Your windows are a great source of light and heat, as well as cooling breezes and the sounds of nature. They also are a home's primary source of unwanted noise, allowing unfiltered sounds to travel from their source into your home. Single-paned windows will stop only some light and noise from entering your room. Window treatments, including acoustical plastic film and sound-absorbing curtains, will help dampen unwanted noise. Heavy velvet theatre curtains layered over an underlying pair of acoustical curtains will create a reinforced sound-dampening barrier.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Acoustical plastic film
- Magnetic tape
- Measuring tape
- Fabric wall covering
- Regular curtain rods
- Extended curtain rods
- Acoustical curtains
- Velvet theatre curtains
Cover your windows with acoustical plastic film. Cut the plastic to fit the window with about 3 inches excess on all sides. Secure the film with magnetic tape.
Treat your window as an extension of the wall. Cover the window area with a decorative fabric wall hanging that complements the room colour and decor Fabric will help absorb sound and prevent sound from entering and leaking out of the room.
Install a set of regular curtain rods above the window to hang one set of sound-dampening or acoustical curtains. Install an extended curtain rod that is longer and at least 2 inches wider than the first rod.
Hang a set of heavy velvet theatre curtains on your extended curtain rod. The 2 inches of space between the two sets of curtains will create a barrier that traps noise and prevents it from entering the room.
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