Top tips for how to reduce noise at homePublished on 2021-10-26
All of us desire a peaceful home and as such, many look for ways to create a quieter living environment. Whether it’s reducing the noise that we make ourselves or stopping some of the annoying sounds of the outside world from creeping into our houses, there is a lot that can be done. If you are looking for a few tips to make your home a more tranquil location, read on and discover some of the many approaches available.
Install tripled glazed windows
One option that you should be sure to try is replacing any old, thin windows with something that offers your home a little more insulation. The extra pane of glass beyond typical double glazing adds another barrier between your home and the outside world, reducing the noise that will leak out from within and help to dampen the noise of outside traffic, neighbours, and passers-by. Triple glazing also has the added benefit of helping you to retain more heat, reducing those pesky heating bills as a result. All the more reason to go for that upgrade.
Insulate the walls, floor and ceiling
When it comes to blocking out noise from outside, not much can top a thorough insulation effort. Making sure that the walls, floor and ceiling of your home are well insulated is something that Emma, from the lifestyle blog Powder Rooms, highly recommends. She shared the following advice when talking with us:
“To reduce noise in the home, I really feel that insulating your home properly makes such a difference! By insulating the walls, floor and ceilings the best way you can, you can reduce vibrations and sounds. Of course, double glazed windows help too. If it’s too expensive to get all of the above done, I would focus on windows and the home walls as a priority, keeping noisy sounds from the exterior from getting in.”
Cover hardwood floors with rugs
One great tip that you can try to make your home a bit quieter is by covering any hardwood floors you might have with rugs. Not only can this keep your own noise levels down for people downstairs, but it can also dampen any noise coming from below.
Karen, from the family blog The 3am Diary, spoke to us about her tips for reducing noise at home and has found that covering floors with rugs can be a big help, as can a strategically placed bookcase:
“For me, I’d suggest the best thing we did was add rugs! We have a hard floor downstairs which can be very echoey, so having rugs has helped our house be much quieter, especially with our thin walls! In our previous home, our neighbours were very loud, particularly with a barking dog while our baby was trying to sleep. We put some bookshelves on the wall and filled them with books, which seemed to muffle the sound a bit and help with the noise!”
Put up heavy curtains
Another approach to consider is making good use of thick, heavy curtains and drapes. By investing in some lovely thick curtains to dress your windows with, especially if the windows are thin, you can help dampen the noise from beyond. If you are living on a busy street and only have thin blinds currently in place, this is a tactic well worth considering.
Lifestyle and interior design website Apartment Therapy recommend this approach to block ambient noise, sharing: “Good curtains work wonders against street noise coming through flimsy windows. Thicken the material between the room and the noise with lined curtains, window dressing made from bulky fabric like velvet, or speciality noise-absorbing drapes (which usually have a thick wool core stitched between the decorative fabric).”
Select household appliances with low sound levels
Of course, when looking to create a peaceful home environment, the noise levels coming from our various appliances and home technology are also something to consider. So much of the household appliances that we kit our homes out with can be noisy, so looking to replace these items with low sound level emitting variations is a good idea. Whether that’s a quiet oven or silent kettle, it all adds up.
If you are someone who would benefit from a lift for home use, perhaps due to mobility needs or even just to add a sense of luxury to the home, there are options here too. By installing an EcoSilent lift made with sustainable technology, you enjoy the benefits of a virtually silent lift, transforming your home without any annoying noise pollution.
Soundproof the laundry room
One of the noisiest parts of any home is the laundry room. While we all enjoy and benefit from the convenience of having a washing machine and dryer on site, the noise they create can be a real nuisance, especially when trying to enjoy a conversation or listen to something on TV. If you aren’t able to move the laundry room far away from your typical living space, why not consider soundproofing the room instead?
Vanessa, from the soundproofing advice website Quiet Livity, recommends anti-vibration pads as a good first step: “Anti-vibration pads are the most effective way to reduce structural noise. It’s cheap and easy to install. They absorb all the vibrations and prevents them from causing disturbances in the other rooms.”
By putting up some soundproofing wall panels, placing soundproofing blankets under the appliances, or investing in some extensive soundproofing floor and wall insulation, all that horrible noise can stay where it belongs, leaving you to enjoy the rest of your home in peace.
Put up solid wood doors
In many a home, the doors we have currently in place perform the basic function we require of them but leave a lot to be desired when it comes to keeping rooms nice and quiet. This is where solid wood doors come in. By replacing plastic doors or composite wood doors with their solid wood counterparts, you can reap the benefits of added insulation, with their heft providing a significant sound barrier between one room and the next.
Maya, from the home blog House Nerd, has shared how solid wood doors have benefited her in-laws: “While they lived on a busy, noisy road, what was always nice about that house was how quiet it was once you closed the front door. They always say that swapping out their old doors for heavy, solid timber ones helped massively. That house was QUIET.”
Ask family members to respect others
Yet another important step to take when looking to create a quiet home is by asking family members to respect those around them. With people blasting music straight from their speakers or noisy teenagers stomping about at all hours, that dream of a peaceful home can seem far away. But by agreeing to respect each other by controlling our own noise levels, a big difference can be made.
This is part of the advice that Lauren from the family lifestyle blog The Heaton Family shared with us for reducing noise at home: “We love living in as minimalistic a way as possible (which can sometimes be challenging with four children!), and I think this really plays a part in reducing the amount of noise that occurs inside the home. It reduces the build-up of layers of noises that gradually increase to create a noisy atmosphere. Also teaching our children and reminding ourselves that to keep a check on the amount of noise we are making is a part of being respectful to others we share space with.”
You could ask children to use headphones when listening to music, implement a closed-door policy when watching TV, or have a conversation about how easy it is to hear someone walking around downstairs at night-time. By starting the conversation and encouraging those you live with to think about each other, personal changes can start to be made.
Talk to an expert
Sometimes it pays to get the experts involved. If you are really looking for a transformation or just aren’t sure what the right approach is, getting some soundproofing professionals to provide their advice is never a bad idea. The team at The Soundproofing Store spoke to us about why this is something to consider:
“Sound is complex and soundproofing needs to be tailored to the construction and specific noise problem. The best thing you can do is contact an expert who can understand the problem and give you the best, most accurate advice for your unique situation.”
Tips for reducing noise at home
- Install tripled glazed windows
- Insulate the walls, floor and ceiling
- Cover hardwood floors with rugs
- Put up heavy curtains
- Select household appliances with low sound levels
- Soundproof the laundry room
- Put up solid wood doors
- Ask family members to respect others
- Talk to an expert
As you can see, there are a number of ways you can look to reduce noise at home, from soundproofing rooms to utilising quiet technology, there’s plenty to try. We hope you are successful in your mission to create a quieter home.
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