For those who are regularly exposed to noise, even when in their own home, silence seems like an unreachable thing. As they listen to car honks or passers-by yell all the time, solving this problem should be the first on the ‘to-do’ list.
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You need to take some steps in the form of sound insulation. When it comes to the outside noise, it mostly passes through openings in our home, i.e., through doors and windows. Get soundproof drapes to minimize these unpleasant tones. If you’re skilled with a needle and a sewing machine, you can make these improvised sound panels for your windows all by yourself.
Things You Need
The curtains that we usually have in our homes are primarily made to be aesthetically appealing and then to block light and curious views from the street. Only factory soundproof curtains have advanced features to minimize the impact of noise and the passage of sound waves into the house. Because of these features, their price is higher than ‘ordinary’ curtains.
However, the savings you will get from DIY soundproofing drape are not significant. Maybe you have a little more free time, so you want to spend it wisely. In that case, you can have fun and do something useful again.
In addition to the essential sewing accessories (needle, scissors, or sewing machine), you also need a tape measure, pins, and material to cut your curtain. Their choice on the market is plentiful, but the designs themselves are not attractive. Mostly, these are dark, monochrome, heavy fabrics, which should primarily be functional. It’s up to you to make them stylish and fit into your interior.
The general rule of thumb when choosing a curtain fabric is to keep it thick and heavy. It means that, in the future, you will need stronger shelves. Materials that have a denser weave better ‘filter’ and repel sounds of different frequencies.
There is (still) no soundproof material that will completely block the noise, but the ones we will mention here will make a difference. You can find many different types of fabrics for sound insulation in all specialized stores, and they are available in many colors.
For your purpose, they should be darker, although the color of the material does not affect the functionality of the curtain. It will mean more to you because of the thermal insulation. For soundproofing, the fabric must be firm and thick. Also, you should try to fit them into the style of the interior.
Materials such as velvet (or velour or suede) may be your first choice. Due to their massiveness (thanks to many fiber layers), they give off an impression of warmth and give the room an extra dose of comfort. They are perfect for homes decorated in vintage or country style.
Velvet and suede fabrics, besides noise insulation, happen to be excellent light blockers too. The drapes made of these materials are an excellent choice for a bedroom or workroom or any other place where you need peace and silence.
Polyester is a material that has a full application and is very flexible. Factory soundproof curtains made of this fabric have a high percentage of noise blockage, which means that even in the case of DIY drapes, its application will produce results. Polyester will fit in modern living spaces, which are furnished in a minimalist style. It will look great in living and dining rooms, due to its ‘clean’ appearance.
Take the Right Measure
The rule with soundproof curtains is that they should completely cover the openings and prevent the outside noise from driving you crazy. When it comes to windows, regardless of the size, the curtain should cover the entire opening, from the ground to ceiling. You should let an extra few inches of drape down the floor. To raise the curtain even higher, you can use ceiling mount curtain brackets.
As for the width, it is also good for the curtain to be a couple of inches wider than the window itself. You can put on windows on as many layers of drapes as you want. But if you want the curtain to be both attractive and functional, use the piece of material as wide as two windows width.
Sew It All Together
More layers, better insulation. But the point is that it looks nice, not just stuffed. If the DIY curtain you make doesn’t look pretty, you can always put a regular curtain over it (or if you are skilled, you can sew it onto a soundproof material).
Fold and attach a piece of material around the edges with straight pins. On the upper part of the curtain, make a rod opening by stitching or gluing the Velcro tape. If you use this method, you will also need irons to melt the glue and attach the tape. Pull the rod through the upper hems on the curtain, hang it on the ceiling, and see if any adjustments are needed.
Noise and prolonged exposure to this pollutant is a big problem; traffic is the main culprit for loudness coming from the outside, but it cannot be silenced. Although you may not be aware of the full impact of loud sounds on us, you can feel for sure that your ears and brain are not comfortable with it.