Array
Tips and Guides

5 No-Fuss Ways to Soundproof Your Home

Achieve peace and sweet slumber with these handy hints

Shares
Original Article: Joy Jabile-Ejercito Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Production (Main Photo) Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Are you frequently awakened by rough echoes and racket in the dead of night? If you nodded in agreement, your home might be in dire need of soundproofing or the process of minimizing noise pollution indoors.

Aside from having a peaceful retreat, a noise-insulated space can deliver many health benefits including stress reduction, improved cardiovascular activity and lessened insomnia attacks. To help you out, here are some techniques and materials you can do or use in attaining a quieter sanctuary: 


1. Minimize the use of marble

Marble and other shiny, natural stone finishes have a tendency to bounce sound louder than other flat materials. Avoid using these in private spaces and opt for ceramic, homogenous tiles instead. You can also add area rugs in the bedroom to further minimize noise.

2. Create a buffer zone

When you increase the distance between the sound source and the receiver, you’re able to cut volume by almost half. Position bedrooms and spaces made for rest in the part of the house farthest from entertaining areas and place an anteroom in between to catch the first wave of noise. 


3. Invest in high-quality sound system

If you have a poorly designed entertainment system, it may create a lot of unnecessary household noise. Make sure to invest in a good home theatre set and subwoofer isolation pads to balance the base tones that come out of the speakers.

4. Stagger doorways

Stagger the location of doorways so they are not directly across each other. This will keep sound from being transferred through open doors and travelling across hallways.  It’s also best to avoid hollow materials such as plywood to keep the noise from reverberating across the entire house.

5. Install a second fence

If the noise is coming from outside, try putting up a high, secondary fence that will help break sounds coming from the street before it enters your home. 

Read the original article ("Quiet, please") in the August 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

More on Realliving.com.ph

3 Easy Ways to Soundproof Your Bedroom

Designer Q and A for October 28 (Part 2)

5 Affordable Home Theater Finds

Shares

Latest Stories

An Extreme Makeover of a Pasay Studio Unit for Four

This major overhaul of 29sqm condo reveals a fantastic kitchen, living-dining area, and two private bedrooms!

Do This And You'll Have An Odor-Free Shower Forever

This hack won't take five seconds of your time!

Bridge Linking QC and Pasig to be Built by Real Estate Developers

A bridge that is being built over the Marikina River is part of this P53 billion development

Important Tips For Working With Color From An Interior Designer

Who says bright hues should be reserved for play areas?

What Amenities Do Millennials Look for in Condos?

Listen up, folks! In these interviews, Millennials dish on their condo non-negotiables.

8 Ways To Use The Color Ultra Violet At Home

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2018 is surprisingly versatile—you can use it as an accent, or as an overall hue

5 Ways To Decorate Your Home Without Spending Anything

Working with a tight budget? These ideas won't cost you a single peso.

5 Tips For Taking Care of A Family Home

Maintaining a mid-century property can be easy with this handy guide

A Cozy Industrial Style Condo Unit You’d Love To Come Home To

This 96sqm home features a balance between homey and edgy, with handpicked details and travel finds making it extra special and personal

A Feng Shui Guide for Every Room in Your House

As we approach the Year of the Dog, it’s time to clear your space and balance out your energies at home

Easy Small Space Tricks From An Interior Designer

Solve your tiny floor area woes with these ideas

Manila's Historic Houses Are Grand and Beautiful

Let's take a trip down memory lane and have a look at the stately mansions from Manila's bygone era of grandeur
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!