How to Soundproof Your Home on A Tight Budget

July 7th 2022

How to Soundproof Your Home on A Tight Budget 

If you are worried about too much noise or wish to soundproof your home, this article is for you! After all, noise may be an issue in all sorts of homes, regardless of whether you live in a high-rise flat or a spacious landed house, so this could be an issue that you struggle with. 

In fact, unwanted sound pollution from noisy neighbours or even traffic can make living at home feel aggravating and uncomfortable Fortunately, soundproofing your home does not mean you need to spend a significant amount of money. For homeowners who are trying to save on costs, soundproofing can actually be an inexpensive and simple activity as there are several simple ways to soundproof a room without having to install any permanent hardware. Read on for more ideas on how you can soundproof your home, even if you are on a tight budget!

Curtains or Window Coverings 

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Curtains and window treatments are a great way to help soundproof your room. Not only do they help provide shade and block prying eyes from invading the privacy of your home, but they also serve a secondary purpose of helping to dampen external noise at the same time. 

For the most effective soundproofing, you can place soft, thick drapery around the window area. This will help to absorb extra outside noise as well as unpleasant road noise. For instance, like in the picture above, adorning your windows with blinds and fabric drapery can help reduce unwanted external sounds. At the same time, they can also help to absorb some ambient background noise in your interior space. Having curtains and window coverings is definitely a great method to soundproof your home, especially for those looking to cut down on costs. This is because curtains and windows are fairly low cost as well as low maintenance. In fact, simply by maintaining proper care and cleanliness, drapes and window coverings can be built to last in your home for a long time. Therefore curtains and window coverings are a great, inexpensive, aesthetically pleasing, and durable way to soundproof any space. 

Rugs or Carpets

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Another relatively inexpensive way to soundproof your home is to put down some rugs or carpets in your space! Having bare floors are a bad thing for those who are looking for less acoustic noise in their house. This is because noise can be generated from your footsteps simply just by walking around your house! Fortunately, dealing with this problem can be as simple as placing some rugs or carpets in your home. 

Using rugs or carpets to cover a large area, should help to reduce noise caused by the impact created by your footsteps. For that reason, you can consider laying wall-to-wall carpeted flooring in order to be more thorough in your floor coverage and ensure that you can enjoy an even better soundproof system.  If that is not to your liking, you could also very well simply concentrate on the sections of the floor that usually get the greatest foot activity. 

For instance, you can place a beautiful rug in the living room, just like the image above. And that is only the beginning of what you can do to soundproof your floor! At the same time, the rug or carpet that you pick out should ideally be thicker as well, as doing so will make this option work more effectively. Not to mention, carpets and rugs come in a variety of designs and patterns, so you can definitely find one that can suit the aesthetics of your home. If you want to opt for a rustic style in your home, you could even layer and stack multiple rugs or carpets on top of one another. Alternatively, if you want to go for a more minimalistic look, having a neutral-coloured and simple rug can help reduce footfall noise while maintaining the sleek visual appeal of your home without adding to the clutter. 

Display Artwork

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Hanging up artworks and tapestries on your room walls is another excellent and inexpensive method to help further soundproof your walls without spending your budget on professional soundproofing equipment. If you have soundproofing foam on the walls which you may find visually unappealing, having beautiful artworks hung up can also help to hide such undesirable soundproofing methods. While artworks may not completely soundproof a room, they can still help to soften noises in a room. 

Furthermore, putting up artworks and hanging tapestries on your wall will also have an influence on the acoustic qualities of your space. Noise that is made in a bare and empty space is magnified when it bounces off the floors and walls. What this means is when you put up paintings or artworks on the walls, they can help keep sound waves from echoing off the walls and, at the same time, help to lessen ambient noise that may be generated from footfall. 

In fact, the benefits of displaying artworks in your home do not just end there. Artworks or paintings on the wall can also spruce up the looks of your home. In addition, with a variety of artworks, paintings, and even different types of frames for the said art pieces, you can be sure to find one that can enhance the aesthetics of your home to the next level while at the same time providing soundproofing qualities for your home. Therefore, displaying artworks in your home is one great way to soundproof your home on a budget. 

Sealing Windows and Doors

Another affordable way to soundproof your room on a budget is to seal your doors and windows properly! Since sound can enter via the cracks beneath door entrances and around the cracks in windows, it is extremely important to make sure that the doors and windows in your home are completely sealed up to prevent external noise from leaking in. 

A simple and also inexpensive way to prevent sound from leaking and entering from beneath the door is to install a door sweep. This helps to close the gap on the bottom of your door and restricts noise. While door sweeps may take a little effort to install, the vast improvement in soundproofing that you will notice after it is done is frequently well worth the time and work put in. 

For those who want to soundproof the windows in your home, try installing window inserts. Window inserts are glass panes that should go into your window frame a few centimetres in front of your current glass windowpane in order to block out undesirable noises. This is accomplished by inserting an additional layer of glass in front of your window, turning the window into a double-paned window. 

This way, the air between the window and the second glass pane insert serves as an insulator, dampening noises and tremors before they reach the insert in the front. This helps to prevent noises from leaking into your room space, and is an affordable way to soundproof your room!

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