If you’re into soundproofing, the very first thing you should soundproof is your bedroom.
Your bedroom is the place where you sleep and relax.
So it should be the most peaceful and quiet place in your house.
Obviously, you can’t control all the people, animals, and machinery that keeps making noise outside your house.
But you can make your bedroom soundproof with the help of some very simple strategies to make your life peaceful.
This article will discuss how you can make your bedroom soundproof while remaining within your budget and by adopting simple techniques.
Installing acoustic windows can block a lot of noise that may enter through your windows.
Acoustic windows have a double or triple glass layer that helps dampen the noise.
Also, most noise is blocked when replacing single-pane windows with double-pane or triple-pane windows.
The noise which may enter from the outside will die before it can reach inside because of the air present between the layers of glass.
This air gap helps in deadening the sound.
The sound waves get so weak before they reach the inside layer of glass that they find it unable to pass through the glass.
This way, your bedroom remains free from all the outside noise.
Acoustic windows may cost you a bit more, but it’s worth spending on them if you want a peaceful bedroom to relax in.
You might also have to call a professional to install these windows.
If you can’t afford to install acoustic windows, read this article.
I suggest some very cheap and easy ideas for making your bedroom soundproof.
Fill your room with pillows and soft materials.
Soft materials like pillows, cushions, blankets, and rugs absorb sounds.
So while making your bedroom soundproof, the easiest step you can adopt is to place lots of pillows and cushions on your bed.
If you have extra space in your bedroom, add a sofa and add cushions.
This will not only help dampen the noise and all the sharp sounds coming from outside but also help add colors to your bedroom.
It will enhance your room’s look aesthetically and provide a more comfy and cozy feeling.
You will surely notice a lot of difference in reducing the noise level.
This technique will not cost you much time, energy, and money.
Also, you won’t need the help of any professional.
But remember, this technique won’t help make your bedroom soundproof.
You must adopt at least two or more techniques simultaneously to ensure your room gets soundproof.
Adding rugs and thick carpets is also one of the simplest techniques to reduce noise in your bedroom.
All you need to do is buy a thick fluffy rug and place it anywhere you like on your bedroom floor, such as near your bed.
It will give a very stylish look to your bedroom.
If you feel a rug cannot absorb noise, you can get a carpet fixed wall to wall in your bedroom.
This will be more of a permanent solution.
Also, it will help reduce the echoes and the noise of your footsteps.
If you think a carpet cannot absorb noise, you can get soundproofing pads fixed under it.
They help reduce noise by providing double material to absorb more sounds.
Again, this is not a very costly strategy to soundproof your bedroom.
Like the carpet, rug, and pillows, installing thick heavy curtains will help make the noise damp.
Soundproof curtains add an extra layer to block the noise before your window.
They are thick and heavy.
If you can’t find very thick curtains, you can layer multiple curtains; this will also help in absorbing the noise.
They also help make the room dark by blocking all the light from the outside.
If you work the night shift or have the habit of sleeping during the day, these curtains will help you get perfect sleep by making your room dark and quiet.
Combined with others, this strategy will help reduce most of the noise from outside.
Air gaps in the window
Any air gaps in your window allow the noise to come inside easily.
Gaps in the windows and doors are a major culprit in letting the noise in and out of your space.
So look for the gaps in your window before working on any other strategy.
If air can pass through, so can the noise.
Usually, you’ll see the gap between the window and the frame.
Use acoustic caulk with the help of an acoustic caulk gun to fill in the small air holes or gaps you may find.
Then add a layer of weather-stripping around the edges of the window when there may be possible gaps.
This will provide you with an extra layer of soundproofing.
This is an easy task; you can do it yourself without the help of an expert.
You just need to buy acoustic caulk and weather stripping for this purpose.
Air gaps in the door
Air gaps around the door frame and under the door can bring in a lot of noise.
You need to block all the air gaps to block noise from entering through the door.
Installing a door sweep under the door is perfect for blocking noise, dust, and unwanted particles.
It can be easily installed with the help of nails, and if you don’t want to cause damage to your door by using nails, you can install it using adhesive glue.
If you find gaps between the door and the door frame, use weather-stripping tape to seal all the gaps.
It will not cost you much to buy these things, and you can do it on your own without the help of an expert.
If you find it hard to search for air gaps in your door, I have a very simple technique.
Simply put a light outside your door and make your room dark inside.
You’ll see different places from the light that comes in.
This is the easiest way to look for the gaps.
Hanging blankets and tapestries
Hanging thick blankets and tapestries on the walls can reduce a lot of noise from entering through the walls.
It will also help reduce the room’s echo and absorb some noise.
You can hang them using adhesive glue or nails.
Also, another solution is to hang them the same way you hand your curtains by using curtain rods.
Hanging tapestries will not only absorb noise but will also enhance the look of your bedroom.
This technique is also cheap because you don’t need to buy new curtains for hanging; you can use any old thick curtains you already have in your storeroom.
Try to rearrange your bedroom furniture so that your ned remains away from the wall that brings in most of the noise.
Beds are used for sleeping, so you don’t want to keep listening to the noise and its vibrations.
Try placing all the heavy furniture along the noisiest walls beside your bed.
Heavy furniture also can absorb noise, and if you have more furniture in your bedroom, you will have less echo.
Your dresser, desk, study table, bookshelf and heavy chairs or couch can be placed with the wall that brings in more noise.
This strategy will not cost you anything; you will not have to buy anything new; you just need to rearrange your existing furniture.
Installing a window plug is another great way to block all the noise.
You can make a window plug of your own.
Simply staple MLV soundproofing sheeting and neoprene foam to a piece of MDF wood.
Make sure you cut these things exactly the size and shape of your window.
Install this window plug against your window after you’ve made it.
It’s not an expensive solution, but it will work wonders.
Whenever you feel a lot of noise coming in, just push the window plug into the window.
The good part is that it can also be removed easily.
Otherwise, it will make your bedroom very dark all the time.
Acoustic soundproofing panels are a good way to absorb and dampen the noise inside your room.
These panels cannot block the outside noise completely, but that doesn’t mean they are useless.
When combined with other strategies, they work very effectively.
You can easily attach them to your walls, ceiling, and even the back of your door with the help of adhesive strips.
Solid wood door
If you have a hollow bedroom door, replace it with a solid wood door.
This is an expensive solution and may be out of your budget.
But if you can afford it, it will be worth spending on it.
A hollow door lets the noise pass through it easily, while a solid door does not let the noise pass through it.
Also, a solid door can absorb some of the noise.
You will need to call an expert to do this task for you.
Soundproofing can be expensive and cheap; it all depends on what strategy you opt for.
And remember, you cannot achieve a fully soundproof room even if you adopt all of the strategies, so be realistic.
You need to opt for more than one strategy to reduce echo and absorb and dampen most noise.
I’m sure the above article will help you greatly reduce most of the noise and have a peaceful bedroom for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I soundproof my bedroom?
Whether you live in a noisy neighborhood, have noisy neighbors or roommates, or have a sleeping partner with a different sleep cycle, soundproofing your bedroom can be beneficial.
It has the potential to make sleeping more tranquil and comfortable.
2. How do I block noise on a shared wall?
To block noise on a shared wall, consider using soundproofing materials like acoustic foam or mass-loaded vinyl. Seal any gaps or cracks and use furniture or bookshelves as sound barriers.
3. What is the best sound proofing for walls?
The best soundproofing for walls depends on various factors such as the type of noise and budget.
Tecsound, plasterboard, soundproof drywall, and green glue are popular options for effective soundproofing.
4. What is the thinnest soundproofing available?
SonoLayr nanofibre is a simple solution. It is the world’s thinnest and lightest dedicated soundproofing material.
5. Can I soundproof my own bedroom?
Sure, you can soundproof your bedroom using do-it-yourself techniques and materials.
Therefore, hiring a professional soundproofing contractor is recommended for a more comprehensive and effective solution.