As a parent, you’re probably very familiar with the noises that come with having children. Whenever they get those dreaded squeaky toys that you just love so much, you know you’re going to have to prepare for a month’s worth of migraines.
Living in a home can be extremely stressful. In fact, more than 50% of renters say they considered renting to be a better choice for living within a budget and having less stress. If you own a home instead of renting, your stress most likely comes from the loud noises your children make throughout the day. In order to prevent noises from leaving or entering your child’s bedroom, you may decide to install soundproofing. Not only does soundproofing keep the sound out or in, it can also significantly help with your child’s health. In fact, community noise can be detrimental to health. Adverse health effects include learning deficits and cardiovascular problems. Studies show that incidence of heart disease increases as community noise levels get higher than 40 decibels.
In order to soundproof your child’s room, there are a few things you can do. Mom with Five suggests installing Green Glue which can turn energy into heat, or take the cheaper route and stacking egg cartons and Styrofoam around the room. You may even decide to hang textiles or other pieces of artwork all around the room on the walls to allow sound to bounce off.
Along with soundproofing the walls and ceilings, you can also soundproof the floor using something that you probably already have in your home: carpet. By installing wall-to-wall carpeting or an area rug in your child’s room, you’re helping to cushion sound and prevent it from going further than it should. Area rugs are great for families who rent a home since it isn’t a permanent change. It’s perfect for the renting family who has a pet s do) because it will eliminate the pet noises from leaving the room and going into someone else’s space.
My Decorative says doors are one of the noisiest contributors to a child’s room. Sure they can help block the sound out a little bit, but if there is a lot of space at the bottom or if the doors are extremely thin, you’re still going to have a lot of noise entering and exiting the room. Find sound-insulated doors with special bottoms attached underneath to help your kids get a good night’s sleep. If you’re trying to live on a budget but still value the idea of soundproofing, apply a plywood coat to their door. Once you do that, repaint the door.
Home Tips says one of the easiest ways to soundproof your child’s room is by getting rid of everything that makes noise. If your child has a toy that is extremely loud and disruptive, trade it out for something a bit quieter. If they need to sleep with a fan on in their room, but the fan makes a ton of noise and wakes you up during the night, consider replacing it with a much newer fan.
Or you can just order a white noise or sound machine for your child’s room (or yourself, for that matter). They can replicate sounds like a fan or even a vacuum cleaner but at a more ear-friendly decibel level, like this one can from amazon.com.
Noise and children go hand-in-hand. But even if you’re used to it, doesn’t mean you should have to deal with it. Some parents feel that moving into a bigger home could help prevent noises from being too close together. In fact, a Gallup Survey says one in four Americans moves every five years. But, why go through the trouble of moving when you can soundproof instead? Soundproofing your child’s room can help ensure noise is kept both in and out of their space, and can help immensely with their health.
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