How To Reduce Noise In Your Home 

Your home is meant to be a peaceful place that many would call a sanctuary; it’s where you go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, so the last thing you’ll want is for it to be too noisy. The good news is there are a few things you can do to reduce the noise in your home if it does get too loud, so keep reading to find out what some of those things are. 

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Fix The Problem

The easiest (at least to start with) thing to do if you want to reduce noise in your home is to fix the problem that’s causing the noise to start with. Take a moment to consider what it is that’s causing the issue and work out how you can repair anything that needs to be repaired, replace anything that needs to be replaced, or even entirely remove the noisy thing altogether. 

Take your appliances, for example. As they get older, they can start to get noisy when you use them, and a loud washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer, and so on can be hugely disruptive. Why not get some replacement parts and see if that makes a difference? Or perhaps it’s the noise from outside that’s the problem – how about replacing your windows so they’re double or even triple-glazed and the sound’s blocked out? 

Of course, sometimes you can’t do a lot about the noise, but if you can, then you definitely should – it might be that taking steps as early as possible is the best way to make your home a lot more comfortable again. 

Think About Your Rooms

There’s generally a standard way to use each of the rooms in your home – you’ll know where the kitchen is, where the bathroom is, and which rooms are designated as bedrooms, and so on. But what if we said you didn’t have to stick to those pre-ordained ideas? Yes, it’s probably easier to keep the kitchen and bathroom or bathrooms in the same places, but you can change other things around to suit, and to keep things quieter. 

For example, if one of the problems is that a home office is above a kids’ playroom or living room where the TV can be heard through the floor (and similar issues), then what about changing things around? Could you switch and have a bedroom where the office is? Could you take the office outside and have a garden office instead? What about changing the living room and dining rooms around to minimize noise in certain areas of the house? In other words, don’t just stick to the original layout if a different one would reduce noise when you need it to be lowered. 

Change Your Interior Design

There are some things you might have in your home that are making it a noisier place to be, and nothing you do can change that – the only solution is to change your interior design and make it quieter. 

Wooden or laminate floors are a great example of what we mean. Having these in your home might look great or be on trend, but they’re going to be noisy too; just walking around on them makes noise, and placing anything on them or dropping something will be noisy as well. If you want a peaceful, quiet home, you might need to forget about being on trend and just stick with a traditional carpet instead. In that way, your floor will be silent, and the extra material will absorb other sounds as well. Or why not use rugs as a good middle ground? 

On top of this (literally, in many cases), you can have noise-absorbing furniture in your home to help keep things quieter. This doesn’t mean furniture specifically designed to absorb noise, but instead it just means furniture like bookcases and couches that can sit against walls and buffer the sounds. 

Wear Earplugs

If there’s really nothing you can do in your home to make it a quieter space (perhaps the noise is coming from construction work outside or perhaps you just live with a lot of other people, so there’s always some kind of noise happening), then another great option is to wear earplugs – they’ll keep the noise out and you can go about your day quite happily. 

When we say earplugs, we don’t mean the ones you might instantly think of that block out all sounds – we mean the new style of earplugs that come in a range of levels, so you can block everything, hear some things, or just minimize the sound instead. These can be a great way to enjoy your home and feel more comfortable without any huge financial commitment or disruption. 

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