Soundproofing Tips

Soundproof Curtains for Better Acoustics

Decorative Soundproof Curtains

The term “soundproof curtains” is a misunderstood phrase. It is an acoustic treatment that doesn’t actually soundproof anything, rather they help absorb and dampen sound. Soundproofing curtains are simply a product made of soundproof materials that can be hung vertically along walls, adjacent to windows and movie screens, or arranged as panels surrounding particularly noisy objects.

Since we know mass is the critical factor in absorbing sound, soundproof curtains are composed of one or more layers of dense materials. Layers typically consist of mass loaded vinyl, sandwiched in between a plush, decorative fabric, or a blanket like fabric for commercial and industrial soundproofing curtains.

Types of Soundproof Curtains

Soundproofing curtains go by many names like;  Soundproof Drapes          Soundproof Blankets          Acoustic Curtains          Sound Screens          Sound Blankets          Acoustic Barriers          Acoustic Drapes          Acoustic Screens

No matter you call them; they can all be grouped into two different categories.  The first being lighter duty and decorative Residential and Commercial Soundproofing Curtains, and the more heavy duty Industrial Soundproofing Curtains.

Industrial Soundproofing Curtains

Industrial Soundproof Curtains at a work siteIn an industrial setting, having visually appealing curtains is not as important, so the curtains end up looking like more like a quilt or blanket. One advantage to this is they can be built with better and heavier materials to achieve maximum noise absorbing performance.

Mass loaded vinyl and PVC coated fabrics are commonly used in this type of product. These heavy duty curtains can form an effective sound screen which can then be positioned around loud pieces of equipment, or in entire zones within the building.

One example is at urban construction sites, where many people may be living nearby and bothered by the noise of cranes, backhoes, and trucks.  If the site perimeter is covered with soundproof curtains, it can greatly reduce the noise reaching the nearby residents. Industrial sound curtains can also be used in manufacturing plants.

Installing a sound screen around loud equipment like pumps, generators, compressors, and vacuums will make the work environment more tolerable for employees.

Residential & Commercial Soundproof Curtains

Curtains in this category are lighter weight, lighter duty products that have more decorative qualities to their design.  This makes them ideal for use in home theaters, movie theaters, churches, museums, and auditoriums.

This kind of curtain is made of thicker fabrics like velvet, wool, twill, faux suede, and cotton to create a drapery treatment that is both pleasing to the eye and heavy enough to absorb sound.

Some products will also have a liner made up of a layer of mass loaded vinyl to increase the mass and improve the room acoustics. Because this type of curtain is heavier than typical household drapes, they should be installed with care, using heavy duty tracks, brackets, and curtain rods.

Soundproofing Curtains for Your Home

Soundproof curtains can be very difficult to find in regular stores.  Blackout curtains are an effective alternative to true acoustic grade curtains.  Just be cautious what you buy. Bring a big flashlight if you go to a store, and if you can see the light through the product, don’t buy it because the fabric is too light and sheer to absorb any sound.  Here are some blackout curtains that we recommend.

Recommended Blackout Curtains

1. Absolute Zero Velvet Blackout Curtain
2. Best Home Fashion Blackout Curtains
3. Eclipse Suede Thermaback Blackout Panel
4. Thermalogic Ultimate Window Liner

The other option is to call a custom curtain shop to hand make your soundproof curtains.  This option should be a last resort, and only if you are truly serious about reducing noise in your home.

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  • Hello i am a producer of music and am in need if the heavier grade of drapes for the hallway between my work area and the kitchen. This upgrade would be great to stop the sound of the generator that is in a room connected to the kitchen and also will allow me to play music and not disturb my familly too much while they are asleep at night. The hallway space is appoz 86 inches and i know this may require more material that the exact dimensions. So if you can please reply to me with how much material this will require of what gauge, and the price, that will be great thank you.
    Glenn

  • Industrial soundproof curtains.
    We have offices back to back and need some soundproofing on one wall approximately 4m x 7m.
    Can you advise if this would be something that would look aesthetically pleasing and if it was posted / obtained in Perth, Western Australia?

    Many thanks, Sharon Blake.

    • Sharon,
      I’d have to say the industrial type curtains are not all that pretty to look art. They are like a big heavy, grey quilt. I am sure there has to be a supplier somewhere in Australia, although I wouldn’t be any help in finding one.
      It’s unclear from you comment if the offices are enclosed by walls, are there doors? Or is this an open office type of situation, with the one shared wall in between? If these are open offices, i would suggest looking into partitions and covering with regular acoustic style curtains or blackout curtains. Those should provide some privacy and cut down on noise reflection between offices.

  • Hello, I am researching options to better soundproof my band room in my house. I want to buy soundproof curtains simply to reduce the noise my family puts up with when my band rehearses. I want to bisect a large room and use a soundproof curtain to do so. Do you have a curtain specifically for that purpose??