A lot of people find inexpensive ways to soundproof their homes. You can get a little creative especially if you’re on a budget. A window is a channel through which sound travels from one room or area to another so if you plan on soundproofing your room, the window can’t be neglected.
We have some ideas for you to try and maybe stick with later on if they work for you.
If you are on a tight budget, but still want to make some basic changes to help with the noise problem, some of these tips will prove useful to you. When you become more buoyant, you can try out some other costly, but very effective methods.
Here are some basics ways you can soundproof your window at home:
Weather-strips are similar to the traditional tape; it is usually used in homes for a number of DIY projects so you may even have some around. If you don’t, you can get some at a local supermarket at a very affordable price.
Weather-stripping your window is one of the simple ways to soundproof your window and you can easily do that yourself. It helps with insulation in addition to preventing the movement of sound in and out of the room.
While you can make do with any thick tape you have around, I recommend you stick with the weather-strip tape. It is more suited for closing up gaps around doors and windows. Prior to use, check around your windows for the most visible gap that needs to be addressed.
It may be at the top or sides, so use enough weather-strip to cover up the gaps and you’ll make your room more soundproof. Don’t use too much at the bottom of the window so you won’t seal it off completely.
DIY Window Plug
The use of window plugs is another authentic way to soundproof your window. Even though it’s not exactly a permanent solution because you can remove the plugs, it works well as a soundproof material. A window plug may be just right for you.
Different companies sell mass-produced window plugs. However, there’s the issue of varying window sizes so it might be difficult to find the right size for your window. This is where DIY enthusiasts can offer a solution by making plugs themselves. It is pretty simple to make one actually.
For starters, you’ll need to get your window’s measurement so you make the right size for it. Adding some mass is usually the end result of soundproof, but the kind of materials you use determines what difference it makes.
To make window plugs, you’ll need some wood and softer material to complete the equation. You can work with floor mats, vinyl foam or any other substitute you can lay hands on.
Some MDF layers at the bottom will make the plug even more effective. To make the plug easy to take off and fix back on the window, fixing handles will help.
You don’t need to spend extra time making the plug look all fancy. Remember it’s a temporary fixture to use whenever you feel the need to. If you need some quiet, you just get them out and enjoy the serenity of your space.
Curtains are used to both soundproof and beautify rooms. What we refer to as soundproof curtains are really just thicker curtains capable of absorbing sound and prevent it from travelling.
If you opt for the curtain route, invest in the thicker options for more effect. You may already have curtains in the house. You can purchase some if you don’t. A curtain can also complement the current design of your room.
You have the option of purchasing thick fabric and creating curtains yourself. That way, you can make one that suits your environment. Something that clashes with your interior décor won’t be appreciated as the curtains might be put up permanently. Ensure you go for the curtain option that’ll blend in with the other features of the room.
Another nice quality curtains have is that you have the option to pull them open for some lighting and close them when you want to. A lot of soundproofing methods provide more permanent options and that can be a big turn off for some people.
This option provides you with flexibility using materials that you probably have already or can purchase cheaply. You’ll be able to control the movement of sound, and that’s basically the goal.
Of course, the curtains should be hung inside the room for effectiveness. However, some people hang curtains outside as well temporarily.
Blankets also suffice as a soundproof material and they’re quite similar to curtains. They’re a suitable option especially for those on a tight budget. However, it’s a more temporal solution as fixing blankets on a window doesn’t actually look appealing.
It is highly probable that you’ll have some blankets around, so you can stick with this option until you can switch to something more permanent. Thicker blankets will be more effective, so bring out the thickest blankets you have.
With blankets, you don’t have to leave them up permanently. They can be taken off and put back on depending on your needs. This may be a plus on blankets for some people. You may need a part of the house soundproof at a particular time; a blanket will work just fine.
Moving blankets are something you can try as well. You can get them on amazon. They are thick, affordable and they’ll prevent noise from entering your room via the window.
A few gaps or a crack around the window is all sound need to seep through. To prevent this passage, you have to seal up cracks around your window with acoustic caulk.
If you have some at home, that’s fine. If not, you can always order for it online or purchase it at the nearest home maintenance store.
Windows tend to develop cracks as they get older. Do a quick inspection around your window and seal up any potential passage route for sound.
A quick temporary fix for sound problem especially when the window is involved is to rearrange your furniture. Moving your furniture or sitting area from the window can help limit your exposure to external noise.
You may not really like the option, but it does turn down the sound volume. Perhaps you’ll love the appearance of your room once you’ve changed the position of your furniture.
There’s also the option of blocking the window with furniture if you don’t really have much need of it. A bookshelf can help out with this. You can find another material to completely mask the window so it doesn’t disturb you.
People may opt for this method if the window directly brings in sunlight. Blocking it completely will cost less than trying to remove it entirely or replace with more soundproof glass.
Various Household Items
Finally, there are simpler and even cheaper ways to keep external sound away from your space. You can use a combination of materials to keep your window soundproof. Find some towels, spare pillowcases, blankets and any other thing you can find.
You basically try to make do with stuff you have at home.
For most people, soundproofing a window permanently isn’t what they want. You don’t have to spend some money if you don’t see the need. With just a few items from your closet, you can keep unnecessary sound to the barest minimum. Note that these materials will also keep out sunlight so you should have some other alternative light source during the day.
Soundproofing is viewed by many as a complicated concept which costs a lot of money to get done. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re not buoyant enough or you just don’t want to spend so much money on soundproofing, there are other options available for you.
It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing option there is, but they’ll be effective and most of them can be taken off and put back on depending on your needs.
Don’t just shell out cash for a cause; see if you can solve the problems with materials at home first. You may be shocked to discover you have all you need to soundproof your windows right there in your house, now you can keep your money for other important needs.
This trick doesn’t work for just windows; it can be applied to doors as well which is another major channel through which sound travels to and fro.
Use of curtains, blankets and a sealant for gaps will also work on doors. In addition, a carpet can be used underneath a door to cover up the brief space there. Carpets don’t work for windows as there’s no space at the bottom.
Ultimately, with just a little creativity and some household items around the house, you won’t have to shell out a huge sum just to get your window soundproof.