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How to Sound-Proof Your Home

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

Let's face it. Last year was a weird year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, our homes have become our offices, classrooms, and recreational spaces. With everyone at home, it's probably been a little squishy and noisier than usual. How can we create a space where everyone can thrive?

It's a little embarrassing to be finishing up a conference call or zoom lecture, only to have a family member hollering in the background, someone asking for your attention, or the faint sounds of a musical instrument being warmed up for practice. So, we've complied three easy ways you can sound-proof your home so that everyone can get the privacy — and quiet — that they need.

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Interlocking Floor Mats

Not the most glamorous, but a good, temporary solution — especially if you don't want to go through a complete floor remodel. Sound bounces, and if you don't have carpet, it can travel even farther. If you're wanting to keep your hardwood and don't want to put an insulator underneath, interlocking floor mats can provide some acoustic insulation and soundproof your floors. Bonus: They are easy to set up and take down, so put them wherever you please. In your home, garage, basement...move them as needed.

White sunlight streams through white sheer curtains, casting midday shadows on the wood floor.
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Acoustic Doors and Curtains

A level up would be considering replacing your doors with acoustic ones that effectively seal sound in and out. The less daunting option might be to throw up a rod and some soundproof curtains. This can work well when you have an open floor plan and want to partition different spaces, say, the living room and the kitchen, but cannot or do not want to install a door. The right curtains will absorb sound and reduce the noise.

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Throw Down Some Carpet

This doesn't mean ripping out your current flooring, but rather could mean just adding rugs to your home space! There are plenty of ways you can add dampening insulation underneath your floors, but if you want to keep it simple, adding a little carpet can still make a difference. This is also a great opportunity to add pieces to your home that would go well with its current design, or, if you're wanting to do a real overhaul, use it as an excuse to redecorate.

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