How to reduce noise at home


My house is too noisy. How can I reduce noise?

Don’t we all hate it when we are trying to concentrate on something, or just yearning to get a good night sleep at home, but the house is way too noisy?

Maybe your neighbour is renovating his house, or the road near your home just have happened to attract a lot of noisy cars vrooming by. And yet, no matter how much you try, you just can’t stop these noise pollutions.

If all these noises are driving you crazy, here’s how you can reduce noise and save your sanity and beauty sleep!

Interior Designer: Maryna Vaseiko

1. Noise absorbing curtains

The cheapest and easily accessible option is probably the noise-absorbing curtains. When shopping for a noise-absorbing curtain, we want a heavy and dense curtain which can effectively dampen and block out the surrounding sound.

Remember those thick heavy curtains in movie theatres or lecture halls that can block off the light totally?

Yes, we are talking about those curtains. Those block-out curtains that can effectively reduce sound and block off light. They are easily available in the market, especially at IKEA. The best part is, they are cheap! This is a steal in the world of audiophiles when they build a soundproofed room.

IKEA Marjun Curtains

What to look out for

When it comes to buying noise absorbing curtains, ensure that they cover the entire wall length of your wall, from ceiling to the floor. This is important as sound not only passes through the windows (even if they are closed), sound passes through walls and gaps too! So, having a full-length curtain provides total coverage, and blocks / absorbs sound passing through them.

Also, when selecting the material for your block-out curtain, do look out for these traits!

  • Heavy, heavy… and heavy
  • Pleated (because they are thicker and form wedges, they can triple the noise reduction effectiveness of flat curtains of the same weight and material)
  • Suede/velvet material

If you’re worried the block-out curtain will cut off all the light and make your space look gloomy and smaller, fret not!

Interior Designer: Maryna Vaseiko

2. Double-glazed windows

If you’re looking for an added noise reduction option for your noisy home, then you could opt for double glazed windows that come with a layer of insulation in between 2 panels of window glasses. These windows, especially if you’re using laminated acoustic glass, can effectively help to reduce noise from the outside. So, if you’ve always been bothered by that heavy-traffic road near your home, this could safely be your best bet.

What to look out for

Depending on the properties of the double glazed windows, the effectiveness of the noise reduction can vary. To optimally reduce noise, do look out for these properties in such windows.

  • Have the widest gap between the 2 panes of glass
  • Uses thicker laminated acoustic glass
  • Have differing thickness of the 2 glass panes used

But of course, the better the quality of the double glazing, the more you can expect to be paying.

Interior Designer: Phuoc Cong Truong

3. And… something dense in your materials

Now, what if, despite using the heavy velvet block-out curtain and the double glazed windows, you still find your house noisy. And you really really really can’t stand even that little bit of noise coming from your neighbour’s daily commotion. Then what?

Well, you can still give your house an extra noise reduction treatment. You can do so by making use of dense materials in your home furnishings or built-in materials (e.g. partition walls). This works because it helps to dampen whatever the sound that is coming your way.

Interior Designer: Iryna Harbaruk

What to look out for

One way to reduce noise in your space is by erecting wall partitions that are packed with rock wool. These partitions can not only help to dampen noise but can also be useful in segregating your spaces according to your varying needs. This is particularly helpful if the source of the noise is coming from within the house.

But, what if the source of the noise is from your neighbours upstairs? Unless you want to start a neighbourly war with those above you, you might want to opt for a more straightforward option – false ceilings.

Similar to the concept of wall partitions, you could make well use of false ceiling filled with rock wool to reduce the noise coming from your loud neighbours.

Interior Designer: Mahinaz Soliman

Remember, at the end of the day, regardless of the number of layers of soundproofing you install, noise can still seep in, if your house has plenty of noise entry points. Yes, we are talking about those cracks windows, or even loosely fitted built-in carpentry. If that’s the case, be sure to have them fixed, or make sure that your home design is such that it can be maintained easily.

This article was originally published as How to reduce noise at home by and is written by Nestr.

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