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How to Soundproof a Bedroom


How to soundproof a bedroom

We’ve spoken in the past about how important it is for your bedroom to be cool, dark, and quiet. While it’s pretty easy to keep your bedroom cool and dark, ensuring the room is quiet is often easier said than done. You don’t have total control over the noises around you! Whether it's early-morning garbage trucks, your neighbor’s loud music, or the busy city traffic outside your window, you live in a noisy neighborhood. It can be draining to need sleep and not find the peace and quiet required to achieve it. 

Sound is one of the biggest disruptors of sleep. Your body requires a quiet and peaceful environment to fall asleep and avoid any disturbances that might wake you up in the middle. If you find that all the noise outside your bedroom window is making it tough to fall asleep and stay asleep, you're not alone. For many who live in apartments, condos, townhomes, or simply houses in loud neighborhoods, these disturbing and unwanted noises feel like a fact of life. While it can too often seem like being woken up is unavoidable, it is not. You simply need to learn how to soundproof a bedroom!

No matter where you live or what kind of space you have, soundproofing your bedroom is an option. The good news is that soundproofing doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Even the simplest strategies can make a big difference!

Weatherproof Your Doors and Windows

If you’re only looking to learn how to soundproof a bedroom, this would be your bedroom door. If you want to soundproof your entire home, you would do this to your front door. If you hear every conversation, passing car, and roll of thunder, chances are there are big air gaps around your door and windows. Sealing these leaks will quiet the noise because sound travels on air. How do you know if this is your problem? If you see any light through a gap, the same space will also let sound through. If you have a large gap under your door, add a door sweep with a thick rubber strip that seals against the threshold. If the rest of the door doesn't close tightly against the door jambs, seal along the sides and top of the door with foam weatherstripping. Do the same for your windows.

Hang Heavy Curtains

Blackout curtains do more than keep the sunlight out of your room. They keep noise out too! Once the waterproofing is done, you can create another layer of soundproofing over the window with these heavy curtains. When closed, they help to absorb any noise that leaks through the glass. We offer several beautiful and functional options, like curtains made by Ann Gish, Intelligent Design, and Sun Smart. These curtains are offered in any color or print you can imagine, so there’s sure to be one that matches your bedroom decor perfectly. 

Reduce Reflected Noise

Noise reflects off of hard surfaces, like your ceiling, walls, and hardwood or tile floors. To reduce sound reflection, cover what you can with something soft. A thick, high-quality rug will soften annoying noise, while looking beautiful at the same time. We have a wide selection of area rugs you can order online. Both Madison Park and Rizzy Home are exceptional name brands within the home decor industry. Be sure to put a thick pad under the rug! Slipping a density rug pad underneath it will boost your rug's noise reducing potential.

Add Background Noise

What if you can’t make it totally quiet? This is when a Yogasleep noise machine can be very handy. Experts tell us that the quieter it is, the more acute your hearing becomes. If you have soft, ambient sounds in the background, your brain doesn’t focus on one sound, like the music next door, and grow annoyed by it. A sound machine helps make outdoor noise less noticeable to you. There are three different types of noises available from sound machines: white, pink, and brown. There are also nature sounds, like waves crashing or rain. Perhaps you prefer the sound of a fan. Want to try something different every night? Get a sound machine that allows you to change settings, like the Whish Multi-Sound Machine. Although this trick simply masks the external noise, it is a simple and effective solution that can be put in place nearly immediately.

There’s never a better time to turn your room into a sanctuary than today. Remember, good sleep is important every single night. Don’t wait to get the sleep you need, as your health will greatly suffer.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, we want to help. When you visit your nearest City Mattress location, begin by discussing your current sleep situation with our Sleep Experts. They’ll know which products to show you so you can begin looking at your best options. Very soon, you’ll have the night of quiet sleep you’ve been longing for.