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How To Soundproof Your Home Without Replacing Your Windows

5th November - Bonfire Night.

The time of year where fireworks go off at all times of night. For some, it’s a time to gather together and celebrate and for others it’s a time of concern for pets, sleeping children and their own sleep. You might have come to realise that now is the best time to start soundproofing your home to not only help for Bonfire Night, but also all year round!

Noise pollution can disrupt the peace and tranquility of your home, making it challenging to relax, work, or sleep. While replacing windows with soundproof alternatives can be effective, it's also an expensive and time-consuming option.

Fortunately, there are several alternative ways to reduce noise in your home without replacing your windows. We explore the best ways to achieve a quieter and more comfortable living space here:

Solid panel shutters dressing a bay window and single window in a living room

Weatherstripping and Caulking Designed To Soundproof

One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce noise is to seal any gaps and cracks around your windows. Weatherstripping and caulking are simple DIY solutions that can significantly improve sound insulation.

Apply weatherstripping to the moving parts of your windows and use caulk to seal gaps between the window frame and the wall. This will not only reduce noise but also improve energy efficiency.

Heavy Curtains

Thick, heavy curtains can act as a barrier against external noise. We supply a wide range of high-density fabrics, which also have acoustic properties. If noise reduction is your priority, we would recommend we fit these close to the window and extend them to the floor to create an effective sound barrier.

Additionally, using blackout curtains can help reduce noise and block out light, improving your sleep quality.

For optimal noise reduction, you can choose to layer your windows with heavy curtains and other window stylings such as shutters. This creates an extra barrier against noise, as the multiple layers can trap and block sound effectively.

We offer a wide range of fabrics from some of the top fabric houses in the UK, so we are able to offer you the best advice when choosing the right fabric for your needs.

Thick velvet curtains closed in a bedroom

Wooden Shutters

Our solid hardwood shutters are a great choice for helping reduce noise.

Their solid and dense construction serves as a barrier that helps block external noise from entering your space. When closed, shutters create an extra layer of insulation, effectively reducing the amount of sound that can penetrate through your windows.

Our premium hardwood will also stand the test of time versus other more inferior materials such as MDF, so you will reap the rewards of your investment!

All our shutters are made bespoke to your windows, so there won’t be any gaps where sound might be able to infiltrate, helping with noise reduction.

Shutters are also one of the most stylish options to help soundproof your home! Choose from louvred shutters or solid panel shutters depending on your own personal preferences and interior decor. As a note, solid panel shutters will help increase your noise reduction. You can also personalise further by selecting your colour, hinge options, louvre size and mechanism options.

A grey armchair in the alcove of a living room bay window dressed with plantation shutters

Soundproofing Window Film

Soundproofing window film is a cost-effective solution to reduce noise and improve insulation. It's a transparent adhesive film that we can help apply to your windows. This film can block out a significant amount of outside noise while still allowing natural light to enter your home.

If you wish to learn more about how we can help with your window film requirements, contact us for more information.

Bookshelves or Furniture

Strategically placing bookshelves or heavy furniture near your windows can help reduce noise. These items act as sound barriers and can absorb or deflect noise, making it less intrusive.

However, these may not always work with the overall layout of your room, so other options such as curtains or shutters may be a more suitable long term solution.

Sealing Gaps in Flooring and Walls

Don't forget to address gaps and cracks in the walls and floors, as sound can easily travel through these openings. Using acoustic sealant or expanding foam can help fill these gaps and further reduce noise infiltration.

Corner of a living room with white boucle armchair and white tier on tier shutters on a bay window

Use Rugs and Carpets

To reduce sound reflection and impact noise, consider adding rugs or carpets to your floors. They can absorb sound and reduce the amount of noise bouncing around your space.

Plant a Noise-Blocking Garden

If you have control over your outdoor space, planting a garden with thick, noise-absorbing plants and trees can help block outside noise before it reaches your windows.

Be mindful however of how much large trees and bushes can obstruct the natural light coming into your room.

How To Soundproof Your Home

There are numerous ways to reduce noise in your home without the need for expensive window replacements. A combination of these methods can be even more effective in creating a peaceful and serene living environment.

Contact us today to understand how we can help soundproof your home with curtains, shutters or window films.

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