hear outside would be to invest in fabric-wrapped acoustic wall panels. They can
help provide ample sound dampening to paper-thin walls.
Gone are the days of wall-to-wall carpeting because they can actually help amplify
soundwaves. If you want a quieter home, invest in area rugs instead.
You want to invest in big area rugs so that it covers more surface area. Aside from that,
you not only put rugs on the floor as you can also mount them on your walls as well.
If you are going to build your house, make sure that you are using concrete. That is
because concrete is one of the best sound dampeners out there.
You can also invest in cork floorboards as well as it can help absorb any sound that it
comes in contact with.
Utilize Curtains or Drapes
If you want to effectively block out your neighbors’ noise, then you should be using thick
wool curtains and drapes. They are much thicker and would provide great sound
dampening capabilities, while also insulating your home during the cold winter days.
Put Protection on Your Appliances
Your dryer and washing machine are just some of the noisiest items that you can add to
your home. Even if you cannot stop these machines from producing sound, you can,
however, dampen the sound that they produce.
One way of doing that would be to add some foam insulation to your laundry walls.
Bonus: Invest in Sound-Blocking Doors
I’ve got a bonus hack for you. If all of the above-mentioned things do not work (at least,
to your liking), you can invest in sound-blocking doors as well.
They can be quite expensive, but if you are living in noisy environments, this is definitely
a worthy investment.