Anyone who lives within a town understands the pain of being rudely interrupted by traffic noise, especially when we want to rest. Fortunately, we have prepared a list showing ways to soundproof your house from such noise.
Block entry points
The first step to preventing any noise is by finding the entry points and blocking them. This may include any crevices which might be on the wall or any other places. If that does not work, it is time to take other steps shown below.
Sound absorption material
Install materials which absorb the noise that penetrates your walls such as acoustic. These include panels and quilted curtains. They are quite easy to install and can be customized to your preference. They are cheap as you can easily make them yourself by covering a piece of wood frame with stretching fabric and then smear egg foam underneath which absorbs the sound. Acoustic panels have the benefit of not only sound proofing your home, but they also create heat.
Install a book shelf
Yes, I just said book shelves. Sound absorption materials work efficiently but what if you cannot afford it? Book shelves are a good alternative. Furthermore, they only add class to your home. You can put them to good use, by placing them on the wall from which most traffic noise tends to come in. They act as a good sound barrier and you will experience less noise than before. Apart from that, your house gets to be more organized as you now have a library.
Work on the windows
Ordinary window panes are the least efficient in preventing noise entry. Reason being they consist of only a single glass. That is the reason why if your window is on the side of the street you will definitely be a victim of traffic noise. Luckily for you, there is something that you can do to rectify that and get your peace of mind.
There are plenty of soundproof windows in the market today which include acoustic ones. You can use these to keep the noise out. Or you can use foam plugs which you can easily find at any hardware. They are easy to install and are cheap. However, it is important you know that they are not a long term solution as they only block partial noise.
Foam plugs are a good alternative which you can put to use as you work on another solution. Another window alternative is to use double or even triple panes. They have the effect of trapping the noise in between so it does not reach your room.
Other methods you can use to soundproof a room include:
- Use of hardwood doors
- Install door sweeps
- Sound barrier materials such as plush rugs