How To Soundproof A Bedroom

by Jennifer Porterfield | Last Updated: November 1, 2021
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A lack of sleep permeates all aspects of your life. It can decrease your vitality and health and increase the risk of illness and disease.

How To Soundproof A Bedroom

It is therefore imperative to be able to soundproof your bedroom to ensure that you are able to sleep without allowing outside noise to disturb you.

Also, it is often embarrassing when internal noise can be heard by unwanted external ears, especially when you have young children, and so soundproofing is a means of securing your bedroom and establishing the utmost comfort for all of your bedroom endeavors.

Therefore, I have outlined several steps below that will help you to soundproof your bedroom without the need for a total remodel.

Individually, these steps may not make the greatest difference but collectively, they will ensure that you achieve the peace of mind required to fully restore yourself within your safe space.

Use Weather Stripping

The door of your bedroom is one way in which sound can easily escape and enter your bedroom. Because of this, your focus should be primarily focused on soundproofing the door and it is arguable the most important step.

To prevent this, you should add some weather stripping tape around the edge of the door to prevent any cracks from allowing the sound through. 

Add Weight To The Door

This may not be a major concern to you if you are more interested in soundproofing noise that is coming from above or below your bedroom. But, for most people, soundproofing the door will make a monumental difference.

The best option is to replace your door with a heavier wooden version, removing any hollow-style doors. If your house is older, your door should already be solid and therefore your soundproofing should be better.

If this is not the case or you live in a modern home, replace your door and you WILL notice the difference instantly.

If you cannot afford to buy a solid, wooden door, then there are other things that you can do to add weight to your door.

It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, but adding MDF board or drywall will add a thick layering and will mitigate any unwanted sounds.

A fiberglass panel will also help but installing an MDF board will probably be your cheapest option. 

Seal The Windows

Weather stripping can also be used to seal your windows and whilst there may not be as many cracks to let weather in from outside, this will still help to ensure that any windows that aren’t double glazed are sealed effectively.

This will also ensure that any external drafts are prevented from entering your bedroom.

Invest In Good Curtains

Adding blackout curtains will enhance your sleep tenfold. This is because they are also the most effective means of preventing sound as well as light. Blackout blinds are an alternative option and work just as effectively.

Use Acoustic Foam

Acoustic foam isn’t just a useful addition to a recording studio. It acts as an incredible layering tool to soundproof your bedroom. This can be added to the walls or to add weight to your door.

However, in order to maintain a nice aesthetic within your bedroom, you should consider being creative with the colors and styles that you select.

You can play with the shapes and patterns and find the right aesthetic and designs to suit your individual taste.

Acoustic foam does an amazing job of blocking sound because it absorbs it easily so this is also the best option for those who use their bedroom to listen to music (or create music) or those who watch tv late into the night whilst others are asleep.

It is also the best option to prevent lovemaking sounds from escaping. 

Utilize Artwork

Any canvas art will work perfectly, not only to cover your acoustic foam, but in general. This is because it adds an additional layer to your wall.

Not only does artwork help to block out unwanted sounds, but it is also a beautiful addition to any bedroom without looking ‘out of place’. 

Analyze Your Ceiling/Floor

If your area of concern regards your ceiling or floor, you may feel at a loss with these previous steps. However, do not worry if you hear a lot of sound coming from above/below you.

You can add some acoustic foam on your ceiling which will most definitely help and if you have the money to invest, then ceiling clouds are a great option.

You can also add a weighted rug or choose to carpet your bedroom with a thick, layered carpet if it is not already carpeted effectively.

Placing your rug on top of soundproofing foam or vinyl will also help to quieten and absorb any unwanted sound. 

Bonus Tip

Always be willing to experiment, you may think and feel that you’ve achieved what you need to with regards to one aspect of your room (your ceiling, for instance) but there may be other avenues that you are able to explore to ensure that your room is fully soundproofed and your quality of sleep is enhanced.

To conclude, by implementing these steps, you will be able to transform your bedroom from a place of anxiety into a safe, blissful haven without having to spend a drastic amount of money.

Your general health and wellbeing will be improved significantly once you are able to sleep and rest properly and this is especially important in an age where the ‘blue light’ emitted from our mobile devices can have such a detrimental impact on our quality of sleep.

Without losing your sanity in the process, you will be able to read, sleep, make love and relax with the confidence and assurance that your bedroom is secure.

There is no reason why you cannot draw inspiration from our website and other websites like ‘Pinterest’ in order to reach a balance between aesthetic and soundproofing.

Above all, your bedroom should be a place of security and implementing these tips will help to ensure that it fulfils its purpose.