The world is a noisy place. From cars honking to dogs barking to lawnmowers and leaf blowers that seem to run constantly, your ears could use a break. If you're not ready to check out and move away to a solitary little spot in the country, you can install noise-reducing drapes or curtains.
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Ready-made Noise-reducing Curtains
One of the simplest solution for homeowners to reduce noise is to purchase and hang ready-made noise-reducing curtains. A number of manufacturers offer them for sale in a variety of sizes, fabrics and colours. While each manufacturer uses its own design and materials, these curtains are made by lining traditional decorative fabric with special sound-reducing material. These curtains often have the added benefit of blocking light, heat and cold. Check mass merchandise stores and speciality bed and bath stores for availability, or conduct an online search. While these curtains won't completely block all sounds from coming in, they will make your home quieter. According to the Eclipse company website, its curtains can block up to 40 per cent more noise than standard curtains.
Noise-reducing Curtain Liners
If you love the curtains you already own and would prefer not to part with them, hang a noise-reducing liner behind them. The liner won't show but will block noise. Like ready-made curtains, liners won't block every sound but will reduce the outside noise that comes into your home.
If you are unable to find ready-made curtains in the style, size and fabric you prefer, an interior decorator or seamstress can custom make them for you. Additionally, there are a number of manufacturers of noise-reducing curtains that take custom orders. According to the Quiet Curtains website, its "STC 20" curtains reduce noise by up to 20 decibels, and they have an assortment of fabrics and even trims such as fringe for you to choose from.
If you need to block noise in a commercial or industrial setting, there are solutions for you as well. Although these curtains look quite different than decorative household curtains, their function is the same. Again, while each manufacturer has its own proprietary specifications and materials, these companies can help you lessen the noise pollution in and around your business. For example, according to its website, O'Neill Engineered Systems, Inc. its noise-blocking curtain products can reduce noise by as much as 20 decibels.
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