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So, you’ve come across some sound curtains while researching ways to soundproof your home. At first thought, you may only consider using soundproofing curtains to block out noise from getting in through your windows. However, sound curtains can be used in a lot of different situations. In this blog, we’ll go over some of the best uses for sound curtains in your home, so you can get more bang for your buck!
You can use sound curtains on windows and doors, or even suspended from the ceiling to act as a room divider. Soundproofing curtains help to stop sound from moving between spaces, because they have sound blocking material, known as mass loaded vinyl, at the core.
What are the Best Uses for Soundproofing Curtains?
Overall, soundproofing curtains are best used for blocking sound from traveling between spaces, whether it’s through a door or a window. The following are some of the best and most popular uses for sound curtains:
- Sound Dampening doorways for nurseries
- Preventing traffic noise from leaking in through windows
- Blocking off basement openings for sound that moves from living area to downstairs
- Soundproofing a home office for more privacy and less distractions from other people in your house
- Soundproofing sliding glass doors to lessen noise from decks or backyards
- Creating a soundproof room divider
Create Soundproof Windows with Sound Curtains
The best and most popular use for sound curtains is by far using them to soundproof windows. You may find you need to soundproof your windows or sliding glass doors if you live on a busy street and experience a lot of traffic noise, or if you have some noisy neighbors who happen to own noisy dogs. Whatever the reason may be, soundproofing curtains are the ideal solution for soundproofing you windows if you don’t want to break the bank by fully replacing them with double-pane glass.
However, keep in mind that using sound curtains for windows soundproofing means that when you want some peace and quiet, you won’t be able to look out your windows. Because soundproofing curtains are made with a solid yet flexible core, and wrapped in cotton canvas fabric, while they keep out sound, they also keep out the views. This is something to consider when considering using sound curtains for window soundproofing.
See More: How to Soundproof Existing Windows
Using Sound Curtains to Soundproof a Door
The second best use for sound curtains is to soundproof a door or doorway (yes soundproofing curtains can double as soundproof door covers!). People most often need to soundproof doors for their own bedrooms, a child’s bedroom or their home office. Sound curtains can also be used over doorways without doors. This is pretty common from doorways leading from a living area down into a basement, or from a living room to a dining room.
There really are no downsides to using sound curtains to soundproof a door or a doorway. Unlike windows, there’s not much to see if you already plan on having your door closed to keep out sound, the soundproofing door cover just adds extra mass to keep even more sound out than a door could do on it’s own.
See More: How to Soundproof a Door
Make a Soundproof Room Divider with Soundproofing Drapes
Sound curtains, specifically soundproof drapes, can be used to create a soundproof room divider. While building a new wall two divide a room into two would take a lot of time, effort and money on your part, installing a soundproof drapes involves a fraction of each of those. People most often need soundproof room dividers when they have a house with an open floor plan, and need to use one large room for two different things. For example, someone may use one half of the living room for watching TV, and the other half as a home office.
Similar to a soundproof door cover, there are no real cons to using a soundproofing drape to divide a room. You can easily open and close it depending on what you need to use the room for at that time.
See More: Creating Soundproof Room Dividers
Best Uses for Sound Curtains – Summary
In summary, the best uses for sound curtains are:
- Soundproofing windows from outside noise
- Soundproofing doors and doorways to keep sound from traveling between rooms
- Creating a soundproof room divider to split one large room into two