As parents, we all want the best for our children — from the best nutrition to keep them strong, healthy, and sharp, to catering to their safety and giving them all the things that keep them happy and peaceful. We want them to sleep as tight and peaceful as they can and wake up brimming with energy for the day.
So the question is, how do you make your kid’s bedroom as peaceful and safe as it can be?
There are plenty of ways to do so, but one of the best among them is to soundproof their room. It’s basically keeping internal and external noise from distracting our kids while they sleep, play, read, or do whatever they please in their territory.
The best thing about this is that soundproofing is easy to do. And cheap! If you’re looking to improve your kid’s bedroom’s soundproofing, here are 6 easy ways to do so.
#1 Install soundproof art panels on the walls
You can turn to soundproof art panels for help, both for soundproofing and for interior design needs.
These stylish panels are made with sound absorbing and soundproofing materials to control noise from entering and leaving your kid’s bedroom. They also come in different colors and styles, so you’ll have plenty of options for panels that match the interior of your child’s bedroom.
Fortunately, there are soundproof art panels readily available on Amazon. But if you’re picky about the style of the art panel you’re installing, you can opt for custom-made panels instead.
They’re as easy to install, maintain, and remove as acoustic foam panels, so you won’t run into any problems when placing these soundproofing aids in the bedroom.
#2 Get a white noise machine
If you’re looking for the easiest and instant way to block noise completely from your kid’s bedroom, a white noise machine is the solution you’re looking for.
A white noise machine drowns the distracting noises for your kids by producing sounds that make them subconsciously ignore all other distracting sounds and noises. As a result, white noise can help your child get a peaceful good night sleep you’re looking for.
However, you must use a white noise machine with caution. Use it only when the situation calls for it, say when a sudden loud commotion erupted outside during your kid’s sleeping time.
When you use them to comfort your kids during their sleep, they’ll develop the habit of relying to white noise to drift to sleep. Not to mention that other children don’t respond well to white noise. Some may actually prefer a little noise playing in the background as assurance that they’re not alone at home.
You can check out this guide to learn when to stop white noise for babies.
#3 Double-glaze the windows
Double glazing your windows means placing one more windowpane, separated by a vacuum or gas-filled space.
Not only does this add some soundproofing for the bedroom, but it also improves the overall insulation of the room. The extra glass layer traps heat from coming in and out, saving you from relying too much on the air conditioner during the summer or the heater in the winter. Soundproofing and savings off the electricity bill, all in one go.
The only downside to this is the remodeling needed to install the new layer of glass window panes. You’ll also need to spend a little more on the installation.
You can also hang soundproof curtains to adore your new double glazed windows. These curtains are made with tightly-woven fabric to help keep noise out.
#4 Lay more rugs or carpets on the floor
Children are just full of energy. They love to run, jump, and play around in their bedroom whenever they feel like it, and that’s a good thing.
Well, except when their bedrooms’ on the second floor and you can’t concentrate on what you’re doing with all the thumping on the ceiling. Or when it’s the middle of the night and you suddenly hear lively footsteps and thumping in their bedroom.
In that case, you need more rugs or carpets in your child’s bedroom. These can help deaden the noise produced by the thumping, especially if their bedroom is made of hardwood or vinyl. The thicker the rug is, the more noise it can absorb, so feel free to layer those rugs on the floor.
Rugs and carpets can also add more security to your kid’s health while they’re playing in their room. When they accidentally stumble, fall, or trip, the thick rugs or carpets can serve as a cushion for their bodies, lessening the impact of the fall.
#5 Soundproof your doors
Noise from other rooms can still sneak through your door, even when it’s tightly shut. Those small gaps are more than enough for noise to penetrate, so you need to fill them up too. You can do this through weatherstripping.
The most common type of weatherstrip used for soundproofing doors is adhesive-backed foam type. They’re easy to install – you just measure how long you need, remove the adhesive, and stick it around your door frame where the gaps are located.
If you’ve got the budget to spare, and you’re already planning to do some remodeling, you can replace your hollow-core door with solid ones, preferably those made with 27.5-inches-thick wood.
You can also paint your new door with a plywood coat or soundproofing paint to make the bedroom door perfectly fit for soundproofing.
#6 Place more soft furniture in the bedroom
We don’t want our kids to play in their bedroom only to get hurt by bumping into corners of the furniture. But the lack of furniture in their room allows noise to keep roaming around since there are no surfaces to deflect them around.
To fill the white space in your room, provide more surfaces for noise to deflect around, and prevent your kids from getting injuries, soft furniture items are your best friends.
Fluffy, overstuffed sofas, bean bags, and other soft furniture also help balance the ratio of hard and soft surfaces in their bedroom.
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