Peace and Quiet: Home Improvement Tips for a Less Noisy House

Peace and Quiet: Home Improvement Tips for a Less Noisy House

Our homes are supposed to provide a respite from the chaos of the outside world, but it doesn’t always go this way. Sometimes, our homes can work against us, and instead of providing a relaxing, peaceful environment, they do just the opposite: they distract us with noise, making it difficult for us to sleep, unwind, and sink into all the usual comforts that a home should bring. But you don’t need to live this way. Below, we take a look at some easy to do home improvement projects that’ll help reduce the amount of noise that seeps through and around your house. Also giving you the peace and quiet you long for. 

Sometimes it's hard to find the peace and quiet you long for, even in your own home.


Seal those Gaps

You can’t expect the sound to stay away from your home if you’re giving it space to get in! You need to make sure that any spaces that let noise – and the cold – in are sealed up. It’s easy enough to do: simply stuff fabrics underneath the doorways. This is especially useful if the noise is coming from elsewhere in the home. With a door noise stopper, you’ll be able to avoid listening to your teenager’s terrible music when you’re trying to relax.

Change the Doors

However, sometimes the problem is with the gaps in between the floor and the door: it’s with the door itself! Though you might not have thought about it before, it’s important to remember that not all doors are created equal. If they’re thin, then all that noise will go straight through them. You could rectify this problem by switching out your flimsy doors for heavy-duty doors. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to buy a new door for every room in your house; just the areas where you’re having particular problems with the noise.

Add Carpet to the Walls

If you’ve got bare walls, then the noise that enters a room is going to echo off the walls and around the room. There’s nothing to “absorb” the sounds, as it were. However, there is a simple trick that’ll take care of the issue: adding carpet, wool, or suede to the walls. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a whizz when it comes to DIY; all you’ll need is the fabric and a staple gun. If you don’t own a staple gun, then know that other buyers have said that Tool Nerds was really helpful. Once it’s on the wall, you should notice a severe reduction in sound in your home.

On the Floors

If you’ve already got carpet on your floors, then there’s no much that can be done. However, if you’re bare floors, then that hard surface will, like your walls, be transmitting noise around the room. If you want to stick with your hardwood floors, then you can always add a few rugs to the floor. And below the rug, add a dense, thick fabric that’ll help to absorb even more noise. There’ll be an bonus to adding these fabrics to the floor: your home will be warmed in the winter, too.

Curtains and Other Textiles

You’ve got textiles on your walls and your floors, what other aspects of your home can you change? Well, you can take a look at your curtains, for starters. If you’ve just got run of the mill curtains covering your windows, then they won’t be helping to keep outside noise exactly where it belongs – outside. Instead, take a look at getting noise reducing curtains. There’ll do a much better job than what you’ve currently got, and just because they’re doing a job doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish: many designs are available.

Plan Your Home Properly

There might come the point where the noise is just a little bit beyond you. If things are too loud, then your efforts might reduce the noise, but you’re likely going to still get some sound coming through. However, no rule says you need to stay in the rooms where the noise is. Is it possible to spend your hours in a different room, especially during the noisiest periods? If you’re planning on making bigger changes to your house, then consider moving the main social area into an area of the home that is normally calm.

Everyone needs a spot where they can find peace and quiet in their own home.


Add a Bookshelf

We’ve talked a lot about bare spaces, and the need to cover them up if you’re going to reduce the amount of sound in your house. And for one simple reason: they’re the enemy of peace and quiet! However, this problem can be turned into an opportunity, with a little bit of thinking. For example, you’ve got an opportunity to take a bare wall and add a bookshelf. It’ll cover all the wall, will absorb sound, and will be a beautiful – not to mention cultural – addition to your home.

Dealing with Noisy Pipes

Sometimes, it’s not an external noise that causes the problems, or the noise from the children and others in the home: it’s the house itself. If the noise is stemming from the house, then you’ve likely got a problem with the pipes, and it’s called ‘water hammer.’ This causes a bit racket, and can even cause damage to your pipes if it’s left untreated. Take a read of how to solve this problem, or have a plumber come out to your home and take a look.

Choose Quieter Appliances

Technology has come a long way over the past few decades. Our appliances are no longer judged by how capable they’re able to do their jobs; they can now be environmental, more efficient, and quieter. If you’re using outdated technology, then take a look at updating your appliances. They’ll work better all around, and will be much less noisy than older machines.

Adding Insulation for Peace and Quiet

Finally, let’s think about insulation. Having too much empty space in the home gives noise a lot of space to work with; the goal is to, where possible, eliminate that space. By adding insulation, you’ll be blocking up this space, and will also benefit from plenty of other advantages too.

No one likes unwanted noise in their home. Take the steps above, and get peace and quiet for good.

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