Noise Reducing Window Treatments
Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or you just have some noisy neighbors, the right window coverings can actually help reduce some of the noise. While no window covering can guarantee getting rid of all the outside noise, there are some that can help lessen it, getting you one step closer to a quieter, more peaceful home.
Here are a few of your options for noise reducing window coverings:
Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, are great for reducing noise because of their honeycomb construction. Just as they capture and trap the air coming through the windows, they can help keep some of the noise from coming into your home. For the biggest impact, opt for shades with double cells, as this gives another layer of protection.
Because roman shades are made out of fabric, they can reduce some outside noise. Add a privacy or blackout liner to give it even more layers to help reduce noise. Keep in mind that the thickest fabric will be the best for blocking out the most noise.
Pleated shades look very similar to honeycomb shades, and they work much the same way. Just as the name denotes, pleated shades have pleating. This pleating helps give your window some insulation, which can help reduce noise a little. But pleated shades don’t have a cell construction. So, these will give some noise reduction, but perhaps not as much as a double cell honeycomb shade.
Drapes work the same as roman shades, as they’re both made of fabric. And just like roman shades, the thicker the drapes, the more they will help to reduce some noise. If you want the most noise reduction you can get from window coverings, pair drapes with another type, like cell shades. The layering will be more effective than any window covering on its own, and it will look great, too.