Soundproofing isn’t just for the professionals, with a little guidance and the right home materials you can soundproof your window yourself.
While your window was made to bring in sunlight and warm air, it, unfortunately, brings in noise too. And, while your instinct would be to close the window when the noise starts, most windows are so thin that closing them makes little or no difference.
In a perfect world, when the noise gets too much, you’d move or change your windows. However, moving is not always an available option and changing your windows can be quite expensive. That is why we’ve come up with simple ways to soundproof your window using materials at home.
Cool Ways To Soundproof Your Window With Materials at Home
Rearrange Your Furniture
This method involves using no materials; all it requires is the strategic placing of your furniture to reduce the noise. If you’ve got big furniture like cupboards, bookshelves and wardrobes, you can push them against the window. But, you should only do this if you do not want natural lighting. With the furniture against the window, you will not be getting any sunlight.
If you are thinking of doing this whenever the noise starts and moving it back afterwards, you could do so but that is not the best option because this involves physical strength and moving your furniture back and forth like that could ruin it.
However, placing your furniture against your window is an effective way to block out the noise. The more dense and thick the furniture is, the better it will block the noise. The furniture will prevent the sound from echoing in your room by bouncing it off.
The best part of this method is that it is free. The downside is that you will lose sunlight. But, if that is not something that you care much for then you should go for this method.
Soundproof blankets will do, but since we are working with materials that you have at home, then you probably will not have that. In which case, regular thick blankets will have to do. Depending on how thick the blanket is, it can be quite effective at absorbing the noise coming in through the window. It would help if you opted for your thick blankets here, they will be the most effective.
To install, screw or nail the blankets to the sides of the window. The advantage of this is that you can use any old thick blanket at home and you can install it yourself without any help. The disadvantage, however, is that just like the furniture, this will block natural sunlight from coming into the room.
If you can spare the money, you should opt for a soundproof blanket. They are made with fibreglass or polyester; dense and heavy materials that are great for soundproofing.
Seal all Gaps and Leaks Around The Window
Another inexpensive and effective option. Sometimes, windows have holes in the areas attached to the walls. That is often common with old houses. What you should do here is look for such holes and seal them, even if the holes or leaks look too tiny to let in any noise.
To seal the holes, you can use a closed-cell foam tape and you if you don’t have any, you can easily buy one. They are cheap and also waterproof and will keep little insects or rodents from coming into your house. And they are great for dampening sound. Once you seal the holes and leaks, if your windowpane is thick or dense enough, you may not need to do any additional soundproofing.
Lastly, if you are up for some DIY, you can:
Make and Install a Window Plug
That is not impossible. Window plugs are relatively easy to make, and their materials are quite affordable. You can set aside a weekend and work on a nice window plug for your window.
Of all the options, a window plug is the most convenient. You can put the window plug when the noise gets too much and take it off when it reduces. Which means you can have all the natural sunlight you want.
To make a window plug, measure the length and width of your window, then make a window frame with slightly bigger measurements so that you can easily fit it into the window.
Tips to Consider When Soundproofing Your Window
- If it’s a really old house, the odds are the window has been there for more than 20 years, instead of soundproofing, you can replace the window with an upgrade. Say, a double-glazed window. Double-glazed windows are effective for soundproofing.
- Before you soundproof your window, check to see that it’s in good condition.
There are more sophisticated and expensive methods of soundproofing, but what you need are effective methods, and if you apply these methods right, you will enjoy some quiet again.
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