Create Your Own Soundproof Home: 5 Benefits and How-To

Soundproof Home

The benefits of Soundproofing your home are enormous. “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign” go the lyrics to a popular song from the 1970s. If you replace “sign” with “sound” or “noise”, you’ll be stating a fact of everyday life – one that most people would like to do away with.

Soundproofing your home is a positive step in that direction. Let’s see what you can do to make your home a quieter place to work and play.

If you’re interested in reducing unwanted noise in your home, you’re not alone. The use of lightweight construction materials in the building of homes, designing homes with open floor plans, and the proliferation of gadgets and machines both inside and outside the home makes many people look seriously at ways to they can soundproof home.

Why should you consider reducing this noise? The benefits of doing so include stress relief, better concentration, improved brain function, and a better night’s sleep. Less noise can also lead to more time for self-reflection and meditation and increased privacy.

In addition, lower noise levels can mean less hearing loss over time, an increased level of comfort in general, and better communication between people due to less interference.

Even if you live alone, it’s worth taking some time to discuss any changes related to soundproofing that you might want to make with someone who can bring more ideas to the table.

Important items to consider in the discussion are changes in aesthetics, what the neighbors might think (good and bad), and the affordability of any additions or alterations to your home.

Soundproof Home Products to Consider

One of the easier soundproofing products that you can add to almost any room in your home is acoustic panels. You attach these sound-absorbing materials to the walls of the room that is too noisy.

They dampen the sounds so your home office is a better place to work in, the mic in your podcasting room doesn’t pick up unwanted noises, or your music studio only produces the tunes you intend. Dekiru acoustic panels are some of the best in the market for these purposes.

If you know that a lot of the unwanted sounds you’re hearing are coming in through the windows from outside, you should consider adding (or replacing existing) soundproof curtains and drapes. These decorative items muffle, absorb, and reflect road and air traffic sounds as well as the yapping of the neighbor’s dog(s). Nicetown Blackout Curtains will serve you well for these purposes.

It’s amazing how much sound (and air) can pass through the cracks and seams around the edges of your doors and windows. If you add weatherstripping, seals, and/or caulk to those drafty areas, not only will you reduce the noise, but you’ll also improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.

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Besides windows and doors, also look at chimneys, vents, and any other place that connects the inside of your house to the outside. MAGZO Door Weather Stripping (which you can use for more than doors) will help you get rid of all those tiny spaces that can make a big difference.

Insulation might be the first product you thought of when looking into means of soundproofing your home. As you can see, it’s not the only solution. Soundproofing insulation can reduce the transmission of sounds between rooms within your home and between the outside and inside of your house.

You can add insulation both to the walls and the ceiling (and floor, if you have a basement or multi-story home). Take a good look at Rockwool Acoustic Mineral Wool Insulation for these areas.

Understanding Soundproofing

Simply put, soundproofing means reducing or impeding the movement of sound waves. Sometimes you want to restrict all of these sound waves. Other times you just want to get rid of the ones you consider noise.

There are various ways to categorize sound and noise. You can put noises into one of these four groups: continuous, intermittent, impulsive, and low-frequency. You can also group them by source: airborne and impact. City Insulation gives a good explanation of these differences.

Think of all the possible sources of noises you might hear from day to day. Home appliances (large and small), televisions, radios, musical instruments and players, game consoles, voices, road and air traffic, and more. All of these contribute to your reasons for wanting to add soundproofing to your home.

Depending on exactly what your reasons for wanting soundproofing are, there are various levels of implementation that you can consider. Do you want soundproofing for reasons of privacy? For better sleep? To be able to work in a quiet home office? To enjoy movies in your home theater without distractions? For your health – physical and mental – in general?

Reasons for Opting for Soundproof Homes

You may consider privacy a major reason for soundproofing your home. You don’t want your sounds and noises escaping to the outside, and you don’t want outside noises creeping in. Click Here to view how City Insulation speaks to this problem especially in reference to office spaces.

Soundproofing is a benefit when it comes to improving sleep and relaxation times. The World Health Organization (WHO) has some guidelines as to how much sound or noise is too much and what its effects on people are.

Adding soundproofing in and around your home office space should increase your productivity while on the job. Once again, City Insulation give you some guidance in this area.

home theatre

If you have a room that you consider a home theater to one degree or another, you most likely want it to be a place where you experience the movie and nothing else – just as you would in an actual movie theater. Theater Seat Store gives you some help in doing this “the right way”.

Studies have shown that noise is a top factor in the level of stress you experience. With that in mind, soundproofing to eliminate such noises might be quite important to you, if you typically feel stressed out. Noise & Health published “Health Effects Caused by Noise: Evidence in the Literature from the Past 25 Years that explains, in part, why this can be an issue.

How to Achieve a Soundproof Home

We’ve already mentioned many of the soundproofing materials (along with some of the best specific products) that you can use in your home – acoustic panels, insulation, curtains and drapes, weatherstripping, etc. You’ll find all of these and more readily available in the marketplace.

Whether you’re designing a new home or redesigning your current abode, think about the best floor plan, furniture, HVAC system, and materials for the walls, ceiling, and roof to help reduce the undesirable noises in your home.

For the bedroom(s), think especially about curtains and carpeting. For the main living room (and a space like a home theater), consider acoustic panels and (again) carpeting. For a home office, decide whether acoustic panels and additional insulation might do the trick. For the home as a whole, don’t forget about the weatherstripping to seal up those tiny spaces that can get overlooked.

Now, whether you choose to do all this soundproofing on your own or not depends on several factors. Are you soundproofing your whole house or just one room? How much can you afford to spend? What is your level of expertise in the home improvement area? Are there any legal considerations in your locale?

In general, you can probably handle the smaller tasks yourself – weatherstripping, caulking, buying furniture, etc. But when it comes to the major improvements – adding insulation, hanging acoustic panels, landscaping (if adding plants to help block outside noises) – you may opt to have the pros do it for you.

Important Considerations When Soundproofing

We’ve already mentioned most of these considerations, but they’re worth repeating briefly here. What is your budget for a project like soundproofing your home? Will what you have planned be effective in the long-term; that is, will it be worth the effort?

Think about how the aesthetics of your home will change. Will it look good to you and to your visitors and to your neighbors? If you have to admit to yourself that it won’t, then consider a different option from the one you had planned.

The gains in energy efficiency are almost always worth the time and money spent to implement soundproofing changes such as we’ve discussed. They’re really a side benefit of the quieter home you’ll have.

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Final Thoughts

Soundproofing your home, even if only one room, can be important to your health, to your productivity, and to the fun of living in your house. If you weigh those benefits against the time and funds needed to accomplish your soundproofing goals, we think you’ll find such a project well worth the effort.

It seems that the amount of noise – necessary and unnecessary – is only going to increase in the future. So spend some time now in hedging against that likelihood by soundproofing your home.

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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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