Last month we shared with you tips for a quieter office – working from home with family. Working from home has many benefits, it also has many detractors—one of the leading detractors is the office noise. The office noise when working from home is different from the noises you experience in the office. You are now acutely aware of the noise the dishwasher makes and how often the neighbour’s dog barks.
For many of you, working from home may be an interim measure; for others, it is par for the course or will evolve into a permanent arrangement.
To help you improve your home office noise and reduce some distractions (we can’t help with the kids wanting a snack every five minutes), we have put together a list of suggestions to soundproof your home office. Some of the ideas will not apply to your situation – others you may experience an “aha” moment.
Seal the holes
A concrete wall, even with the smallest gaps, will let sound through. To seal the crack, try batt insulation – it creates warmth and limits the sound from one area to another.
If working from home is a temporary measure, you will want an economical, makeshift solution to soundproofing your home office door such as a:
If the arrangement is permanent – you may want to investigate a more robust door. Generally, internal residential doors have a hollow core. If you want to soundproof your home office space by hanging a soundproof door, you will need to look at a door with a solid core.
An alternative which is more budget-friendly is a:
- soundproof weatherstrip – this solution does not absorb the sound it dampens it.
Soundproof the windows
Again, the solution here will depend on the budget, and if the arrangement is long-lasting or transitory.
Options include getting a professional to install soundproof windows – some soundproof windows block up to 90%-95% of noise.
Another option is investing in quality acoustic soundproof curtains. For the curtains to be effective, they will require installation from ceiling to floor – making the product practical and aesthetically pleasing.
Look under your feet
What is the construction of your floor? If your floor is hardwood or tiles, there is a good chance the echo in the room is a result of hard bare floors.
To alleviate the echo in your home office, you can add carpet to the room. However, if you have beautiful hardwood floors, covering them with carpet will not be your preferred choice. Instead, you can dress a section of the floor with a lush rug. Or consider adding rugs to the floors outside your home office to stop the sound travelling into your workspace.
Prevent echoes in the room
We already mentioned adding rugs to the office to absorb noise. If you have bare walls, consider adding wall art or photo canvas. Add cushions to the couch and acoustic curtains to the windows. All these measures are economical and easy to put into action.
If you have exhausted all options, lookup. You can soundproof the ceiling. Soundproofing the ceiling involves adding an absorptive panel to the roof. Calando Panels are unobtrusive, attractive and useful.
Use sound absorbing wall applications
If you don’t want to add wall art or canvas to your home office walls – you can add absorptive wall panels. Absorptive wall panels take in the noise bouncing around the room. The panels can be coloured to add interest or matched to your walls. Most panels are multi-functional with the ability to be used as pinboards.
Get a white noise machine
If all else fails or you do not want to spend too much for an interim situation, purchase a white noise machine. The white noise machine will produce sounds that drown out the other distracting noises. Allowing you to focus on the task at hand.
Not each suggestion in the blog will apply to your situation. You may find that you will only need to implement one approach to fix your office noise concern – for example, you may need to add a rug, and your home office is peaceful. If you need help soundproofing your office call 1300 827 177.