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How to choose curtains that will help you soundproof your home

How to choose curtains that will help you soundproof your home

There are many ways to soundproof your home. A popular option is curtains that block sound. Outside noise normally enters your home through your windows or doors. Curtains act as a guard, absorbing outside noise that tries to enter your home. There are certain types of curtains that will be more successful at blocking out sound, so we've put together some tips on how to find the most effective curtains to block out unwanted sounds.

What curtains are best for soundproofing your home?

Heavy blackout curtains are the best option for blocking out sound and have other benefits as well. They block light, while the thickness of the curtains helps prevent cold air from entering the house. Curtains are often the cheapest and most aesthetic sound insulation solution. However, not all curtains qualify as sound absorbers; there are certain features that you will need to watch out for.

When buying curtains, you should consider the height, width, weight, style and material of the curtains - these are all factors that contribute to blocking out unwanted noise. In general, the thicker the curtain, the better it absorbs noise, so you should consider the weight of the curtain when choosing. The heavier the better, so look for thicker materials.

Suede and velvet are quite thick, and the microfibers on the softer materials help absorb more sound waves. You should also look into layered curtains as they are naturally thicker due to the extra lining. Thicker curtains are, of course, more expensive, but they are the cheapest way to soundproof your home and bring several benefits.

When looking for good soundproof curtains, you should also consider their width and style. Wide curtains that have pleats block sound waves better. The wider the curtain, the more pleated it is, so narrower folds will form on the curtain. The pleats in the drape will help reflect sound waves, but the pleats will also thicken the drape and provide more material. This makes it difficult for sound to pass through. Wide curtains are often twice the size of your window, but for maximum effect you should look at pleated curtains that are three times the size of your window.

Another factor that helps block sound is the length of the curtain. Place the curtain rail slightly higher than the window and let the curtains sit slightly on the floor. The extra height will completely cover your window and act as a screen from outside noises.

Wider, longer, thicker and heavier drapes with pleats are the most effective option and in addition to soundproofing, they help keep your home warm and block out light.

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