Sleep Like A Baby: Ultimate Guide to A Soundproof Bedroom

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When was the last time you really got a good night’s sleep? Hopefully it was last night. But, if it wasn’t, might there have been some unwanted noises that either kept you awake or woke you up or disturbed your slumber without your knowing about it?

Noise and sleep do not normally play well together. Since sleep is a necessity, it’s the noise that you need to get rid of. Soundproofing your bedroom could be a big step forward in giving you that restful night’s sleep your body really needs.

Understanding Soundproofing Basics

Unwanted sounds – aka noise – come from a couple of different types of sources. They can originate from impacts, like a footfall or a slamming door. Or they can be airborne sounds which are generated by voices, TVs and radios, traffic, and the like.

All such noises can travel through doors, windows, walls, ceilings, and floors. After they do, they can also echo around the room they have penetrated. The goal of a soundproofing project is to stop those sounds from getting into the room and to remove the possibility of echoes created by any that do slip through or that come from inside the room itself.

To tackle this problem, we’ll look at sealing doors, treating windows, adding soundproofing materials to walls (and ceilings and floors, as needed), and furnishing your bedroom with echo-absorbing features.

Best Soundproofing Products for Bedrooms

Let’s take a look at just a few of the many, many possibilities for adding soundproofing materials to your bedroom.

Acoustic Panels and Carpeting

Acoustic panels attach to the walls (or ceiling) of your bedroom. They absorb echoes and, if you choose decorative panels like this set of 8 from YPY, they’ll add some art to the room as well.

If echoes are a problem because you have an uncarpeted floor, consider adding a plush carpet that will also help keep your toes warm in the winter (if you live where this is a possibility). Since there are far too many carpet choices for us to even begin suggesting something here, we’ll simply leave this choice up to you.

Soundproof Curtains

Assuming you have at least one window in your bedroom, this is a source of outside noise that can be handled with soundproof curtains. NICETOWN makes blackout soundproof curtains that come in various sizes. (Perhaps there’s outside light that’s disturbing your sleep too!)

Door Sweep

Especially if your bedroom is uncarpeted, there’s noise creeping in under the bottom edge of the door. A door sweep from Suptikes [LINK] is a very popular solution for eliminating this opening.

If you have a hollow core bedroom door, you might also consider swapping it out for a solid core door which will absorb sounds a little better.

Insulation and Mass Loaded Vinyl

If you really want to attack those outside noises, you can look into adding insulation or mass loaded vinyl (MLV) behind your walls. This turns soundproofing your bedroom into a major project and probably should be handled by a professional soundproofer. If you have major noise problems and have the budget for such an undertaking, it can be well worth the time and effort.

DIY Soundproofing Methods for Your Bedroom

There are quite a few options – and we’ve mentioned a few already – for DIY soundproofing your bedroom. Let’s take a look at some more.

If your bedroom is large enough, rearranging the furniture might help cut down on those echo effects. Adding carpet (see above) will do the same. If you don’t want wall-to-wall carpeting, consider an area rug which can do almost as much.

If you already have carpeting and noises can come from a floor below, you could add a carpet underlay. (We realize that for some people this suggestion might be more than their DIY skills allow.)

Again, if your room is large enough, consider hanging room divider curtains to baffle those noises.

Are your walls bare? Hang some artwork. Or, better yet, hang some tapestries that can absorb both reflections (echoes) and incoming noises. Hanging soundproof blankets on doors and walls is a bit less artsy, but they will do more to absorb sounds from outside than artwork will.

We mentioned adding a door sweep, but if there’s a reason you don’t want to do that, think about getting a draft stopper. It’s more of a temporary solution that you can hide away if you want. The downside is that you have to remember to put it in position each night before bed.

Weatherstrip your window(s) or replace worn weatherstripping. Use caulk to fill in any remaining gaps. Add window treatments like soundproof curtains. If you don’t care about the looks of the thing, install a window plug. This is a sheet of wood to which you attach acoustic foam and/or MLV. You cut it to the size of your window opening, optionally adding handles for ease of insertion and removal.

Soundproofing Your Bedroom Windows and Doors

Since windows are almost certainly a source of incoming noise and since they are so difficult to soundproof, we’ll mention them again, even though we’ve given several suggestions earlier.

Use weatherstripping and caulk to plug the tiny holes and seams. Use something more substantial, like soundproof curtains or a window plug to cover the main surface.

If you can afford it and if your windows aren’t all that new, you could replace them with more modern units that have better glass and better seals against the elements and against noises.

You likely have only one door that is a problem area (though many bedrooms do have two), so this is a relatively less-concerning area compared to windows – of which you may have several. Still, it’s worth noting again that a door sweep and a solid core door will help keep out the noise that wanders down the hallway to your bedroom.

Structural Soundproofing Solutions

If you don’t mind remodeling your bedroom (and have another place to sleep temporarily), you can have a professional come in and tear out the walls to add more or better insulation and/or acoustic foam and/or MLV.

Such a pro might also recommend either installing resilient channels or sound clips and furring channels to separate your walls from the outside and thus reduce vibrations passing through them.

Obviously this is an expensive solution, but it could be worth the investment if you have a really noisy bedroom and are literally losing a lot of sleep over it.

Depending on the exact construction and design of your bedroom one or more of those solutions may work better than the others. The professional you hire will know which are best to incorporate into the project.

There are many such soundproofing contractors in most areas. The one you choose should be experienced enough to make the best decisions for your soundproofing project. Get recommendations and read reviews before choosing one who can make your bedroom a better place for a good night’s sleep.

Creating a Quiet Sleep Environment

There are other things you can add to your bedroom besides soundproofing materials to improve your sleep. We hinted at one earlier – blackout curtains (which can also be a soundproofing material).

The overall decor of the room can help calm you as you get ready for bed. Soothing colors and restful artwork can add to a sleepy ambience. Obviously this won’t matter once you close your eyes, but it can help make you want to close them in the first place.

It may seem counterintuitive at first, but adding a little noise to your bedroom can actually make it more restful. Consider investing in a white noise machine, like this one from Magicteam. White noise can cancel out other unwanted noise thus lulling you to sleep.

Final Thoughts

It almost goes without saying that your bedroom should be a restful place. When noises intrude, it can be anything but. Soundproofing your bedroom could be one of the best investments you make towards a good night’s sleep.

Adding soundproofing materials to the wall, windows, and doors of your bedroom will greatly reduce, if not totally eliminate the noises that can keep you awake. Whether you take up this project as a DIY effort or hire someone to do the job for you, your rested body will thank you later.

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  • 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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