There are many noises that can keep you from getting good sleep. Sounds from other rooms in your home, your barking dog, crying baby or a partner who snores. In these cases surprisingly, studies have shown that adding noise from a white noise machine can help. If your sleep is often interrupted by cars from a nearby street, airplanes or noisy neighbors then you may consider quiet design strategies when designing or upgrading your bedroom. Our client’s wellness is always a main concern when designing our bespoke residences. Here is some insight on design strategies we use to help create a quiet rest place.
1- PADDED WALL PANEL – This custom wall panel is padded with a decorative leather cover. It’s functional and beautiful.
2- DOUBLE OR TRIPLE GLAZED WINDOWS – Triple glazed can further reduce outdoor noise by 50-90% as well as insulate for heating and cooling. In tropical climates normally double glazing is sufficient, however triple glazing may be the best solution for properties beside highways. If budget is a concern, then it is possible to add an extra layer of window with an air gap and new frames to the interior of existing windows.
3- WALL COVERING – All walls other than the feature wall are covered with vinyl wall covering which helps to absorb sound rather than reflecting it.
4- THICK AREA RUG – these days wall to wall carpeting although cozy and sound absorbent is not favorable for home owners due to dust collection as well it decreases property value. As a great alternative we suggest using an area rug that brings the right amount of accent and framing to the room as well as helps to absorb sound. The size should cover the main walking area so that it will also minimize the sound of a sleep walker in the middle of the night.
5- WINDOW COVERING – In the case where black out blinds are required then double layer, sheer plus black out blinds can help to block sound from outdoors when both are down at night. Alternatively, curtains are also a good option when using one sheer plus a heavy black out.
6- SOUND INSULATED DOOR – Doors can be made sound proof in two ways. Firstly, select a solid door or add sound insulation inside the door if a hollow one is being used. Also, add rubber weather stripping around all four sides of the door.
7- QUIET AIR CONDITIONING – Specify ultra low noise air conditioners. It is desirable to have a noise measurement of 21 dB at bed and 11 dB around desks. Each air conditioner will have sound pressure levels in their specifications measured in decibels (dB).
8- SOFT FURNISHINGS – Soft furnishings such as cushions to cover the bay window bench, the bedding etc can help to absorb sound.
9- WHITE NOISE SOUND MACHINE – Provide an extra socket and a dedicated place for a potential white noise machine if necessary.
10 – ARTWORK ON WALL – Adding items on a blank wall can help to disperse sound rather than reflecting it. Picture frames, artwork or wall hangings can all do the trick.
At Liquid Interiors, acoustics is only one major part of our wellness approach to interior design that affects sleep quality. During our design process we also introduce concepts of circadian lighting, the importance of air quality, mattress comfort and aromatherapy.
“Quality is Always Sustainable”
Principal & Founder, Interior Designer, LEED AP ID+C