Soundproof Your Home Office
Soundproof Your Home Office
If you are new to working from home simply because you never planned on it, this post is for you. You probably looked forward to getting out of the house each day. Then the pandemic hit, and now you are stuck looking at the same people day in and day out.
I’m not saying you don’t love your significant other or children but that time away from home, even to work, giving you a balance that now I’m sure you miss dearly.
I’m sure you got the speech from your boss before being sent home “ Try to make sure your home office is quiet and free from distractions.” Well unfortunately not everyone can follow their employer’s advice as all our living situations are quite different. So here are a few tips on how to Soundproof your home office.
Studio foam panels to place on your walls
When I first started working from home, I purchased some Studio Foam Panels to place on my walls. The key is to place the panels in the area where you will be working.
The Studio foam panels help out a lot because it not only blocks out the noise around your desk area but also muffles your voice so others in other rooms can’t hear you. If you live in a downstairs apartment, you can also place the studio foam panels on your ceiling.
The Kaishengwei Acoustic Foam Egg Crate Panel Studio Foam Wall Panel comes in 2 packs and 4 packs. Each panel is 48″ X 24″ X 2″ with five different colors to choose from.
Noise Reducing Curtains for your window
Noise Reducing Curtains are great to have if you live in a house, but your next-door neighbors make a lot of noise. Noise Reducing Curtain can also be good if you live in an apartment complex where you are close to the main street or can’t control when yard work is performed.
These Noise Reducing curtains have been a big help because I have my home office desk by the window to get natural sunlight. When I hear weekly yardwork being performed, I quickly close the curtains to muffle the noise until the yard work is complete.
The Yakamok 100% Blackout curtains come in two sizes with nine different colors to choose from.
Soundproof your home office door
Although you may have soundproofed your walls, ceiling, and windows, I discovered that not only can you hear someone at your door, but anyone near your home office door can hear you. See, the sound has to go somewhere, and the door is usually the less insulated area of your home.
That’s why if you have ever seen a movie where someone is being eavesdropped on, it always in front of a closed door. If your work from home job involves sharing sensitive information over the phone, getting a door cover is another way to soundproof your home office.
The Audimute isloe – Sound Barrier and Absorption Sheet Sound Breaker come in four different colors. This door cover has proven sound blocking properties and is made in the U.S.A.
Noise cancelation headset with a noise cancelation mic
If you have done all you can do to soundproof your home office, the least you can do is get a noise cancelation headset. Now I was lucky because I started to work from home before the pandemic. After all, the company I was working for was trying to save money. They did, however, replace our headsets with noise cancelation headsets.
If you are like me, I don’t want to be in a Zoom Meeting and have my boss and coworkers hear kids fighting in the next room. That’s what makes noise cancelation headsets with noise cancelation mic great because you may be able to hear your background noise, but whoever your talking to can’t.
The Jabra Evolve2 USB-A Wired Headset is lightweight, gives great audio, and cancels 48% of the noise around you.
Maybe you should get a white noise machine.
A white noise machine is normally used to help you sleep by blocking noises around you. You can use a white noise machine to block out sounds from your noisy neighbors. I found this white noise machine because I got tired of calling my apartment manager complaining about the neighbors upstairs.
I explained to the apartment manager that I work from home 8-5 Monday thru Friday and need it to be quiet. The more I complained to the apartment manager, the worse it got. I ended up doing some research on youtube and found a white noise machine that helps even when I’m working. It took me a week to get used to, but I have not had to complain to the apartment manager about my neighbors upstairs in months.
The SNOOZ White noise sound machine comes in two colors and can be taken anywhere you go!
I hope these tips on how to Soundproof your home office have been helpful. I learned these tips by trial and error. However, I still wanted to share with you what has worked for me. If this has been helpful to you, or maybe you have some tips, please comment below. Take care now!