Feeling comfortable and happy at home isn’t purely about satisfying visual taste. It is also important to consider other senses, especially when it comes to sound. Noise pollution from the outdoors, as well as the potential nuisance of noisy neighbours, can severely impact comfort levels inside a home, distract from important tasks, and even negatively affect mental health.
Those who live in particularly noisy environments might feel like the situation is hopeless. However, this isn’t always the case and there are often a few options available that can, at the very least, improve a property’s resistance to external noise influences.
Wardrobes, bookshelves, and other items of furniture that have large vertical stature can provide a surprising degree of defense against noise, especially that which comes from the wall behind their standing. Homeowners can utilise this form of casual soundproofing to their advantage by rearranging their rooms to counteract sources of noise.
With the arrival of triple-glazed windows, homes have the potential to better defend themselves against exterior noise. More so than double-glazed windows, and certainly far more than single-glazed options, triple-glazed windows offer incredible soundproofing, minimising the drone of passing cars and the chatter of pedestrians, making them the ideal choice not only for insulating a home and improving its energy efficiency but also minimising the influence of sound from outdoors.
Occasionally, there seem to be few options at hand and, in the advent of remote working, it can be frustrating to be without a quiet space inside a home that can be used as an office. One popular remedy to such limitations is for residents to invest in shed conversions, log cabins, and other such outbuildings, which are affordable options for residents to establish professional spaces at home that can be insulated and separated from the central living space.
Fabrics are remarkably useful at home, even beyond their aesthetic value, and can be effective in helping residents deal with the winter chill, adding a defense against cold floors in the form of rugs and carpets. These additions can also be useful when soundproofing too. Carpets and rugs can limit the noise that is transmitted between floors and curtains, especially specialist soundproofing curtains, can help to minimise or even eliminate sound that creeps through windows. For those wanting a solution to both cold and noisy environments, heavy curtains are a worthy investment.
Occasionally, there is the need for a more scientific approach to sound insulation, especially for those who, for example, might need an extra degree of clarity, such as streamers and remote workers. In such cases, specific rooms can be designed to include dense foam tiles.
These additions to a room can be concealed behind furniture or shelving and offer a great deal of insulation. They also dampen sound too, minimising what is known as ‘wetness’, which is ideal for any room that seeks to broadcast or record audio.