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I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, if either of my parents ever decided to work from home one day, they always worked at the dining room table. Now if all of the kids were at school that day then that was great for them, but if it was summer and we were all home I’m sure the sound of us watching TV in the next room annoyed them a lot. See, we didn’t have any sort of barrier between the dining area and the living room. My parents always talked about getting french doors, but it would’ve been pretty expensive, too bad they didn’t know about soundproof curtains as room dividers!
Soundproof Room Dividers for Open Homes
I’ve always loved open home floor plans, it makes each room feel bigger than it actually is. However, while they do feel very modern and stylish, they come with some downsides. Without any walls to separate rooms, sound can travel very easily throughout all of the different spaces. Rather than make the decision to actually add walls around the house, it would be more convenient and cost-effective to consider soundproof room dividers.
Some people think that soundproof curtains and door covers can only be used over existing windows and doors, but that’s not the case. Of course in an ideal situation, there would be a window or door to soundproof, our products work alone to block around 20 decibels or 60%-80% of sound. It’s a cost-effective alternative to installing an entirely new door in the space that you want to block from transferring.
Related: Easy Home Soundproofing
Using Soundproof Curtains as a Room Divider
What do you do when you need to close off part of your house for more privacy, add a wall? You could, but think about how much that would cost. Depending on the size of the opening you need to close up, a soundproof curtain would cost somewhere between $300-$600, which is likely more affordable than materials and installation costs of a wall.
For a completely open, large space, the AcoustiTrac is the best option to divide two rooms, while also helping to soundproof them. This soundproof curtain can cover an opening of up to 12 feet wide while still being easy to open when you need to get through especially when you choose the split panel option. With the split panel, when the curtain is closed it will be the width that you ordered, but we ensure that it overlaps in the middle and seals with magnets, so it doesn’t impact the curtain’s sound blocking abilities.
Soundproof Door Cover for Open Doorway
We get a lot of calls from people who have a doorway with no door that separates rooms such as the kitchen and the living room. Usually the situation is that one person is trying to do work at the kitchen table while someone else works in the other rooms, but neither can concentrate if the other is on the phone or is typing up a storm.
For smaller openings, such as a doorway just without a door, you can use a soundproof door cover. As opposed to the AcoustiTrac, the AcoustiDoor hangs with hooks and grommets and will need to be rolled up and down by hand when in use. Both versions of the soundproof curtain do have the same STC Rating, or soundproofing rating, of 21, meaning that can block about 21-25 decibels of sound. For reference, that’s about 60%-80% of noise reduction.
Soundproof Dividers for Loft Style Homes
Another situation we see is people needing to soundproof an upstairs loft area from their downstairs living room. Usually their kids hang out upstairs but there isn’t a wall, there’s just a railing and you can see and hear everything they’re doing up there. This is another situation where a large soundproof curtain, specifically the AcoustiTrac, can be used to cover a large opening.
Even if sound isn’t an issue, and you really just need a room divider, a soundproof curtain can still act as just a room divider but you get the benefit of noise reduction.
Soundproof Room Dividers in Open Homes
Rather than add new walls in your open home, add something you can close when you need to and open when you need to. This will help you to get soundproofing and room division when you want it, but you can still have the openness of your home back when you want it.