Having a peaceful and quiet home is a dream for many. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to truly relax and feel comfortable away from the noise and chaos outside? The problem is, you might feel this is impossible; your home is just always noisy, and whether that’s from external noises or it’s the people you live with – or even the house itself – making noise, it’s not conducive to a great night’s sleep or a relaxing moment or two away from work. With that in mind, here are some ways to help you have a more peaceful home that will enable you to truly relax properly at last.
Let’s consider the problem of external noise first. Perhaps you live on a busy street or maybe it’s just that your neighbors happen to have a loud car, or they love to mow their lawn early in the morning. Ideally, you’ll want none of that external noise pollution to enter your home, meaning you can enjoy the peace and quiet without whatever else might be happening outside.
The best thing to do is to install secondary glazing to effectively reduce noise at home and within your home. This means there is an extra layer of glass between you and the outside world, and this will happily block out many sounds from outside. The difference this will make will be instant and wonderful, and although you’ll need to spend money to get it done, you’re sure to be glad you did when you hear – or don’t hear – the difference.
Noise from Neighbors
If you live in a home such as an apartment or a terraced house, you’ll occasionally hear your neighbors, and of course, it’s worth bearing in mind that they can hear you too.
Even though it’s to be expected when you live in such close quarters, there are some things you can do to reduce this noise and help you relax more peacefully at home. One of the best things you can do is to put up a layer of sound board on shared walls. It’s like insulating your home against the noise of your neighbors, and it’s something you can do yourself (although if you’re not confident, hiring a professional is certainly another option). You can also change the layout of your room and move your larger pieces of furniture to the shared wall, as this will help to block out some noise.
Blocking out external noise is relatively simple, but when the noise is coming from inside the house, it can be more of a challenge to deal with. Again, moving furniture can help, or even switching rooms – if your bedroom is next to a noisy teenager or over the living area, could you switch? Otherwise, installing additional insulation can be helpful, plus it will make your home more energy efficient.
Look at your doors. If they are hollow-core doors, they won’t be very helpful when it comes to dulling the noises of the house. Change them for solid doors, and this will make a big difference. Plus, even though you might prefer the look of wooden floors, carpets are quieter. Even adding rugs could be a good compromise that keeps everyone happy.