Learn more about soundproof curtains, their advantages and disadvantages, how you can use them in your home, how much noise they reduce, etc.
A couple of years ago, I moved to an apartment in a busy downtown area. I was really excited about the move, but as soon as I arrived there I realized there was one thing I’d failed to consider. I hadn’t realized how noisy my new neighborhood would be.
People were constantly passing by, children were screaming during the day, and the constant traffic noise during the night was unbearable. I thought I might get used to it, but it just wasn’t working. The constant noise was making it hard to concentrate and degrading the quality of my sleep. My work suffered, and I was constantly nervous. That is when I realized I need to do something about the noise.
Now, when most people think about sound isolation, they think about walls covered with sound absorption sheets. However, soundproofing a room this way can get quite expensive and requires a lot of work. Luckily, I discovered a better solution. Soundproof curtains, even the best ones, are affordable and incredibly easy to install. Best of all, they actually helped reduce the noise considerably. Read on if you want to learn more about soundproof curtains and how you can use them in your home.
At first glance, soundproof curtains look just like regular household curtains. However, they have been designed in a way that allows them to actually reduce the amount of noise within a room. If you have never heard of soundproof curtains before, you are probably wondering if they are really effective.
First of all, soundproof curtains might look the same as ordinary curtains, but the materials they are made of are much thicker and heavier. Furthermore, soundproof curtains contain multiple dense layers of fabric to allow for a high degree of sound absorption.
Different manufacturers use different fabrics to make soundproof curtains. However, polyester, velvet, and satin are probably the most common. Furthermore, these curtains are available in a range of colors, designs, and textures. That means it’s really easy to find soundproof curtains that match the decor of your home!
You can use soundproof curtains anywhere in your home. You just need a regular curtain rod, and you can hang them over any window or door. Soundproof curtains are made primarily for noisy residential areas, but even people who live in quiet suburban areas can enjoy their benefits. Try using soundproof curtains in your bedroom, and you’ll definitely notice a difference!
Soundproof curtains are not just for bedrooms, of course. They are also the perfect solution for nurseries or kids rooms, home cinemas, man caves, etc. Finally, it’s also possible to have them custom-made in case you have any special requirements.
|NICETOWN Noise Reducing Curtains||7.05 pounds||52 x 95 inches||2|
|H.VERSAILTEX Blackout Linen Curtains||4.63 pounds||52 x 84 inches||2|
|NICETOWN Sound Absorbing Velvet Curtains||5.35 pounds||52 x 96 inches||2|
|MIUCO Curtains For Noise Reduction||4 pounds||52 x 84 inches||2|
|DECONOVO Blackout Sound Curtains||2.65 pounds||42 x 84 inches||2|
|H.VERSAILTEX Large Premium Patio Curtains||4.34 pounds||8.5 x 9 feet||1|
|BHM Noise Reducing Blackout Curtains||3.35 pounds||52 x 72 inches||2|
|SIDELI Heavy Velvet Theater Curtain||2.85 pounds||52 x 102 inches||1|
|YAKAMOK Soundproof Curtains Drapes||6.29 pounds||52 x 84 inches||2|
|DRIFTAWAY Thermal Insulated Curtain Liner||1 pound||50 x 80 inches||2|
Advantages and Disadvantages of Soundproof Curtains
Like almost everything else in this world, using soundproof curtains offers some distinct advantages, but it also comes with some drawbacks.
First of all, soundproof curtains are always quite heavy and thick. For this reason, they will also prevent the light from the outside from entering the room. It’s no wonder they are sometimes called blackout curtains!
Now, the light blocking can be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the context. The darker conditions that soundproof curtains provide are definitely perfect for bedrooms. However, installing them in a room that needs natural light might not be a good choice. Installing soundproof curtains in a home office, for example, would probably make the room too dark.
Furthermore, soundproof curtains also act as a layer of thermal insulation due to their thickness. They will keep the room slightly warmer during the winter and keep the warm air out during the summer.
Finally, there is one slight drawback connected to soundproof curtains. They really have to be thick and heavy in order to work. You can choose from many different styles, but you still have to stick with certain materials. That means it might take a bit of work to incorporate soundproof curtains into your home decor, but it shouldn’t be a big problem.
In summary, these are the main advantages and disadvantages of soundproof curtains:
- Noise reduction
- Thermal insulation
- Easy installation
- Blocking light
- Blocking light
- Design issues
(How) Do Soundproof Curtains Work?
I admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about soundproof curtains. If you are like me, you are probably wondering – do soundproof curtains really work? Are soundproof curtains just for show, or will they actually work by helping get rid of the unwanted noise? That’s actually a good question. However, there is no straightforward answer. It mostly depends on how loud the noise is and what your expectations are regarding the results.
The truth is that soundproof curtains won’t cancel out all existing sounds. Even though they are thicker and denser than ordinary curtains, that is still not enough to block out all noise. What soundproof curtains will do, however, is absorb echoes in your room, as well as reduce the level of noise coming from the outside.
In short, this is how it works. Sound-absorbing materials used for soundproof curtains have a soft, porous, and/or fluffy surface that enables them to absorb the energy of the sound wave. However, these materials aren’t dense enough to stop the sound entirely. Still, they definitely make the room feel noticeably quieter.
On the other hand, if you are looking for complete noise cancellation, you’ll probably need some additional isolation. For best results, try combining soundproof curtains with window plugs (build it yourself).
Buying Guide: Things to Look for in Soundproof Curtains
Pick the Right Size
Before you run off to the store, it’s important to determine exactly how big you want your curtains to be. Don’t worry, it’s not hard. Just follow these simple steps:
First of all, you’ll have to decide where you want to hang your curtains. Once you’ve established that, take a measuring tape and measure the length, height, and width of that area.
When you’re buying ordinary curtains, all you have to worry about is matching the size of the door or window you wish to hang them on. However, with soundproof curtains, it’s a bit different. You want them to be at least a few inches wider and longer than your window or door. Basically, the larger your curtains are, the more effective they will be.
TIP: Get soundproof curtains that go from the ceiling to the floor. Make sure you measure the distance between the curtain rod and the floor accurately. Otherwise, you might end up walking on your curtains and accidentally slipping. 84-inch curtains usually sit just above the floor. This is fine, but slightly longer curtains are better for soundproofing.
Choose Between the Materials
When you’re looking for the best soundproof curtains, one of the most important things to consider is the material they are made of. The materials vary from one curtain to another, and it’s hard to say which one is the best. However, you should always look for curtains with extra fibers in the material.
The most common fabrics used for soundproof curtains are polyester, suede, velvet. You can also find soundproof curtains made of cotton duck fabric. All of these materials are good for sound isolation, so the final choice will depend on your personal preference.
For even better sound isolation, look for curtains that contain insulated, thermaweave, or thermalayer layers. These curtains have extra fibers which help immensely with noise absorption. Also, an added plus is the fact that these materials act as great insulation, so you’ll be warm in the winter, and refreshed in the summer.
Check the Density, Thickness, and Weight
The density, thickness, and weight of a soundproof curtain are all important factors to consider as they determine how effective the curtain will be.
If you are serious about soundproofing your house, you should go for heavier curtains. Again, the heavier and thicker the curtain, the higher the level of sound absorption you will get. The weight and thickness of the curtain are important because thicker curtains absorb and dampen sound much better than lighter and thinner ones.
TIP: For better sound cancellation, you can double or even triple the layers of the curtains. A word of warning, though: don’t hang your curtains on your own. Since they are very heavy, you will need to ask someone to help you in order to hang them safely.
Inspect Your Old Curtain Rod, or Install a New One
As we have already mentioned, soundproof curtains are generally quite heavy. You might be able to use the curtain rods you already have, but it’s very important to check how strong they are. If you are not sure that your existing curtain rods are strong enough, it’s always better to get new, stronger ones. Better safe than sorry.
When it comes to curtain rods for soundproof curtains, you have two basic options: wrap-around rods and ceiling-mount brackets.
Wrap-around rods (like this one) are very practical and easy to install. You won’t need any brackets to mount them to walls. Furthermore, wrap-around rods are attached to walls at a curve which enables the curtain to go from wall to wall and hug the window really tightly. This will eliminate any gaps between the wall and the curtain, resulting in better sound isolation.
Another way to get the best out of soundproof curtains is to install ceiling-mount brackets (see on Amazon). Since you need to attach them to the ceiling, it is up to you to chose how close to the window you want them to be. Less space between the curtain and the window means less sound will be able to get through, so make sure to install your curtains as close to the window as you can.
Finally, you can go with multiple layers of curtains if you want to increase your noise protection. In that case, double rods are definitely the way to go.
Reviews of the Best Soundproof Curtains
If you want to get soundproof curtains for a particular area, you should start by measuring the space you’ll need to cover. When I’m listing the features of each product, I’ll make sure to note the dimensions of the curtains I’m linking to. As I’ve previously mentioned, I recommend choosing floor-length curtains even if you’re covering a window. That will ensure that the curtains are the most effective and that you can use them for your walls as well as your windows.
Furthermore, in addition to the other features I’ve already explained, you should, of course, consider your personal preference and the other decor in the room. Fortunately, soundproof curtains come in many different colors and patterns, as you’ll soon see. That being said, let’s get into the reviews.
1. NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Noise Reducing Curtains
NICETOWN usually has a lot of high-quality home decor products on offer and their thermal insulation curtains are no exception. In fact, I’ll feature two of their products on this list. So let’s see how this one earned its spot.
These polyester curtains come in 2-panel packages. Naturally, there are several sizes to choose from, but keep in mind that the dimensions refer to a single panel. So a 52-inch wide curtain would cover 104-inch windows. Or, rather, the window should be slightly narrower than the curtains, if you want to get the best performance.
The main distinguishing feature of these curtains is actually the black lining which provides the thermal insulation. Essentially, this will help you keep the hot air out during the summer, and hold the warmth in during the winter.
However, if you like to keep up appearances, these curtains may not be for you. Even though you’ll have plenty of classic color choices, from beige to burgundy to navy, you’ll still have the black insulation facing out. If that’s something you can’t stand, just check out the next review.
Still, the black lining will actually double the thickness of the curtains, improving their noise reduction properties. And, with the two densely woven layers combined, no light will reach the inside of the room either.
These NICETOWN curtains come in a decent range of sizes. The panels I’ve linked to are 52 inches wide and 95 inches long, but that width is also available in 45, 63, 72, and 84-inch lengths. Other sizes include 63 and 84-inch long 42-inch wide panels and 84-inch long, 100-inch wide ones. The number of 1.6-inch silver-colored grommets running along the top of the panel varies depending on the width of the panel.
2. H.VERSAILTEX Insulated Linen Curtains
Aside from NICETOWN, H.VERSAILTEX is the only brand I’ll mention twice on this list. Like the previous product on my list, these curtains offer thermal insulation as well as noise reduction. They’re also made of polyester, but with a twist. Namely, the thread and weave texture are supposed to look and feel like linen, giving the curtains a special stylistic element.
Now, like the previous curtains, these come in 2-panel packages. However, the sizing is somewhat limited in comparison to the previous product. All of the panels are 52 inches wide, and the curtains come in 18, 84, 96, and 108-inch lengths. Since all of the panels are the same width, you’re getting eight 1.6-inch copper grommets on each.
As always, I recommend just going for floor-length curtains, so you can use them on your walls as well. I’m particularly fond of using soundproof curtains to hide other, less attractive soundproofing methods I put on my walls. For example, you can have MLV or soundproof blankets on your walls and cover them with curtains for additional noise reduction with a classy finish.
You’ll certainly get to choose from a variety of colors. These curtains come in all sorts of shades of white, beige, tan, brown, gray, or blue, so your room will definitely look stylish when you install them. However, you should expect to see a color difference between the front and the back sides here as well.
Because soundproof curtains are so thick, you’re going to see a trend of them also being marketed and sun and UV ray protection. Most of them are also great for thermal insulation too, and these are no exception.
3. NICETOWN Home Decor Blackout Velvet Curtains
Now, the reason why I felt compelled to include two NICETOWN curtains on this list will be clear in just a moment. Like the previous products I’ve reviewed, these polyester curtains promise thermal insulation, privacy protection, and noise reduction. But unlike any of the previous products, these curtains are made to resemble velvet.
There are several vibrant colors to choose from, from jet black to rich blues, reds, golds, and neutral shades. The velvety texture adds shine to all of these colors, making the curtains look extra special. However, you should be aware that only the front side of the curtains looks like velvet — the back is regular fabric. That’s actually pretty common with velvet materials, although we’re all used to it with soundproof curtains, in particular.
The way these curtains provide the thermal insulation is a bit different than the other NICETOWN product I’ve reviewed. The first curtains use a black thermal liner, while these have heavy microfiber coating that insulates against the heat or cold. Since glass windows tend to be the most vulnerable parts of our walls whether we’re talking about noise or the weather, I, for one, appreciate the thermal properties of these products.
But then again, it’s important to cover the entirety of the window and some of the surrounding areas in order for curtains to work. Fortunately, you can easily do that with these curtains, as they come in 7 and 8-foot lengths (84 and 96 inches). The panels are a standard 52-inch width, and they come in pairs.
Another really great thing about these curtains is that both of these sizes are available in one of two application methods. You can either get curtains with 1.6-inch silver ring grommets or with a rod pocket you can use on 3-inch curtain rods.
4. Miuco Room Darkening Soundproof Grommeted Curtains
Of course, all of the products on this list are going to perform well as far as the noise reduction is concerned. So I’m actually looking for a little something extra that differentiates the product from the crowd. In the previous examples, that something were the materials with their thermal lining, or linen and velvet imitations. However, the thing that really attracted me to these Miuco curtains was the impressive range of colors that are available.
If you check them out, you’ll see that they actually come in 18 different colors. Six of them are on the white to black spectrum, and another six are greens, yellows, and blues. The final six are pink, orange, red, purple and similar colors. And the back of the panels are made of the same material as the front, so the colors match.
In my opinion, those options are perfect for people who want to match their curtains to their decor. You can essentially use these curtains instead of painting your walls. And the color spectrum isn’t even the best special thing about these curtains.
Yes, they have all the standard trappings of soundproof curtains. They’re thick and dense enough to block out light and noise and even offer some thermal insulation. However, I particularly like the fact that these curtains come with ties you can use to collect them on the sides of your windows. They also have weights sewn into the 3-inch wide bottom hem to help them fall better, which is a nice touch.
Like the other curtains I’ve reviewed, these come in packs of two 52-inch wide panels. They’re also available in 3 lengths, including 63, 84, and 95 inches (5.25, 7, and 8 feet long, respectively).
5. Deconovo Blackout Back Tab and Rod Pocket Curtains
I am particularly partial to these Deconovo Blackout curtains for several reasons. Like the previous product, this one is available in many great and vibrant colors. However, these are so popular that the most interesting colors quickly get sold out. So if you happen to see any of the green, blue, and pink shades and like them, I recommend buying them as soon as possible.
Naturally, aside from the more unusual colors, there are also neutral options for people who like to keep their decor more mellow. Like many of the soundproof curtains on this list, these are pure polyester. What’s more, the front and back sides are the same material and color, which is a fairly rare find.
Also, similarly to many of the other brands we’ve seen, Deconovo claims that their product has triple-weave construction, which means that the curtains are essentially 3-ply, with the middle layer being dense black yarn. But even if this was innovative at some point, it is now pretty standard, as you’ll be able to see from each of these product descriptions. Essentially, that kind of terminology signifies the density of the fabric, which is what makes it an effective defense against noise, light, and energy loss.
If you’re considering making a purchase, you can get these curtains with 42 and 52-inch wide panels can be 45, 54, 63, 72, and 84-inch long. Additionally, the 52-inch size also comes in a 95-inch length. If you get them, you’re going to have three styling methods.
The manufacturer recommends using the tabs that run along the top of the backside of the curtains to slip them onto the rod. Alternately, you can use the top hem as a rod pocket or simply hook them on using clip-rings.
6. H.VERSAILTEX Ultra Wider Patio Curtains
This H.VERSAILTEX curtain is completely different than any other product on this list. For one, the manufacturer sells it in individual panels rather than in pairs. In fact, these curtains are 100 by 108 inches or 8.5 feet tall and 9 feet wide. So one of these will be useful for covering patio doors or even whole walls without having to double up on panels.
Because these panels are so wide, they have sixteen 1.6-inch grommets along the top of the panel. The grommets are bronze-colored, so they should look great on decorative rods and plain wooden ones.
Like many of the other curtains on this list, this panel is smooth microfiber polyester with a high-density black silk layer in the middle. Naturally, the black layer in the middle enhances the blackout capabilities of the dense polyester layers on each of its sides. It also helps with thermal insulation, which in turn reduces the amount of energy you lose through the glass.
But if you’re not planning to use these to cover glass doors or windows, they’ll still be perfectly acceptable for walls or even if you want to use them as room dividers. I wouldn’t say that for many soundproof curtains because they so often have clearly distinguishable front and back sides. However, this product appears to have the same color on both sides so you’ll be able to use it as a room divider without a problem.
Speaking of colors, this curtain is available in 11 colors, most of them neutral ones in the white, gray, and tan spectrums. However, if you want to use the curtain to jazz up your place a bit, I’d go for one of the blue shades, the red, or the orange. But then, that’s just me.
7. Best Home Fashion Noise Reducing Drapes
I know it’s difficult to follow up the beast of a curtain panel I just showed you, but stay with me. If you were thrilled with the Deconovo selection of soundproof curtains but not with their sizing or color options, you might want to look into these curtains from Best Home Fashion.
Like many of the other products on this list, these curtains were created to block out the light, heat, and cold. But due to their triple weave technology which includes the embedding of a layer of dense black yarn between two polyester panels, they also provide a significant noise reduction.
What’s more, I’m pretty sure these curtains must be one of the most varied ones in terms of color options. Although these only come in solid colors, there are 31 options to choose from. Between the neutrals, the pastels, and several vibrant hues, you’re pretty much covered no matter what esthetic you want to go for.
But the reason why this product reminded me of the Deconovo curtains is that it can be hung in similar styles. The top hemline can act as a rod pocket and there are tabs in the back you can use to hang up the drapes.
As usual, this product comes in packs of 2 panels, though their sizes vary. The product I’ve linked to is 52 inches wide and 72 inches long. However, the 52-inch wide panels also come in 54, 63, 84, and 96-inch lengths. In addition, you can also get these curtains in a smaller width of 40 inches, although those only come in 63 and 84-inch lengths
8. Sideli Solid Rod Pocket Matt Heavy Velvet Curtain
If you were slightly disappointed with the color choices of the previous faux velvet drapes on my list, these Sideli soundproof curtains should make up for it. But I should say right off the bat that, if you’re looking for velvet curtains that have the same material on the front and back sides, you won’t find them here.
Another word to the wise, make sure to check how many panels come in a pack. I’ve been indicating this information in my reviews because you don’t want to get a single panel in the mail and go back to order another one only to see that it’s been sold out. That’s something that might even happen with this curtain as the company ships out single panels.
So you’ll definitely want to measure the space you have with these. The specific product I’ve linked to measures in at 52 inches wide and 102 inches long. However, the 52-inch panels also come in 63, 84, 96, and even 120-inch lengths. There are also 3 lengths for 100-inch wide panels: 84, 96, and 102 inches (7, 8, and 8.5 feet long, respectively). So if you wanted to cover a whole wall in one fell swoop, this curtain could have it dripping with velvet.
The manufacturer also states that users will want to get panels that are at least twice as wide as the window they’re trying to cover. So you definitely want to get enough on your first try, especially considering how popular some of their product colors are.
According to my count, there are about 11 colors that are available in two hanging styles, as these panels are available with rod pockets or grommets.
9. Yakamok 100% Blackout Thermal Insulated Soundproof Curtains
Even though I have another product to talk about after this one, the Yakamok blackout curtains really bring us full circle. Like the very first product on this list, this one consists of a double layer — one of which is a visible black liner in the back.
That liner is exactly what makes this type of curtain so effective. There’s a measurable drop in the level of noise that can get through these curtains, especially when you compare them to regular ones or a bare window. Of course, in addition to the noise reduction, these curtains should also entirely prevent light from passing through from the windows.
But, really, the reason why this black layer is there is to aid in the thermal insulation of the windows. However, even I’m not entirely sure as to why some soundproof curtains come with this black part exposed while others claim to have it sewn in between layers of fabric.
All I know is that my soundproof curtains are as effective as I can expect them to be. So I really wouldn’t want to perform autopsies on them to find out what they’re really made of. In any case, I tend to go with what the manufacturers are saying. Their words and the reviews of my fellow audio enthusiasts are good enough for me.
The product link contains several types of curtains, although I’ve chosen to focus on these 2-ply ones. There are 8 great colors to choose from, including neutral ones and more unusual options such as lilac and aqua. The panels are all 52 inches wide and they can be 63, 84, and 96 inches long.
10. DriftAway Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain Liner
The DriftAway curtain liner isn’t a soundproof curtain at all, so what is it doing on my list? Well, the simplest answer is that, although this white liner is nothing fancy to look at, it can actually make your other curtains thicker, and therefore, more effective at noise reduction. In fact, I’d even suggest using them with other soundproof curtains.
Like many soundproof curtains I’ve reviewed today, this product was made using triple weave technology. So the two layers of white polyester are sandwiching a layer of high-density black yarn.
Essentially, this liner is supposed to be inconspicuous behind your regular drapes. That way, it would lend them the properties of blackout and soundproof curtains. So you’ll get the same light and noise reduction, and even some thermal insulation out of them.
But how would you set them up? Well, before I answer that question, let’s talk about the sizing. These curtains come in packs of two panels that are 50 inches wide and can be 58, 80, or 92 inches long. Have you noticed the discrepancy between these sizes and the ones we’ve seen so far?
Overall, these panels are slightly smaller than regular curtain sizes because they’re meant to hang discreetly behind your main drapes. They even come with their own metal rings. So you could hook the rings onto the curtain rod between the primary curtain’s grommets. Or, you can also just slide it onto a double curtain rod, behind the main drapes.
Installing Curtain Rods & Hanging Soundproof Curtains
Installing soundproof curtains is a straightforward process. There is no need to hire a professional. Just follow these simple tips, and you’ll surely be able to do it yourself.
When it comes to soundproof curtains, the placement of your curtain rods can make a big difference. Make sure that the rod extends at least a couple of inches beyond the frame of the window. A little extra coverage is important because it allows the curtains to absorb sounds more efficiently. You should also make sure that the rod is at least 6 inches above the window frame. The closer to the ceiling the better.
Here is how to install a curtain rod and soundproof curtains:
- Step 1: Mark the bracket locations on the wall with a pencil. Use a level to make sure they are perfectly horizontal.
- Step 2: Check the placement of the brackets by putting the rod in place temporarily. Check with a level once again.
- Step 3: Once you have figured out the exact placement of the brackets, it’s time to install wall anchors. Make sure they can hold the weight of the rod and the curtains combined. Use a drill to carefully make a hole in the wall and put the anchor in. Repeat as many times as needed.
- Step 4: Set the bracket and drive in the screws. Make it as tight as possible so that the bracket stays in place. Rods wider than 4 feet will need a center support too.
- Step 5: Install the rod and hang the curtains according to the instructions. After this, just install the caps at the end of each rod, and you’re done!
NOTE: Before you start with the installation process, first read the instructions that come with your curtains. This might seem obvious, but it’s an essential and commonly overlooked step.
Final Thoughts on Soundproof Curtains
Soundproof curtains won’t give you complete silence. However, if you are looking for a quick, cost-effective, and simple noise reducing solution, soundproof curtains are the way to go! A good soundproof curtain will definitely make the outside noise much less noticeable and help you get a little extra peace and quiet.
The NICETOWN Soundproof Velvet Drapes are my favorite, but all of the curtains listed in this guide also work great. Just follow the tips from above, and you’ll surely be able to find soundproof curtains that fit perfectly into your home!