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Those of us who have experienced a college dorm room, understand truly how much actually takes place in such a confined living space. A dorm room or sometimes campus apartments, combine every single space into one or two. It is the place where you’re spending time with friends, studying, eating, resting from stressful tests and most importantly – the space you call home for a large portion of your school year.
However, most of the dorm rooms on campuses throughout the country are small and minimally furnished, with only a few essentials like bed and desk. This alone makes it easy for noise to reverberate off bare surfaces, such as hard floors and blank walls. Noise coming in from the outside or echoing within a small bare living space can cause a terrific annoyance. Are you about to start looking for a secluded off-campus accommodation? First, check out these tips and tricks for soundproofing your college dorm room on a budget!
- Get some rugs.
A bare floor creates sound with the shuffling of feet and heels while also echoing and doing nothing to absorb sound waves within a dorm room. Cover your floor with a rug or a carpet (the thicker the better). Not only will you work to mitigate sound within your dorm room, but you will also have a comfortable, cushioned floor perfect for activities (board games anyone?).
- Put some art on the walls.
Wall decorations are also very important to consider when looking to reduce noise in style. You can cover walls with fun tapestries or large framed images, but the best kind of wall covering is foam or fabric covered cork board. Try to do more than hanging posters and remember, that you need to ‘thicken’ the wall.
- Get soundproofing curtains.
Chances are there is noise also entering through the windows from the streets as well. That is why it is vital to think about blocking outside sounds and soundproofing curtains are a great option for that. Check out our sound blocking AcousticCurtain which blocks up to 90% of noise and is 100% blackout as well, creating the optimal sleep sanctuary. Whether it’s for a late night, a mid-day nap or a weekend of studying, sound blocking curtains are an easy to install, cost-effective addition to any dorm or apartment.
- Buy some creative sound machines.
The final step in creating a peaceful environment is to create your own white noise to distract you from other unpleasant and intrusive sounds. Look at your local thrift store for a used fan or humidifier to provide static noise that will drown out external sound. Play a radio softly in the background or consider purchasing a small sound machine to control what you hear, with options to hear a rainstorm or crashing waves.
- Correctly arrange furniture.
One of the easiest ways to reduce noise within your dorm room or apartment is to arrange your furniture so that it blocks sound transmission. Move your furniture close to the walls. Ideally, you want your bed, dresser, desk etc. lined up against all your walls. Your dorm bed is especially thick and is great for absorbing vibrations. If possible be sure to fill empty spaces with functional furniture.
Whatever options you choose, remember that nothing should distract you from enjoying your college dorm experience – especially noise. Skyrocket your GPA, and #SleepWell!