Sleep soundly night and day: Two ways to soundproof your bedroom

01 May 2015

Maybe it’s the drone of rush-hour traffic. Maybe it’s your neighbour’s yappy dog. Or perhaps it’s just your partner’s loud closing of the kitchen cupboards. Whatever. Trying to sleep when everyone else is awake is close to impossible. Without soundproofing that is. So what if you could install your own affordable DIY soundproofing? You’d do it wouldn’t you! All for a good day’s sleep.

1.

SOUNDPROOF CURTAIN

Goodbye noise from outside

All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread. All you need to sew a soundproof curtain, including an IKEA sewing machine, fabric, measuring tape,, pins, scissors and cotton thread.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Two pieces of metre fabric (any you like) of the same size, enough to fit your window

  • A piece of wadding (that stuff from inside a synthetic quilt), that’s 2cm narrower and 2cm shorter than the metre fabric

  • Two eyelets (to hang it up)

  • Cotton thread

  • A tape measure

  • Some pins

  • Scissors

  • A sewing maching

  • Some dressmakers’ chalk

Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding. Step 1 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: layer up the fabric and wadding.

1. LAYER UP

Place the wadding in between the two pieces of metre fabric with a 1cm gap, on all sides, between the edge of the wadding and the edge of the metre fabric.

Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place. Step 2 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: pin the hem in place.

2. FOLD AND PIN

Fold the edges of the metre fabric inwards to create a hem and pin in place.

Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem. Step 3 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the hem.

3. SEW THE BORDER

Sew the two sides together with the wadding inside, removing the pins as you go.

Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain. Step 4 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: using dress-makers chalk, mark out a lattice design on the curtain.

4. MARK OUT A LATTICE

So the wadding stays equally distributed, you need to sew a lattice design into the curtain. Start by marking out equal squares using the tape measure and dressmakers’ chalk. (The size of these vary depending on the size of your curtain. Just make sure they’re all of equal size.)

Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place. Step 5 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: sew the lattice design in place.

5. SEW THE LATTICE IN PLACE

Sew the lattice design into the curtain. Use double lines to ensure the wadding stays in place. Rub away the chalk when you’re done.

Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them. Step 6 of how to sew a soundproof curtain: cut two holes then push the eyelets into them.

6. PUT IN THE EYELETS

Put in a couple of eyelets in the top corners, so you can easily hang your curtain from hooks in the wall. First cut out a circular shape the same size as the eyelet. Then push the eyelet in place. It should be a snug fit.

And voilia, a DIY soundproof curtain

Top tip: dampen even more sound by hanging thick curtains at the window, in front of the soundproofed curtain. They’ll help block out light too.

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2.

SOUNDPROOF WALL

Goodbye noise from inside

What you need (to make one. To cover the wall you’ll need more of course):

  • A picture frame in a size of your choice (we used 40cm x 50cm)
  • Some wadding, 2cm narrower and 2cm shorter than the picture frame
  • A piece of metre fabric (in a colour you love) that’s 10cm wider and 10cm longer than the picture frame
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame. Step 1 of how to make a soundproof wall: layer up the fabric, wadding and the back of the photo frame.

1. Layer up

Layer the wadding on top of the metre fabric. Then place the back of the picture frame on top of the wadding.

Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame. Step 2 of how to make a soundproof wall: tape the fabric to the back of the photo frame.

2. FOLD AND TAPE

Fold the corners of the metre fabric over the back of the frame and tape in place.

Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame. Step 3 of how to make a soundproof wall: remove the plastic from the photo frame.

3. REMOVE THE PLASTIC

Remove the plastic (or glass) from the picture frame.

Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place. Step 4 of how to make a soundproof wall: place the fabric-covered back of the frame into the photo frame again and fold over the clips to secure in place.

4. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Put the back of the picture frame, with the wadding and metre fabric attached, into the front of the frame and secure it in place with the little clips.

Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame. Step 5 of how to make a soundproof wall: A ready-to-go soundproofed photo frame.

... AND YOU’RE DONE

You now have one soundproof frame ready to attach to the wall.

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Now you just need to cover the wall

Top tip: this soundproof wall has a double function: a message board. You can pin little notes for your partner (or yourself).

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