The ability to work from home made some aware of the absence of one element for productivity: quiet. Many of us have taken to barricading to insulate ourselves from noisy sounds. Echo-prone open floor plans have exacerbated the problem as family members concurrently try to do their work or attend remote school. Noise reduction can be as simple as adding a $50 door seal or as complex as spending $10,000 for full-home soundproofing.
- Hard, highly reflective surfaces are among the worst sound offenders. Cover hard surfaces with softer materials, such as area rugs with a sound-absorbing pad underneath and fabric-covered furniture.
- Add roman shades, cellular shades, and plantation shutters that can help reduce noise. Curtains and heavy drapes from suede or velvet are effective at absorbing outside noise.
- In open floor plans, sound can bounce everywhere. Reduce echoes in open spaces with fabric-covered panels to add to the wall sound absorption. You can also try bookcases against walls to help absorb sounds. Artwork can also be used as a sound barrier.
- In addition to improving air quality, houseplants can help reduce noise. They’re most beneficial on hard-surface floors. Choose a potted Norfolk pine in room corners. Sound will bounce from the wall onto the foliage instead of throughout the room.
- Seal doors and windows. Soundproofing companies offer acoustic door seal kits. They fit around doors or window edges to reduce sound coming through cracks.
- Add X-Protector Felt Furniture Pads to create a shield between the floor and furniture's feet that carefully protect from noise and scuffs!