You are probably wondering if soundproof curtains really work since it’s a bit uncommon to consider this when soundproofing a room.
Based on its functionality and a lot of soundproofing material out there, soundproof curtains work. This is especially if you are trying to block noise coming from your window.
If you are recently asking or looking around for what you can prioritize when it comes to soundproofing any areas of your home, then you probably already have a few ideas in mind.
There are two main ways to go about soundproof a room. You can start with what costs more or start with the simplest and most basic change.
When you’re just testing things out and not as willing to go crazy over soundproofing a room, one of the easiest and most basic changes you can do is to get soundproof curtains.
Just keep in mind that this also depends on the amount of noise that you are trying to block out.
My goal with this post is to answer the questions of “Do Soundproof Curtains Actually Work?” and “what Soundproof Curtains should I buy?” as simply as possible.
How Do Soundproof Curtains Work?
If you’re wondering how they work, it’s pretty easy to explain. Soundproof curtains are mostly made of thick materials like polyester.
Some even come with thermal insulation to make it thick. Overall, soundproof curtains are durable.
To easily explain how a soundproof curtain works, think of your hoodie or jacket and cover your phone with it when it’s playing a song or ringing.
You immediately can hear your phone’s ringing less. If your jacket is thick enough, you might not even hear it at all.
You can also try this with pillows or thick blankets. That’s basically how soundproof curtains work.
Soundproof curtains could block noise from the outside or the inside of your room.
If you’re working on soundproofing a room because you’re planning on turning it to a studio, then the use of soundproof curtains will also help.
Types of Soundproof Curtains
Sound Insulating and Blocking, Noise-Reducing, and Soundproofing Curtains
All of these may sound different, but these curtains pretty much the same. They're thick and so they’re easily heavy and made of strong materials.
What this type of curtain does is that it reflects the sound waves it catches back to their source.
So basically, sounds can’t really get past through this type of curtain, whether it’s from the inside or outside of the room you’re soundproofing.
This is different from noise-reducing curtains. This doesn’t really block noise from the outside of the room.
True to its name, this reduces the acoustics in the room, meaning your room will have fewer echoes. Because of this function, it is best used for large rooms.
Another thing that’s different about this type of curtain is that most of the time, it’s not as thick as noise-reducing curtains.
The materials used for this are usually light-weight because that makes the absorption of echoes easier.
This is still a type of curtain that you can use on your window. Regular blinds are usually made of thin plastics horizontally weaved together.
The difference of soundproof blinds from the regular blinds would be the insulation and how it’s built.
Some soundproof blinds are weaved together to form honeycombs on the side. This helps with noise reduction.
Thermal insulation makes use of a foamy material that also helps block noise from the outside or the inside of the room you’re soundproofing.
This means it could also help when it comes to preventing too much heat from the outside of your room to come in.
What You Should be Looking for When Buying a Soundproof Curtain
Since there are different types of soundproof curtains that you can choose from in the market, you have to know what would really suit the room you are soundproofing.
As mentioned, if you’re room is spacious and doesn’t have much furniture that can help reduce the room’s echoes, then you most likely should get an acoustic curtain.
Now, since acoustic curtains are not really thick, you can get another set of curtain that you may layer it with.
It’s possible that you’ll need a light-blocking curtain or blinds too so if you don’t see a curtain with both features, then you can just layer them.
The best when it comes to soundproofing curtains would be the ones that could entirely cover the window.
Instead of getting wall brackets to hang your soundproof curtains, you can just get a ceiling bracket. Ensuring good window coverage would be easier with those.
A black-out curtain can do the job if it’s also soundproof. To know whether a black-out curtain would be good enough for your soundproofing needs, always look for the STC (Sound Transmission Classification) rating.
Black-out curtains without this can only be used for blocking light from your window.
You can also go for drapes. Drapes can basically hang from the ceiling to the floor so its coverage is much better.
Here are the main things you should consider when purchasing a soundproof curtain:
I’d say this should be the first thing to consider once you’ve chosen the type of soundproof curtain that you’d like to purchase.
Always get a size that’s a bit bigger than the window you’d like to cover. Always remember that it’s more efficient if you’ve covered your window completely.
The good news is that there are shops that could customize the size of the soundproof curtain you’re getting so make sure you’re ready with the measurement of the curtain you’d like to get.
The thicker the curtain is, the most likely that it will weigh pretty heavy. If you think you won’t have to wash your soundproof curtain often because the room will always be maintained and the windows will be rarely opened, then it’s fine for you to get heavy curtains.
Still, keep in mind that bigger and thicker curtains have more capabilities of absorbing dust.
Lighter soundproof curtains are probably for acoustics so you won’t have any issue with washing it every now and then.
I’d still like to emphasize that the lighter the curtain is, the less efficient it when it comes to blocking sounds coming from both the outside and inside of your room.
There are different materials that could be used when it comes to making soundproof curtains. Soundproof curtains can be made of polyester, suede, or velvet.
Any of these works great with soundproofing. Overall, what will matter here would be the thickness of the curtain.
Cost and Quality
A soundproof curtain with good enough quality would not cost you too much. The price of a soundproof curtain shouldn’t really exceed more than $50.
You shouldn’t really worry about spending a lot for getting this since this is basically one of the cheapest ways for you to soundproof a room.
Will Soundproof Curtains Alone Completely Soundproof a Room?
Well, if you’re aiming for total soundproofing, getting soundproof curtains alone won’t really work with your goal of a well-soundproofed room.
If you’ll only have a soundproof curtain to block noise from the outside, expect that this will only lessen or minimize loud noise like jackhammers if there is any road repair outside your house.
Is Getting One Worth It?
Aside from the soundproof curtain’s functionality, it’s safe to say that these will surely last since they are often made of thick and durable materials.
You won’t have to replace this every now and then. If you ever do need to have it replaced, it will be easy to put it down and up.
Overall, getting one of these soundproof curtains are very much worth it.
It can only not block light from getting into your room, but it can also reduce the unnecessary noise from the outside.
If you’re to get this for your bedroom, a good night’s sleep because of a soundproof curtain is definitely worth it.
The general rule to keep in mind is that the thicker the curtain is, the better it is when it comes to doing its job.
Automatically, this will be quite heavy when you have to wash it, but it’s worth it if you consider the fact that you won’t have to buy new ones for maybe even a year or more.
So those are the things you should keep in mind when getting a soundproof curtain.
Always consider your needs and what room you have to make shopping for one easier.
Good luck with your soundproof curtain hunting and enjoy soundproofing your room! Even if this could be tiring and tedious, it will all be worth it when your outcome is exactly what you need.
Jessica is a Acoustical Engineer, currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. After graduating from her degree in Master of Engineering degree in Acoustics from Solent University in 2014, Jessica worked for a few companies before She will be blogging about her past and current experiences in the studio and sharing her journey as she pursues her career goals. She enjoy the balance of work inside and out of the office, solving practical problems on a daily basis as every project is different and requires a different solution, the variety of work (sound insulation testing, background noise survey, mechanical plant commissioning, external plant assessment, plant room breakout assessments) and the mix of independent and team work.