Thought your blinds didn't count for much when it comes to reducing noise in a room? Think again. While no blinds or window treatments will completely sound-proof your space, there are definitely some that do a handy job of lessening it.
So whether you want to minimise noise in a nursery or child's room (and hopefully maximise sleep!), you live close to a busy road or your neighbours like to party, here are some of the best options for noise reducing window treatments:
Thanks to their unique design, cellular shades (aka honeycomb shades) are great for cutting out noise. Just as the nifty honeycomb-shaped ‘cells’ trap air and make it more difficult for heat to transfer (making cellular shades a great choice for regulating the inside temperature of your home), they can help keep out some of that racket from next door, getting you one step closer to a peaceful night’s sleep.
It makes sense that window treatments made from fabric will help muffle outside noise; the thicker the curtains, the more they’ll help to absorb sound. Really want to milk your window treatments for their sound-reducing qualities? Pair your curtains with another type, like cellular shades, for twice the effect (that also packs a stylish punch!).
Like curtains, roman shades work at reducing some outside noise because they’re made from fabric. If sound reduction is important, choose roman blinds crafted from a thicker fabric and add a privacy or blackout shade to give your window treatment even more precious, noise-absorbing layers.
Handy tip: When you’re trying to sound-proof or minimise the noise level in a room, it’s a good idea to check your caulking. ‘Caulking’ refers to the sealant used for gaps, joints and seams in various surfaces. So, if you’ve been noticing a few drafts around your windows and doors or you want to make sure your home is as quiet as possible - make sure your caulking is in good condition. A mere 1% gap in the sound barrier transmits 50% of sound!