Create Your Own Quiet Zone: Soundproofing Your House

Picture this: You come home from work, the television is blaring, the kids are playing an impromptu game of hockey in the upstairs hallway, and your better half is doing cooking-with-karaoke. Sound familiar?

Over the past several years, the demand for house soundproofing has increased, and it’s no coincidence. We are living closer together, alongside traffic of all kinds, and we’re looking for ways to hear only what we want to hear. Some manufacturers of soundproofing products have seen up to a 22 percent increase in sales since 2015.

What if you could barely hear extraneous noise, thanks to such simple soundproofing measures as carpet, caulk, and even a no-shoes-in-the-house policy?

Soundproof from the ground up with cushy carpeting

Randy Trainor, principal at C. Randolph Trainor Interiors in New Hampshire, says when a room is well-designed, you should “immediately feel a sense of comfort and ease”—and that includes reducing noise.

So think softness, she recommends, as step No. 1.

Start soundproofing by adding fabric to each room of the house. “Specific rooms in your house don’t tend to have a lot of soundproofing,” Trainor says.

“Specific rooms in your house don’t tend to have a lot of soundproofing.”

— Randy Trainor

Looking to get the most soundproofing impact out of your floor? Thickness and height, the two factors that make up a carpet’s density, are going to play a role. Thicker, taller carpeting will likely be more sound absorbent than thinner, shorter carpeting.

Add to the pad, too. Upgrading to well-engineered carpet padding when you work with an installer may improve the sound absorption.

Adopt a no-shoes policy

Find that you can still hear the loud stamp of children’s feet after all your soundproofing efforts? Instate a no-shoes-in-the-house rule. It’s the perfect complement to that nice, soft, padded carpet—and it’ll help keep your floor clean. This new policy is a win-win.

Do the doors and windows

Like drafts of cold air, sound can leak in or escape through windows. Insulating them helps prevent sound from traveling in and out. Let’s be honest: You don’t want to hear your neighbor’s buzzing leaf blower any more than he wants to hear your kids’ ice princess serenades. Acoustical caulking on windows absorbs sound while keeping pesky drafts at bay.

Inside, exchanging hollow-core doors for solid-wood doors can help provide a better barrier from room to room.

It takes two. Just because you can’t see carpet padding doesn’t mean it isn’t working hard.

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