Noisy Neighbours: Using Furniture to Combat Noise Pollution

Do you struggle to get to sleep due to noisy neighbours at night? Maybe you’ve moved next door to a wannabe drummer, or maybe your normally quiet neighbour has given birth to a cute, but noisy baby? 

Circumstances like these can be frustrating when you’re on your 5th night of little sleep. You may be wondering how to deal with these noisy neighbours at night. In some cases, it might be worth having a chat with your neighbour about the noise, but sometimes the noise is just unavoidable. 

If this is the case for you, then using your household items to soundproof your bedroom could be the ideal solution. 

Here, we will discuss some clever ways in which you can use your furniture to combat noise pollution and improve your sleep environment. 

How to Block Out Noise from Noisy Neighbours

Follow these tips to help reduce any noise keeping you up at night.

Pick the Perfect Pillows

Noisy Neighbours: Using Furniture to Combat Noise Pollution

We’d be surprised if you didn’t have any spare cushions or pillows in your home that you could put to good use, but how ‘can pillows and cushions help with noise?

Due to doors and windows being thinner than walls, you should focus extra attention on soundproofing them. Some doors are hollow within, which allows noise to travel through more easily.

To drown loud noises, lay pillows along the cracks of the windows. If the design of your windows prevents the pillows from remaining in place, you can prop the pillows on a clothing line and hang them in front of the windows. If the pillows are insufficient, you can also use the cushions from your furniture.

The pillows will help to fill in any small gaps in your doors and windows that can allow noise to pass through.

If you’re in need of a few extra pillows to help soundproof your room, then have a browse at our wide variety of pillows today. They will not only help to reduce noise but are also super comfy to rest your head on at night. Consider our Slientnight Anti Snore Pillow (pictured). Not only can it be used to block out noise from the outside, but can also prevent any noise from coming from your snoring partner.

Hang Thick Curtains

Hanging thick curtains around your windows and doors is a very effective way to help soundproof a room. They’re also probably the most aesthetically pleasing solution and can help with heat loss too.

Curtains offer a soft barrier that can interfere with incoming noises and reduce them. The flimsy white curtains you might keep over your kitchen windows won’t cut it – you need something more substantial. Stack several heavier ones on top of each other or take the thickest ones you can find.

The door must be entirely covered, and some of the material must pool on the ground. You can install curtain rods just above the door, but make sure they are wider than the door frame. This means you can pull back the curtains so they are not in the way of the door’s entry when in use. Then, you can close the door and draw the drapes over it for when you need to focus or sleep.

Lay Some Soft Carpets

Although a little more inconvenient to fit than other solutions in this list, carpets are also a great way to soundproof a room – especially if you live in a flat above noisy downstairs neighbours! The carpet must be thin enough to slide under the door, but still thick enough to plug the gap. 

And, don’t forget good underlay! Not only will a good quality underlay make your carpet softer and provide more spring underfoot, but it is brilliant at absorbing unwelcome sounds.

Blankets and Duvets

Noisy Neighbours: Using Furniture to Combat Noise Pollution

Getting some blankets out and using them as soundproofing is the quickest solution to a noise problem. Simply spread them out and hang them from your entrance or fasten them to your windows. The layers of heavy fabric that make up blankets make them a fantastic choice for absorbing sound.

If you live in a high-rise building, the noise and conversations from the residents below may also be heard. Once more, you can use the blankets you already have. Simply spread them out on the (clean) floor to silence it.

In need of some duvets? Then browse our varied selection of duvets here at Mattressman. Our Silentnight Warm and Cosy Duvet (pictured) would be your best bet for blocking out noise due to its thickness. Once the noise has stopped, it’s then the perfect solution to any chilly nights, keeping you warm and cosy.

How Effective Are Household Items at Soundproofing?

As you can see, a door or window can be soundproofed using a variety of common household items.  However, it’s important to keep in mind that none of these will be as effective as the specialised soundproofing items you can purchase.

Our recommendation is to attempt multiple household solutions because you’ll need their combined effects to notice a real difference. These can reduce noise levels if you’re on a low budget, but we’d only ever advise using them as stopgap measures until you can locate something more long-lasting.

Soundproof Your Bedroom with Mattressman

It’s good to know that our wide range of mattresses, pillows and duvets can double up as efficient ways to block out noise, as well as being excellent sleep companions. Take a look at our entire bedding range today to bag some great quality and multi-purpose items.