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How To Reduce Noise in a Room

When it comes to fixing up, modelling or remodelling our homes, a lot of us put extra thought into making our rooms the perfect retreat or safe space for us. In doing so, we look up design magazines, as well as how TV remodelling hosts go about transforming rooms and homes, and we imitate that, trying to get our rooms designed just right for us.

However, in transforming our rooms into that perfect safe space for us, most of us often overlook a very essential yet underrated element. This element is the knowledge of how to reduce noise in a room.

Imagine coming home after a stressful day and all you want to do is jump on your bed and enjoy some peace and quiet. However, what you hear is noise generating from different areas of the room and outside the room as well. Now with all the noise around, you start feeling irritated and you feel like you’re stuck in a noisy room.

 

In light of that, what you need to do is take steps to soundproof or reduce the noise in your room. Steps which this article is set to highlight for you, however, before doing that, let’s teach you a little about sound. Now, when it comes to understanding sound, you should first note that there are two types of sound, which are structural and airborne sounds.

Airborne sound travels through the air, while the structural sound is carried by objects as vibrations. These types of sound which travel in various ways are what you need to handle, to effectively reduce the noise in your room. In light of that, highlighted below are several steps you can try to achieve that goal.

Tips On How To Reduce Noise in a Room

  • Floors

When it comes to handling the noise level in your room or any specific area, the first bits to take care of is always the floors and the walls of the room or area. On that note, for quieting the floor there are a lot of methods one can utilize to achieve this. However, for the various methods available, there is also a varied range of effectiveness in regards to noise reduction.

With that in mind, the following methods for quieting your floors are considered the most effective. The first of which is floating your floors or making use of floating floors, whereby a special adhesive is used to install the floors. Furthermore, another way of floating your floors is by installing materials that absorb vibration between the flooring pieces. Now, this different type of flooring helps a lot in managing sounds that would otherwise travel around your house, as it limits creaks and other squeaking sounds, as well as various forms of structural sounds.

Moving on, the next method with a high level of effectiveness is the simple method of muffling the sounds in your room, which can be done by installing thick padding under heavy carpets or placing an area rug in your room, with a non-skid rug pad beneath, etc.

  • Walls

As already stated, the walls in your room or house are a significant aspect to act on if you want to reduce the noise level. As with quieting your floors, there are also different methods of quieting your walls with varied rates of effectiveness. On that note, the following methods you can try are those considered the most effective. In light of that, the first method you should know about is insulating your interior walls.

This method is you simply stopping your walls from carrying vibrations by utilizing proper insulation or better, sustainable insulation(which are environmentally friendly fibreglass insulation). Now, how insulation helps is by absorbing noise from filling the gaps between walls, as well as between the studs. Also, you should note that it is advised to use this method on both your interior and exterior walls to get better results.

In addition to this method, another way to reduce the noise output from your walls is to make use of noise-reducing drywall in your homes. When it comes to reducing noise in your home, a single piece of noise-reducing drywall can take you far in achieving that goal, as it consists of two dense gypsum cores which are separated by a pane of viscoelastic[1] polymer, serving to make a noise-reducing drywall perfect for taking care of interior noise.

 

It is noteworthy that the two methods above are the most essential ways to soundproof your room, however, it is highly suited to either new constructions or houses in need of extensive remodelling. On that note, here are simpler methods that also work well with noise reduction in an existing room.

  • Provide sound absorption in your ceilings by either directly placing acoustical foam ceiling tiles over your ceiling or installing fabric-covered false beams, or simply coating your ceiling with sound reduction paint. Whichever way you choose ensures proper noise reduction in your room.
  • Softer furniture, as well as generally softening the surfaces in your room goes a long way in quieting your room. This is especially essential since sound easily bounces and goes through hard or flat objects, so plush it up.
  • Another method to utilize is properly sealing the gaps and open areas where air can come through in your room. In this case, you should get rubber door sweeps to place beneath your door, as well as placing furniture tightly to the walls and generally cover the gaps in your room.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the phrase “silence is golden” never seemed more true, as unwanted noise often presents and causes a lot of stress, anxiety and sleepless nights to a lot of people. Therefore, the various methods and ways to reduce the noise level in our private and comfortable space is always something to take note of especially when we’re on the verge of a new construction or carrying out a major renovation.

Glossary

[1] Viscoelasticity – Link