Noise pollution is a severe issue, especially in the hustling world of today. You need an escape from unwanted sound to improve your resting or sleeping quality. You might even want to keep certain sounds from escaping the walls of your bedroom. After all, it is the matter of privacy! Therefore you might need to know how to soundproof a bedroom.
Not every noise entering your room is within your powers to control. Imagine noise from the street outside or from the apartment next door. However, you do have the power to mitigate the issue using some simple ways to soundproof your bedroom. The word soundproofing might scare you- after all it can be super expensive to totally soundproof your room.
If you do not want to spend thousand dollars and yet work towards cost-effective and efficient methods of soundproofing your bedroom, we are here with some ideas.
1. Installation of a door sweep and use of weather stripping
The door of the bedroom is the best place and a major contributor in the process of letting sound in and out of the room. This is why, starting with dealing with the bedroom door is usually the most important or rather, the best way to go.
Usually doors have some cracks through which air and sound waves can travel (enter or leave). The sound may also travel through the gap beneath the door of your bedroom. This means you are likely to wake up, toss and turn, due to sound from any room around or even outside.
The best way to solve this is by closing up the gap by attaching some rubber weather stripping to the bottom of the door. You can also install a top quality door sweep. These are usually pretty simple to install and extremely long lasting. You may add some weather stripping seal tapes around the perimeter of the bedroom door to close off any and every possible crack.
2. Putting some additional mass to the door of the bedroom
As mentioned above, the door can be an issue in terms of sound entering or leaving the bedroom. Soundproofing the door as much as possible is indeed a useful tip. Investing in replacing the entire door to a solid wood door, in case your door had a hollow-core style, might even be one of the best suggestions.
The solid wood doors cost at least 200 USD. This might be sort of expensive for some people. In such a case, you can alternatively choose to spend a lower amount of money adding some additional mass to the door. It will not be aesthetic but you can attach some drywall or MDF board to your bedroom door. This will add additional weight and thickness that can reduce leakage of sound.
You may also opt for the option of a fiberglass panel or a weighted blanket. This will be slightly more expensive.
3. Sealing the bedroom windows
The rubber weather stripping mentioned above can also be used for the windows. There are no real cracks on windows which allow air in from outside. This can help to eradicate any draft noise coming in around your bedroom windows. Sound travels with air, so even the entrance of little air, means sound is entering as well. Weather stripping blocks this sound.
4. Investing on some extremely good quality soundproofing curtains
Have you heard of blackout curtains? They help to block not only light but also sound. Trust us on this, these curtains can be life-changing in the process of soundproofing your bedroom. They can even add aesthetics to your room. Investing on pretty soundproofing curtains can earn you compliments as well as some peaceful sleep.
5. Putting up some acoustic foams in the bedroom
This option is mostly suited for those who are trying to stop sound from leaving the room, not those who want to avoid sound from entering. Hanging the acoustic foams on the walls throughout your bedroom will help create more of a recording studio ambience. They may even look pretty stylish, adding a vibe of music studio to your bedroom.
This can be extremely useful if you live in a house with other people and are prone to listening to loud music or watching televisions at a healthy volume at hours when others might be hitting the sack. This is also very useful for situations when you do not want your private bedroom sounds to travel to the world outside.
6. Hanging some arts in the wall of the bedroom
Did you know art can block sound? How so? Well, this comes with the idea of adding acoustic foams. If that is not the style you want to add to your room, you may consider cutting out some of the acoustic foam to fit in the hollow portion in the back of the canvas of some aesthetic piece of painting. This will not only block sound but will also be pretty pleasing to look at.
7. Putting some extra consideration to the ceiling or the floor (or both)
We have talked about the door and the window, and the walls, but what about the top and the bottom? This of course depends on where you live and whether you want to block sound travel through the ceiling or need to do so through floors.
One option can be adding panels of acoustic foams which can somewhat solve the issues for both ceilings and floors. If your bedroom floor does not have a carpet, you may want to add a big, heavy rug to block the sound as well/
A layer of soundproofing vinyl on top of the rug or carpet can help further dampen sounds as well.
With the aforementioned 7 ideas, you will be able to turn your bedroom into a peaceful residence, avoiding all sorts of noise pollution. It might not be 100% soundproofed, but it will make huge differences.
You can also read: Recording Studio For Beginners: A Quick Start Guide.