Are you having a noise problem? It’s time to fix it!
Having a noisy neighbour is awful, it’s even more awful when you are the noisy neighbour. “Do unto others…” is a real thing you know. But, if you are right now reading this piece to find affordable yet simple ways to Soundproof a Room with Household Items, then your neighbours are mighty lucky to have you.
Naturally, there are tons of soundproofing materials available in the market, because noise pollution is truly an awful thing. Not only can it lead to loss of hearing, but it can also be awful for concentrating and getting anything done.
So, if you cannot handle the expense right now, but you need to soundproof your room, then these options will leave you very happy:
Easy Ways To Soundproof a Room
Place Thick Carpets on the Floor
So, this option is much more reasonable if you are moving in and you are debating what kind of carpet or rug to buy. If you’ve however moved in, you can relocate the thick carpets and rugs from other parts of the house into your room. Just make sure your roommate/parents are okay with it.
Thick carpets or rugs on the floor will help to deaden the sound. And depending on how thick the carpet or rug is, it can eliminate 100% footfall. A thick carpet or rug is also a great option if you will be doing anything musical in the room, like playing the drums. That way, your neighbours can have some peace while you play to your heart’s content.
Put your Furniture against the Window and Walls
With the window, you can make it a long term solution, provided you are not particular about natural lighting. Large furniture like a bookshelf or wardrobe can help block the noise from going in and out of your room. That will take physical strength and some time, but you can get a friend to help you out, and if you want, you can leave the furniture right there.
You can also arrange your furniture with soundproofing in mind by arranging your furniture against the wall, especially if you have thin walls. It’s even more effective when you place this furniture on a shared wall or walls facing the streets.
You can also hang lovely paintings on your wall. The point of this is that with much weight on the wall, it’d be harder for the sound to enter into your room. This simple arrangement will also improve the acoustic of your room, so that’s a definite win-win.
Soundproof your Door with Duct tape and Thick Carpet/Rug
Okay, thin doors, cracks under the door, and spaces at the side of the door are the perfect places for sound to pass through, but you can solve this problem with duct tape and a thick carpet.
Place the thick rug/carpet under the door to absorb the sounds going or coming out. The thicker the rug/carpet, the better it will be at absorbing the sound. For the sides of the door, apply duct tape. Apply as many layers as possible until you get the desired thickness. The thickness will absorb the noise. Duct tape is not entirely ideal, but it will serve the desired purpose.
Put Thick Blankets over the Walls
Soundproofing blankets are the ideal option, but you can use your regular thick blankets. Of course, having blankets all over your wall is not aesthetically pleasing, but this is a reliable option if you are soundproofing your room for music.
Remember, for these blankets to work; they have to be as thick as possible. If you have wool blankets, use them. Using any blanket without the appropriate thickness is just you designing your walls with a blanket. They will do little or nothing to absorb the sound.
To put the blankets against your wall, you can put them on a curtain, or you can nail or glue them to your wall. Whichever works best for you is fine.
Use thick Curtains
Instead of blankets, you can opt for curtains; they are more aesthetically pleasing. You can install your curtain railings at whichever place you find the noise most disturbing and hang your curtains there.
Again, there are curtains specifically designed for soundproofing; if you want something more effective, you can go for them. However, your regular curtains should work just fine. If they are not thick enough, hang more than one to enhance its thickness.
In conclusion, soundproofing can be tedious if you do it yourself and expensive if you involve a professional. Either way, the objective is to get much needed quiet. If you like to DIY, these options will more or less entertain you, and if you don’t, you can always rope a friend into helping.
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