How to SoundProof Your Home Using Home Decor?

SoundProof Your Home Using Home Decor
 SoundProof Your Home Using Home Decor

SoundProof Your Home Using Home Decor

As most homeowners need a peaceful environment in their homes, they try to choose the best furniture, lighting, and fabrics. However, most of them overlook one thing, which is soundproofing. People spend thousands of dollars on home décor but simply forget soundproofing. 

What types of noise to soundproof?

Any kind of noise, whether internal or external, can be daunting for people who work from home or work night shifts and need to sleep in the daytime. 

Some sounds come from outside the house, such as the noise from traffic on the road, noise from neighbors, or any other noise. 
On the other hand, internal noises like water noise, TV, and music can disturb your family's peace.
Considering all such noises, using relevant materials and techniques becomes essential to soundproof a home. There are many soundproofing materials available, but it is best to use the materials that are a part of home décor. 

What are the best ways to Use Homedecor to soundproof your house?

So, let us explore how to use home décor to soundproof your home.

Acoustic Panels

Installing acoustic panels. Image source

The acoustic panels are used in cinemas and theaters to prevent the bouncing of sound. Any sound that falls on them is absorbed and does not bounce back into space. 
Installing acoustic panels on the walls and ceiling of a room can make it soundproof. They are made of porous material called PEPP (porous expanded polypropylene) that absorbs the sounds. Acoustic panels come in various colors that you can use for home décor.

Thick rugs and carpets

The sound bounces off hard surfaces while the soft surfaces and materials absorb it. Using thick carpets on your floors can help absorb sound and reduce the noise in your home. 
Thick carpets also help as they prevent noise when you move furniture in a room. For example, sitting on a chair shifts slightly and makes noise when placed directly on the floor. However, placing it on a carpet makes no such noise.

Cover the bare walls.

As we know, sound reflects after striking the hard surfaces like walls, so it makes perfect sense to cover the walls with soft materials. 
In addition to acoustic panels, you can use many other wall covers that prevent the bouncing of sounds and reduce the noise in your rooms.

Soundproof Curtains

thick soundproof curtains
Installing thick soundproof curtains on your doors and windowsImage source 

Most of the external noise enters from doors and windows in a house. Installing thick soundproof curtains on your doors and windows can help reduce external noises from entering the house
This helps you to rest more peacefully and perform at-home business operations with less noise. 
For instance, make less noise while podcasting or on a virtual business meeting with these soundproof methods.

Thick curtains have two additional helpful benefits. 

  • They enhance the aesthetics of your interiors. 
  • They shield the room from the invasion of light.  

Therefore, installing thick soundproof curtains is a method that every homeowner should use for soundproofing their rooms. 

Add window inserts

The standard doors and windows are not soundproof and do not block external noises. Therefore, you need to install window inserts to make them soundproof and stop the sounds from entering your home. 
There are a variety of window inserts made of materials like glass and acrylic that you can install on your existing windows.
These materials create an airtight seal to prevent outside noises from entering the home by 50 percent or more. 
Some inserts are removable; you can also remove them when you need fresh air from outside. Services like window noise insulation can help homeowners to insulate their doors and windows for noise reduction.

Sound-absorbing wall hangings.

Another method to soundproof your interiors is to install sound absorbing wall hangings. Fabric wall hangings are best for dampening sound, and they are available in various colors and patterns. Wall hangings are a great way to dampen sound and add colors and patterns to your walls. 

Homeowners who don’t want to remove their existing artwork can attach a piece of foam to the back of every art piece. This small piece of foam can help dampen the noise in your rooms.

Cover your furniture

If you have wooden or metal furniture, you need to know that sound reflects back from these hard surfaces. You need to cover them with something soft that can absorb the sound. 

Buy some soft fabric covers if you have a standard size of furniture. Otherwise, call a professional to measure the size and create customized covers. The soft fabric of the covers will absorb the sounds and prevent them from bouncing back.

Noise dampening Artifacts

If you visit some restaurants and bars, you might have seen some arts and panels on the walls. Most people think of them as décor items, but they are noise-absorbing art pieces. 

Restaurant and bar owners install them for two reasons. 
1. First, they serve as decorative arts
2. secondly, they absorb the noises produced by the visitors.

However, these art pieces are expensive, and restaurants use them as they think of them as a part of their investment.

Noise absorbing tiles

Every home has floor tiles, and some also prefer installing wall tiles. Most tiles are hard and serve the purpose of decorating a home. However, there is also noise-absorbing tiles that reduce the levels of noise in your house. If you are planning for a renovation or replacement of tiles, you can consider installing noise-absorbing tiles in your home.

Add cushions

Soft materials help in the absorption of noise. Image source 

As the use of soft materials helps in the absorption of noise, adding cushions can be useful in any area of your house. Pillows and cushions are a part of home décor, but you can also use them for noise reduction in any area, especially in bedrooms and the living room. 
You can get new cushions and pillows for your living room to add some appeal and reduce the noise.
Moreover, the cushions and pillows are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. So, you can choose the ones that suit to overall aesthetics of any space.
Final Words
These are some tips to soundproof your home using home décor methods. It is important to note that using a single method does not work on soundproofing your home. It is best to use a combination of these methods to reduce the noise in any house and create a calm and peaceful environment.

Author: Emily Bartels is a content writer at Stop Noise. She enjoys writing on various topics mainly associated with Home Improvement, Gardening, Technology, and Gadgets. Her famous articles are on the topic of Home Improvement, Technology and many more.

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