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If you’re used to being stuck in an office building all day, working from home may sound like the ultimate dream come true. The commute is just a short walk down the hall, ‘business casual’ is your pajamas, and best of all, your work schedule revolves around your life – not the other way around.
But then its Monday morning and you’re a few emails in when suddenly the kids are fighting, the dog is barking and the dryer is making that noise again. If you’ve recently made the transition to a home office, you’re probably starting to realize just how loud your home can be.
Distracting clamor disrupts your work ethic and kills your productivity. Luckily, there are many easy ways to reduce noise in your home office. Interested in a quiet workspace? Follow these simple tips and you’ll be working the day away in uninterrupted bliss.
Fix your Floors
Imagine the sound of a heavy book hitting a hard wood floor. Now think about that same book falling onto a plush carpet. Which one was louder?
Carpet is much better at absorbing noise than hardwood, so start by covering your floors with rugs. Wall-to-wall carpeting is great, but throw rugs are cheaper and they’ll have the same effect.
Ditch your Door
Most interior doors are hollow-core and allow sound to travel straight through. Though hollow-cores tend to be the best option for interior doors, you may need to upgrade for a space where noise reduction is crucial, like an office. Consider switching to a thicker, solid-core door. If that’s out of your budget, or you don’t want to deal with the hassle of installation, try a soundproofing panel, like this one, that will hang over the door frame and add an extra layer of sound blockage.
Another cheaper option is to add a door sweep to the bottom of the door. These can be easily installed and will help reduce noise coming in through the cracks.
Fill it Up
Empty space leaves lots of room for sound to bounce around. If all you have in your office is a desk and a swivel chair, it’s time for a little decorating.
Soft furniture will take up space and help reduce echoing so go ahead, splurge on that squishy new sofa.
Next, set up a book case against whichever wall connects to the nosiest part of the house and fill it up. The bookcase will add an extra layer between you and your family’s chaos, blocking out noise and increasing your productivity.
If your walls are bare, you may want to consider hanging some acoustic absorption panels. These wall-mounted panels absorb excess noise and, since they’re customizable, they make for easy and practical wall art.
Hear that? That’s the sweet sound of silence. Now no more excuses, get back to work!
Have any other questions about soundproofing your office? Leave them in the comments below!