There are plenty of scenarios that could call for soundproofed curtains – living on a busy city street, next to a loud construction site or in an apartment building with thin walls (for example). We recommend opting for custom made curtains if you are looking to soundproof your home, as this will ensure that they match your décor and meet your needs perfectly. We have compiled this guide to help you make appropriate selections.
Step 1: Determine where the noise is coming from
The very first thing that you need to do is determine which window/s or wall/s are letting the most sound into your home. These are the areas that you will want to focus on. Note that soundproof curtains can prove to be quite expensive, so it may not be feasible to hang them over every single window.
Step 2: Measure the area where the curtains will hang
The next thing you will need to do is measure the window or wall where the drapes will be hung, as this will give you a good idea of the size required. Make sure you measure two or even three times to ensure that you got the correct measurements first time around.
Step 3: Pay special attention to the fabric thickness
When it comes time to actually choose your curtains, ensure that you pay special attention to the thickness of the fabric. In order to provide a barrier against sound, it should be at least 2 to 3 inches thick. It is also a good idea to hold the drapes in your hands; soundproof ones should be quite heavy.
Step 4: Ensure there will be a layer of vinyl backing
Whilst the front of soundproof custom made curtains should look like any other type, the back should contain mass loaded vinyl material. Ensure that this material is constructed from high quality vinyl and that it includes silica and sand; this is what creates the soundproof barrier.
Step 5: Shop with stores that specialise in acoustics
Keep in mind that you will not find soundproof curtains in home decorating store or retailers; instead, you may need to shop online or at least do some research into a supplier who specialises in acoustic barriers. Don’t be afraid to give a supplier a call to determine their suitability.
Step 6: Ask about warranties and guarantees
It is essential that you enquire about warranties and guarantees before placing your order, as custom made products cannot always be returned. Find out what the supplier will do if your curtains provide an ineffective noise barrier or if they experience problems down the track.
- Did you know that soundproof curtains can also be used to stop noise from leaving your home? This is great if you enjoy watching loud television or practicing an instrument.
- Did you know that other materials can be used to supplement your soundproofing? Fabric panels, vinyl drywall and double windowpanes also help to lessen noise penetration.
We hope that you now have a thorough understanding of how to purchase custom made curtains for the purposes of soundproofing. Depending on where you live, this could be a primary concern (especially when trying to sleep at night or when putting young children down for a nap). And don’t forget that these curtains can also be used to prevent noise from leaving your home, so you can party to your heart’s content.
Energy Window Fashions provide all types of custom made curtains and ready made blinds in Australia.