Soundproofing a house can be an overwhelming task especially in area with lots of noise from traffic, parks, or the local college party town on Friday night. You’ve perhaps put up soundproof curtains and made sure the house is blocking the noise from the outside but it just isn’t enough. If you live in an apartment there really isn’t much you can do outside to help. However if you live in your own house you may have a few more options available to you. Take a moment today and review the information below on some ideas to help soundproof your home even more!
The first option that’s often over looked is Trees and Bushes! Trees not only provide shade on a summer’s day but also can also help reduce that noise by quite a bit. Other quick benefits include more privacy and beautifies your yard. While pine trees or massive oak trees will do the best it may not be the best available because they block the view of the front yard and street. They may also take over your yard in time! Pine trees can get quite massive in 5-10 years that it may even surprise you. If you don’t wish to do upkeep on these you may want to look at other options. However the upkeep may not be too much if you have only a few trees. At the same time bushes may not do as much since they are lower to the ground but they do still help absorb and stop some of the noise coming in. Remember that the more you have in the way between you and where the sound is coming from the less you’ll hear!
Don’t forget you need to follow rules on where you can and can’t plant trees and always call your local electric company before you dig! You don’t want a small project become a road hazard or cause yourself some injuries.
Another option you have is a fence and this can help out quite a bit if its built quite high. With a solid wooden fence between your house and the road you’re almost in a sense putting up another wall in your house between you and the noise. These can make such a considerable noise difference from all things around you from cars to noisy neighbors. There is of course a downfall to putting up a fence and that is cost. Depending on the size of your yard a fence can easily reach several thousand especially if you’re looking to build one that will last a really long time and looks beautiful. Never want to go cheap on a fence materials and installing it as you can regret it a year later when Winter has taken a hold of it. The other benefits though include more privacy and safety for the family. This with a combination of trees can really drown out the noise coming into the household and something everyone should look at. Just make sure its reasonable for you and call before you dig!
These are just two options to help further soundproof your house to keep the sound out and make it a more enjoyable place to live. Don’t forget to plan ahead and get multiple quotes on putting up a fence if you do decide to invest into one.
A great looking and soft functional shade by Best Home Fashion is currently 62% off! What is normally $59.99 is on sale for $22.99 which is an amazing deal for a nice window shade like this with quite a listing of features.
Here’s a bit of information on the shade itself:
- 99.9% Blackout! To nicely keep out the light.
- Tie-up that’s part of the shade/curtain itself so no need to go out and purchase anything extra except maybe a curtain rod!
- The shade itself is 63 long and 42 inches wide so it should cover any standard window.
- Insulated against the heat and cold which is always a plus!
- Does have some soundproof curtain like features as it is made to reduce noise!
- Is machine washable
- Currently comes in 5 various colors (deal may not match all colors available)
- Can be shipped for free for Amazon Prime members!
- Made by Best Home Fashion.
Take a gander and possibly purchase this deal here: Tie-Up Solid Insulated Thermal Blackout Window Shade
Don’t miss out on this great deal if you’re looking for a single window shade!
Soundproofing Quick Tip #3
Here’s another quick tip to help soundproof your room or rooms to make it just a tab bit quieter.
When soundproofing windows and curtains you may not be able to do everything you want to help keep your living space as peaceful as possible. Perhaps you rent so you can’t change the windows to soundproof ones and maybe your roommate doesn’t want heavy curtains but silk ones instead. What ever the various reasoning maybe there are still a few options available to you so don’t give up hope just yet!
Furniture and art! You obviously don’t wish to block any windows or exits trying to keep out the sound but various furniture and art will help you out as any sound will get absorbed just at least a little bit in most circumstances when coming into the room.
Lets look at art! While paintings may not seem like they would help due to being so small/flat, sound loves to bounce off very large flat surfaces like a bare wall. A wooden frame around the painting not only helps reflect sound coming from the side but the entire painting creates a small space between itself and the wall which can also help reduce sound. Another popular option is a tall bookshelf as a full bookshelf creates a very solid “wall” that will likely be at least a half a foot thick and will stop sound in its tracks. As like the painting it helps reflect sound coming from the side (in a much bigger way obviously) and is a solid barrier against any sound coming from directly behind it. Just make sure the bookshelf is filled with thick and heavy books or it may not be as helpful as you would hope. The other types of furniture can be anything like a couch or seat will help but usually due to the lower height they won’t help as much as like a bookshelf could.
What about Placement!? Placement location of the furniture is also important because if there is a noisy wall behind you due to neighbors, you should look at what you can place between them and where you’ll be in the room. Placing a few bookshelves behind you with your couch in the middle facing your entertainment center should greatly help keep the neighbor’s party noise out of your room while you’re trying to pay attention to a movie. When filling up the room with furniture and various art you will not only reduce the options for noise to easily bounce off of but will also help absorb it before it gets to your ears. A side benefit to all of this is it also helps prevent sound you’re making from leaving the room and creating a noisy situation for others.
Good luck on decorating your rooms and reducing the noise!
A delicious looking curtain (if you love the look of chocolate) is currently on sale for $30.36, normally priced at $39.99! This wonderful savings of 24% for 2 – 40 by 84 inch curtain topped off with grommets.
A few details about the curtains listed in this deal:
- The deal itself is for two 40x84inch curtains in chocolate color which is fairly cheap as its only $15 dollars a decent size curtain.
- The curtain is faux silk which is a nice light curtain good for any room of the house but usually more for a living room setup
- Grommets with an inside diameter 1 5/8 inches
- Free shipping for Amazon Prime members
- Made by Jaclyn Love
View this delicious deal here! Jaclyn Love 2-Pack Chocolate Curtain with Grommets!
It’s still winter and if you’re looking for a curtain that reminds you of hot chocolate on those crisp cold mornings. Take a look at this curtain!
With Halloween in just a few weeks it’s time to think about making your house extra spooky or maybe just more fun to celebrate the holiday. With the fake spider webs, pumpkins, and spooky ghosts flying from trees what could be added to complete the decorations? Halloween Curtains!
Heritage has put up several styles of Halloween specific curtains on sale for you to select from!
If you like ghosts like me perhaps these would fit your house well. Though they may seem just a bit too friendly.
Heritage Curtain (Ghosts)
So perhaps you’re more of a spider person then you may want to select these instead. Would probably look great at night with some fake spider webbing and some low lighting.
Heritage Curtain (Spiders)
They also have a witch and skeleton curtain style as well for sale (just click on one of the links above to see the other selections). The curtains themselves go for around twenty dollars a panel so not really cheap if you’re looking to keep the spending low. They are definitely worth it though if you’re looking to decorate your house for Halloween even more than any of your neighbors. As for the curtains themselves they are just an October curtain as it’s not made to be year round unless you just love Halloween that much. However the curtains are machine washable which is good especially with everyone walking around with caramel apples.
Have a safe and joyful Halloween! Ohhh and don’t forget to get a pumpkin to carve!