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How to stop your house from echoing

Updated March 23, 2017

A house or room echoes because the sound made in the home travels and bounces off the walls, ceiling and floors. Echoes are common in empty rooms or large and high ceiling hallways or foyers. There can be various reasons why your echoes are not stopping in your home, despite having some furniture in your home. To stop echoes from being produced in your home, you need to add decorations and furniture to your home, so the sound cannot bounce off the walls, ceiling and floors.

Test your home to determine the origin of the echoes. Echoes are usually created when sound bounces off hard surfaces and high ceilings. Locate your high ceilings in the home and hard surfaces, such as large hardwood floor surfaces and clean and empty walls.

Hang heavy drapes beside your tall windows to block the sound from bouncing off the walls and glass near the windows. The drapes will soften the surfaces, which will prevent the sounds from bouncing off the walls and creating the echoes.

Add large canvas art pieces on the large wall surfaces. Wall hangings will cover the wall surfaces and stop the sound waves from travelling and bouncing off the wall surfaces. Art pieces can also be added on the large walls that create your high ceilings, if applicable.

Place rugs or carpets on your hardwood floors. You do not have to add a full carpet on the hardwood floors, but adding a few large carpets or rugs will help prevent sound waves from reflecting off the floors. The sound waves will also reflect off tile floors, so use carpets on tile floors as well.

Install large ceiling beams, if you find that the echoes are created due to your high ceilings. Install wooden beams to lower your ceilings and trap the sounds and reduce the echoes.

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Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.