Getting quality sleep plays an important role in keeping our bodies and mind healthy. Studies show that getting sufficient/quality sleep helps improve moods, promotes a healthier heart, keep your weight in check, provide a quick burst of energy. (Source)
One of the major reasons most people never enjoy quality sleep is noise. Compounding the effects of noise and lack of sleep on your life can have detrimental effects. Therefore, it’s important to combat noise as early as possible.
One of the best ways of combating noise in your bedroom involves getting a soundproof bed. Because soundproof sleep pods are quite expensive, you’re better of soundproofing your bedroom, your bed or getting a soundproof bed.
In this guide, we shall be looking at some of the best ways to make a bed soundproof and some fantastic alternatives to soundproofing a bed.
Can You Really Soundproof a Bed?
Soundproofing a bed is quite possible, but the results you get are far from the true meaning of soundproof. This means that you won’t achieve a 0-decibel situation. Instead, you’ll be able to reduce noise to manageable levels allowing you to enjoy a relatively quiet sleep.
But we must approach two soundproofing scenarios to better understand how effectively the soundproofing methods work. The first scenario refers to when you have a squeaky bed and want to make it squeakless such that your next nosy neighbor won’t hear your noisy late-night escapades with your partner.
The second scenario refers to making your bed an instrument blocking outside noise. For example, you live in a noisy neighbourhood where nightclubs and traffic operate around the clock. These two scenarios require different approaches explained below.
How to Soundproof a Bed DIY
If you’re just worried that your bed squeaks too much whenever you turn or your partner moves, then you need a quiet bed frame. In my previous post on the quietest bed frames, we’ve seen how the Zinus brand utilizes its innovative design to make beds that are squeak-free. In this case, one of my most recommended bed frames is the Zinus Van 16 Inch Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support fitted with foam padded tape to help minimize noise to the minimum.
If you’re just interested in blocking outside noise, then follow the recommended DIY bed soundproofing methods below.
Hang Soundproof Curtains
If you have a canopy bed or a bed tent, I would highly advise you to get some soundproofing curtains like the NICETOWN High-End Thermal Curtains. They are made of thick and dense materials that help absorb noise and block out harmful sun rays. These sound reducing curtains are said to be 2 times more effective in cutting down noise as well as reducing light, allowing you to enjoy more hours of sleep in the morning after a late-night out.
They have a 2 layers design that also balances the room temperature helping in thermal insulation. By thermal insulation, it doesn’t mean that they trap heat inside but instead help in temperature regulation keeping the heat out during summer and cool air in during the summer.
The best part with soundproofing curtains is that you can simply unhang them in the morning and hang them on the windows of your living room or office for maximum sound reduction.
If you can’t get your hands on soundproofing curtains, you can as well use room divider curtains. These curtains are thick and help noise reduction though they aren’t as effective as noise-reducing drapes.
Like soundproofing curtains, acoustic blankets are fantastic in helping reduce sound transmission. These aren’t your ordinary moving blankets; they are made of dense and thick materials that reduce sound transmission and provide total blackout.
It’s important to note that there are two types of soundproofing blankets, one intended for use in the outdoor environment while the other intended for use indoors.
A perfect example of an indoor sound blanket is the US Cargo Control Large Sound Blanket made from woven polyester/cotton shell around 100% recycled cotton. It features grommets that make hanging it on your bed relatively easy.
Outdoor blankets such as BBC-EXT-R-2 Noise Barrier/Sound Absorber Sound Blankets are perfect for use in the outdoor world. You can use them to soundproof tools like generators if you don’t have a quiet generator. You can hang them in your garage when working with loud power tools. They are a perfect alternative to acoustic mobile soundproof tents.
However, it’s important to note that sound blankets only dampen noise and don’t block it. Damping means that the sound blankets will reduce the outside noise resonance, reducing overall sound. That’s why sound blankets won’t rid 100% of the noise problem but will absorb noise and reduce it to manageable levels.
Soundproof Bed Alternatives That Work?
There are other great and effective alternatives to soundproofing a bed. They include:
Getting a Soundproof Sleep Pod
Though not cheap, a soundproof sleeping pod is one of the best alternatives you can get on the market today. These futuristic bed pods come with everything you’ve ever wished for in a bed. Some have lights that match the rhythm pattern of your heart. They also have a built-in speaker that allows the user to play white noise music to help in relaxation and quiet sleep.
Because of their high price range- they cost $1000-$90,000 depending on the unique features, you won’t find these units in homes. They are purchased by giant brands like Facebook, Cisco Systems, Google, etc., to help their employees enjoy quick naps between long work shifts.
The cheapest option to soundproof a bed is to purchase some sleeping earmuffs. They can significantly improve the quality of your sleep, and unlike sound blankets or curtains, they can block out sounds such as noise from your sleeping partner or nearby traffic.
While the earplugs are perfect and affordable ways to blocking ears, long term use of these tiny devices can cause earwax buildup.
Soundproof Your Bedroom
Soundproofing your bedroom is an effective way to prevent sound transmission in your bedroom. You need to focus on all aspects of your room, including the floor, walls, door and windows.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.