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    Sound proofing a window

    Posted by Crème Brûlée on 4/5/2021, 16:16:51

    Thinking of turning spare bedroom into a soundproofed room as a refuge from unwanted outside noise.

    Had a look at some videos on YouTube and it looks like a lot of work to entirely soundproof all walks, floor, ceiling, windows and door. So to begin with I was thinking about making a pair of internal window shutters just to block noise coming in from the window.

    Has anyone attempted this and have you any advice. The window aperture isn't totally square but is roughly 88cm by 133cm, with about 9cm windowsill depth to fit the soundproofing material into.

    For the shutters idea I am thinking MDF with either sound blocking or sound absorbing foam on the side of the board that faces the window when in use. So obviously this will not be a transparent solution when in use.

    To keep transparency as an option I am also considering a perspex sheet to fill the whole internal window aperture. Fitted up against some battons added into each of the four sides. Fixed maybe with either velcro or maybe even a magnetic strip all the way round. This could then easily be removed when not required. Not sure how effective this would be though as the thickness of the perspex is likely to only be 2mm.

    Maybe with both shutters and perspex sheet together this might be fairly effective though?

    Any tips on what materials work best, alternatives and any pitfalls to avoid all appreciated.

      Re: Sound proofing a window

      Posted by Morph on 4/5/2021, 17:01:13, in reply to "Sound proofing a window"

      Me and my cousin nailed egg boxes to all the walls and ceiling in one of the rooms in his house when we were kids, didn't seem to work very well.

      Hope that helps

      Re: Sound proofing a window

      Posted by RADSB on 4/5/2021, 16:36:29, in reply to "Sound proofing a window"

      In my experience it's all or nothing. Whatever you do with the window you'll still get nearly the same noise level from flanking noise through the roof/ceiling, floor and any sides to the room. Noise always finds the weakest points to travel inside.

        Re: Sound proofing a window

        Posted by Crème Brûlée on 4/5/2021, 16:40:56, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

        You are probably right but I have stuffed some sofa cushions into the space for the last 2 days and it has made quite a difference. So now thinking about something a bit more permanent!

          Re: Sound proofing a window

          Posted by RADSB on 4/5/2021, 17:07:48, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

          That sounds promising from what you've said. The construction of your house compared to ours might give you an advantage. The problem you might have is that the sofa cushions are probably absorbing the noise similar to Rockwool (in various acoustic densities) that is used in cavities/flooring. Glass/perspex or shutters won't give you the same benefits.

        Re: Sound proofing a window

        Posted by polly on 4/5/2021, 16:32:47, in reply to "Sound proofing a window"

        Suggest you cut your losses and move somewhere quieter.

          Re: Sound proofing a window

          Posted by Spix Spotter on 4/5/2021, 17:16:16, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

          #### off Spix

            Re: Sound proofing a window

            Posted by Crème Brûlée on 4/5/2021, 16:38:36, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

            That is the long term plan. In the meantime I have a nearby gym to block out their motivational music. They have to have the shutter wide open for airflow because of Covid. The bloke who runs it has agreed to work with me to try and reach a middle ground we both are happyish with. He's a decent sort so only right I have a go from my end as well.

            Re: Sound proofing a window

            Posted by Archdeacon on 4/5/2021, 16:30:40, in reply to "Sound proofing a window"

            have you ordered your leather thongs, whips and chains yet?

              Re: Sound proofing a window

              Posted by Crème Brûlée on 4/5/2021, 16:39:18, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

              Ha ha, just some chains so far

              Re: Sound proofing a window

              Posted by Insulation on 4/5/2021, 16:28:40, in reply to "Sound proofing a window"

              Seal all joints and cracks thoroughly.Beware though a small fortune can be spent for no appreciable advantage.Sound sources appearing from else where

                Re: Sound proofing a window

                Posted by Crème Brûlée on 4/5/2021, 16:34:56, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

                That's the tricky thing. If you have 2 hinged shutters that's 3 vertical areas that can't be permanently sealed, plus 2 horizontal areas. I was thinking maybe in addition to the shutters then put a sound proofing blanket in place that completely covers the closed shutters all the way round, probably held in place with Velcro to create a non permanent seal.

                Although there will still be other noise sources even if I sort the window I think this would be a good start and fairly cheap to do.

                  Re: Sound proofing a window

                  Posted by Look down Luke on 4/5/2021, 16:39:08, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

                  Get rid of the window and brick it up. Sorted.

                  Next.

                    Re: Sound proofing a window

                    Posted by Crème Brûlée on 4/5/2021, 16:42:53, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

                    Bit of a ballache to chisel it all out when not required though. And then having to brick it back up again when it is needed

                      Re: Sound proofing a window

                      Posted by Ja on 4/5/2021, 17:19:15, in reply to "Re: Sound proofing a window"

                      Sound block boards on window wall with resilient bar you would have to board over window though

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