How To Soundproof A Bedroom
Are you dealing with significant noise leaks into your bedroom? Nothing is worse than having to come home after a long and hard day at work only to be unable to achieve peace and quiet in your own bedroom.
Whether you live in the middle of the city or not, you can effectively soundproof your room to limit the amount of noise that you are forced to endure.
While many directly assume that this process is exorbitantly expensive, it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we will be going over some of the different ways you will be able to effectively reduce the noise to and from your bedroom.
However, first, we will be going over a few of the reasons that you might decide that it is worth the investment.
Reasons You Would Want To Soundproof Your Bedroom:
1. Achieve Higher Quality Sleep.
One of the main reasons you might be interested in this process is to be able to achieve a higher quality of sleep.
If you are someone that is located in the middle of a busy city, you might be dealing with noise pollution even during the later stages of the night.
This can negatively impact the overall quality of your sleep and cause you a lot of health problems as a direct result. This is one of the main reasons it would be so important to invest in high-quality soundproofing.
2. Noisy Neighbors.
Another big reason you might want to invest in this type of soundproofing is that you have noisy neighbors. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about your neighbors.
While some people get lucky with thoughtful neighbors, others might get stuck with neighbors that only care about themselves.
If you are unfortunate enough to have to deal with neighbors that are extremely noisy, you will want to take steps to reduce the noise to the best of your ability. The best way to do this is with soundproofing.
That way, even when they are making a lot of noise, you will be able to minimize it so it doesn’t negatively impact you as much.
3. You Want To Be Loud.
Another reason you might be interested in noise proofing is for your own gain.
Whether you want to play instruments, listen to loud music, or play your surround sound at deafening levels, you will want to invest in proper noise reducing products and methods to ensure that you are not going to be constantly dealing with noise complaints from your neighbors.
You want to invest in high-quality materials because it will enable you to minimize the disturbance you have on others in your neighborhood and/or even in your own home.
Now that we have gone over some of the reasons you might want to invest in this type of soundproofing, we will be discussing some of the top ways to effectively soundproof your bedroom.
Our 11 Step Guide On Reducing Noise To Your Bedroom (What Worked For Us)
1. Door Strips.
One of the first things that you should do when it comes to reducing loud noise to your bedroom is minimized the areas where noise can leak.
One of the best places to start would be with the gap underneath your door. This is one of the easiest ways that sound escapes from your bedroom unobstructed.
Therefore, you should invest in door strips that can effectively fill in the gap making it more difficult for the noise to escape.
By installing a door strip or door sweep, you will be able to effectively minimize the amount of sound that can escape your bedroom without having to do much other than place it underneath your door.
This is perhaps the easiest and most convenient way to minimize sound that escapes your room on a daily basis.
2. Weather Sealing Tape.
Another good option that you are going to want to consider installing would be weather sealing tape.
The same tape that effectively blocks cold air from entering your home and hot air from exiting your home is going to help minimize sound leaks.
Not only do you want to use this on your door, but you will also want to apply this to all of your bedroom windows to minimize sound leakage.
This can help to minimize the amount of sound that leaks out of your bedroom and it is extremely easy and convenient to install. Along with this, it is also very affordable.
3. Invest In A Thicker Door.
If you are looking for a dramatic improvement with your efforts, you will want to make the investment in a brand new door.
The thicker and more insulated the door is, the more sound you are going to be able to keep from getting out.
This is why replacing your door is one of the best ways to enhance the overall soundproofing of your bedroom.
Ideally, you want to invest in a door that is extremely thick and solid. You can find solid wood doors available that can minimize the amount of sound penetration that can occur.
However, if this is not a viable option for your budget, you could always opt to invest in some type of material that can enhance the overall thickness of your doors such as plywood, drywall, or even cushioning.
4. Soundproof Curtains.
Another great option for those that are looking to soundproof their room would be to invest in noise deadening curtains.
Your windows are going to be one of the major sources of sound leaking from your bedroom.
Therefore, by investing in soundproof curtains, you should be able to reduce the amount of sound that can get out significantly.
These curtains are not only good for reducing the amount of sound leakage that you experience due to adding more insulation for your windows, but they are also going to be great for creating a ‘blackout’ environment which can improve your sleeping conditions by minimizing light exposure.
5. Invest In Acoustic Foam.
Another great way to increase the level of noise reduction that you are able to achieve within your bedroom would be to make a significant investment in acoustic foam for your bedroom walls.
Hanging this type of foam on your walls and along your door will allow you to create much more insulation throughout your room.
However, this type of insulation is more for those that are looking to keep sound from getting out of their rooms rather than attempting to keep sound from getting in.
For instance, if you are looking to invest in soundproofing for your bedroom to avoid waking people up due to playing loud music, instruments, or your sound system, then this is going to be a great option for you.
Whereas, if you are looking to reduce sound from getting into your bedroom from an outside noisy environment, it is not going to be the best solution.
6. Sound Deadening Paint.
While this is certainly not going to do the job on its own, you can apply a coat of sound deadening paint to help with your overall efforts.
This is a great option that is not only incredibly easy ( It took me about 10 minutes ) but it is also very cost effective.
These paints can be rolled on and/or sprayed and they will help to maximize the amount of soundproofing you enjoy in your bedroom.
However, this should be used in combination with other options as it is not going to be able to provide you with the kind of results that you are likely looking to achieve on its own.
7. Soundproof Windows.
While you can simply fill in the gaps with weather tape, if you are willing and able to make a much more involved investment, you are going to want to consider soundproof windows.
These are specially designed windows that are meant to prevent sound from entering through your windows.
They work by providing a much thicker pane of glass that the sound has to travel through.
Because these windows are meant to be installed over your existing windows, they are going to really increase the amount of insulation that your window has which can help to reduce outside noise pollution from getting into your home.
This is great for those that happen to live in the middle of the city due to the effectiveness of them.
8. Soundproof Drywall.
This is going to be another much more involved investment that can end up paying off in a big way.
Soundproof drywall is essentially a combination of various layers of different materials with increased density.
Thus, by providing much more insulation, it is capable of keeping sound out.
This type of option will be far more expensive than some of the other options to choose from.
However, if you are living in the middle of the city, it might be worthwhile to invest in.
9. Soundproofing Vinyl.
Another option that is going to be considered a good investment for those that are aiming to minimize noise pollution that gets into their bedroom would be vinyl.
You can use this vinyl to cover just about any surface that you would want whether it be for reducing the sound coming through your door, the walls, or your ceiling.
This vinyl might not be the end-all solution that you are looking for, but it can add up with other soundproofing options to make for a very effective addition.
10. Mineral Wool.
This is another good option for those that are looking to reduce noise pollution in their bedrooms on a budget.
Because it is a much cheaper option than buying pre-made acoustic panels, you will be able to apply this to your walls to create a DIY soundproofing option.
This can be applied to either your walls or ceiling for effective results.
11. Install Carpets.
Believe it or not, but a simple installation of carpeting can really improve the soundproofing of your bedroom.
This is especially true if you are looking to keep noise from disturbing people in your house and/or if you are living in an apartment.
By installing the carpet, you can provide your floor with much more insulation that can keep sound from coming in or out.
Overall, there are a lot of different things that you can invest in to minimize the amount of noise pollution that you have to deal with.
By following the different tips above, you should be able to improve the overall soundproofing of your bedroom whether you are looking to keep sound in or keep it out.
Some of the investments are going to be much more significant than others.
Depending on your use-case and how important it is, you should be able to find the right solution for your respective budget.