You lead a busy life. You’re constantly surrounded by things, including a lot of noise. Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary; your place to relax, recharge and escape the constant hum of daily life. So, when noise pollution infiltrates your home (and with much of today’s technology being within the structures four walls, it’s likely that it already has), it’s understandable that you get aggravated. Being continuously surrounded by noise is more than just irritating, it’s bad for your health.
Too much noise interferes with your sleep, affects your ability to think clearly, and adds an unnecessary amount of stress that can cause both physical and mental health issues. Soundproofing the home has become an increasingly popular trend, allowing you to regain the peace and quiet you crave. Here’s how to soundproof your sanctuary so you can rest in peace and quiet on your terms.
Kick Off Your Shoes at the Door
Ever close yourself into a room and turn on some calming music, but you can hear the kids running up and down the hall? Or, despite their best efforts to be quiet, you can still hear the clicking of someone’s shoes as they try to tiptoe past your room? Even these sounds can be distracting, and certainly don’t help you to relax. An easy way to soundproof your house is to start a “no shoes in the house” policy. Lay an area rug, runner or even a shoe rack by the door and encourage everyone in the house, including your guests, to remove their shoes before going anywhere beyond the entryway. And, removing shoes before traipsing through the house has a dual purpose. Not only will socked or bare feet be quieter, the floors will be a lot cleaner, too!
Do Some Work on Windows and Doors
Drafty windows and exterior doors do more than let chilly air in. In fact, you’ve probably heard that properly sealing your windows and adding weather stripping to your doors can help keep your house at a comfortable temperature and reduce your energy bills. Did you know that drafty windows and doors can also be the source of unwanted outdoor noises? Fortunately, the same upgrades that stop chilly air from driving your heating bills up in the winter also help to reduce the amount of exterior noise that barges in unwanted.
Another way to soundproof your home in regards to these areas is to use a thicker curtain on your windows, specifically one rated for noise reduction. As far as reducing the amount of interior noise, you can also exchange hollow doors for solid ones, and you’ll decrease the likelihood of hearing the television in the living room, or the clanging of cookware and dishes in the kitchen.
Upgrade Your Floors
Soundproofing your home is a great opportunity to get new flooring. But not just any old flooring will do. You need something that will absorb noise, and that answer is carpeting. Many types of floors, such as hardwood and tile, generate noise when you walk on them, shoes or not. Soft, plush carpet not only feels good underfoot and makes the room look cozy, it also reduces sound. For the best results, you are going to want a carpet that has a taller, thicker pile. But carpet isn’t the only thing you need to look at. Just as important as the carpet is the carpet padding underneath. The right padding will help keep the carpet clean, soft, strong and the room quieter, allowing you to create your very own oasis.
If you’re looking to make your home a little quieter, there are steps you can take. For help adding your new carpet, contact Windows Floors & Decor. We can help you find the right style of carpet, and the right padding that not only reduce noise, but look great too, and all at 30-60% of what you would pay at a traditional retail store. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation!