Are you having trouble sleeping at night because of the noise coming from other rooms in the house?
Do you live in an apartment complex and can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep because of your neighbors?
Soundproofing a bedroom can help you get your uninterrupted beauty sleep at night by making it difficult to hear outside noise from the streets, neighbors, and even inside your own home!
If you’re looking to make your bedroom as peaceful as possible, then this blog post is for you!
This article will share ten techniques that you can use to soundproof your bedroom.
How to soundproof a bedroom using different materials
Soundproofing a bedroom can be as simple as adding an extra layer of drywall to the inside of the walls.
The energy-efficient way to soundproof a room is by installing insulation on the exterior of the walls.
Soundproofing a bedroom is not as difficult as it may seem.
You don’t have to be a soundproofing expert even to start.
However, it can be time-consuming if you are unsure which best possible sound-absorbing materials to look for.
The materials needed to soundproof a room vary depending upon the type of noise you are trying to block out, so it’s worth knowing which ones are available in the market.
Isolation of decoupling material
These materials can be placed in the corners of a room to absorb, reflect and dissipate sound waves.
Isolation/decoupling material (IDM) for soundproofing can be broadly categorized into two: absorptive and mass loaded.
Absorptive IDM like green glue consists of particles that absorb acoustical energy when compressed by airborne noise.
Mass-loaded IDM-like rubber pads consist of rubber sheets with high density, which does not allow airborne sound to pass through them.
One way of soundproofing is adding fabric insulation to walls and ceilings using blankets or mattress pads.
While not very efficient, this method is known to work. It can reduce noise by a few decibels (dB), and it is often used in bedrooms and baby rooms.
To successfully add fabric insulation for soundproofing in the bedroom, add as many layers of fabric as you can afford.
Make sure that all of them are close to each other.
The thicker the fabric, the better. Adding three thick layers of cotton pads will do better than ten thin ones.
Egg cartons can be an alternative to an absorptive IDM like the Green Glue.
Cut apart egg cartons into smaller pieces–about one to two inches long each–and mix these pieces with wood glue before applying them around the wall.
Don’t forget to spray paint the mixture for a more aesthetically pleasing look.
Foam panel is a material made of polyurethane.
The panel is one inch thick and has an adhesive backing. It comes in different sizes, depending on the area that needs soundproofing.
Foam panels are commonly used to reduce noise in recording studios and other areas where sound quality is essential.
Polyfill–short for polyester fiberfill–is typically used for enclosures and speakers. It may easily be found in shops and is very affordable.
You could buy woolen fabric strips online and use them as makeshift earplugs.
The wool has a very high absorptive rate. It can reduce up to 20dB of noise over 500 Hz, more than enough noise reduction for almost any bedroom environment without it being too loud or uncomfortable.
Ten ideas on how to soundproof a bedroom
Soundproofing a bedroom is an important project for anyone who has trouble sleeping when their family members or neighbors are making a noise.
You don’t need to be a DIY expert, but you need the suitable materials and techniques to make it work.
Here are ten ideas on how you can soundproof your bedroom.
1. Start with your bedroom door.
A bedroom door can make it easy for you to hear others if they are coming to your room.
To keep this from happening, you can install a double layer of foam on the inside of the door. You will need to purchase this foam at a hardware store.
Your door frame may also have a gap at the bottom that might allow sound to leak through entry surfaces in your sleeping area.
If you want to make the bedroom quieter, you may want to install a stopper, seal, or door sweep at the bottom to seal up any holes where sound might quickly pass through.
You can also close the bottom gap by adding a rubber weather-stripping at the space in between.
Lastly, consider upgrading your bedroom door using heavy-duty material.
If your current door is made of lightweight material, look for a solid wood one that can block out all the noise coming from the other rooms in the house.
2. Use a foam pad, scrap foam, or acoustic foam.
A foam pad is a soft, thin piece of foam that can be used to cover up any floor surfaces in your room. You can use a foam pad to cover your floor, as well as your bed and furniture.
Scrap foam can be used as a soundproofing material as it can absorb a lot of sounds. The downside is that it can be expensive.
An acoustic foam–also called a ceiling cloud–is hung from the ceiling to absorb noise and eliminate echoes. It is also pricey, but worth it!
3. Look into double-paned or acoustic windows.
Think about replacing your existing windows with acoustic windows if you notice a lot of rattle from passing cars and trucks or if your windows are disrupted by a loud noise such as live music.
Acoustic windows not only obstruct the actions of passers-by but also allow you to enjoy your surroundings a bit more comfortably.
Acoustic windows also serve as an excellent investment since they are specially engineered to cut down on the sound waves coming from the outside world—all while saving your electricity and gas bills.
If you live in an apartment, then you can also soundproof this space by installing double-paned windows, which will keep the noise outside from getting in.
4. Use thicker carpets and rugs.
At times, the audible footsteps of humans and animals walking on (creaking) timber floors can be annoying.
Installing thick carpet and doormats can muffle this sound.
Carpets and thick rugs are great for absorbing noise, especially if you have wooden, tile, or laminated floors.
5. Shop around for soundproofing curtains.
Curtains can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
If you want to soundproof your bedroom, you can do this by installing blackout curtains on your room’s windows.
You can buy blackout curtains online or even buy them at a furniture store.
6. Consider sound-blocking blankets.
Sound-blocking blankets can be an effective way to soundproof your room.
They are particular types of textile products that claim to block noise. They are also known as acoustic blankets, noise-blocking blankets, or sound-blocking blankets.
Sound-blocking blankets typically consist of a double layer of fabric with an insulating material in between the layers.
The outer layer is usually made from cotton, while the inner layer is composed of acoustically transparent fiberfill.
Some manufacturers use silver thread to reduce static electricity and increase comfort by keeping the blanket soft.
This insulation traps air, creating dead spaces where sound waves cannot travel through.
Thus, sound-blocking blankets are designed to help people get better sleep in noisy environments by reducing outside sounds without removing ambient noise so they can still hear their alarm clocks, for instance.
7. Soundproof your bedroom using carpet tiles.
Carpet tiles are great for soundproofing your bedroom.
They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, which allows them to be placed together in a custom design to match any interior decorating scheme.
Many carpet tiles have their padding attached already, though if this is not the case, it will also need to be purchased separately from your tile purchase.
If you would like your carpets to create a seamless appearance with no visible gaps or edges where each tile meets, then you may want to look into purchasing corner pieces as well.
These corner pieces can also help improve your soundproofing efforts’ effectiveness.
When installed correctly, carpet tiles can successfully reduce sound’s impact in the bedroom.
They are especially effective when placed directly in front of appliances or tools, which might cause excessive noise levels.
8. Look into a door-mounted air conditioner.
You can soundproof your room by installing a door-mounted air conditioner.
The air conditioner will create a steady flow of air that will knock down the loud noises coming from the outside.
9. Soundproof an apartment balcony that abuts the building next door.
If you live in an apartment, you can soundproof your balcony by keeping it closed. You can either use a door lock or a chain.
You can also soundproof your balcony by installing double-paned windows, ideal for apartments.
10. Take advantage of background noise.
Among the ways to soundproof your room is to play your internal noise, such as soothing nature sounds or music, to drown out the sights and sounds around you.
Although this trick may seem adequate merely in covering up the sounds around, it is an easy and affordable way to block out the noise for those on a budget.
Soundproofing a bedroom is not as complicated as it may seem.
You don’t need to be an expert or spend thousands of dollars on materials—you need the suitable material and know how to use it properly.
Luckily for us, plenty of soundproofing techniques work well in bedrooms without breaking the bank.
If you want more information about what soundproofing entails, we have plenty of blog posts on our website that can help.
Have you ever tried soundproofing your bedroom before? Let me know in the comments section!