Best Soundproof Curtains for Your Home: A Comprehensive Buying Guide

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Windows. They can be big and beautiful. They can be large and let in lots of sunlight. And they can “leak” unwanted noise almost as badly as a sieve. Thankfully, there are these things called soundproof curtains that can also be big and beautiful, but they’ll block most of those noises so you can live and work in peace.

When searching for soundproof curtains, you’ll want to keep in mind the size of the window(s) you want to cover because, if they don’t cover completely, you might as well not even hang them. Good curtains will be made of suitable material and be of adequate thickness to do the job properly.

You’ll also want to think about how you’re going to hang them as there are various methods for doing so.

We’ll cover all these topics and more in this buying guide. First, let’s look at some of the better soundproof curtains currently available.

Top 8 Soundproof Curtains to Consider

There are dozens of options for soundproof curtains, but we’ll limit our suggestions to just eight. If none of these tickle your fancy or go with your decor, you should have little trouble finding others you like better.

In these brief descriptions, don’t worry if it doesn’t specifically say “soundproof”. By design, all of these curtains will provide some measure of soundproofing – some more than others. All are considered blackout curtains and are machine washable.

Also, note that some are sold as single panels while others contain 2 panels per package. Keep that in mind when you look at the prices.

Finally, it would be nice if the manufacturers had given these curtains model names so we could distinguish one product from another more easily. They don’t, so we’ve just used the first part of the Amazon description as an identifier.

  1. NICETOWN High-End polyester curtains come sized 45-108” L, 37-70” W, in about 30 colors. You get 2 layers of triple weave fabric. There are 2 panels per package

2. NICETOWN Halloween polyester curtains come sized 42-120” W, 63-120” L in about 30 colors.,You get 3 layers of fabric. There is only 1 panel in a package.

3. RYB HOME Soundproof curtains come sized 42-62” W, 45-108” L in about 30 colors. Depending which option you choose, you’ll get either 3 or 4 layers of fabric. With 3, there is a felt layer in the middle. With 4, there is a felt layer and a melt-blown fabric overlay in the middle. There are 2 panels per package

4. RYB HOME Blackout polyester curtains come sized 42-180” W, 80-144” L in about 20 colors. You get triple weave fabric. (Number of layers is not mentioned.) There is 1 panel in a package.

5. Deconovo Blackout polyester curtains come sized either 42” or 52” W, 45-108” L in about 35 colors. You get 2 layers of triple weave fabric. There are 2 panels per package.

6. Deconovo Darkening polyester curtains come sized 38-55” W, 45-108” L in 25 colors. You get triple weave fabric. (Number of layers is not mentioned.) There are 2 panels per package.

7. KGORGE Soundproof curtains come sized 52” W (only), 84-108” L in 4 colors. You get 2 layers of fabric, plus a felt layer and melt-blown cloth overlay in the middle. You must detach the felt liner before machine washing. There are 2 panels per package.

8. CUCRAF Blackout curtains come sized 52” W (only), 45-108” L in about 25 colors. You get triple weave fabric. (Number of layers is not mentioned.) There are 2 panels per package.

Factors to Consider When Buying Soundproof Curtains

Before you buy your soundproof curtains, take into consideration these guidelines about materials, thickness, size and measurements, and installation methods.

Material

For most of the products in our list above, the curtains themselves are made of polyester. It’s probably safe to assume that, where no fabric type is specified, those are also polyester.

Some soundproof curtains include a felt layer between the visible polyester layers. In addition, some give you a fourth melt-blown (not woven) overlay.

In general, the more layers, the better for soundproofing. The layers themselves and the air gaps between them work together to absorb those unwanted noises, making for a more peaceful place to be.

Thickness

Just as more layers makes for better soundproofing, the thicker your curtain fabric, the better too. The problem here is that most manufacturers don’t tell you how thick their fabric is. Some will mention “triple weave” which is helpful to a point, but it doesn’t tell you how to compare their product to another one that makes no such claim.

That said, it’s probably safe to assume that the majority of blackout curtain fabrics (which is what all 8 above are) are roughly the same thickness and will absorb about the same amount of noise.

Size and Measurements

Have you heard the old adage, “Measure twice; cut once”? That almost works for finding curtains too. Measure the width and the length twice (at least) before purchasing the appropriate size of curtains.

When measuring the width from side to side, consider that at this point you’re really measuring for a curtain rod (not included in the packages above) that will be 16 to 20 inches wider than your window frame. (We’re going to assume an outside-of-the-frame mount here for better soundproofing.)

Then take that number and multiply it by 2 or 3 (or some fraction in between) because you will want to account for the folding of the fabric that will occur. You’ll end up with a number that will be close to one of the standard widths available from manufacturers.

Your curtain rod will be a few inches above the top of your window frame. Measure the length from there to the floor. (We’re going to assume full length curtains, again, for better soundproofing.)

At this point you’ll need to decide whether you want the bottom of the curtains to just skim the floor (hover break – shortest), bend slightly as they hit the floor (trouser break), or significantly gather on the floor (puddle break – longest). Match your final number to the closest standard figure offered by manufacturers.

Unless you’re having custom curtains made, you’ll choose (for the above 8 options) from standard width and length combinations based on your measurements.

Installation Methods

The best soundproof curtains – including our picks above – come with grommets through which you pass a rod. But you’re not restricted to that style.

You can use hooks that attach to rings on a rod. If you do, your curtain measurement will be a few inches shorter in length.

You can use fabric ties to attach the curtain to the rod. There are several variations of this method, but the premise is the same for each. These, too, will require different measuring from what we described earlier.

Some curtains have a “pocket” along their entire length through which you insert the rod. These are a little more difficult to open and close due to the increased friction between the fabric and the rod.

We think the curtains with grommets are the easiest to install and maintain. There is less hardware involved than with rings and hooks or clips, and they slide easily along the rod.

Additional Tips for Maximizing Soundproofing Effects

To get the most out of your window soundproofing efforts, consider these additional tips.

How to Layer Curtains

If you’re looking for just a bit more soundproofing and a classier look for your window treatments, you might consider layering your curtains. Normally this involves buying a double rod made specifically for this purpose and a sheer curtain that goes between your blackout fabric and the window.

But if you’re looking for more soundproofing, you could replace the sheer curtain with something more substantial that would absorb the sound better.

The tradeoff is that it might look just a little strange having two dark curtains hung over the same window. Opening and closing the curtains might be a bit more difficult too.

Maintaining Your Soundproof Curtains

Since most soundproof curtains are made of polyester and are machine washable, keeping them clean is fairly easy.

Whenever they get dirty from a spill or just from the day-to-day dust and dirt that can fly around a room, remove them from the rod, take out the felt layer (if any), and toss each panel in the wash.

Since there is likely a fair amount of fabric involved, you’ll probably want to wash each panel separately.

Combining with Other Soundproofing Techniques

We recommend adding weatherstripping and/or caulking to seal the smaller openings in and around your window(s). Every opening you can fill will help increase the soundproofing.

For extreme cases, in addition to the curtains, you could add acoustic panels that fit inside the window frame. Usually these have handles so you can remove them quickly when you want to let the light in again.

Final Thoughts

Probably the most important feature you should be concerned about when getting soundproof curtains is the size. Measure twice; buy once. A close second to that is the number of layers. Three or four will be better than one or two.

The best soundproof curtains will be those that do the job well and that you like to look at. Check out the 8 we recommended and pick the one that works best in your home today.

Author

  • Vernon Morgan

    Hi there! I'm Vernon, the ‘Serene Specialist." I started this site to document my efforts in making my home a tranquil environment. Through tireless research and countless soundproofing projects, I found that peace I craved. I hope I can help you achieve the same

    Morgan Vernon

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